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Dean Buckless of NC State Poole College of Management Joins Leaders in Signing Open Letter Calling for Substantial Policy Change in U.S. Approach to High-Skilled Immigration

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Raleigh, NC– (October 15, 2019) – Dean Frank Buckless of NC State University, Poole College of Management signed an open letter to U.S. policymakers released today in conjunction with a new white paper from the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), Early Warning Signals: Winners and Losers in the Global Race for Talent. This comprehensive report examines the role high-skilled immigration plays in fueling the productivity and growth of different economies, the need to support mobility of talent to study and work across borders, and the critical role business schools play in flagging trends that will impact the wider economy.

Calling attention to the particular challenges the U.S. faces, 63 CEOs and deans from a broad cross-section of business schools across the country, both public and private institutions, have signed the open letter calling for a substantial change in the U.S. approach to high-skilled immigration. The letter expresses urgent concern that the U.S. does not have the high-skilled talent it needs or the capacity to train enough people with these skills to remain competitive in a global economy.

In 2019, the United States experienced a 13.7 percent decline in international business school applications—a steeper decline than any other country in the world. Early Warning Signals: Winners and Losers in the Global Race for Talent provides a look into the current flow of talent into specific countries, citing economic research and application data to discuss trends in different regions. Regions in which students can study and work are likely to be the winners in economic development because these places are attracting talent—which has implications for homegrown talent as well by creating hubs of innovation and economic growth.

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The NC State University Poole College of Management combines academic scholarship with real-world experience to foster learning, create knowledge, and engage with industry and academic partners in a data-rich, global marketplace. Poole is deeply rooted in NC State’s history as a university that excels at science, technology, engineering and math –– taking an innovative approach to leadership and management education by emphasizing analytical problem solving and an entrepreneurial mindset. Poole offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in accounting, business administration and economics. Custom, open enrollment executive programs and developmental experiences are offered through the NC State Executive Programs, LLC. Poole’s centers and initiatives provide focused research and engagement in the areas of enterprise risk, entrepreneurship, innovation, supply chain, and sustainability. The college is fully accredited by AACSB International. Learn more about the NC State Poole College of Management at