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Title:Asian International Students' involvement in campus activities in U of I
international students
campus activities
Spring 2010
RHET 105
Abstract:Asian International students (abbreviated as “Asian students” in the following paragraphs), as minorities in American colleges, are less likely to be involved in campus activities and student organizations. The purpose of this research is focused on Asian students’ degree of involvement in campus activities and reasons why they are more or less involved in campus activities. The major research method applied is a survey composed of three categories of questions: Asian students’ involvement on campus, their satisfaction with campus activities, and their difficulties of being involved. The entire survey samples were obtained from Asian students. The result shows that Asian students in University of Illinois are less involved in campus activities and student organizations, particularly the multiracial organizations. The result also demonstrates that the four factors-language barrier, cultural difference, academic study, and indifference-are responsible for this phenomenon in different degrees. Among those factors, indifference has the largest influence. Although most of these factors were built up internally, and it is hard to change Asian students’ behaviors, college staff member are still able to provide some specific policies to alleviate the negative effect of those factors.
Issue Date:2010
Course / Semester:Rhetoric 105 was designed to help students develop their reading, writing, and research skills and lay a foundation for the rest of their University career. This course gave students practice in: critically reading and analyzing texts, forming arguments, gathering and evaluating research, synthesizing multiple sources, conducting qualitative research, and composing (inventing, drafting, revising). This section of Rhet. 105 was centered on the theme of “Race and the University.” Our course was part of UIUC’s Ethnography of the University Initiative (EUI)—a cross-campus initiative that supports undergraduate research about the university experience and encourages the archiving of this research. The assignments and discussions asked students to explore their own experience as a UIUC student and consider issues of race in higher education. Students conducted their own qualitative research through observations, interviews, and surveys.
Date Available in IDEALS:2010-05-21

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  • Student Communities and Culture
    The university offers an extraordinary opportunity to study and document student communities, life, and culture. This collection includes research on the activities, clubs, and durable social networks that comprise sometimes the greater portion of the university experience for students.

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