WASHINGTON, July 7, 2020 — This new policy is ill-advised and unnecessary under current circumstances given the public health crisis that afflicts the entire nation. AASCU vehemently opposes this new requirement and urges the administration to rethink this unfeasible directive.
Colleges and universities are facing unprecedented obstacles as they struggle to deliver educational services while keeping their campuses and communities safe. The administration’s proposed policy would compound the already daunting challenges our institutions confront by injecting enormous uncertainty and utterly arbitrary compliance deadlines at a time when many of them are operating with reduced staffing and increased workloads.
The exclusion and expulsion of tens of thousands of international students, some of whom attend AASCU institutions, would hurt America’s well-earned, prominent place as the destination of choice for international students. Not only would this have dramatic financial consequences as students opt for more welcoming venues to pursue higher education, it would also deny the nation the historical benefit of attracting the world’s top talent and brightest minds. The administration’s focus should be to provide colleges and universities with extended flexibility until the pandemic is under control and some measure of normalcy is restored.
American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) is a Washington, D.C.-based higher education association of nearly 400 public colleges, universities, and systems whose members share a learning- and teaching-centered culture, a historic commitment to underserved student populations, and a dedication to research and creativity that advances their regions’ economic progress and cultural development. These are institutions Delivering America’s Promise of Opportunities for All.