AHA Rallies to Protect International Education Programs
On August 18, 2015, the AHA mobilized its members to take action against threatened cuts to Title VI, Fulbright-Hays, and other international education programs. These substantial cuts exacerbate the already perilous fiscal situation of these programs following budget reductions in 2011. The AHA joined with its advocacy partner, the National Humanities Alliance, to bring this important issue to the attention of its members. This is one of the many ways the AHA defends and advances the discipline of history in the United States.
Full Letter Sent to AHA Members
The American Historical Association limits its legislative "action alerts" to situations and issues that we consider essential to the interests of our discipline and its role in public culture and public policy. One such issue is on the table now: threatened cuts to international education programs, specifically Title VI and Fulbright-Hays. The proposed cut would slash $25 million (35%) from Title VI and Fulbright-Hays, and it has already been passed out of the Senate Appropriations Committee.
This comes after a drastic cut in 2011 and would amount to a 63% reduction over five years. Even if one acknowledges the need to spend taxpayer dollars more prudently, these programs are far too important to suffer cuts of this magnitude. They are crucial for training experts in foreign languages and cultures and ensuring productive global engagement.
What's at stake?
- A steady supply of graduates with an understanding of or deep expertise in foreign languages and cultures, international markets, world regions, and global issues
- Our national educational and research capacity in 200 less-commonly-taught languages that are critical to our ability to communicate with communities around the world
- Opportunities to strengthen the teaching of foreign languages and cultures at the K-12 level
Click here for more information on Title VI programs and the status of the appropriations process.
Historians need to speak out now to help prevent the Senate bill from advancing further. The House appropriations committee has already approved funding at the current level. Your voice will help ensure that these crucial international education programs remain intact.