Ardys Gosch and other moneyed Aberdonians bankrolling anti-immigrant rallies are working against economic development and education in South Dakota. Northern State University touts research from the NAFSA Association of International Educators estimating that international students support jobs and business in Aberdeen:
Northern State University international students have a $5 million economic impact on the region – the second highest among universities in South Dakota.
That’s according to a report, “South Dakota Benefits from International Students,” released by NAFSA: Association of International Educators. The report, which includes figures from the 2015-16 academic year, also found that NSU international students support 27 jobs in the community.
This semester, Northern has 75 degree-seeking students and 98 exchange students from 42 different countries, said NSU Office of International Programs Director Leigh Neys.
“International student numbers at NSU have remained consistent the past few years, so this impact on the community is expected to continue,” Neys said.
“This is another example of how important our students are to the region,” said NSU President Dr. Timothy Downs. “This report is a great depiction of the positive impact Northern and our students have on our economy” [NSU, press release, 2017.11.06].
NAFSA:AIE says that in AY2016, 1,981 international students poured $37.9 million into South Dakota’s economy and supported 297 jobs. That’s about $19,100 of economic activity and 0.15 jobs per international student.
Those economic impact ratios are better in most neighboring states and nationally:
|State||Int’l Students||Ec. Impact ($M)||EI/student||Jobs||Jobs/student|
Minnesota attracts the most international students in the septa-state region, drawing 7.5 times as many as South Dakota. Montana recruits fewer foreign students than South Dakota but somehow gets nearly $10,000 more in economic impact and more than twice as much job creation per student. Yet every state in our northern central region underperforms the national average of $31,400 in economic impact and 0.38 jobs per international student.
Nationally, international student enrollment increased from below 600,000 in 2005 to over a million for the first time in 2015. International students generally pay higher tuition and fees that subsidize education for us locals. Unfortunately, Trumpist xenophobia has pushed these profitable students away from our Land of Opportunity: international student enrollment is down 9.6% this fall in the South Dakota Regental system, 14.2% at University of Iowa, 33% at University of Houston Clear Lake, and 38% at University of St. John’s in New York City.