Program Director or Chairperson: Peter White, Vice
Program Description: The International Student Program provides student
services to 600+ students from over 50 different countries. The program is
collaborative effort among the Admissions & Records Office, the Counseling
Office and the ESL program. A&R oversees all admission functions for
international students and ensures that they meet the college's standards for
admission and that they are in compliance with all INS regulations. The
Counseling Office provides a variety of services to international students
including orientation to the college, preparation of educational plans,
assistance with any academic or personal problems that may occur, and a schedule
of cultural and social events that help students integrate into college life.
The ESL department provides English language instruction to international
students who require additional skills to succeed in their classes. Over the
next six years, the number of International Students will increase significantly
despite the current uncertainties of the post-Sept. 11 period. The program will
need a dedicated work space and at least one additional full-time counselor.
Activity #1: Develop and implement marketing mechanisms to maintain or
increase our F-1 student enrollment, focusing first on San Diego area sources of
Expected Benefit: The college's general fund will be maintained in a
context of shrinking state resources.
Activity #2: Identify and promote opportunities for F-1 students to
participate fully in campus life, including volunteering, student government,
clubs, athletics and paid employment.
Expected Benefit: The college will be enriched by F-1 students' unique
experiences and perspectives, and the F-1 students will deepen their
understanding of the U.S. The students will also find Grossmont an attractive
choice among San Diego community colleges and recommend Grossmont to friends and
Activity #3: Request additional full-time counseling and ESL faculty
positions in line with years of F-1 student enrollment growth.
Expected Benefit: Students would find the course sections they need to be
successful in all their other courses at Grossmont and would receive timely
advice as to which courses lead most quickly and efficiently to the students'
educational goal. The college would also be positioned to serve increasing
numbers of F-1 students in the future.
Activity #4: Continue to implement SEVIS tracking system and adapt to
changes in it, including related staff development.
Expected Benefit: College and F-1 students will remain compliant with all
Federal requirements. Staff workload will be manageable and integrated with
other district data systems where possible.
Activity #5: Design and implement International Student Counseling
Expected Benefit: Improved and dedicated services to F-1 students.
2003 – 2004 Accomplishments
- Expand the variety of cultural and social events for F-1 students.
- Successfully implemented SEVIS.
- Minimized decline in F-1 enrollment despite negative conditions for obtaining
- Maintained level of counseling services to F-1 students despite overall budget
reductions in the Counseling department.
- Continued scholarships for F-1 students.
- Inclusion of F-1 students in recognition ceremony.
- Maintained and expanded programming for international students.
- Enrolled 141 out of 171 (82%) of admitted (I-20-issued) students.
- Maintained information on multiple procedural and legal F-1 immigration
- Expanded workshops designed for F-1 students (Practical Training; Transfer;
- Greater integration and participation of U.S. students in International Club