MEDIA ADVISORY: NAFSA Releases Latest Economic Data, Additional International Education Events




Rebecca Morgan, 202.737.3699 x2553,
Brea Neri, 202.737.3699 x8715,

WASHINGTON, November 13, 2015 – New reports and events are planned for the week of Nov. 16-20, the 16th annual International Education Week.

NAFSA’s International Student Economic Value Tool, Latest Data Scheduled for Release Nov. 16

Free online resource with the latest information about the economic contributions of international students and their families to the United States allows for sorting of the data at the national level and by state, region, and congressional district, offering a clear picture of how much the United States benefits from international education. Also available are information on 10-year trends and a detailed job sector analysis. Available at

NAFSA to recognize Eight Universities and Colleges with 2015 Simon Award for Excellence in International Education at Livestreamed Event

NAFSA: Association of International Educators will host a panel discussion of college and university presidents on steps higher education institutions can take to expand access to the global learning opportunities that graduates need in order to succeed in today’s global economy.

The college and university leaders are from institutions awarded NAFSA’s 2015 Senator Paul Simon Awards for Campus Internationalization for their success in developing international curriculums, integrating international students into the campus and diversifying enhanced access to study abroad.

Event: Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization, featuring a Presidential Panel and Reception Honoring the 2015 Award Recipients
When: Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Presidential Panel: 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Reception and Awards Ceremony: 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Where: Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
Capitol Room (Panel) & Congressional A (Reception)
400 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C., 20001

Attending the Event
Reporters interested in covering the event on Nov. 17 should contact by C.O.B. Monday, Nov. 16.

Live Webcast
While space is limited for this invite-only event, the presidential panel will be broadcasted live via webcast beginning at 4 p.m. (EST) at NAFSA thanks IELTS for underwriting the webcast.

2015 Winning Institutions
Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization: Mount Holyoke College, North Central College, University of Delaware, University of San Diego and University of Virginia

Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award: Rice University, Virginia Commonwealth University and Wake Forest University

  • Evan Ryan, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), U.S. Department of State
  • Marlene M. Johnson, Executive Director and CEO of NAFSA: Association of International Educators
  • Martin Simon, son of the late Senator Paul Simon (invited)
  • Lynn Pasquerella, President, Mount Holyoke College
  • Troy D. Hammond, President, North Central College
  • David W. Leebron, President, Rice University
  • Nancy M. Targett, Acting President, University of Delaware
  • James T. Harris, III, President, University of San Diego
  • Teresa A. Sullivan, President, University of Virginia
  • Debra W. Stewart, PhD, Moderator, President Emerita at the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) and member of NAFSA Board of Directors

Online Publication of Internationalizing the Campus 2015 available for download Nov. 16

The thirteenth edition of NAFSA’s Internationalizing the Campus report is a collection of profiles of the colleges and universities that received NAFSA’s 2015 Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization and Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award. The report cites exemplary practices and model approaches on outstanding U.S. campuses, as well as key trends related to international education. Copies of the report will be distributed at the Nov. 17 event or can be accessed by reporters by contacting

Live Webcast of the Role of International Education in Peacebuilding Panel on Nov. 16

At 9 a.m. (EST) on Monday, Nov. 16, NAFSA partners with the United States Institute of Peace and the Alliance for Peacebuilding for a panel discussion of world-class experts focusing on the role of international education in peacebuilding. To attend the event, register here by Nov. 13. The panel will also be available to watch via live webcast at