Chronicle: President’s FY13 budget a “mixed bag” for international programs

The Chronicle of Higher Education examined the President’s FY 2013 budget request, released yesterday, calling it a “mixed bag for international educators”:

“While requesting an almost 9-per cent increase for the Fulbright Program, the U.S. State Department's flagship academic-exchange opportunity, many other international programs either face cuts or only a slight rise in support.

“…For the Fulbright Program, President Obama has asked for a $20.3-million increase to $250.7-million. In addition, the president is seeking $5-million to establish a Global University Innovation Fund. According to the State Department's budget request, the fund would ‘support a new model of multilateral university exchange and academic collaboration with key partners, emerging powers, and countries in transition on topics of shared global importance.’”

“However, the administration has also requested a reduction in spending for a variety of international-academic programs overseen by the State Department. For example, the president has asked for a reduction in spending for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, which provides financial assistance to undergraduates who receive Pell Grants to study abroad. Under the budget, it would receive $10-million, $3-million less than it did in 2012.” 

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