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Pam Russell
Senior Director of Communications


For Immediate Release
Jan. 31, 2017

CASE President Says U.S. President’s Executive Order Unduly Impacts Education

Statement by CASE President and CEO Sue Cunningham

As an organization dedicated to advancing education and supporting more than 3,600 member institutions around the world, we are not surprised to see the swift and unequivocal response from those across the education sector to the U.S. presidential executive order limiting entry of non-U.S. citizens into the country. Among us all, it is abundantly clear that there is no more effective way than through education to advance humanity, maintain a civil society and tackle the myriad challenges that our world faces. We at CASE, like so many others, oppose any action that might limit any person's access to life-changing educational opportunities.

Appreciating that the order is intended to protect national security, it also directly affects more than 17,000 students in the United States who come from the seven countries affected by the immediate 90-day entry ban. What's more, the order may affect more than 1 million non-U.S. students who study at U.S. institutions. Non-U.S. students represent more than 5 percent of all U.S. higher education enrollment, according to the Institute of International Education.

But the impact of the order is likely to be even greater. Last year, more than 380,000 U.S. students studied abroad or participated in some form of non-credit educational exchange, such as an internship. Given the new U.S. restrictions, we believe it is quite reasonable to assume that other countries may be less welcoming to U.S. students, depriving still more students of these critical global learning opportunities.

In the end, education has a vital role to play in ending the political and cultural animosity that pervades our world today. CASE is proud to join the chorus of voices that believe that sound policy should be dedicated to providing more educational opportunities, not limiting them.

About CASE

CASE believes in advancing education to transform lives and society. As a global nonprofit membership association of educational institutions, CASE helps develop the communities of professional practice that build institutional resilience and success in challenging times. The communities include staff engaged in alumni relations, fundraising, marketing, student recruitment, stakeholder engagement, crisis communications and government relations. CASE is volunteer-led and uses the intellectual capital of senior practitioners to build capacity and capability across the world.

CASE has offices in Washington, D.C., London, Singapore and Mexico City. Member institutions include more than 3,700 colleges and universities, primary and secondary independent and international schools, and nonprofit organizations in 82 countries. CASE serves nearly 88,000 practitioners. For more information about CASE, please visit www.case.org.