The Alliance Policy Monitor

Timely, authoritative reporting on exchange news and policy trends

Lisa Heyn
Mon, 03/24/2014 - 14:55

While the President’s proposed FY15 budget, released earlier this month, requests a 1.6 per cent increase (to $577.9 million) for all Department of State international exchange programs, it also includes a concerning 13 per cent cut for the Fulbright program, Inside Higher Ed reports.

Ursula Heaney
Mon, 03/24/2014 - 10:28

During her first solo visit to China, First Lady Michelle Obama highlighted the importance of study abroad programs for success in a globalized world, The New York Times and Insider Higher Education report:

Lisa Heyn
Fri, 03/21/2014 - 16:37

► The New York Times reported that the importance of foreign languages is becoming a focus of education within the European Union.

Ursula Heaney
Fri, 03/21/2014 - 09:55

Below please find the listing of Federal Register announcements issued by the U.S. Departments of State, Education, and Homeland Security, and USAID since 3/14/14.

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Ursula Heaney
Thu, 03/20/2014 - 15:26

The New York Times article by Nicholas Kristof (reported by the Alliance yesterday) has garnered a number of positive responses from within the international exchange community. A notable response came from Dr. Allan Goodman, President and CEO of the Institute of International Education.

Ursula Heaney
Wed, 03/19/2014 - 15:35

Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced a bill this week that would deny foreign travelers U.S. visas if their home countries have not made sufficient efforts to prevent fraudulent passport use, reports:

Ursula Heaney
Wed, 03/19/2014 - 13:04

First Lady Michelle Obama arrives in China on Thursday for a visit that will focus on education and the importance of people-to-people exchanges, The New York Times reports.

Ursula Heaney
Tue, 03/18/2014 - 15:39

In his most recent column in the New York Times, Nicholas Kristof outlines the importance of study abroad programs and presses American universities to increase the number of students they send abroad:

Ursula Heaney
Tue, 03/18/2014 - 14:14

In 2002, leaders of European Union member states called for “at least two foreign languages to be taught from a very early age.” In 2005, the EU’s executive body, the European Commission, declared a long-term objective “to increase individual multilingualism until every citizen has practical skills in at least two languages in addition to his or her mother tongue.” Progress on this initiative – often referred to as the “mother tongue plus two” – has, however, been slow, the New York Times reports.

Lisa Heyn
Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:58

► Registration is now open for the 2014 J-1 Advocacy Day and a best practices Workshop on Alumni Engagement.