The Alliance Policy Monitor

Timely, authoritative reporting on exchange news and policy trends

Lisa Heyn
Mon, 04/14/2014 - 12:03

“The Fulbright Program is one of the best opportunities that America has to improve its relationship with the rest of the world,” according to a recent Huffington Post blog post by Fulbright Fellow and English Teaching Assistant Jonathan Rice.

Lisa Heyn
Fri, 04/11/2014 - 13:52

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Ursula Heaney
Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:23

Below please find the listing of Federal Register announcements issued by the U.S. Departments of State, Education, and Homeland Security, and USAID since 4/4/14.

If you would like more information on any items on the list, please email uheaney@alliance-exchange.org and provide the item number located above the announcement. Requests are processed on a daily basis. If you would prefer not to receive this listing, email uheaney@alliance-exchange.org or call 202-293-6141.

Please feel free to contact us for additional questions.

Lisa Heyn
Fri, 04/04/2014 - 15:21

► CNN reported that gaining international experience could give students an edge when they enter the job market.

Lisa Heyn
Fri, 04/04/2014 - 11:43

Alliance member Global Ties U.S. – formerly the National Council for International Visitors (NCIV) – is organizing Discover Diplomacy, a new program designed to engage volunteers through a behind-the-scenes look at diplomacy in Washington, D.C.

The event will be held May 2-4 in Washington, D.C. and provides a fun and rewarding experience for volunteers, home hosts and supporters to experience first-hand the connection between exchange programs and diplomacy.

Lisa Heyn
Fri, 04/04/2014 - 11:20

A blog post in The New Yorker discusses the potential value and challenges posed by the rising number of F-1 high school students coming to the U.S. Quoting data provided by CSIET (the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel), the post notes that “between 2007 and 2012, the number of F-1 students at U.S.

Ursula Heaney
Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:29

Even as relations between the U.S. and Russian governments hit a post-Soviet low point, due to the crisis in Crimea, administrators of educational exchange partnerships say business is largely continuing as usual, Inside Higher Ed reports.

Inside Higher Ed quotes Dr. Dan Davidson, President of the American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS, who notes that:

Ursula Heaney
Fri, 04/04/2014 - 09:41

Below please find the listing of Federal Register announcements issued by the U.S. Departments of State, Education, and Homeland Security, and USAID since 3/28/14.

If you would like more information on any items on the list, please email uheaney@alliance-exchange.org and provide the item number located above the announcement. Requests are processed on a daily basis. If you would prefer not to receive this listing, email uheaney@alliance-exchange.org or call 202-293-6141.

Please feel free to contact us for additional questions.

Mark Overmann
Thu, 04/03/2014 - 14:47

The Fulbright Program is “a fundamental piece of America’s higher education infrastructure,” writes Jarrod Hayes in the Washington Post, providing “a critical opportunity for our collective braintrust to build the intellectual capital upon which our society relies”:

“The Fulbright scholars program is…central to everything colleges and universities do for our society. It supports faculty from all over the U.S.—red states, blue states, and states in between—to travel abroad in an effort to build connections with other societies and bring those connections and experiences home to their students and communities. It also brings the world into the classrooms of our children by funding the research and teaching of scholars from other societies visiting American colleges and universities.”

“In very many ways, the Fulbright program embodies the United States: an ambitious, diverse, globally connected program aimed at moving forward and at the forefront of taking on the difficult challenges that our societies and the world faces. And so preserving the Fulbright program is in a sense preserving who we are as Americans in the 21st century.”

Ursula Heaney
Wed, 04/02/2014 - 09:24

Gaining international experience could benefit students when they enter the job market, aCNN article reports.

With only one per cent of American students studying abroad, “studying abroad isn’t a common experience for most U.S. college students,” CNN writes, adding that “finances, time constraints and safety are some of the challenges U.S. students face when deciding to spend a semester or two overseas.”