Weekly News Round-Up: November 10, 2022

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By Shorelight Team
Last updated on November 11, 2022

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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The Push For Diversification In Foreign Enrollment

November 9, 2022

This topic has been a key topic between Shorelight’s Public Affairs and Analytics teams for the past year. We knew the landscape was changing pre-pandemic; Covid-19 highlighted the need to evaluate and address diversification in student flow. We know that some countries will always send higher numbers of students than others however, the time has come to expand our global goals.

“US - In 2021, the number of Nigerian and Mexican students on M-1 or F-1 visas increased by 12% and 13%, respectively, over 2020, and numbers from France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK all increased as well. *The US does not have an international education strategy or other government-based indications of which markets are priorities, but SEVIS visa numbers for 2021 show that the above regions sent significantly more students last year, helping to spur US educators’ recovery from pandemic enrolment losses.”

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Three Ways The United States Should Rethink The Economics Of Higher Education

November 7, 2022

Considering all the changes impacting higher education in recent years and to come, this article provides good comparisons to how our major competitors have managed their own challenges. The issue of rising costs of tuition and student debt, the wealth gap, and diversity in higher education are all being grappled with today. This article provides some insights into the processes in other countries.

“In 2018, The New York Times assembled a team of eleven international experts to assess the ways four different countries—Sweden, the UK, Australia, U.S.—design their respective tertiary student payment schemes. They trawled through the pros and cons of each approach, and Australia—where I was educated and am now in a university leadership role—came out on top. Why? Basically, because their economic scheme for higher education is neither a barrier to entry nor does it saddle Australian graduates with unsupportable debt, though that becomes less true over time. “

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Are Divisive US Politics Repelling International Early-Career Scientists?

November 7, 2022

I must admit that when reading this article the day before the US elections, I was a bit disheartened by the topic. We know that divisive politics has been a factor for international students considering the US as a destination. Politics, policies, social issues, and rising costs combined have had international students looking at other country destinations. After Tuesday, I’m feeling encouraged. No matter what side of the political aisle we fall on, Tuesday was a good day for American Democracy.

The reasons for international-student career decisions are undoubtedly complex. In the case of the United States, some would-be students have lingering concerns about COVID-19. The high cost of living is a key issue for non-citizens, with the median rent for the 50 largest metropolitan areas hitting a record high of US$1,879 per month in July.”

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What The Election Results Mean For Higher Ed

November 9, 2022

Going into Tuesday’s election, it was anybody’s guess as to who would take the majority in the Senate and House. Many predicted a “red wave,” but that didn’t happen. Currently, the Senate has come down to three seats, with each party needing to win two out of three. In the House, there are still dozens of races not yet called, and there remains a path for Democrats to maintain the majority. That path is slim, and many believe that Republicans will end up with the majority of approximately 7 seats. 

With a new majority comes new committee chairs. One notable change would be Rep. Foxx (R-VA) on Education. She will want to re-examine student debt relief and Title IX. Republicans are also expressing their concerns around LGBTQ and Transgender issues and have introduced legislation restricting lessons on gender and sexuality for children.

“Racial justice in education will be another issue to watch. Over the past two years, many red-state legislatures have passed laws restricting teaching about race and sex. Their success in Tuesday’s election may prompt some lawmakers to double down on the strategy.”

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