Date of Award


Degree Name

Leadership Studies


College of Education and Professional Development

Type of Degree


Document Type


First Advisor

Dr. Bobbi Nicholson, Committee Chairperson

Second Advisor

Dr. Ronald Childress

Third Advisor

Dr. Tammy Johnson

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Bob Hong


This study explored the association of four independent variables (i.e., sex, class standing, GPA, and living status) with the academic integration, social integration, and institutional commitment (the dependent variables) of international students attending seven public regional universities in West Virginia. A researcher-developed, Likert-type questionnaire was used to examine the potential relationships among the variables. Results from point-biserial correlations indicated the relationships among the four demographic variables and each of the three dependent variables were not statistically significant, although a few statistically significant correlations were noted among the dependent variables’ sub-scale items. Results from independent samples t-tests also indicated a number of statistically significant mean differences among the sub-scale items. Implications and recommendations for future research were provided.


Education, Higher – Research – West Virginia.

College integration – Education (Higher) – West Virginia.

Education, Higher – Population – Research – West Virginia.

Students, Foreign – Research – West Virginia.

Universities and colleges – West Virginia.