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Immigration and Higher Education Policy

This module introduces students to immigration and higher education policy. It starts by providing an analysis of the demographics pertaining to the unauthorized community including geographic concentration, role in the workforce, and educational attainment trends. The course is then structured to familiarize students with the various reasons for unauthorized migration. Next, policies that govern entrance to and permanent residency in this country are examined. We discuss federal and state policies related to immigrant student access, and use a case study that highlights the story of an undocumented student living in a state with restrictive higher education immigration policies. The module closes with a discussion on the educational gaps created by inconsistent federal, state and institutional policies. This module is suitable for undergraduate and graduate students.