Journal of Critical Issues in Educational Practice


International Students, Internationalization, Student Success, Student Involvement, Student Achievement


Colleges exert much effort in recruiting international students who bring financial, cultural and educational benefits to the campuses in which they study. On the other hand, little attention is paid to how these students succeed in achieving their educational goals. The study proposed here describes a planned investigation that will help find out more about international students’ success in American colleges. The study will employ a college student achievement model as its theoretical framework, and it will aim at examining relationships between international students’ GPA and graduation rates while controlling for precollege academic performance. This examination will be done while comparing international to domestic student samples. The data set to be used, National Postsecondary Student Aid Survey, is identified. In addition, critical quantitative methods as the methodology to be adopted is described, and two options of regression tests for data analysis are advanced.

Author Statement

I am an international education researcher and practitioner at California State University San Bernardino. My areas of interest include globalization and internationalization of higher education, student involvement, and college choice.