About the webinar:

International student experiences at higher education institutions in the United States play a critical role in students’ academic success, engagement, and retention. This webinar shares original WES research on how international students perceive different aspects of their experience. It also offers specific actions institutions can take to support these students in their educational journey.


Gain insights into:

  • How international students perceive the institutional support provided to them upon arrival at their institution, and their satisfaction with academic and learning support services
  • How international students perceive their social inclusion on campus and their schools’ support in areas such as housing and meal options
  • How institutions can provide exceptional support to international students to allow for positive student experiences

Presenters

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Makala Skinner

Research Associate, WES

Makala is an international higher education researcher specializing in education in emergencies, student support services, and student mobility trends. Prior to joining WES, Makala taught English in South Korea and Turkey. She also worked as a college counselor with first-generation university students. Makala holds a master’s degree in international educational development from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree in English from George Washington University.

Chris Mackie

Research Associate, WES

Chris is an international higher education researcher at WES where he conducts and presents research on a variety of topics in the field of international higher education. He has been with WES since 2014 and has experience in credential evaluation, specializing in the analysis and evaluation of credentials from the Indian subcontinent and the Asia-Pacific region. Before joining WES, Chris served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Jordan, working as an ESL teacher and community development specialist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Temple University and is fluent in Arabic.

Alejandro Ortiz

Sr. Research Associate

Alejandro is a regular contributor to WES original research reports and World Education News and Reviews (WENR). He recently wrote an article on Academic Mobility in the Middle East and Egypt: If not West, Where Will Students Go? Alejandro earned a master’s degree in public administration from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico.

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