FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 30, 2017
Statement from the Board of Directors, Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts, on the Recent Executive Order Concerning Immigration
As leaders of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts (AICUM), we voice our deep concern with the Administration’s Executive Order introducing severe travel restrictions to the United States that impact members of our college communities.
This executive order has caused understandable confusion and concern both on our campuses and internationally. This order impacts our students, our faculty, our alumni and partners throughout the world. It also poses a risk to our Commonwealth’s knowledge based economy which relies on and benefits from a highly talented international student and researcher community.
Massachusetts has a well-earned reputation as a beacon of freedom and education for people around the world. This executive order represents an affront to the free exchange of ideas, scientific discovery, religious freedom, and democratic principles which are the touchstone of our colleges and universities.
Now is the time to reaffirm those values of American higher education and embrace our global community.
The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts (AICUM) was founded by independent college presidents and today comprises 58 degree-granting, accredited independent colleges and universities in the Commonwealth. It is the leading voice on public policy matters affecting independent colleges and universities in Massachusetts. AICUM plays a critical role in advocating for college affordability, including state and federal funding for need-based student financial aid, federal research support and addressing state and Federal legislative and regulatory issues.