International Enrollment Management


WS06 - Basics of Effective U.S. International Admissions

Sunday, May 29
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Room: CCC, 404

Member Fee: $355.00 | Non-member Fee: $482.00

Specifically designed for those working in a U.S.-based institution, participants define the fundamentals of a U.S. international admissions office, including institutional policies, admissions processes, office procedures, and an introduction to recruitment. Participants have the opportunity to assess institutional practices and reframe within current best practices in the field. Credential evaluation will not be covered. Following this workshop, participants receive a NAFSA Core Education Program Certificate of Completion.

Learning Objectives:

Shelby L. Cearley

Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX

Shelby Cearley currently serves as lead adviser and designated school official (DSO) for the
Office of Graduate Admissions at Texas Tech University. She is also the IEM and admissions
liaison for NAFSA Region III and a member of NAFSA’s Trainer Corps. A graduate of the
NAFSA Academy for International Education (Cohort IV), Cearley has presented several
admissions-related sessions at state, regional, and national conferences and was chosen as a
delegate for the 2007 Baden-Württemberg Seminar in Stuttgart, Germany. She is a member of
the Texas International Education Specialists and the Association of Metroplex International


Stephanie T. Cloninger

International Articulation Coordinator
Auburn University-Montgomery
Arlington, VA

Stephanie Cloninger is currently the International Admissions Manager (interim)/Articulation Coordinator for Auburn University—Montgomery where she helps shape international admissions and transfer policies and processes at her institution. She served for over seven years as the manager of the Texas Tech University Sponsored Student Program where she saw a 600% increase in program growth. Stephanie has presented at state, regional, and national NAFSA conferences on a variety of topics and is a proud NAFSA Academy graduate and Trainer Corps member. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science and a graduate degree in public administration from the University of South Carolina and spent six years living abroad in England. In 2013, Stephanie was nominated for the Texas Tech University President’s Excellence in Diversity and Equity award. When she is not working at her day job to pay for her international travel habit, Stephanie reads, runs, quilts, heaves kettlebells, and spends time with her husband and her three fur children.


Jim Crawley

Dir. of Univ. Enrollment and Advising Services
ELS Educational Services, Inc.
Allendale, MI

James Crawley is the Director of University Enrollment and Advising Services for ELS Educational Services, Inc. He has worked in the field of international education for 20 years, focusing on international student recrutiing and admissions, and the implementation of good practices in international enrollment management. His experience has included creating and building the international recruitment strategies for two universities; as well as participating in many international recruitment tours, and independent recruitment trips. He has worked closely with EducationUSA advisers on recruitment efforts and has presented at the state, regional and national levels on issues related to international recruitment and admissions. He has served in NAFSA leadership roles at the regional and national level, most recently serving in the NAFSA International Enrollment Management Knowledge Community Chair -stream.



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