Playing Geopolitical Whack-a-Mole: The Viet Nam Flag Issue Revisited

“The past is never dead. It's not even past." (from Requiem for a Nun by William Faulkner) Sadly, the "flag issue" is very much alive at many educational institutions, especially those with nearby Vietnamese immigrant communities. If you're intrigued by the title and/or introduction below, follow this link to read the article. I include advice … Continue reading Playing Geopolitical Whack-a-Mole: The Viet Nam Flag Issue Revisited

"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

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 have sent no fewer than six (6) emails to our friendly colleagues at the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), which is … 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"

2019: A Year to Remember

Dear Friends, Colleagues, & Followers, The title of this post has a mostly positive connotation. Yes, these are challenging times in the fields of international education in general and international student recruitment in particular, for some countries more than others because of sociopolitical changes. The good news is that there is still tremendous interest in … Continue reading 2019: A Year to Remember

Cold as ICE: A Lame Attempt to Justify a Waste of Taxpayer Dollars & Entrapment

Below in navy blue is an official statement from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) acting deputy director about the faux University of Farmington.  (Remember the last sting operation in 2013, the University of Northern New Jersey?)  Here are the questions - in no particular order - that I would ask Mr. Benner, if … Continue reading Cold as ICE: A Lame Attempt to Justify a Waste of Taxpayer Dollars & Entrapment