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ERIC Number: ED197804
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jan
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
International Education.
Nicholson, R. Stephen
In a world characterized by increasing global interdependence, the provision of international education programs must be an essential concern of the community college president. Frequently, these programs are considered too sophisticated for community college students or are misconceived as: (1) pleasure junkets; (2) strategies for increasing enrollments through the admission of foreign students; or (3) a means of screening foreign students for upper-division university programs. A well-conceived program, however, introduces the college community to new ideas, revitalizes staff development, and enhances the leadership position of the president by allowing him/her to consider problems beyond daily routines. In developing a program, which should have bicultural as well as bilingual emphasis, the president can start by subscribing to any of several English-language foreign journals, sharing them with colleagues, and identifying faculty with sufficient interest to lead initial program efforts. While foreign students can be a valuable resource, care must be taken to: ease culture shock; admit students on the basis of their psychological and social chances for success, as well as their language ability; and assure that the students are willing and able program participants. Ultimately, however, program success will depend on the president's commitment to a global perspective in college affairs. (JP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual "Opportunities for Community Colleges in Global Education" conference (4th, Lake Buena Vista, FL, January 14-16, 1981).