Policy Recommendations for the 2016 Presidential Candidates

NAFSA and its members believe that international education and exchange—connecting students, scholars, educators, and citizens across borders—is fundamental. International education and exchange establishes mutual understanding among nations, prepares the next generation with vital cross-cultural and global skills, and creates conditions for a more peaceful world.

NAFSA encourages the next administration to consider the issues below that make us a more prosperous, engaged, and secure nation.

Click the links below to read each of the issue briefs in full. Or download your printable version directly from this page.

1. Bringing Global Diversity to U.S. Campuses - An Economic and National Security Imperative

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  • Current Enrollment Trends
  • Proactive Approach to International Student Recruitment
  • Partnership with U.S. Higher Education and the Private Sector Critical
  • A National Policy Initiative

2. Creating an International Student Diversity Advisory Council to Advance U.S. Academic, Economic, and Foreign Policy Priorities

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  • Current Trends
  • Diversity Benefits U.S. Students
  • Why a Federal Advisory Council?

3. Making International Learning an Integral Component of Higher Education Will Enhance our Security

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  • International Learning Contributes to U.S. National Security
  • International Learning is Vital to Our Economic Security
  • International Learning Should be the Rule, Not the Exception

4. Welcoming Foreign Students to U.S. Institutions is Vital to American Public Policy

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  • Foreign Students are Critical to Diplomatic and National Security Efforts
  • Foreign Students Provide Economic Benefits to the United States
  • Foreign Students Improve United States Academic Institutions
  • Only Foreign Students are Monitored


Lisa E. Rosenberg
Senior Director of Public Policy
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