NEW YORK (November 25, 2019) – A federal district court is considering whether to strike down student experiential learning programs called Optional Practical Training (OPT) and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) OPT. Over one hundred public and private universities and colleges filed an amicus brief in the Washington Alliance of Technology Workers Union v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Washtech) litigation to defend the long-standing immigration program.
“The Pace Path, our signature educational model, is built on a powerful combination of classroom instruction and experiential learning,” said Pace University President Marvin Krislov. “The Optional Practical Training program allows international students to benefit from that kind of hands-on training, and we’re proud to join more than 100 other colleges and universities in an amicus brief supporting the program. International students are an integral part of the Pace University community, and we remain committed to supporting them.”