DECLINING NUMBERS OF S&E STUDENTS AND IMMIGRANTS: POLICIES, LABOR MARKETS AND GLOBAL COMPETITION

Funder: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Recent declines in the number of foreign S&E students and workers have been decried as precursors to devastating losses to America's scientific and engineering enterprise. Researchers on this project analyzed legislation post-9/11, interviewed a range of stakeholders, and assessed how security concerns have affected admission procedures. An analysis was conducted of S&E labor market trends. Data was collected and expert papers were commissioned to generate an understanding of how global pressures impact U.S. competitiveness. The results of the project resulted in an improved understanding of how admission policies are implemented and concrete recommendations on how they might be improved.