New Governent Report: Foreign Science and Engineering Presence in U.S. Institutions and the Labor Force

May 11, 2010 at 7:00 am Leave a comment

Foreign Science and Engineering Presence in U.S. Institutions and the Labor Force
Edited by Christine M. Matthews (Paperback, 18 pages, 2010, $15)

The increased presence of foreign students in graduate science and engineering (S&E) programs and in the scientific workforce has been and continues to be of concern.

“White, non-Hispanic students accounted for 71% of all U.S. citizens and permanent residents enrolled in 2000, as compared with 66% in 2007,” reports Information Week. “Unlike graduate student enrollment, where U.S. citizens and permanent residents represent the majority, the majority of postdoctoral appointments (58%) went to temporary visa holders in 2007. Google and other technology companies have argued that more H-1B visas need to be issued so they can hire highly qualified foreign-born workers.”

Enrollment of U.S. citizens in graduate S&E programs has not kept pace with that of foreign students in those programs. In addition to the number of foreign students in graduate S&E programs, a significant number of university faculty in the scientific disciplines are foreign, and foreign doctorates are employed in large numbers by industry.

Contents of this report: Foreign Students in U.S. Institutions; Participation Rates in S&E; Support of Foreign Students in Grad. School; Perceived Benefits and Problems; Foreign Scientists and Engineers in the U.S. Labor Force; Policy Implications. Illustrations.

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