Higher Education Community Offers Policy-Makers Blueprint for Foreign Study
The American Council on Education (ACE) along with 33 other higher education organizations last month proposed a blueprint for the federal government and policy-makers to enhance U.S. policy on international education.
The policy proposal, "Beyond September 11: A Comprehensive U.S. National Policy on International Education," seeks to produce more international experts, develop knowledge to address national strategic needs and develop a globally competent citizenry and work force.
The organizations seek to build a partnership between the federal government and higher education institutions that will help America meet the human resource and information needs of government, education and businesses, while enhancing the country's ability to solve global problems.
The events of Sept. 11, combined with the long-term decline in investment in international and foreign language training, have led the United States to a shortfall of individuals with global competence, according to the proposal.
"The United States must invest in an educational infrastructure that produces knowledge of languages and cultures. We must be able to train over time a sufficient and diverse pool of American students to meet the needs of government agencies, the private sector and education," says Dr. David Ward, ACE president. "Creating true international capacity requires both educational reform and sustained financing. …