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Into the Storm
CURRENTS Article Within hours of the June 2016 Brexit referendum in which 51.9 percent of voters in the United Kingdom opted to leave the European Union, many U.K. universities created special teams to address their most immediate concerns: student and staff recruitment and retention. University College London convened a Brexit planning group, chaired by its president and provost, with top representatives participating from offices such as communications, development, international, education and student affairs, the registrar, and human resources, as well as the college's unions.

Virginia Tech Goes #Unfinished
CURRENTS Article Attendees of the #VTUnfinished workshop and five discussion sessions said the program provided new insights and strategies for tackling diversity issues, introduced them to community members they could learn from, and encouraged them to think critically and speak comfortably about inclusion. Social media conversations on the #VTUnfinished hashtag also played an important role in furthering campus dialogue.

Refuge for Refugees
CURRENTS Article In January 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order that immediately banned travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries-Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen-from entering the U.S. for 90 days and prevented all refugees from entering for 120 days. The executive order, wrote President Dennis Hanno of Wheaton College in Massachusetts, "implies that international students are neither needed nor wanted. This is false, and we must counter that divisive message." Hanno announced the creation of a full scholarship for a refugee applicant from a war-torn country, with preference given to applicants from one of the seven countries affected by the original executive order.

Access and Allies
CURRENTS Article While universities in Scotland—and around the world—are eager to take advantage of these kinds of missions, they are often hampered by limited resources and can struggle to draw enough alumni to North American events to make the planning and effort worthwhile. These institutions have discovered that joining forces—with each other, the government, and private organizations—is the key to building a more effective international alumni engagement program.

Talking Points: Broadening the Experience
CURRENTS Article Students who study abroad are more likely to stay in college, graduate within four years, and earn a higher grade point average. But more than 75 percent of the 289,000 U.S. students who study abroad each year are white, and 65 percent are female. Nonwhite students constitute 39.6 percent of the U.S. undergraduate population, yet they make up only 23.7 percent of the study abroad population. Achieving greater diversity in study abroad requires a strategy.

Making Campus More Culturally Sensitive
Article,  BriefCASE Article Advancement professionals should help improve cultural literacy on their campuses, says a director of international alumni relations.

Strategic Affinity: Engaging International Alumni to Support Internationalisation, a UK Case Study Approach
Nicholas J. Miller for Higher Education Academy
Report This report, which builds on earlier work, highlights the latest trends in internationalization and international alumni relations in the UK and proposes a conceptual framework for developing synergies between them. Studies are presented under three headings, and recommendations are drawn from each. These recommendations inform the final commentary, which offers a number of strategic principles for maximizing the contributions of international alumni to internationalization.

Outlay of the Land
CURRENTS Article How has the recession affected public funding of higher education in Europe? Here, the results are mapped out.

Talking Points: The End of Geography
CURRENTS Article This combination of high-net worth expansion and the growth of the middle class in emerging economies will change the pattern of demand not simply for goods and services but also for higher education. How can colleges and universities, and specifically their advancement offices, seize the opportunity that globalization creates?

Talking Points: Thorny Branches
CURRENTS Article In recent years, several international branch campuses have closed their doors for a variety of reasons, including their inability to attract sufficient and sufficiently qualified students. Still, more are being developed and entering an increasingly competitive environment.

Talking Points: Ineffective Counsel?
CURRENTS Article U.S. colleges and universities weigh economics and ethics of paying third-party agents a commission to recruit international students.

A Greater Academic Mission
CURRENTS Article A distance learning program created by Jesuit Commons educates refugee populations in Syria, Kenya, and Malawi. Refugees take classes online and earn a Diploma of Liberal Studies, conferred by Regis University.

A Capital Investment
CURRENTS Article Through its Capitals of the World program, Bay Path College offers students a spring break that is fun and oftentimes life-changing.

Outlook: Rethinking Restrictions
CURRENTS Article Despite growing indications that scholarly mobility is hugely beneficial both to the students leaving their home countries and the institutions and countries that receive them, there remains intermittent resistance around the world to free movement of students and professors.

Beyond Borders
CURRENTS Article Researchers from the British Council and the Economist Intelligence Unit quantified the internationalization of 11 countries' higher education policies.

Indian Universities Opening Campuses Abroad
Article,  BriefCASE Article Universities in India are opening campuses abroad even as the Indian government makes plans to bring foreign institutions to India.

More U.S. Students Studying Abroad
Article,  BriefCASE Article A new study from the U.S. Department of Education reports that the number of U.S. students who study abroad has quadrupled during the past 20 years, increasing from 62,300 students in 1987-88 to 262,400 students in 2007-08.

UK Government to Cut the Number of Student Visas
Article,  BriefCASE Article The UK government has introduced tougher rules to prevent abuse of its student visa system.

Outlook: Chasing World-Class Status
CURRENTS Article Research shows that three factors distinguish top international universities from their competitors: talented teachers and students; significant budgets; and strategic leadership. However, countries that aspire to build world-class universities may be chasing a myth that could take years to materialize, cost hundreds of millions of dollars to build and operate, and still fall short of the social and economic rewards commonly associated with these prestigious institutions.

A New Landscape
CURRENTS Article Dozens of universities—primarily from the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia—are eyeing the Persian Gulf region as a largely untapped reservoir of academic potential and economic opportunity. But establishing a presence in the region can be as perilous as it is potentially fruitful.

Continental Drift
CURRENTS Article Educational institutions are entering new education markets and recruiting students from abroad at a quickening pace. Now, of necessity, they are turning their attention to international advancement and how best to engage alumni, friends, governments, foundations, and other entities beyond their borders.

Canadian Institutions Look Abroad to Slow Growth at Home
Article,  BriefCASE Article Faced with declining undergraduate enrollment, more universities in Canada are stepping up marketing and communications initiatives and expanding recruitment efforts abroad.

Proactive Marketing Helps Draw Grad Students to Canada
Article,  BriefCASE Article Targeted marketing campaigns have helped boost the number of Iranian graduate students to Canadian universities.

Explosive Growth Reported in Global Higher Ed Enrollment
Article,  BriefCASE Article A new report reveals that the number of students pursuing tertiary or higher education has “skyrocketed.”

Talking Points: Mending Fences
CURRENTS Article What can be done to improve America's image abroad? Education can be a key to building meaningful relationships with other countries if we open to the door to exchanges.

Advance Work: Globe Trotters
CURRENTS Article A list, taken from a report by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development, shows international students as a percentage of higher education enrollment in OECD countries.

Advance Work: Far From Home
CURRENTS Article The Institute of International Education says that international enrollment for the 2007-2008 academic year increased 7 percent from the previous year, to 623,805 students.

Surge in Students Studying Abroad Linked to Worldwide Growth in Education
Article,  BriefCASE Article A new report states that the number of students seeking an education outside of their home country is growing dramatically due in large part to a worldwide growth in higher education.

Closing Remarks: A New International Identity
CURRENTS Article E. Gordon Gee, the president of Ohio State University, discusses the benefits of study-abroad programs for students. They are, he says, an essential component of every student's education.

Talking Points: Mending Fences
CURRENTS Article What can be done to improve America's image abroad? Education can be a key to building meaningful relationships with other countries if we open to the door to exchanges.

More U.S. Students Go Abroad to Earn Degree
Article,  BriefCASE Article More U.S. students are pursuing their undergraduate degrees abroad with particular interest in eastern Canada and the United Kingdom.

Advance Work: Erstwhile Economic Engines
CURRENTS Article Foreign students and their dependents contributed $14.5 billion to the U.S. economy during the 2006-2007 academic year.

Postcard from St. Petersburg
CURRENTS Article The British Council reaches out to potential students in Russia.

Advance Work: Shifting Alliances
CURRENTS Article A new report finds that international student enrollment grew faster in other countries than in the United States from academic years 1999-2000 through 2004-2005.

Talking Points: Common Ground
CURRENTS Article This article describes the Bologna Process and its impact on European higher education as well as its possible impact on U.S. higher ed. The Bologna Process seeks to make European countries' various national higher education systems more compatible with each other, to create a European Higher Education Area (EHEA) by 2010, and to increase the competitiveness of European educational systems and their graduates.

Talking Points: A Broad Path to Success
CURRENTS Article This article picks up where the March 2006 article about international students on U.S. campuses since Sept. 11 left off. This article discusses how study abroad programs have been affected and discusses initiatives to increase American student participation in study abroad programs. It also discusses whether study abroad is a worthwhile endeavor for U.S. students.

Talking Points: Missing Persons Report
CURRENTS Article This article examines the trends in the international student population on U.S. campuses since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Specifically, it addresses policy changes, the declining numbers of international students attending U.S. campuses, the long-term effects of these changes, and what can be done to remedy the situation.

Talking Points: A Not-So-Warm Welcome
CURRENTS Article This Talking Points column notes that the tragic ramifications of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks have been felt around the globe, and have reshaped the debate over international students’ access to U.S. campuses. The author shares his view that Congress must balance the need for national security with the importance of promoting global understanding.

Talking Points: Exchange Students at the Gate
CURRENTS Article Proposed regulations from the Immigration and Naturalization Service threaten the thriving U.S. market in international study. The new system imposes fees and establishes online tracking systems to guard against terrorism. Critics fear the program could create overwhelming technological and financial barriers for some international students. This not only poses an economic threat but also threatens the positive impressions international students gain from their U.S. study.

AdvanceWork: Cooperation Beats Competition
CURRENTS Article Marketing professionals at 11 colleges and universities in Nova Scotia, Canada, have joined forces to promote their institutions to international students.

Earning the Right to Ask
CURRENTS Article The first step in international fund raising is to ensure that the entire institution -- not just the advancement office -- welcomes and values its global constituency. Consultant Connor describes five characteristics of successful institutions: 1) Internationalism is mission-driven. 2) Everyone is on board. 3) External messages are centrally coordinated. 4) The campus is marketing-oriented. 5) The campus is committed to long-term efforts without expecting short-term results. Connor offers seven suggestions for creating long-term relationships with international families, such as involving international students in institutional life and promoting cultural respect in the campus community. A sidebar provides six tips for cultivating and soliciting gifts from international prospects.

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