After Years of Growth, International Student Enrollment Leveled Off, Then Dropped
Politics, increased competition from other countries and regulatory changes fueled the decline. COVID-19, concerns about safety and gun violence, and a perceived unwelcoming stance toward international students and immigrants further exacerbated the decline.
Our goal: Continued and steady growth
Continued and steady growth is our goal, with a diverse mix of international students on campus in Springfield and abroad.
Adapting to new models of international education, we will place a renewed emphasis on creating customized cohort programs, transfer pathways, dual degree and accelerated master’s degree programs in a variety of academic disciplines. This effort will build on our existing network of international partner universities – not necessarily more partners, but deeper engagement with our most active and reliable partners.
Global engagement can occur in U.S. classrooms, abroad or online, so we will continue to blend virtual and in-person teaching and learning to expand international education opportunities. We will encourage faculty research and service to include a global perspective and involve international partners.