Category Archives: Global

What’s happening abroad—and how it affects U.S. colleges.

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Accreditor Proposes Ban on Paying Recruiters of International Students

A regional accreditor is considering a policy change that would bar colleges in its region from paying commissions to agents to recruit international students.

The accreditor, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, would block colleges in five mid-Atlantic states, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, from giving “incentive payment” to recruiters “based on [their] success in securing student enrollment or financial aid.” According to a draft of…

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Professor Who Was Detained in China Returns to Australia

The professor from an Australian university who was barred a week ago from leaving China has arrived back in Australia, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports.

Feng Chongyi, an associate professor of Chinese studies at the University of Technology Sydney, is a Chinese national and a permanent resident of Australia. He had traveled to China to conduct research on human-rights lawyers there. At the end of his three-week trip, he was detained and interrogated by Chinese authorities.

Mr. Fe…

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Australian Academic Is Barred From Leaving China, Lawyer Says

A Chinese-born professor from an Australian university has been barred from leaving China, where authorities are questioning him as a suspected threat to national security, a lawyer told news organizations on Sunday.

The scholar, Feng Chongyi, is an associate professor of Chinese studies at the University of Technology Sydney, who has criticized Beijing’s crackdown on political dissent. He is a permanent resident of Australia who was traveling on a Chinese passport, according to reports by The N…

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Federal Judge Blocks Trump’s Second Effort at Travel Ban

A federal judge on Wednesday rejected the White House’s second effort to impose a travel ban that colleges have said would damage their appeal to international students and scholars but that President Trump has defended as necessary to protect the nation from terrorism.

In a 43-page ruling, Judge Derrick K. Watson of the U.S. District Court in Honolulu granted a request to issue a temporary restraining order, effective nationally, to prevent the new travel-ban policy from being carried out.

The …

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French Scholar on Way to Speak at Texas A&M Was Detained at Airport for 10 Hours

A visiting scholar who was scheduled to speak at Texas A&M University at College Station was detained at Houston International Airport last week and was about to be deported before university officials reached customs agents at the airport and persuaded them they were making a mistake, The Bryan-College Station Eagle reported.

The scholar, Henry Rousso, is a senior researcher at the French National Center for Scientific Research who studies the history and memory of traumatic pasts, especially o…

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College Board Seeks to Tighten SAT Security Worldwide

The College Board, which owns the SAT, is taking steps to strengthen security following a wave of cheating and test stealing, the Associated Press reports.

In moves that will be formally announced on Wednesday, the New York-based company hopes to prevent leaks and dissuade potential cheaters. Planned reforms include cutting back on the number of international testing dates from six to four, communicating with law-enforcement agencies about people suspected of stealing test materials, and increas…

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Mexican Immigrant May Be First DACA Participant Arrested Under Trump

Federal authorities have arrested a 23-year-old Mexican immigrant who was brought to the United States illegally as a child and who might be the first participant in an Obama-era program for such immigrants to be detained since President Trump took office, reported the Reuters news agency.

In a tweet on Tuesday evening, the National Immigration Law Center called the news “unacceptable and horrifying.”

The immigrant, Daniel Ramirez Medina, has a 3-year-old child and no criminal record. He was det…

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17 Universities Join N.Y. Legal Challenge to Trump Immigration Ban

Seventeen universities filed a brief on Monday supporting a court challenge to President Trump’s executive order on immigration.

“While the executive order is currently limited to seven countries, its damaging effects have already been widely felt by American universities,” the amicus brief says. “When the executive order went into effect, the 90-day suspension of entry left some of amici’s students, faculty, and scholars stranded abroad, while others were unable to leave the United States to tr…

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Appeals Court Declines to Reinstate Trump’s Travel Ban

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday declined to reinstate President Trump’s executive order calling for a travel ban that affected roughly 17,000 students on American campuses.

Mr. Trump’s order, issued last month, suspended for 90 days the entry into the United States of citizens of seven largely Muslim countries — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. It also suspended for 120 days the admission into the United States of all refug…

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Judge Temporarily Blocks Enforcement of Trump’s Travel Ban

[Updated (2/5/2017, 10:38 a.m.) with an appellate court's rejection of the government's request for an immediate stay of the judge's ruling.]

A federal judge in Seattle on Friday temporarily blocked President Trump’s week-old executive order that halted travel to the United States by all visitors, including students and those with valid visas, from seven largely Muslim countries, and by virtually all refugees worldwide.

On Saturday the Department of Homeland Security announced that it would halt…