International Student and Scholar Regulatory Practice (ISS RP) Committee


The International Student and Scholar Regulatory Practice Committee (ISS RP) is charged with identifying regulatory practice issues that need action through government agency liaison by NAFSA staff, or team members as requested by staff. ISS RP also identifies practice resources to be referred to the Knowledge Community for International Student and Scholar Services (KC ISSS) for development. The committee assists the NAFSA's Vice President for Public Policy and Practice (VPPPP) in communicating to members on regulatory practice issues and identifies longer term public policy issues and forwards those to the VPPPP.

The ISS RP team works hard to address regulatory practice issues that are both broad and deep. ISS RP analyzes submissions to IssueNet's Report an Issue to prioritize those concerns from the ISSS field and notes trends.

2019 ISS RP Members

  • Katie Tudini, Chair, ISS RP Committee, University at Buffalo
  • Adam Julian, Chair-designate, ISS RP Committee, Appalachian State University
  • David Muusz, Chair of Employment Based Subcommittee, University of Michigan
  • Brian Groves, Chair of Exchange Visitor Program Subcommittee, University of California, San Francisco
  • Regina George, Chair of Regulatory Ombud Subcommittee, University of South Alabama
  • Cory Owen, Chair of the International Student Subcommittee, The Juilliard School
  • Lucy Cheung, Chair of the Travel Subcommittee, Goldstein and Cheung LLP

ISS RP Subcommittees

The ISS RP subcommittees are made up of members with specific expertise in the ISSS field. The subcommittees assist ISS RP to prioritize regulatory issues for NAFSA government liaison. ISS RP currently has five subcommittees: Regulatory Ombud Subcommittee; Travel Subcommittee; International Student Subcommittee; Exchange Visitor Program Subcommittee; Employment Based Subcommittee. Subcommittee tasks include:

  • Review, analyze, and prioritize submissions into IssueNet. Also consider regulatory practice concerns that come from other sources such as conference sessions and network discussion forum postings.
  • Provide information for comment letters and white papers to NAFSA staff.
  • Through staff-arranged teleconferences or meetings, communicate with government agencies on issues that result in clarification or positively-changed federal practice or procedure.
  • Work with staff to provide ongoing practice guidance and information to NAFSA members based on communication from government agencies.
  • Recommend new regulatory practice resources to KC ISSS (Knowledge Community for International Student and Scholar Services) for development.

Meet the Subcommittee Members