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The International Student population is a numerically smaller, yet a vital segment of the student population at WMU. According to the 2011 -2012 WMU Fact Book, of 23,068 total students on the University’s main campus 1, 262 were International Students in Fall of 2010. Reports readily available in Cognos, the system used by the University to analyze student data, are developed to meet a wide variety of data needs for the University. While many of these general reports can be tailored to extract data describing the International Student population, others do not provide that option. It is possible, that gaps in the accessible data exist or that valuable reports can be too cumbersome to execute in their current state. Therefore, a systematic inventory and review of reports on student data is being conducted by staff working with of International Students at WMU through the Haenicke Institute. As a result, we hope to identify data needs for Institute so that it can serve the International Student population as well as improve reporting capabilities on International Student enrollment, retention, and graduation.


An ongoing project by Rebecca Solomon, Director of Administration and International Student Advocate, Haenicke Institute for Global Education with special thanks to Teresa Schrimpf, Business Intelligence Specialist, Institutional Research and Jennifer Farland, Operations Manager, Haenicke Institute for Global Education.

This poster was presented at the WMU Leadership Colloquium on October 11, 2012, at Western Michigan University. Rebecca Solomon was part of the 2011-12 Academic Leadership Academy cohort.