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Effective Programming for International Students Based on their Perceived Social and Cultural Needs

Terano, Mayumi (2008) Effective Programming for International Students Based on their Perceived Social and Cultural Needs. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Responding to the diverse students' needs of an increasingly internationalizing American college population has become an important concern for student affairs professionals. For this purpose, increasing the effectiveness of co-curricular activities requires exploring the students' diverse needs and the relation between social and cultural participation and academic success.This dissertation presents a case study focused on international graduate students of selected nationalities at the University of Pittsburgh. By applying social capital, cultural capital, and involvement theories, this study explored the areas and the degrees of social and cultural needs and participation of the selected population and how needs and participation relate to their diverse background, adjustment, and academic performances. The data were collected from about 250 survey participants and 40 face-to-face interview participants.The dissertation findings focuses on the following issues: (i) the variation of civic engagement with respect to marital status and nationality; (ii) the impact of language barriers and differences in socialization culture on students' socialization patterns; (iii) the high or moderate correlations among the levels of social capital, cultural capital, civic engagement, participation, and previous cross-cultural experience; and (iv) the low correlation between academic success and the previously mentioned elements.The conclusion lists the implications of this dissertation study in terms of theories in this case study context, related literature, research methodology, programs and services, and university policy. The highlights in this section are: various ways in which student affairs professionals can help increase the social and cultural participation of international graduate students at the University of Pittsburgh; and the importance of promoting cross-cultural experience among the entire student population.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Terano, Mayumimterano@pitt.eduMTERANO
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairBickel, William Ebickel@pitt.eduBICKEL
Committee MemberMcClure, Maureenmmcclure@pitt.eduMMCCLURE
Committee MemberGunzenhauser, Michealmgunzen@pitt.eduMGUNZEN
Committee MemberBrooks, Shawn Esbrooks@pitt.eduSBROOKS
Date: 29 January 2008
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 31 October 2007
Approval Date: 29 January 2008
Submission Date: 6 December 2007
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: higher education; cultural participation; programming; international students
Other ID:, etd-12062007-133251
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 20:08
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:53


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