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  • Are our international undergraduatesstruggling academically?

    Dulce Amor L. DoradoAssociate Director, International CenterDirector, International Students & Programs Office

    Barry Fass-Holmes, Ph.D.Analytical Studies Coordinator, International Students & Programs Office

  • Todays goals

    International undergraduates: Who are they? Do they prefer specific majors over others? Do they succeed academically in specific courses and/or

    majors but not in others? Do standardized tests predict their academic success? What is their performance in SDCC English courses? What is their performance in UC San Diego writing

    courses?

  • Who are they?non-immigrants; exclude PR, AM, AP, AS, OT, RF, and domestics

  • Do they prefer specific majors over others?yes, but not only ones that emphasize mathematics

  • Are they struggling academically in general?no

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  • Are they struggling academically in general?no

    FA12 GPAsFA12 GPAsCollege # GPA #

  • Do they succeed academically in specific courses and/or majors but not in others?generally succeed

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    FA11 NFRS & TRAN FA11 academic marks

  • Do they succeed academically in some courses/majors and not in others?generally succeed

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  • Do standardized tests predict their academic success?only SAT math consistently predicts quarterly GPAs

    Table 3. Significant Predictors of GPA from the Correlation Analyses

    Cohort Predictor Quarter r df p

    FA09 SAT math FA09 .27 48 .05

    SAT math WI10 .30 48 .05

    FA10 SAT math FA10 .23 111

  • What is their performance in SDCC English courses?generally struggling; average grade ~D+ in FA11

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    F1 NFRS STUDENTS WITH D OR F IN SDCC ENGLISH COURSESDURING THEIR FIRST QUARTER AT UC SAN DIEGO

    Data source: Data Warehouse (5-14-12)

  • What is their performance in UC San Diego writing courses?average grade ~B- in FA11

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    Argument and Analysis (MCWP)Critical Writing (MCWP)The Writing Course A (WCWP)

    FA11 F1 UNDERGRADUATES' AVERAGE GRADE IN FA11 COLLEGE WRITING CLASSES

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    Argument and Analysis (MCWP)Critical Writing (MCWP)The Writing Course A (WCWP)

    FA11 F1 UNDERGRADUATES STRUGGLING OR EXCELLING

    IN FA11 COLLEGE WRITING CLASSES

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    Argument and Analysis (MCWP)Critical Writing (MCWP)The Writing Course A (WCWP)

    FA11 F1 UNDERGRADUATES TAKING FA11 COLLEGE WRITING CLASSES

    Data source: Data Warehouse 1-8-13

  • What is their performance in UC San Diego writing courses?average grade ~B- in FA12

    Data source: Data Warehouse 1-8-13

    FA12 F1 UNDERGRADUATES TAKING FA12 COLLEGE WRITING CLASSES

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    Critical Writing Exploring the Pre-Modern WorldPre-History & Ancient Foundatn The Writing Course A

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    Critical Writing Exploring the Pre-Modern WorldPre-History & Ancient FoundatnThe Writing Course A

    Critical Writing Exploring the Pre-Modern WorldPre-History & Ancient FoundatnThe Writing Course A

  • ConclusionsUC San Diegos international undergraduates, regardless of major generally succeeding in UC San Diego courses generally struggling in SDCC English courses generally succeeding in UC San Diego writing courses

    Standardized tests used for admissions purposes do not consistently predict these students academic performance (except SAT math).

  • What is their performance in SDCC English courses?generally struggling

    Data source: Data Warehouse 5-14-12

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    F1 NFRS STUDENTS IN SDCC ENGLISH COURSES WHO ARE CHINESE

    Data source: Data Warehouse (5-14-12)

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