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Briefing Date:03/23/2007
Topic:International Education and Foreign Languages: Keys to Securing America's Future

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
National Research Council
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Center for Education
Committee to Review the Title VI and Fulbright-Hays International Education Programs

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Congressional Briefing
Friday, March 23, 2007 – 2:30 p.m.
B300 Rayburn House Office Bldg.

on

International Education and Foreign Languages:
Keys to Securing America's Future

Requested by Congress in P.L. 108-447, the National Academies’ Center for Education conducted a study to review the Title VI international education and foreign language studies of the Higher Education Act as well as section 102(b)(6) Fulbright-Hays programs. In particular, the study reviews the adequacy and

effectiveness of these programs in addressing their statutory missions and in building the nation's international and foreign language expertise--particularly as needed for economic, foreign affairs, and national security purposes. The committee developed a conceptual and methodological framework as a guide; conducted a review of the existing research literature and sources of evidence; described its findings and conclusions regarding the impacts and effectiveness of the programs based on the available

evidence; and provided recommendations for strategies to enhance the effectiveness of the programs in the future, as well as further research that could address any limitation of the current review.

This briefing was for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on March 27, 2007 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.

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