February 16, 2012

Budget Presents Mixed Picture for International Education

From http://chronicle.com/article/Budget-Presents-Mixed-Picture/130766

Budget Presents Mixed Picture for International Education
By Ian Wilhelm
February 13, 2012

President Obama's budget for the 2013 fiscal year is a mixed bag for international educators.

While requesting an almost 9-percent 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.

Perhaps of greatest concern is the Title VI program, which is run by the U.S. Department of Education. Title VI supports more than 150 academic centers dedicated to the study of various regions of the world, languages like Bengali and Farsi that are rarely taught at universities, and other international subjects.

The Obama administration is seeking a small increase of $1.7-million for the program, primarily to help disadvantaged students develop "global competencies." However, the administration did not seek to restore the large cut that Title VI received in 2011, when it was reduced by some 40 percent.

Read the full article at http://chronicle.com/article/Budget-Presents-Mixed-Picture/130766

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