ASEE Public Policy Statements

ASEE Statement on Prevention of Nonimmigrant Students from Taking Online-Only Coursework

July 7, 2020

The changes announced on July 6, 2020, by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement may have a significant negative impact on many ASEE individual and institutional members, most notably colleges of engineering and engineering technology. In the face of the on-going pandemic, colleges and universities across the U.S. are struggling with whether or how to open for classes this fall, with many choosing either blended or fully online offerings. The announced change prohibits those non-immigrants pursuing academic (F-1 visa) and vocational (M-1 visa) coursework from taking a fully online course load and remaining in the U.S. Given that a fully online course load may be the only option at many universities, and given the challenges in international travel including visa access, the net effect of this change would appear to be to force large numbers of non-immigrant students to disrupt their studies, leave the U.S., and be unable to return for the foreseeable future. Read more.

ASEE also wrote a statement for the larger community, currently signed by over 30 STEM-focused associations. Read it here.