(From Inside Higher Ed) In his first days in office, President Joe Biden moved to dismantle a slew of Trump-era regulations, making visas easier for international students easier to come by. By executive order, Biden ended the so-called Muslim travel ban, which barred entry to the U.S. of citizens from some majority-Muslim countries and ordered the State Department to begin processing visas. He also ordered the Secretary of Homeland Security to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
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(From ICEF Monitor) A survey of university respondents in 61 countries finds they are more are optimistic than pessimistic about international student recruitment in 2021. 51% said they were aiming to diversify their source markets, 38% weren’t sure or were in the consideration phase and only 11% were not interested in becoming active in a more diverse set of countries. The majority of respondents reported lower-than-expected student intakes in 2020, but a significant proportion said that their recruitment efforts yielded the same enrollments and some even reported better than expected results. Going forward into 2021, 29% of educators said they are thinking of offering tuition discounts to students who have to start their programs online, lower than the 44% who indicate they are not considering this incentive.
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