Voting period for this idea type has passed International Students in the U.S.

A new presidency has greatly effected international student perception of US higher education: for the 2017-2017 academic year, 40% of US institutions reported a drop in international applications. To balance presidential rhetoric with educational rhetoric, I explain that international student admissions material is unreadable and untranslated, thus blocking access to US higher education. Moreover, I argue higher education must increase access and equity through intelligibility.

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Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will learn how countless U.S. postsecondary websites are unreadable by even native speakers of English.
  2. Participants will learn the unique readability struggles facing international students hoping to attend U.S. postsecondary institutions.
  3. Participants will leave with actionable steps to improve the readability of postsecondary materials for a wide variety of international audiences.



Zachary Taylor, Research Asst, The University of Texas at Austin

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