Top Row (from left to right): Kenia Liriano, Marieta Chemishanova, Lisa Mellin, Carmen Sepulveda, Christopher Alvarez. Bottom Row (from left to right): Michelle Torres, Mildred McCausland, Rocky Blesso, Lisa Eli, Ruth Wu. Not pictured: Marguerite Watz, Jamie Sanchez, Talia Popovski, Carlos Galindo, Bliss Thompson
The newly reorganized International Student Services (ISS) department has exceeded its first enrollment goal and is progressing toward creating a cohesive department with a clear set of objectives and international culture. To read the full session report, click here.
ISS is focusing its efforts on student retention and is developing a strategic approach to achieving a 90 percent retention rate. From student engagement activities and International Education Week, the team looks forward to supporting students like Elodie Herard through successful completion of their programs of study.
Elodie is from Port-au-Prince Haiti and was impacted by the devastating earthquake that destroyed her hometown. Elodie moved to Orlando after she was admitted to Valencia and has taken advantage of her educational opportunities all while overcoming unspeakable losses as a result of the disaster. Nonetheless, she has been able to maintain a 3.62 GPA, is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society and for the spring 2014 semester, has been admitted to Florida Atlantic University’s Honors College and awarded two scholarships.
“Valencia’s well-rounded education has presented me the opportunity to further my studies in international relations,” she said. “I really hope that other international students believe, like me, that Valencia is the right place to be.”
ISS identified key strategies to enhance international student recruitment and retention efforts.
On the recruitment side, the following four strategies were identified:
- Streamline the enrollment process.
- Create and implement a targeted marketing plan.
- Work with continuing international education to partner with agents.
- Develop and execute a recruitment outreach plan.
To bolster student retention, ISS will:
- Develop initiatives to provide support to existing students.
- Plan and implement student activities designed to integrate students into Valencia and the community.
ISS will continue meeting regularly with admissions and other integral departments to improve their processes, develop new partners — both domestically and internationally — and to appreciate the many benefits of internationalizing the campus.