Homeland Security Goes to School

Online courses teach colleges, universities and exchange-program sponsors how to comply with new federal rules for reporting international students and exchange visitors in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks.

by / March 26, 2003
PLANO, Texas -- America's colleges, universities and exchange program sponsors have two online courses to help them pass a new test in homeland security they are required to take by February 15.

Developed and managed by EDS and standards education company Drake Certivo, the two comprehensive, self-paced courses train college and university officials and program sponsors how to adjust their business processes to interact with the new Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).

Part of an effort to ensure compliance with federal immigration rules after the Sept. 11 attacks, SEVIS is a computer-based tracking system that collects, maintains and updates information regarding international students and exchange visitors. Institutions failing to comply risk being barred from further enrollment of international students.

The two SEVIS training courses -- one for school officials on non-immigrant students and one for responsible school officers on non-immigrant exchange visitors -- are available at www.sevistraining.com and cost $500 per person.
"EDS is proud to leverage our e-learning capabilities to help educational institutions meet this important homeland security requirement," said Al Edmonds, president of U.S. Government Solutions for EDS. "Taking advantage of this unique online training resource will make meeting their critical reporting deadline much easier."