Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on the Institute of International Education’s 2020 Fall International Enrollment Survey November 16, 2020 Section 1 Content“The Institute of International Education’s finding of such a steep decline in the number of international students attending U.S. colleges and universities this fall is staggering but, unfortunately, not surprising. Well before the pandemic struck, a climate of harsh rhetoric on immigration and concrete actions taken by the Trump administration, such as the travel ban and slower visa processing times, helped fuel the perception that this country is no longer a welcoming place for study and research for outstanding students and scholars from across the globe.The reality is that the pandemic was going to make it more difficult for international students to come to the United States. We are in the midst of a global health crisis and the resulting economic fallout that has left millions of Americans struggling financially and resulted in an existential crisis for colleges and universities. But continuing to erect new barriers to the ability of international students to study at U.S. institutions greatly exacerbated the problem.The pandemic has underscored the interconnectedness of our world and the need for higher education to equip graduates with the skills and mindset required to tackle global challenges. International students play a critical role in creating campus environments that facilitate global learning for all students—domestic and international alike. The roughly 1 million international students who attend U.S. colleges and universities annually contribute mightily to our nation’s intellectual and cultural vibrancy. But the overall national economic impact generated by international students declined in 2019-20 to $38.7 billion, $1.8 billion less than the year before, according to additional figures released today by NAFSA: Association of International Educators. NAFSA notes this is the first time the dollar amount has decreased since it began making these calculations more than 20 years ago. The number of jobs international students support also dropped, NAFSA says, to roughly 416,000 from 450,000.The last thing we needed during this time of economic crisis for higher education and the larger U.S. economy was for the federal government to take actions to block international students from enrolling in our institutions. Many countries are trying to take advantage of this situation and attract international students to their universities. We urge President-elect Biden and the new Congress to move quickly to ensure that the United States preserves its status as the destination of choice for the world’s most talented international scholars and students.” Section 2 Content Section 3 Content Section 4 Content Section 5 Content Section 6 Content Media Contact Audrey Hamilton Email:firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone:(202) 939-9353 Button Content Rail Content 1Fall International Enrollments Snapshot ReportsNew report for 2020 along with archives since 2005 from the Institute of International Education download Rail Content 2 Rail Content 3 Related Summit February 23, 202210:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. ET This year’s Internationalization Collaborative will highlight the initiatives these thought leaders developed and implemented, explore successes and challenges, and examine tangible outcomes and next steps. Read More Summit February 23, 202210:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. ET ACE/AIEA Internationalization Collaborative 2022 News January 7, 2022 ACE is collaborating with the International Association of Universities on a free webinar Jan. 18 examining how college and university associations across the globe can collaborate and complement each other—and how they influence Read More News January 7, 2022 Webinar: The Global Role of Higher Education Associations News January 4, 2022 In good news for international students, the Department of State announced before the holiday break that consular offices would have more flexibility in determining non-immigrant intent for F-1 and M-1 student visa applicants Read More News January 4, 2022 Biden Administration Revises Regulations to Ease Entry for International Students News December 17, 2021 The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has granted an extension to April 30, 2022, of the COVID-19 related flexibilities related to Form I-9 compliance. Read More News December 17, 2021 Federal Government Extends I-9 Compliance Flexibility Podcast December 16, 2021 ACE Senior Vice President Terry Hartle reviews the higher education policy successes and failures of 2021, and what we can expect from Congress and the administration in 2022. Read More Podcast December 16, 2021 2021 in Higher Education Policy (A Good Year, Not a Great One) News December 6, 2021 You can be part of telling the story of what international education looks like by submitting your institution's information for the fifth edition of the ACE Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses survey. Read More News December 6, 2021 New Mapping Survey Questions Will Focus on COVID Recovery; Submit Your Responses Now News December 6, 2021 ACE is pleased to partner with the US-UK Fulbright Commission on the launch of applications for the inaugural Global Challenges Teaching Award. The deadline to apply is Dec. 13. Read More News December 6, 2021 Deadline Approaching to Apply for the US-UK Fulbright Global Challenges Teaching Award News November 29, 2021 ACE and 45 other higher education associations have submitted sent comments to the Department of Homeland Security on the draft rules released in September to strengthen the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Read More News November 29, 2021 ACE, 45 Other Groups Praise Biden Administration’s Effort to “Protect and Fortify” DACA Podcast November 19, 2021 In this live conversation, hosts Jon Fansmith and Sarah Spreitzer discuss the status of the Build Back Better Act and more as Congress pushes toward the end of the year with a lengthy to-do list. Read More Podcast November 19, 2021 End of Year Countdown: What’s on the Congressional Agenda for Students and Colleges Statement November 15, 2021 Higher education associations issued a statement urging the U.S. government to partner with the higher education community to develop and implement a national strategy to return international student enrollment and exchanges to pre-COVID 19 numbers. Read More Statement November 15, 2021 U.S. Higher Education Community Calls for a Return to Pre-COVID 19 International Student Enrollment Numbers News November 15, 2021 ACE and seven other organizations issued a statement urging the federal government to engage in efforts with the higher education community to return international student enrollment to pre-pandemic numbers and support policies that encourage growth. Read More News November 15, 2021 Higher Education Organizations Call for Federal Support of International Students News November 8, 2021 This year’s ACE/AIEA Internationalization Collaborative will focus on “Mobilizing Synergies Between Internationalization and DEI” and will take place virtually on Feb. 23, 2022. Read More News November 8, 2021 Register Now for 2022 ACE/AIEA Collaborative on Internationalization and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Podcast November 4, 2021 With the House heading toward a vote on the Biden administration’s domestic spending plan, the hosts talk about what is in the bill for higher education and speak with Morgan Taylor about ACE’s latest Pulse Point survey of college presidents. Read More Podcast November 4, 2021 Higher Ed Waits for Congress to Act; ACE Takes Pulse of College Presidents Trends & Data October 25, 2021 In this ACE survey, 230 college and university presidents identified their most pressing concerns, including campus strategies regarding COVID-19, supporting individuals affected by the crisis in Afghanistan, and student mental health. Read More Trends & Data October 25, 2021 2021 Fall Term Pulse Point Survey of College and University Presidents News October 25, 2021 As higher education continues to be shaped by the global pandemic and social volatility, participants in ACE’s Internationalization Laboratory and Learner Success Laboratory are learning to face these shifting realities with agility and innovation. Read More News October 25, 2021 Transformation Lab Participants Meet the Challenges of the Day With Agility and Innovation Podcast October 21, 2021 he hosts look at what we know so far about the higher ed provisions in the budget reconciliation bill, the future of Public Service Loan Forgiveness, and the president's order mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for federal contractors. Read More Podcast October 21, 2021 Capitol Hill Fall Showdown: Will Higher Ed Get Left Behind? News October 18, 2021 ACE and other higher education associations are calling on the administration and the CDC to make the Biden administration's new travel policy flexible enough to accommodate students and scholars from countries where the vaccine is not widely available. Read More News October 18, 2021 ACE, Higher Ed Groups Urge Flexibility for International Students as COVID-19 Travel Ban Is Lifted (None) The Virtual Exchange/COIL Transformation Lab incorporates two parallel online intensive training programs for U.S. and global partner institutions. Read More (None) Virtual Exchange/COIL Transformation Lab News October 4, 2021 ACE, in collaboration with other higher education associations, has put together a resource kit to help colleges and universities ensure that necessary structures and support networks are in place to welcome Afghan students and scholars. Read More News October 4, 2021 Higher Ed Associations Release Resource Kit on Aiding Afghan Students and Scholars News September 27, 2021 ACE and 40 other higher education groups sent a letter to Congress last week requesting funding along with specific visa policies to support displaced Afghan students and scholars. Read More News September 27, 2021 ACE, Higher Education Groups Ask Congress for Aid, Visa Policies to Support Afghan Students and Scholars Podcast September 23, 2021 ACE Senior Vice President Terry Hartle and dotedu host Sarah Spreitzer unpack where Congress stands on reconciliation and what it means for students and institutions. Read More Podcast September 23, 2021 What’s Going on With Budget Reconciliation, and Why Should Higher Ed Care?