A Case Study Exploring International Student Engagement at Three Small, Private Colleges


  • William Danny Sullivan, Jr. Northwest Nazarene University, United States




international students, small private colleges, student engagement


Higher education institutions continue to face increased scrutiny to better monitor student persistence rates and develop better strategies to retain more students through the attainment of a degree. Retention studies on international students are limited and often focused on large public universities. The researcher interviewed students and the international student officers at three small, private four-year colleges in the Southeast United States. The international students were found to be formally and informally engaged in academic and social activities on campus, and engagement was promoted by formal campus sponsored activities, international staff members’ personal involvement, and through faculty and staff interaction. The students became aware of campus resources through college programming, faculty and staff interaction, and peer interaction with other students.

Author Biography

William Danny Sullivan, Jr., Northwest Nazarene University, United States

WILLIAM (DAN) SULLIVAN, Ph.D., serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Mount Olive, North Carolina, USA. His research interests include student engagement and retention theory for students attending private, liberal arts colleges. 




How to Cite

Sullivan, Jr., W. D. (2018). A Case Study Exploring International Student Engagement at Three Small, Private Colleges. Journal of International Students, 8(2), 977–1001. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v8i2.123



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