Is Cost Really the Key Factor in the Decline of New Int’l Enrollments in the US?

After the latest Open Doors report was released, Allan E. Goodman, president & CEO of the Institute of International Education (IIE), did his level best to spin the statistics by pointing to cost as the overriding factor in the decline of new international enrollments rather than the impact of the Trump Effect.   While the total … Continue reading Is Cost Really the Key Factor in the Decline of New Int’l Enrollments in the US?

Viet Nam Ranks 60th Out of 163 in 2018 Global Peace Index

Viet Nam is a peaceful country.  For those of us who live here, I'm stating the obvious.  According to the latest Global Peace Index report,  Viet Nam ranks 60th out of 163 countries surveyed.  That ranking is in descending order from the "most peaceful" (Iceland) to the "most dangerous" (Syria).  The "state of peace" categories include: very … Continue reading Viet Nam Ranks 60th Out of 163 in 2018 Global Peace Index

“The Dregs of Higher Education Damage Our Immigration System”

This organization, whose slogan is Low-immigration, Pro-immigrant, is not one whose work I would normally cite but this is a well-researched report.  It is about an important issue I have been writing for quite some time now, a lone voice in the US higher education accreditation wilderness, so to speak.  There is more than one loophole, … Continue reading “The Dregs of Higher Education Damage Our Immigration System”

Record Number of B Visas Issued to Vietnamese in 2017

Since information is power, or at least helps in many decision-making processes, I am always looking for trends based on statistics and other data.  In the last (2017) fiscal year (FY) ending on 30 September 2017, a record 100,423 B-1,2 (tourist and business) visas were issued to Vietnamese citizens.  The number of student visas issued during … Continue reading Record Number of B Visas Issued to Vietnamese in 2017

Vietnamese Students Contribute Over $1 Billion to the US Economy

In 2016/17, Vietnamese students enrolled in US colleges and universities contributed $818 million to the US economy, according to the Open Doors 2017 report.  (Source:  US Department of Commerce)  Keep in mind that those data are from fall 2016 and are limited to higher education. Let's update and extrapolate using SEVIS data from December 2017.  … Continue reading Vietnamese Students Contribute Over $1 Billion to the US Economy

Fiscal Year 2016 Entry/Exit Overstay Report- Department of Homeland Security

A colleague recently sent me this report with the above title.  (Thank you, K!)  Yeah, I know; it's not most people's idea of a good time but it is interesting to wonks like me who follow these trends in the field (and industry) of international education.  Information is power, right?  OK, if not power, then … Continue reading Fiscal Year 2016 Entry/Exit Overstay Report- Department of Homeland Security

The Wave Continues to Build: Vietnamese Students in the USA

According to the latest Mapping SEVIS by the Numbers update from last month, there are currently 31,389 Vietnamese students in the US at all levels of the education system.  (2.59% of all international students in the US are from Viet Nam.)   Viet Nam remains in 5th place sandwiched between Saudi Arabia, which experienced the sharpest decline … Continue reading The Wave Continues to Build: Vietnamese Students in the USA