wRAP-Up - March 2012

February 21, 2012

Volume 9, Issue 1 - March 2012

A Message from the Managing Editor

As we considered articles for this edition of wRAP Up, the editorial group found that we are all - language, undergraduate, and graduate programs alike - experiencing a rapid growth in students predominantly from two countries, China and Saudi Arabia. And as we considered our experiences with these growing populations, we realized that it might be helpful to compile articles that provide insight and helpful tips on helping these students achieve their academic goals.

Adria Baker, in "International Growth Blessings Require Infrastructure Enhancement," emphasizes that, "In anticipation of the expected growth," we need to "build a stronger infrastructure for the growing international students." In Conditional Admission 101," Sandra Khan reminds us of issues to consider when implementing conditional admission. Kemale Pinar helps us in her article, "Resources for Teaching English to Arabic Speakers," to respond to "The sudden increase in enrollments of Arabic speakers [which] presents new challenges for IEPs and compels them to reexamine curricula and approaches to teaching.

Despite all campus preparations, careful admission practices, and professional development, our experiences with many of these students who arrive with inadequate linguistic and academic preparation have been hit-and-miss, as demonstrated in "Chinese Students in Undergraduate Programs: Understanding and Overcoming the Challenges," by Scott Stevens, and "Some Problems Islamic Students Encounter When Writing in the West," by Geraldine de Berly.

In addition to the growing numbers of Chinese and Saudi students, we recognized another growing population: sponsored students. We are fortunate, then, to have three articles to help us with the intricacies of working with the sponsored student and sponsoring agency. In "Sponsored Student Odyssey: From Selection to Enrollment," Caroline Gear and Craig E. Hastings present the story of Belen Alfaro, a sponsored student from Argentina, from her selection as Fulbright grantee to her arrival at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (UMASS). Gabriele Schmiegel delivers an updated "Top Ten List of Best Practices for Universities and Institutions Working with Sponsors/Programming Organizations." Craig Hastings has provided us with tools, in "The Wonderful (and Complex!) World of Sponsored Program Administration," to solve this complex equation that requires a lot of good communication and collaboration between the various partners.

Of course we also continue the tradition of ensuring that our readers are updated on professional resources available to them. In "English Language Teaching and Administration News," Caroline Gear provides information on and links to the ELTA-sponsored "Accreditation Requirement for Intensive Language Programs: A Live Collegial Conversation" and the ELTA roundtable held at the NAFSA 2011 Annual Conference and Expo in Vancouver, Canada, and shares that the ELTA Network Resource Library will be updated this spring. In addition, "Publications Update March 2012" provides an update of resources and new publications for international educators in the RAP Knowledge Community.

In closing, I would like sincerely to thank our authors for their willingness to share their expertise with us in the hopes that we can all be more effective in helping our students achieve their academic goals.

Martyn J. Miller
Senior Director for International Services
Temple University

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