FACULTY ENGAGEMENT IN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SUCCESS: A REVIEW OF BEST PRACTICES AND STRATEGIES

Authors

  • Fadeke Adeola Atobatele Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, University of Texas at Arlington, USA
  • Percy Chris Kpodo Educational Foundations and Research, University of North Dakota, North Dakota, United States.
  • Isabel Obiageli Eke Department of Education SA, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.51594/ijarss.v6i3.968

Abstract

This review investigates the pivotal role of faculty engagement in enhancing the success of international students within higher education settings. Recognizing the increasing diversity of student populations globally, the study aims to synthesize existing research to discern effective strategies for supporting the academic, social, and cultural integration of international students. By examining the impact of faculty involvement both inside and outside the classroom, this review sheds light on best practices that contribute to the broader discourse on internationalizing higher education. The review explores the multifaceted dimensions of faculty engagement and its correlation with international student success. Within the classroom, effective teaching methodologies, inclusive pedagogical approaches, and culturally responsive practices are identified as key factors influencing the academic achievement and retention of international students. Moreover, fostering an inclusive learning environment that embraces diverse perspectives and encourages active participation is crucial for promoting student engagement and satisfaction. Beyond the classroom, the review delves into the importance of faculty involvement in co-curricular activities, mentorship programs, and community engagement initiatives. By actively participating in extracurricular events, faculty members can facilitate cross-cultural interactions, provide social support networks, and promote a sense of belonging among international students. Additionally, mentorship programs led by faculty mentors offer personalized guidance, academic advice, and cultural adjustment assistance, thereby nurturing the holistic development of international students. Furthermore, the review highlights the significance of faculty training and professional development in preparing educators to effectively support diverse student populations. Cultivating intercultural competencies, understanding the unique challenges faced by international students, and adopting inclusive teaching practices are essential components of faculty development initiatives. This review underscores the critical role of faculty engagement in fostering academic success, social integration, and overall well-being of international students. By synthesizing research findings and identifying best practices, this study contributes to the advancement of strategies for internationalizing higher education institutions and promoting inclusive excellence.

Keywords: Faculty Engagement; International Student; Success; Best practices; Strategies.

Published

2024-03-28

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