Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Educational Theory, Policy, and Practice

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International students on American college and university campuses represent important under-recognized complex non-homogeneous minority presence commonplace at institutions of higher education in the early twenty-first century. The impact of international students on institutions of higher education is generally recognized from four primary perspectives including academic, cultural, political and economic characteristics (Funk, 2001). International students represent 3.5 percent (671,616 of 19,103,000) of all students attending institutions of higher education in the United States in the 2008-09 academic year(Institute of International Education, 2011). International students were estimated to generate $17.66 billion to the US economy and $118.9 million to the State of Louisiana economy with the inclusion of educational and living expenses in the 2008-09 academic year(NAFSA: National Association of Foreign Student Advisors, 2011). Previous research determined these estimates based on secondary data underestimated true economic return when compared to analysis based on primary data (Funk, 2001). Accurate economic estimation may positively affect state-level funding policy to institutions of higher education campuses. The problem addressed by this study is the determination of the economic impact of international students to the study campus and regional economy. The research questions addressed included determination of the international student economic impact to the study campus, Louisiana State University, and the community, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Cost and benefit economic impact assessment provided economic return with data summarization calculated using SPSS analysis. Data collection occurred at the study campus, Louisiana State University and A & M College, and included secondary data from university records, state budget and planning documents and primary data gathered from students. Stratified proportional random sampling of the sub-population of international students at Louisiana State University provided a proportional representation of the student population. The study provides a determination of the economic impact of the international student population of LSU on the university and community through exploratory and confirmatory examination of new primary student data compared with previous research and generally accepted models that made use of secondary data to generate reported results.



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Mitchell, Roland W.



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