ERIC Number: ED206359
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr-12
International Education in a Pluralistic Society.
Kurtz, Ivan G.
Internationalizing the community college can broaden the educational experience and development of every student in the college. The village intimacy that 25 years ago was possible only in a small town has now expanded to encompass the entire globe, and one of the principal tasks of an educational institution is to prepare students to function productively in this "global village." By welcoming foreign students on campus, the college can introduce students to the many cultural and social differences which exist in the world at their everyday doorsteps and make them aware of their own frame of reference and cultural orientation. Examples are plentiful of how foreign students can touch the lives of faculty, students, and community members who are willing to open their hearts. Unfortunately, it often happens that our exposure to cultural differences is limited to frustrating negative experiences which arise when certain behavior is expected and the foreign student does not behave as expected. The international student too has negative experiences and bears many intellectual, emotional, and cultural assumptions to which instructors and fellow students must be sensitive. The greatest barrier of all is language. To counter the ground-swell of dissatisfaction which may arise from these problems, colleges must be committed to internationalization, clearly identify admissions policies, be flexible, and provide English instruction and social orientation. (AYC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the 1981 Central Region Seminar of the Association of Community College Trustees, "Community Colleges--Lifeboats for the Future" (Osage Beach, MO, April 12-14, 1981).