Tracking U.S. Public Support for International Education, Upsurge in World-Wide Higher Education Capacity

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Tracking U.S. Public Support for International Education, Upsurge in World-Wide Higher Education Capacity


NAFSA has produced two reports highlighting significant developments on the international education front. One report summarizes a NAFSA survey of the U.S. public s current perceptions on global preparedness, study abroad, language learning, knowledge of other cultures, and international students. The other explores the increase in higher education capacity outside of the United States.

Americans Call for Leadership on International Education presents the results of a NAFSA-commissioned survey of 1,051 U.S. adults that was conducted in December 2005. A broad cross-section of Americans was surveyed by professional interviewers by telephone. Survey questions were designed by U.S.-based polling firms Lake Research Partners and The Tarrance Group.

The survey reveals the U.S. public's strong support for international education initiatives that boost Americans' ability to prosper in a global context. For instance, nearly 90 percent of those surveyed believe it's important to ensure that future generations have the skills and knowledge necessary for a more interconnected world. More than threequarters of survey participants said they value educational experiences in which time is spent abroad in other cultures.

Ninety-two percent surveyed agree that knowing foreign languages enhances job competitiveness for future generations. And nearly all of those surveyed (94 percent) understand that part of preparing for a more global society is learning about cultures around the world.

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