A comparative study of academic experiences of American and foreign graduate students at Oregon State University Public Deposited

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  • This study was designed to determine and compare the academic experiences encountered by both American and foreign students in master's and doctoral programs at Oregon State University in Winter term, 1982. The findings of this study are meant to contribute to the area of international education, by defining and describing foreign students' academic experiences in American Higher Education. The results of this study could help scholars who deal with foreign students to develop an adequate approach to academic advising and curriculum designing, and could help foreign students who are studying or planning to study abroad to develop a proper approach to the academic aspect of their learning experience. The instrument used in this study was a questionnaire entitled "College Academic Experience Survey." Two hundred and sixty graduate students were selected at Oregon State University in Winter Term 1982, and divided into four subgroups based on nationality and degree program. Among the four subgroups a comparison was made in the areas of academic learning experience, estimate of gains and background information. In February 1982, before the survey started, a pilot study was conducted among 20 graduate students, which made a valuable contribution to the validity of the questionnaire. The survey started in March 1982 by using a three-stage mailing system and a response rate of 81.9% was achieved. There were three null hypotheses tested by a three-dimensional loglinear model and two-factor analysis of variance. The following findings were drawn from this study: 1. There were statistically significant differences between American and foreign graduate students at Oregon State University in how they put their efforts into academic work. The specific tests were done in the area of academic experiences, estimate of gains, and background information. 2. Although foreign students in the sample had some problems, chiefly language and financial, there was no noticeable problem mentioned about the competence of instruction they received. Foreign graduate students "survive" their academic programs through their approaches which is different from that of their American counterparts. 3. Both American and foreign students in this study reportedly have achieved large gains as a result of their academic efforts. Foreign students seem to be aware that they have received cultural and social enrichment in addition to their purely academic gains.
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