Toward Greater Inclusion and Success: A New Compact for International Students

An important new monograph published by the American Council on Education (ACE) features the work of lead author Chris Glass, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of International Students. The publication, titled Toward Greater Inclusion and Success: A New Compact for International Students, was produced together with Glass’ collaborators Kara Godwin and Robin Matross Helms and focuses on the international student “lifecycle” in U.S. higher education using a critical lens.

The document considers 4 stages for international student engagement: foundation (tenets of the compact); vision (student, institution, and societal outcomes); framework (essential elements of inclusion and success); and launch (embarking on a lifelong relationship). It also underscores the importance of equity in relationship to international student experience, positing that “equity-minded approaches recognize financial barriers and elevate access-focused institutions” (p. 14). Further, it looks past a student’s graduation towards the alumni experience, observing that at present few international alumni have access to career support, which represents an area for institutional investment.

STAR network scholars are invited to download this free publication on the ACE website at https://www.acenet.edu/News-Room/Pages/ACE-Report-Outlines-Strategies-for-Supporting-International-Students.aspx. Many congratulations to Dr. Glass and his coauthors!