Worcester Telegram & Gazette: 'Faculty Forum: How Brexit affects you'

August 3, 2016

The Worcester Telegram & Gazette recently launched a "Faculty Forum" to showcase "local perspectives on important issues from the faculties of the many institutions of higher education in Worcester and Central Massachusetts."

The first topic? Brexit, "focusing on the consequences, financial and otherwise, that reach into New England and Central Massachusetts."

John C. Brown, professor of economics at Clark University, presented his perspective, along with those of faculty from Nichols College, Fitchburg State University and College of the Holy Cross.

Here, an excerpt from Brown's comments:

"One silver lining? The Brexit vote could rob British universities of a special advantage they now enjoy in the market for higher education in Europe, where the demand for fluency in English is high. The 120,000 EU residents studying in the UK pay the relatively modest fees charged students in their home countries. Post-Brexit these students from EU countries may eventually pay what other international students pay, which would more than wipe out the UK’s significant price advantage over its main competitor, American colleges and universities – including those in Massachusetts."