APLU has long been involved in advocacy for education abroad. We are working with our members to synthesize existing and collect new data on the academic and career outcomes of the education abroad experience. APLU is also discussing a mechanism to assist institutions in growing study abroad participation substantially beyond current levels and strengthening the quality of education abroad programs. APLU is also active with foreign governments and their higher education institutions, and with President Obama’s foreign exchange initiatives to increase education abroad opportunities. In 2005, Peter McPherson chaired the Commission on the Abraham Lincoln Study Abroad Fellowship Program. APLU also leads an ongoing advocacy effort in support of the Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Foundation Act which was first introduced in 2007.