Inside the Numbers: How Foreign Students Contribute $18.8 Billion to U.S. Economy

December 21, 2010 | Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy

By Jason Baumgartner

NAFSA’s latest annual economic impact statements estimate that international students at U.S. colleges and universities contributed $18.8 billion to this country’s economy during the 2009 -2010 academic year. As sometimes happens, the NAFSA report has raised a few questions about how the numbers are derived. Interestingly, two articles appeared in the same week recently, one suggesting that the NAFSA estimate is too low, and another suggesting that it overstates the contribution foreign students make. These two contradictory analyses offer an occasion to provide some additional information and context for how the NAFSA economic impact statements are calculated... See More

Face to Face with Policy Makers: How NAFSA’s Advocacy Day Makes a Difference

December 13, 2010 | Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy

By Loveness Schafer

I was excited when NAFSA Region III offered me a scholarship to attend the 2010 NAFSA Advocacy Day event in Washington, DC. I wanted NAFSA to know that I will put the money to good use. But what use?

I never thought of myself as a lobbyist or an advocate for anything international. I had never attended Advocacy Day before, never been to Capitol Hill, and the thought of going to Washington to advocate for international education made me nervous.

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More Work to be Done on the DREAM Act

December 07, 2010 | Topics: Immigration Policy

By Katie O'Connell

This may be the last chance for the DREAM Act to pass this year as the intense debate continues in Congress this week. Many of you have helped a lot along the way, and we need you again now to help dispel myths about the DREAM Act, and to keep up the pressure on Congress to do the right thing for undocumented students and for our country.

Yesterday the daily congressional newspaper The Hill published a letter by NAFSA’s CEO and Executive Director Marlene M. Johnson titled, DREAM Act is humane, good for the US economy. This letter reiterates several important facts about the DREAM Act which have been misrepresented in the current debate.

There are 3 simple things you can do to help, too:

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The DREAM Act Needs Our Voices Today

December 01, 2010 | Topics: Immigration Policy

By Katie O'Connell

The DREAM Act has galvanized both supporters and opponents, and today the momentum – and the noise – is deafening. That’s because of anticipation that the Senate may move as early as this week to vote on the bill.

While the DREAM Act has enjoyed widespread bipartisan support over the years, you’ve probably heard the bill’s chances today aren’t great. However, the reality is that the opposition isn’t assuming victory – they’re flooding the Hill with faxes and calls. We need to be sure that we’re getting pro-DREAM Act letters to those offices too – to show support and to dispel myths about the legislation.

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Foreign Students Bring $18.8 Billion to U.S. Communities – and Much More

By Katie O'Connell

In these tough economic times, foreign students and their dependents continue to make an important economic contribution to communities and campuses across the United States. NAFSA’s new report of economic impact shows that college students from other countries contributed $18.8 billion to the U.S. economy in the 2009-2010 academic year through tuition, fees, and living expenses for themselves and their families. This is a $1 billion increase from the previous academic year.... See More

A Night with Greg Mortenson: How U.S. Higher Education Can Help Women in Afghanistan and Pakistan

November 09, 2010 | Topics: Foreign Policy, Education Abroad

By Katie O'Connell

Last night at the National Geographic Society Headquarters in Washington, DC, I had the privilege of listening to Greg Mortenson speak passionately about his life’s work of building schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan. You may know him as the author of the bestsellers Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace…One School at A Time and Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He is also co-founder of the nonprofit Central Asia Institute and founder of Pennies for Peace.... See More