Inside Higher Ed — November 18, 2010
But two things have changed. The most obvious is the scale of the movement of students across state borders and national borders. There were about 82,000 international students in the United States in 1964. Now there are eight times that many, with more than 100,000 coming from India and that many again from China. California has more enrolled than the whole nation did 50 years ago.
More important have been the changes in how we think about these issues, thanks to the development of economic analysis and human capital theory. We now have a better understanding of the economic value of out-of-state students — especially international students.