The Alliance Policy Monitor

Timely, authoritative reporting on exchange news and policy trends

Ursula Heaney
Wed, 03/19/2014 - 15:35

Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced a bill this week that would deny foreign travelers U.S. visas if their home countries have not made sufficient efforts to prevent fraudulent passport use, CQ.com reports:

Ursula Heaney
Wed, 03/19/2014 - 13:04

First Lady Michelle Obama arrives in China on Thursday for a visit that will focus on education and the importance of people-to-people exchanges, The New York Times reports.

Ursula Heaney
Tue, 03/18/2014 - 15:39

In his most recent column in the New York Times, Nicholas Kristof outlines the importance of study abroad programs and presses American universities to increase the number of students they send abroad:

Ursula Heaney
Tue, 03/18/2014 - 14:14

In 2002, leaders of European Union member states called for “at least two foreign languages to be taught from a very early age.” In 2005, the EU’s executive body, the European Commission, declared a long-term objective “to increase individual multilingualism until every citizen has practical skills in at least two languages in addition to his or her mother tongue.” Progress on this initiative – often referred to as the “mother tongue plus two” – has, however, been slow, the New York Times reports.

Lisa Heyn
Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:58

► Registration is now open for the 2014 J-1 Advocacy Day and a best practices Workshop on Alumni Engagement.

Ursula Heaney
Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:23

A growing number of U.S. universities and colleges are offering “transitional programs” to international students, in order to bridge the cultural gap that international students can experience when making the move to study at American colleges, The New York Times reports.

Ursula Heaney
Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:19

A Mexican initiative known as “Proyecta 100,000,” which aims to increase the number of Mexican students in the U.S. to 100,000 by 2018, has gained support from the White House and other North American leaders, The PIE News reports.

Lisa Heyn
Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:02

Be an advocate for international exchanges and help build Congressional support for J-1 programs!

Registration is now open for the Alliance's 2014 J-1 Advocacy Day, April 30 - May 1 in Washington, DC.

Work with your colleagues on strategies for increased alumni engagement during the May 2 compliance workshop, "Alumni Engagement: Perpetuating the Exchange."

Ursula Heaney
Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:05

Below please find the listing of Federal Register announcements issued by the U.S. Departments of State, Education, and Homeland Security, and USAID since 3/7/14.
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, 03/14/2014 - 08:35

Testifying on the Obama Administration’s FY15 budget request before Congress this week, Secretary of State John Kerry underlined the immense return on investment the American people are getting for their comparatively small investment in U.S. foreign policy, and specifically mentioned the positive impact of international exchanges.

Said Kerry in his testimony: