Muslim Entry Ban Press Release

Posted by   Maddy Oritt   |   Categories :   Uncategorized

Academic excellence in the 21st century is predicated upon global engagement. As such, the PAC-12 Academic Leadership Coalition strongly opposes the executive order suspending the entry to the United States of certain individuals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

Each of our member institutions hosts students and visiting scholars from countries affected by the proposed ban. Our international faculty and students are now reluctant to travel abroad to pursue scholarly work, for fear that they may not be allowed to return. Applications for admission from other countries are already declining, resulting in diminished diversity and decreased revenue in a time of eroding public support. In short, this executive order threatens our universities’ ability–indeed our country’s ability–to maintain our preeminent position in higher education, research and innovation.  

Our faculties are dedicated to equity, equality, inquiry, and global engagement. Academic excellence requires inclusive and supportive environments for all students and scholars regardless of country of origin, religion, and immigration status, as well as race, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, socioeconomic status or intellectual perspective. Ours are international institutions in every aspect- we welcome diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff from all corners of our home cities and states, our nation, and our globe. We send our students and faculty abroad, to gain a global understanding and become citizens of the world. Likewise, we welcome international students and scholars to our campuses to infuse greater understanding here at home. Our international populations are critical to our ability to engage in innovative research and deliver a high-quality, high-impact education–to rebuke them is to rebuke our very missions and values.

Facts about the PAC-12 Academic Leadership Coalition and our member institutions:

The PAC-12 Academic Leadership Coalition consists of the faculty senate leadership of nine of the PAC-12 universities: Arizona State University, Oregon State University, the University of Arizona, the University of Colorado-Boulder, the University of Oregon, the University of Southern California, the University of Utah, the University of Washington, and Washington State University. Our universities collectively host nearly 50,000 international students from over 150 countries. In particular, Iran, one of the countries included in the travel ban, is one of the most highly represented countries in terms of international students and faculty.  


Our global impact is clear:

  • Arizona State University is the top public university chosen by international students in the U.S.
  • The University of Arizona is one of the top 10 producers of Fulbright Scholars in the U.S.
  • The University of Southern California is tied for second place in student and faculty diversity among the top 25 nationally ranked universities.
  • The University of Southern California also has the highest percent of Iranian faculty members in the U.S., and the third highest international student population among U.S. universities.
  • International students contributed over $193.1 million to Utah’s economy in the 2015-2016 year.
  • The University of Washington has the 10th largest international student enrollment among U.S. universities and benefits from the contributions of 1615 international scholars among its faculty.
  • The University of Oregon has seen a 192% increase in international enrollment over the past decade.
  • Oregon State University has the most enrolled international students in the state of Oregon.



Maddy Oritt
Executive Director
PAC-12 Academic Leadership Coalition
Contact Phone: (801) 581-5203
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Chris Sinclair
Communications Officer
PAC-12 Academic Leadership Coalition
Contact Phone: (541) 346-4701
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March 16, 2017