Date of Award

Summer 8-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Educational Foundations & Leadership


Higher Education

Committee Director

Chris Glass

Committee Member

Margaret Gesing

Committee Member

Rachawan Wongtrirat


The number of international students enrolled at community colleges across the U.S. has significantly shifted in recent years. As a result, higher education institutions across the country have developed and integrated rationales for attracting and retaining international students to their campuses. The purpose of this research study was to examine international student recruitment, retention, and transfer efforts taking place at community colleges in the U.S. The data that influence the international student recruitment, retention, and transfer plans set forth by community colleges in the U.S. was collected from decision makers at 15 U.S. higher education institutions through the means of a single-case study research design. This qualitative research design gathered the data through semi-structured, face-to-face interviews conducted during the fall of 2019 and the spring of 2020. Once collected, the data revealed the recruitment, retention, and transfer rates of international students at community colleges in the U.S. The limitations of this study derived from the specificity of the research design since only decision makers at 15 higher education institutions in the U.S. were interviewed. Interested audiences may include higher education administrators, faculty, staff, students, researchers, academic advisors, recruiting agents, policy makers, and governmental officials seeking to expand the presence of international students in community colleges in the U.S and those who are interested in globalization and international education.


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