International Students Recruitment
Recommendation #4: Enhance recruitment of international students
In the fall of 2011, the University enrolled 919 international students, including students attending the English Institute. These students comprise 22% of TU's total student body. This compares with 566 international students enrolled at TU in 2007, or 14% of the total student body.
Resources for International Student Services: To support these numbers, the Office of International Student Services needed a significant expansion of staff and resources. ISS received some new resources in 2011-12 to support services, and is preparing to hire another professional staff position, Assistant Dean, and another support staff, Departmental Assistant. As the target enrollments for international students remains high, it will remain important to evaluate the resources available to ISS to ensure their ability to recruit and support students.
Assistant Dean for Academic English Programs for International Students: Prof. Bryan Tapp chaired a committee that recommended changes to the post-matriculation writing and communications courses for undergraduate and graduate international students. (These courses are separate from the pre-matriculation courses currently offered through the English Institute for International Students.) Based on the recommendations of this committee, TU created a new position in the College of Arts and Sciences, assistant dean for academic English programs for international students. Dr. Adrian Wurr, who joined TU in August 2012, has responsibility for developing a revised sequence of writing and communications courses for undergraduate and graduate international students. In fall 2012, an additional staff member with specific expertise in advising international students on writing skills will be added to the Writing Center.