The 2017 Trump Administration travel ban and international graduate applications at two Texas public universities

  • Dana Van De Walker Sam Houston State University
  • John R. Slate Sam Houston State University
Keywords: international students, Muslim students, government policy, Trump administration, travel ban

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine the extent to which the Trump administration ban on individuals from 7 Muslim-majority countries (i.e., Executive Order 13769), influenced prospective international graduate applicants to two Texas institutions. Inferential statistical procedures revealed the presence of a statistically significant, sharp decline in international graduate applicants, particularly from Muslim-majority countries. From Fall 2016 to Fall 2018, international graduate applicants from non-Muslim-majority countries declined 18.36%. Over this same time period,  applicants from Muslim-majority countries declined 33.37%. Most notably, applicants from the 7 countries targeted in the travel ban declined 53.93%. Concerns clearly exist regarding the effects of this travel ban on international student mobility. Implications of these findings and recommendations for future research are discussed.  

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Published
2019-12-31
How to Cite
Van De Walker, D., & Slate, J. R. (2019). The 2017 Trump Administration travel ban and international graduate applications at two Texas public universities. Higher Education Politics & Economics, 5(1), 1-14. https://doi.org/10.32674/hepe.v5i1.1173
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Research Papers