Since the 1950s, enrollment of international students has been on the rise and these students have made significant contributions to U.S. colleges and universities. However, as the political climate has shifted among countries that once welcomed international students with open arms, enrollment is in decline. Campus administrators and professionals must help international students overcome the challenges of visa status and address the impact that decreased enrollment has had on student diversity and talent acquisition.
Cultural fit is something we often hear in higher education. Lack of fit is often one of the reasons cited for why job finalists aren't selected and why new hires fail. However, experts say that the concept has become a new form of discrimination and recommend focusing on employees' cultural contributions instead. You can start by asking five questions that will lead to positive change, according to Adam Grant, an organizational psychologist.
Colleges and universities must "break their addiction to the relentless pursuit of dwindling numbers of eighteen-year-olds," says Dr. Shai L. Butler. Instead, she believes that institutions must turn their focus to new and emerging student markets -- mothers in particular. Investing in supportive family services to help these students succeed is one of the untapped methods through which colleges can simultaneously increase student retention and build the morale of a segment of employees.