DC Digest - November 27, 2012
In Today's Issue:
- University Research Organizations Launch Site to Show Impact of Sequester
- Higher Education Associations Urge Caution in Tax Reform in Letter to President and Congressional Leaders
- House and Senate Control Remains the Same; Lawmakers Gear Up for Lame Duck Session
- Department of Ed: Who's In Charge?
- How Candidates with Ties to Higher Ed Fared in the Election
UNIVERSITY RESEARCH ORGANIZATIONS LAUNCH SITE TO SHOW IMPACT OF SEQUESTER
Three organizations representing America’s research universities on November 19 launched a website to inform policymakers and the public about the devastating impact of the budget sequester on university research. The ScienceWorksForUS website—a joint project of AAU, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, and The Science Coalition—provides data on the overall impact of the sequester on the nation’s research enterprise, as well as on the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The site also features news articles, op-eds, and reports about research and the sequester, as well as background on the catalytic role of federally funded research in today’s economy.
If lawmakers fail to stop implementation of the budget sequester on January 2, discretionary spending would be cut across the board by 9.4 percent for defense programs and 8.2 percent for nondefense programs. An analysis by AAAS shows that in FY13 this would result in cuts of $2.3 billion at the National Institutes of Health, $456 million at the National Science Foundation, $362 million at the Department of Energy Office of Science, and $1.2 billion in Defense Science and Technology.
Website Spotlights Impact of Sequester on Federally Funded University Research (APLU.org)
HIGHER EDUCATION ASSOCIATIONS NOTE IMPORTANCE OF CHARITABLE GIVING IN LETTERS TO PRESIDENT AND CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS
Addressing the issue of tax reform, a group of 16 higher education associations sent a letter to the President and Congressional leaders urging them to “proceed cautiously when considering changes to the current charitable deduction.”
The letter, led by the American Council on Education, notes the importance of charitable contributions to the missions of higher education institutions, including student access, teaching, groundbreaking research, technological innovation, and public service. It asks policymakers to preserve strong federal tax incentives for charitable giving and avoid harm to students, as well as to the colleges and universities that serve them and the nation.
Higher Ed Groups Urge Caution on Charitable Giving Deduction (ACEnet.edu)
Charitable Giving Letter to President (pdf)
Charitable Giving Letter to Congressional Leadership (pdf)
IIE SURVEY SHOWS RECORD NUMBER OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS STUDYING IN U.S.
On November 12, the Institute of International Education (IIE) released its annual report on international students and study abroad, which found that a record number of international students are studying in the U.S. The 2012 Open Doors Report shows that in Academic Year 2011-12, a record 765,000 foreign students were studying in the U.S., an increase of six percent over the previous year. An IIE official noted at the briefing that higher education is one of the nation’s biggest exports.
While the number of U.S. students studying abroad also rose in 2011-12, to about 174,000, it was a smaller increase of one percent. Most Americans still head to Europe to study, but large numbers are attending institutions in Southeast Asia and South America.
China remains the leading place of origin for students coming to the U.S., followed by India and South Korea. One-fourth of all Chinese students studying abroad are doing so in the U.S. The survey also found that 66 percent of all international students are attending five percent of U.S. universities, with the largest number of individuals attending institutions in California, New York, and Texas.
Another focus of the briefing was IIE’s “Project Atlas,” an initiative to standardize international student data across many nations in order to provide a global snapshot of study abroad worldwide. IIE representatives praised the Department of State for working with U.S. institutions to enable students from nations in turmoil to continue their educations, citing Syria as the most recent example of such an effort.
Press Release - Open Doors 2012: International Student Enrollment Increased by 6 Percent (IIE.org)