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Title:  International Students Bailed Out Colleges in the Last Recession. They Won’t This Time.

Date:  September 12, 2019

Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education

Author: Karin Fischer

Over the past several decades, the United States has been the top choice for international students looking to study abroad. The increasing number of international students has offset a significant amount of state funding cuts. However, in a new article in The Chronicle for Higher Education, some experts question whether international student enrollment will continue to be a reliable revenue source in the long term.

Major findings from this article include:

  • The factors putting pressure on colleges that rely on oversea students include changes in U.S. visa policy, the perception of the United States now as unwelcoming to outsiders, and the trade war with China, the country that sends the largest group of students to American institutions.
  • The impact of decreased international enrollment on prestigious, selective colleges and universities and has been minimal. Regional public institutions, small liberal arts colleges, and master’s-level institutions have been the most affected.
  • Due to the increased emphasis on an “American First” policy, interest in globalization has diminished, and many public colleges have switched their focus back to local students and the local economy.

To read the full article, please click here.

–Haelim Chun

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