Webinar Recording and Resource – Achieving Inclusive Excellence: Immigrant-Origin Students Are Key to the Future of U.S. Higher Education



On Wednesday, August 2, 2023, the Presidents’ Alliance hosted a one-hour webinar on “Achieving Inclusive Excellence: Immigrant-Origin Students Are Key to the Future of U.S. Higher Education.”

The Presidents’ Alliance, in partnership with the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) and the American Immigration Council (AIC), released new estimates and enrollment data of immigrant-origin students, including undocumented students, in higher education. The state and national pages on the Higher Ed Immigration Portal have also been updated with the latest data. The joint commentary with MPI and report with AIC provide crucial insights into new trends, including the robust growth of immigrant-origin student populations, their diversity, and workforce contributions.

Among the findings, immigrant-origin students now account for thirty-one percent of all domestic students in higher education. The new estimates also confirm the diminishing number of students with DACA on college campuses, as those students without DACA now account for approximately three out of four undocumented students in higher education.

This webinar featured an overview of the data estimates and findings, what it means, and why it matters. The webinar also featured a conversation with campus leaders about their takeaways, and what this means for campuses, communities, and the country.

You can watch a recording of the webinar below.

Speakers include:

  • Jeanne Batalova, Senior Policy Analyst, Migration Policy Institute
  • Leani García Torres, Chief of Staff, American Immigration Council
  • Nathan Grawe, Professor of Economics, Carleton College
  • Felecia Russell, Director of the Higher Ed Immigration Portal
  • Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, Chancellor, University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • Yves Salomon-Fernandez, incoming President, Urban College of Boston
  • Frank Wu, President, Queens College, City University of New York
  • Miriam Feldblum, Executive Director, Presidents’ Alliance (moderator)


The webinar PowerPoint can be viewed here; speaker bios can be reviewed here; and resources shared during the webinar here.

Investing in the Future: Higher Ed Should Give Greater Focus to Growing Immigrant-Origin Student Population by Jeanne Batalova and Miriam Feldblum

Undocumented Students in Higher Education. How Many Undocumented Students are in U.S. Colleges and Universities, and Who are They?  (American Immigration Council and Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration)