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FRONTLINES
By Marlene Johnson

Framing the Discussion
HONORING former U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley with the NAFSA Board of

Directors Special Award at the NAFSA 2015 Annual Conference & Expo in Boston prompted me
to reflect upon NAFSA's evolution as a policy leader on the broader international education issues
facing our nation. As our Board of Directors Chair and President Fanta Aw documented Secretary
Riley's visionary leadership, which led to an international education policy executive action signed
by President Clinton in 2000, I was reminded of how important a policy framework is to the dayto-day effort to influence policy change. In our system of government, it is generally understood
that public policy advocacy means educating about an issue and influencing Congress and the
executive branch to take specific action. Yet, without a broad framework that articulates the values
and objectives of proposed change, it's easy to lose sight of progress toward a goal, to know that we
are generally on the right track, or to even remember the bigger picture of why we do this work.

Prior to 1998, NAFSA's advocacy focused on seeking
a reduction in student visa restrictions, streamlining visa
processing and regulations, and warning that the United
States was at risk of losing its competitive advantage as
the largest receiving country for international students.
As the NAFSA Board of Directors and staff considered
the challenges of influencing the regulatory process, and
ultimately affecting a change in an immigration law that no
longer reflected a global world with mobility across borders
as a common part of one's education, we began to recognize
there was little public conversation about why international
education was important to our nation and the world. We
concluded that to be more effective in addressing needed
change to immigration laws and regulations, creating a welcoming environment for international students seeking to
study in the United States, and increasing and diversifying the number of U.S. students studying abroad, NAFSA
needed to articulate a policy framework for why this was
important for our society. Not since 1945, when Senator
J. William Fulbright proposed a national program for the
exchange of students and scholars, had there been a robust
national conversation about the value of international education. It was in this context that NAFSA first proposed a
National Policy on International Education.
After the fall of the Iron Curtain, America had turned
inward and some thought international education was no
longer important. Of course today we can see that it is even
more important, for three reasons. First, globalization has
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reached a point where the United States cannot expect to
retain its competitive edge if its workforce lacks strong international and cross-cultural knowledge and skills. Second,
as tragic events in the last decade have forcefully reminded
us, it is still as important as ever to understand a dangerous world, to speak the world's languages, and to promote
better understanding of the United States by the world's
citizens. Third, most of the world's most important problems are not bound by national borders and thus require
internationally collaborative solutions. A strong capacity for
international collaboration, discovery, and partnership are
necessary to pursue responsible stewardship of the planet's
resources, the imperative of nonproliferation, the eradication of disease, the marginalization of extremism, and other
great challenges of our time.
The proposal for an International Education Policy for
the United States articulated the rationale for a higher education system focus on international education, called for
presidential commitment and leadership to engage the Departments of Education, State, Labor, Commerce, and the
legacy Immigration and Naturalization Service (now the
Department of Homeland Security) among other federal
agencies to ensure that regulatory changes were coordinated among the various agencies, and called on Congress
to establish programs to encourage broader exchange of
students and scholars. As Secretary Riley reminded us
during the NAFSA 2015 Annual Conference, our international education policy proposal served as a guide for him



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - September/October 2015

Contents
Supplement Contents
Going Home to Teach
A Little Goes a Long Way
Opening a Window on the World at Columbus State University
Frontlines: Framing the Discussion
In Brief
Foreign Student Affairs
View From Out Here
Forum
In Focus
International Educator - September/October 2015 - Cover1
International Educator - September/October 2015 - Cover2
International Educator - September/October 2015 - Contents
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 2
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 3
International Educator - September/October 2015 - Frontlines: Framing the Discussion
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 5
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 6
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 7
International Educator - September/October 2015 - In Brief
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 9
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 10
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 11
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 12
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 13
International Educator - September/October 2015 - Going Home to Teach
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 15
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International Educator - September/October 2015 - A Little Goes a Long Way
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International Educator - September/October 2015 - 29
International Educator - September/October 2015 - Opening a Window on the World at Columbus State University
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International Educator - September/October 2015 - 37
International Educator - September/October 2015 - Foreign Student Affairs
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 39
International Educator - September/October 2015 - View From Out Here
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 41
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 42
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 43
International Educator - September/October 2015 - Forum
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 45
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 46
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 47
International Educator - September/October 2015 - In Focus
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International Educator - September/October 2015 - Cover4
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