“New ICE Policy Cuts Students, Schools Off at the Knees”

The following "breaking news" bulletin issued by Ware Immigration, a well-known firm in the field that has been practicing immigration & nationality law since 1982, is the most spot-on characterization I've seen so far of the 6 July 2020 ICE (Student and Exchange Visitor Program/SEVP) ruling that Students attending schools operating entirely online may not … Continue reading “New ICE Policy Cuts Students, Schools Off at the Knees”

Anatomy of a perfect storm for international recruitment

Here's my latest essay for University World News. I discuss Viet Nam's extraordinary progress to date, the impact of COVID-19 on the economy and education industry, healthcare access abroad concerns, anti-Asian racism, online instruction, the importance of showing students and parents "the love," and "recruitment strategy reset" in which I list six (6) points to … Continue reading Anatomy of a perfect storm for international recruitment

Vietnamese Student Enrollment in the US Holds Steady

The US Department of Homeland Security via the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has finally released the latest stats on international students in the US. The last one was March 2019 (!). (Here's 13.1.20 commentary about that.) Gee, I wonder if my many gentle reminders had anything to do with the timing of the … Continue reading Vietnamese Student Enrollment in the US Holds Steady

“Why constructive criticism of the US is not anti-American”

Here's my latest University World News essay from 18 January 2020. (NOTE: Editor's title.) The original working title was Nationalism Rears Its Ugly Head in the Tumultuous World of US International Education, which is descriptive but too long. 🙂 If the title or introduction below whets your appetite for more, follow this link Closeup of … Continue reading “Why constructive criticism of the US is not anti-American”

Time & Money for Fake Universities But Not Routine Data Updates

NOTE: Here's the correct link to my latest University World News essay, Vietnamese student enrolment in the US holds steady. Mea culpa! The clock is stuck at March 2019. While information may not always be power, it certainly is helpful in professional decision-making. The last SEVIS by the Numbers update was 10 months ago. I … Continue reading Time & Money for Fake Universities But Not Routine Data Updates

Links for University World News Article

Why constructive criticism of the US is not anti-American May-September 2019 US Student Visa Update from Viet Nam (11-19) US Student Visa Issuances Up in May-July 2019 Over 2018 (8-19) Number of Vietnamese Students in the US Rebounds (5-19) #YouAreWelcomeWhere?  A Call to Action (10-18) To many Vietnamese, US still a top overseas study destination in spite of Donald … Continue reading Links for University World News Article

“The Outlook On (US) Immigration In 2020”

Here's a relevant paragraph from Stuart Anderson's 6.1.20 article for Forbes: New Restrictions on International Students: New enrollment of international students fell by more than 10% between the 2015-16 and 2018-2019 academic years. That has not discouraged the Trump administration from proposing additional international student restrictions. Items on the administration’s regulatory agenda include targeting Optional Practical Training (OPT), establishing … Continue reading “The Outlook On (US) Immigration In 2020”

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?

Educational Advisers: Is Being a US Higher Ed Alum Enough?

As seen on a Facebook group devoted to the work of independent education counselors (IECs):   Intimidated by college deadlines? #EducationUSA advisers and U.S. university alumni are here to help! Type your questions down below or shoot us an e-mail at manila[AT]educationusa.org or cebu[AT]educationusa.org for any questions and concerns regarding your college applications. Our services are … Continue reading Educational Advisers: Is Being a US Higher Ed Alum Enough?

“Ethical agents should support direct student admissions”

Students occasionally ask one co-author, who has lived and worked in Viet Nam since 2005, whether or not they can apply directly. The answer is an enthusiastic ‘Yes’, if they feel sufficiently confident. The original working title, Imagine a World Without Agents, We Wonder If You Can - with a grateful nod to John Lennon … Continue reading “Ethical agents should support direct student admissions”