Weekly News Round-Up: August 31, 2023

By Shorelight Team
Published on September 7, 2023

Each week the Shorelight team rounds up trusted headlines on the latest in international education and all things impacting students and universities.

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New Research: Foreign Students In STEM Don’t Hurt American Workers

Public Affairs at Shorelight is focused on post-graduation work opportunities for international students. We know that many of our students want both a US education and the opportunity for work experience in the US following their graduation. OPT and STEM-OPT are continuing to get challenged, and it is good to see this article out of the Niskanen Center once again making the case for the programs.

“The reality is that STEM OPT plays a vital role in our education system by allowing graduates of our universities to learn essential and practical skills related to their fields of study. At the same time, it benefits American employers by serving as an evaluative term in which companies faced with limited immigration options can determine which trainees, if any, are most qualified for full employment and visa sponsorship offers.”

Get the full story on the Niskanen Center >

Canada Expecting 900k But “Integrity Of System” At Risk, Says Minister

The bulk of this story discusses the challenges Canada is facing with their international student growth. As the country serving the largest number of international students in the world, the US understands the challenges, which include fraud and visa overstay. For me, the real story here is 900K international students in Canada. Canada is rapidly approaching the US in the number of international students it hosts annually. What makes this a big deal is they are succeeding with far less capacity than the US. Canada is punching well above their weight!

“Canada is expecting to host 900,000 international students this year, its immigration minister has detailed, meaning the country is approaching the total number of international students in the world’s most popular study destination, the US.”

Get the full story on The PIE >

Measuring Higher Ed’s Benefits Beyond Earnings

With so many articles questioning the value of higher education, it is refreshing to see some positive news. Beyond increasing job prospects and higher salaries, a postsecondary degree can improve outcomes in everything from personal health and character to civic engagement and relationships.

“Looking across multiple variables and all aspects of life, you see overwhelming support that education beyond high school is absolutely worth it. The more education you have, the better life, better job that you’re likely to have,” said Courtney Brown, Lumina’s vice president of impact and planning. “You can’t really dispute the data here.”

Get the full story on Inside Higher Ed >