The information details how many citizen diplomats and citizens of foreign countries from their state participated in ECA programs during the fiscal year 2011-2012. Also included are ECA Fast Facts with data showing that international students at colleges and universities contributed a staggering $22.7 billion to the U.S. economy in fiscal year 2011 and the accomplishments of ECA’s notable alumni.
“ECA programs are not simply educating students, developing professionals, and creating networks around the globe,” said ECA Assistant Secretary Ann Stock. “Our programs add real value—about $22.7 billion worth—back into the U.S. economy. That is a tangible, real-world contribution that is helping to ensure the U.S. economy thrives and makes the world a safer, more secure place for all.”
A similar message with information on the state-by-state impact of ECA exchange programs will be sent to key partners in these exchanges including Members of Congress, the nation’s governors, mayors, and university presidents.