Texas Tech University

One of America’s most successful exports is in trouble

The Washington Post

December 13, 2018

One of America’s most successful exports is in trouble. For decades, the U.S. higher-education system has been the envy of the world. We “sell” much more education to other countries than we “buy” from them; nearly three times as many foreign students are currently studying here as we have abroad.

"They see the headlines and they think that they're no longer wanted in the United States," said Lawrence Schovanec, president of Texas Tech University, whose foreign student enrollment declined by 2 percent this year. Sixty percent of schools with declining international enrollment, in fact, said that the U.S. social and political environment was a contributing factor, according to the IIE survey.

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