World Class - Nation's top STEM programs face global recruiting imperative
Not every intercollegiate battle for game-changing talent centers on high-school athletes oozing All-American potential. Most of the United States’ top science and engineering programs are scouring the globe for prospective graduate students — not to best their peers in national rankings but rather to keep the doors open.
In an economy marked by high technology, low inflation, and virtually nonexistent unemployment, almost every STEM graduate program in the United States is facing the same recruiting imperative: Engage historically underrepresented domestic populations and entice foreign nationals — or perish. The National Foundation for American Policy goes so far as to declare, “At many U.S. universities, both (undergraduate) and graduate programs could not be maintained without international students.”
The attached white paper, World Class, examines how the nation’s science and engineering programs came to rely so heavily on foreign graduate students and what, if any, danger this dependence might present long term — for American higher education, for the U.S. economy, and for national security.
A second attachment highlights some of the pertinent insights that Leo Kempel, dean of Michigan State University's College of Engineering, shared in a just-released edition of the higher-education podcast Innovators.
(If you prefer not to download attachments, you may access the documents via these links: World Class: The Global Recruiting Imperative and Innovators: A View from the Heartland.) Listen to the podcast interview here: Leo Kempel Innovators podcast interview