Weekly News Roundup: January 18, 2024

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By Shorelight Team
Published on January 18, 2024

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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Agencies’ Power Under Scrutiny in Supreme Court Arguments

This week, the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) will be hearing arguments on a case that could have significant impacts on how US government agencies operate. “The justices will consider whether to overrule the seminal 1984 Chevron decision, which requires judges to defer to agencies’ interpretations of ambiguous statutes.” This means that SCOTUS is being asked to rule on the authority of government agencies to make and enforce regulations. An important regulation for us would be OPT, which is an agency regulation, not law. A ruling here could potentially remove DHS’ authority over the program. This is something our team is monitoring closely and will provide updates as more information develops. 

  • “Overruling Chevron,” Solicitor General Elizabeth B. Prelogar wrote in a Supreme Court brief defending the doctrine, “would be a convulsive shock to the legal system.”

Read more on the New York Times >

Competing for Students: Global North Gives Up Its Privilege

This interesting article covers the state of international education among several top-tier countries. There has been speculation from Australia, the UK, and Canada on international student caps and tougher policies towards students. Here in the US, we continue to work hard towards improving our current policies and improve processes for international students.

  • Initiatives such as the US for Success Coalition of international education stakeholders in the United States, as well as calls for a more welcoming policy by university leaders in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, illustrate the higher education sector’s concern in those countries. But nationalist sentiments and knowledge security concerns set the tone in the Global North, not only with respect to international students, but in relation to immigration as a whole.

Learn more on University World News >

Amid National Backlash, Colleges Brace for Fresh Wave of Anti-DEI Legislation

We are always trying to look ahead for issues that could impact our students and our partners. Sometimes the issues aren’t always coming from the federal government, but state governments. After many proposed anti-DEI bills were tabled last year in states across the country, it appears there is a renewed push beginning for the 2024 legislative sessions. This article provides some legislative background and analysis.

  • The origin of the political campaign to dismantle colleges’ DEI efforts traces back to January 2023, when the Manhattan Institute and the Goldwater Institute created a playbook for lawmakers wishing to oppose DEI. In its proposal, scholars described DEI offices and their staff as “a kind of revolutionary vanguard on campuses; their livelihood can only be justified by discovering — i.e., manufacturing — new inequities to be remedied.”

Get the full story on The Chronicle of Higher Education >