In the first of a 3 part series, WES investigates how hardline immigration policy is challenging the future of international students in the US and the potential consequences of this shift in policy on the nation’s long-term STEM innovation.
The United States’ ability to attract the best and brightest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields from around the world has provided it with a competitive edge for the past half-century, yet this edge is at risk.
Recent administrations have frequently bemoaned an ongoing shortage of STEM graduates. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated there will be 1 million job openings in computer occupations alone. Last year, the Trump Administration directed the Department of Education to make promoting high-quality STEM education a top priority.