Despite predictions, international enrollment at MU still climbing

Undergraduate international student enrollment at Miami has continued its upward climb this year, despite early predictions that U.S. political anti-immigration rhetoric might discourage students from studying in America. International students make up 14.5 percent of the undergraduate student population on the Oxford campus this fall, up from 13.4 percent in fall 2016, according to statistics from Miami’s Office of Institutional Research. An Inside Higher Education report from September found that universities across the nation are experiencing mixed results in their international recruitment efforts. While major destinations for international students, such as New York University and the University of California, Los Angeles, projected slight increases in their international student populations, other schools have experienced a decline one university president quoted by Inside Higher Education called “precipitous.” Locally, Wright State University in Dayton reported a 20 percent drop in international enrollment across undergraduate and graduate levels. Indiana State University’s president told Inside Higher Education his institution saw a 50 percent drop in new international student enrollment. “Those students bring significant revenue. I would guess that it takes two U.S.-based students to replace them in terms of revenue,” he told the website. “We also miss the diversity that they bring to the campus.” An April report from the American Association of College Registrars and Admission Officers (AACRAO) showed that 77 percent of higher education institutions surveyed expressed concerns about international application yield,...

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First years’ first days: The freshman ‘shock’ experience

The first semester away at college is tough. Whether your parents washed your dirty laundry your whole life or you were the most self-sufficient, I-know-my-social-security-number-and-how-to-use-jumper-cables kid in your high school class, there’s some adjusting to do after arriving in Oxford. Among the things our first-year writers found out: A box full of bright-pink tools isn’t the worst way to make friends. It can hurt to watch your parents drive away. No, Brick is not a movie theater. Store-bought tortillas do not taste as good as your grandmother’s. It’s easy to feel lonely on campus — but there are always...

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Miami university prepares to open first campus climate survey in 15 years

Miami University will soon be conducting its first comprehensive campus climate survey in 15 years. The One Miami Campus Climate Survey, which opens Sept. 26 and closes Oct. 27, will ask respondents about their personal experiences on campus and cover topics including diversity, sexual harassment and assault. Students, faculty and staff at the Oxford, Hamilton and Middletown campuses — regardless of full or part-time status — can all participate in the survey. The university held its very first campus climate survey in 1996, and then created a second in 2002 — both focused primarily on student experiences related to diversity and inclusion. “Faculty and staff had been asking for one and there had been some student interest in one,” said Ron Scott, Miami’s vice president for institutional diversity and co-chair of the campus survey work group. “More importantly, when president Crawford came in, he said ‘Let’s find out what we are doing right and what we are doing wrong and what we need to improve.’” The original campus climate survey, commissioned by Miami more than two decades ago, posed 12 questions to students, staff and faculty. The resulting 1996 survey report revealed a campus that struggled with making minority populations feel welcome. “Looking at the results for undergraduates, it’s striking to note almost three quarters (71 percent) have heard insensitive or disparaging comments about gays or lesbians from their...

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ASG returns to session with new budget, money for orgs

Amid the clamor of fists pounding wooden desks, Cole Hankins, Miami Associated Student Government’s speaker of the senate, gavelled in the fall semester’s first session of student senate on Sept. 5. The smell of recent construction lingered in the brand new Joslin Student Senate Chamber as the body welcomed new senators, elected two representatives to the Student Affairs Council and debated its annual budget — which was notable compared to previous years. Absent from the proposed budget are line items for cabinet meals and gifts, marking the first time in recent years the two controversial inclusions have not appeared...

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