While most U.S. higher education institutions saw increases in the number of foreign student enrollments, colleges offering associate degrees saw a 2-percent decrease, continuing a gradual drop for the third straight year, according to an annual report from the Institute of International Education.
The 2012 Open Doors study shows that in the 2011-12 academic year, 87,997 international students enrolled in associate-degree colleges, down from 89,853 the previous year. The number has been declining since it reached a high of 95,785 in 2008-09, according to the IIE data.
Baccalaureate colleges saw a nearly 6-percent increase, to 30,334 international students, while colleges and universities offering master’s degrees saw a 3-percent increase, to 131,943. The bulk of international students enrolled at doctorate and research institutions, which saw 486,906 students—nearly an 8-percent increase.
A quick take
More enrollment trends were revealed in a “snapshot” survey conducted by IIE in October. Participating in the survey were members of the American Association of Community Colleges, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the American Council on Education, among others. Of the 561 responding institutions, community colleges represented 15.5 percent.
Overall, nearly 61 percent of the responding institutions said they’d seen an increase in international student enrollments in Fall 2012, compared to Fall 2011. Of the 88 community college survey respondents, about 41 percent reported an overall increase in international students, while nearly 35 percent reported declines and 24.4 percent reported level enrollments. (Read more.)