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System to track foreign students bashed

A computer system designed in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to track foreign students in the United States isn’t working, critics said Wednesday at a hearing by the Senate Committee on Science. David Ward, president of the American Council on Education, also said the system results in extensive delays in issuing visas in many cases and raises questions about what scholars and students can study. He told the committee that the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System, known as SEVIS, is technologically flawed. “Many schools report that their immigration forms have printed out on the computers of other schools,” he said. He said one example was that forms that Stanford University in California tried to print were later discovered at Duke University in North Carolina. Michigan State and Arizona State had similar problems. “Most worrisome, perhaps, confidential SEVIS forms printed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory — a secure government installation — were printed at a proprietary school in San Francisco,” said Ward, former chancellor at the University of Wisconsin. Full Story

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