This is the first in a two-part series; the next piece will feature innovative teaching and advising practices in the Lundquist College of Business.
At just under 3,000 students, UO’s Fall 2013 international enrollment broke records for the ninth year running: this year’s enrollment represents a 16 percent increase from just last year, and about a 140 percent increase from five years ago, according to preliminary statistics announced at the October 28th “Serving a Growing International Student Population” meeting for faculty and staff hosted by UO’s Office of International Affairs (OIA).
For the first time, UO international students are paying an additional fee of $125/term, which will be phased up to $200/term in the year 2016. Fees have been a more longstanding practice at other universities; at UO, which prides itself on offering financial aid to support its international students—$1.3 million last year alone—this fee will be waived for the 10 percent of students with the greatest financial need.
“We want to use the fee to shore up existing, and provide new services for these students,” explained Abe Schafermeyer, OIA’s Director of International Student and Scholar Services, who is reaching out to students, faculty, and staff to identify support priorities in addition to the new staffing lines already planned for his office and others that offer student advising.
“This is a very exciting time. Up until now, we’ve been forced to react to these changes. For the first time in a long time we have the chance to get ahead of the curve. We must begin to be much more intentional in actively moving towards the comprehensive academic and social integration of our international students, or it’s a lost opportunity for this campus,” said Schafermeyer. Continue reading UO International Enrollment Nears 12 Percent, Units Seek to Shore Up Support