2. A risk to U.S. innovation
In a potential threat to future U.S. innovation, new international enrollment at U.S. colleges is down for the first time in more than a decade, according to a new report.
Why it matters: It is the first hard sign that the anti-foreign rhetoric from the Trump administration may be frightening away some of the world's best and brightest who traditionally are drawn to settle and work in the U.S., Axios' Shane Savitsky reports.
Reality check: "The Chinese whiz kid, if he can find a way to America, he'll come here. If you're good, you can make a lot of money," says Anthony Carnevale, director of Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce. "That whole set of incentives has always been tied to the immigrant stream, and we're severing that connection."
"We don't grow talent in America," Carnevale says. "We go out and harvest talent from the rest of the world. We're basically taking ourselves out of the game." He added that global politics are accentuating the trend.
"Opportunity for talented STEM workers is increasing in the rest of the world — the two together: the rise of the authoritarian personality here and the increasing prospects for people in their own countries as the whole world turns to capitalism," he says.
By the numbers: The findings are from the Institute of International Education's annual Open Doors report and its smaller joint "snapshot" report on international enrollment. It found that new international student enrollment dropped by 3.3% for the 2016-2017 academic year, and by a far higher 6.9% in the fall 2017 semester.
Peggy Blumenthal, IIE's senior counselor to the president, tells Axios that it was the first time the organization has seen a drop in the 12 years it has been collecting this data.
Read the rest of Shane's post here.