This Uncertain U project was possible because of the guidance and expertise provided by professionals at American University and beyond.

All of the student journalists on this project owe the biggest thank you to Amy Eisman, the director of Media Entrepreneurship and Special Programs at American University’s School of Communication. It was under her direction that Uncertain U was able to come to fruition.

Wendy Warren, director of integrated media at, worked closely with the students and provided valuable guidance and editorial input throughout the process of creating Uncertain U.

Maria Ivancin, president of the Market Research Bureau, guided the students in the creation, development and analysis of the survey.

Rajika Bhandari, deputy vice president of research and evaluation at the Institute of International Education, spoke with our class and shared her valuable expertise.

Karin Fischer, senior reporter at The Chronicle of Higher Education, spoke with our class and shared her vast knowledge and research.

Kristina Thompson, associate director of International Student and Scholar Services at American University, helped with the language and editing of the UncertainU survey.

Sara Bendoraitis, director of programming, outreach, and advocacy at American University’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion, gave valuable feedback on the survey. We also thank Shannon Smith, assistant director for student success and transition at the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, for his guidance on the survey.

Nelson Graves, founder of News-Decoder, offered his expertise and shared our survey with his network.

Jeremiah Patterson, who teaches at American University’s School of Communication, advised on our website.

Lynne Perri, managing editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University, assisted with advice about visual materials for the project.

Featured photo by Lauren Lumpkin