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Associations Express Disappointment at Department's International Education Strategy

While we are encouraged by the Department’s renewed focus on these issues, we are also surprised and disappointed that a report that details the next four years of the Department’s international education strategy makes scant mention of its largest and most successful international education programs, Title VI/Fulbright Hays. We understand the challenging budgetary environment in which the Department now operates. However, we also believe that the need for in-depth international education and foreign-language training is more important now than ever before, particularly with documented shortages of language-proficient workers. The Title VI/Fulbright Hays programs are the federal government’s most comprehensive efforts to support instruction in less-commonly taught languages, particularly from regions of national strategic importance; research issues important to our national security; and provide global learning experiences for American students.

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