Higher Education

, Volume 54, Issue 4, pp 525–542 | Cite as

A national study examining the impact of SEVIS on international student and scholar advisors

  • Vicki J. Rosser
  • Jill M. Hermsen
  • Ketevan Mamiseishvili
  • Melinda S. Wood


The purpose of this research is to examine the impact that Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is having on the professional worklives of international student and scholar advisors (ISSAs) on U.S. college and university campuses. ISSAs are clearly satisfied with their work and hold their institutions in high regard. However, SEVIS is having a profound effect on their morale, satisfaction, and their likelihood to leave the field. That is, SEVIS (i.e., reporting, training, time) and the quality of worklife (i.e., professional activities and career development, recognition for competence and their expertise, external and intra-department relationships, perceptions of discrimination) are important to ISSAs, and thus have a strong effect on their level of satisfaction and/or morale, and their subsequent intentions to stay or leave their career/profession.


SEVIS International student and scholar advisors Worklife Morale Satisfaction Intent to leave 


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The authors would like to acknowledge the financial support from the office of Minority Affairs, International Programs, & Faculty Development; the International Center; the Office of Research; and the Graduate School at the University of Missouri-Columbia. The authors also acknowledge NAFSA: Association of International Educators for endorsing this national study and providing valuable information


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vicki J. Rosser
    • 1
  • Jill M. Hermsen
    • 2
  • Ketevan Mamiseishvili
    • 1
  • Melinda S. Wood
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, University of Missouri-ColumbiaColumbiaUSA
  2. 2.International Student and Scholar Services, University of Missouri-ColumbiaColumbiaUSA
  3. 3.University of Hawai’I—West O’ahuPearl CityUSA

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