Over May 24-29, in Boston, Massachusetts, global education professionals from around the world gathered for the 2015 NAFSA Annual Conference and Expo.
One of those professionals was Jennifer Morrissey, Senior Education Specialist at New Oasis International Education. Morrissey joined Christine A. Farrugia of the Institute of International Education, Ann Corriveau of Boston University and Eddie West of the National Association for College Admission Counseling to present “Recruiting International Students Enrolled in U.S. High Schools,” on May 28.
The presentation, geared toward college admissions professionals, addressed issues F1 high school graduates face when applying to higher education institutions. When applying to college, students are typically grouped into two categories, international students, and non-international students.
F1 international students graduating from U.S. high schools have historically been grouped into the same category as direct applicants from abroad.
“We have to create an initiative to educate colleges and universities about this new group of students that is often left out of the international education discussion,” Morrissey said.
“These students have worked shoulder-to-shoulder with American students, taken the SAT, PSAT and ACT with American students, studied an American curriculum, and when they apply, they are grouped together in the same category as other international students who may have never studied in America.”
This year’s conference theme “New Horizons in International Education,” focused specifically on the issues international educators are often plagued with while preparing international students to become active global citizens.
Morrissey said the NAFSA conference was originally founded as a platform for international education conversations specifically related to higher education, but she predicts secondary-education will be given a heavier emphasis in years to come.
“It was so inspiring to see these secondary-school issues being addressed at the NAFSA conference.”
“We noticed a strong desire to continue these types of conversations and moving forward, I think we’ll see more secondary-school issues addressed by NAFSA.”