Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Foreign Students

A lot of foreign students have been choosing DLS-CSB for their College degree programs. Joanne Raquel of the Foreign Students Unit has provided me statistics on foreign students and their degree program of choice for the past three school years. The top three groups include Koreans, Chinese and Americans (the last group probably inlcludes Filipinos with American citizenship).

For Term 1 SY 06-07, the percentages are Koreans 53%, Chinese 17%, and Americans and Taiwanese tied with 9%. For Term 1 SY 2005-2006, we had Koreans 48%, Chinese 14%, and Americans 12%. And in Term 1 SY 2004-2005, the percentages were Koreans 28%, Americans 21% and Chinese 17%.

As for the courses, the top three choices for this school year are BS-HRIM (48%), BSBA-EM (14%), and BSBA-CA (8%). Last school year (05-06), top choices of new foreign students include BS-HRIM (36%), BSBA-EM (14%), and AB-CDA (11%). And in SY 04-05, the top three choices were BS-HRIM (32%), BSBA-EM (20%), and BSBA-CA (15%).

Since the number of foreign students enrolling with us is increasing and since we are already receiving feedback from our teachers, especially the GenEd teachers, as regards the language difficulties of our foreign students, the Academic Council will start looking at possible interventions to bridge gaps related to admission, instruction and remediation. SMS has been designated to take the lead role in making a study on these and related concerns.


At 1:30 PM , Blogger Caths Deen said...

This is great news since there is really a need to fill the gaps in terms of our foreign student's language difficulties. One thing we can consider is to ask our applicants to take standard language tests like TOEFL or IELTS. We can set up admissions cut-offs. However, this might be making our admissions requirements too stringent. We can try to use the services of the Center for Language Learning situated at the AKIC Building.

At 2:41 PM , Blogger Zaldi said...

Yes, the effect of new or additional requirements on the attractiveness of our offerings is one of the factors mentioned in the initial discussion. We are keeping this in mind.


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