ERIC Number: ED256379
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Feb-12
Reference Count: 0
The Contributions of the Community Colleges to International Education.
As community colleges increasingly move to internationalize their curricula, to accommodate more foreign students in their classrooms, and to engage in technical assistance projects in other countries, they will find themselves at the very center of major issues in the field of international education. One of the most urgent of these issues is the preparation of Americans to function in an interdependent world. America's effectiveness in international business, in foreign policy, in the management of domestic issues with international implications, and in numerous other areas is largely dependent upon an internationally aware citizenry. Community colleges can make a special contribution stemming from their strong commitment to linking academic studies with the world outside the classroom, their flexible and innovative approach to educational problems, and their philosophy of lifelong learning. Another issue in international education is meeting the educational needs of foreign students on U.S. campuses. Currently, U.S. two-year colleges enroll approximately 40,000 foreign students, and 91% of these students are from developing countries. With a foreign student population of this nature, community colleges have a key role to play in helping all U.S. schools think through the complex tasks of educating foreign students, determining appropriate numbers of foreign enrollments, ensuring that foreign students are well integrated in campus and community life, making certain that the curriculum is relevant to student needs, and ensuring that appropriate continuing education and lifelong learning opportunities exist for foreign students who have returned to their own countries. In these and other ways community colleges can contribute significantly to the strengthening of the entire international education enterprise. (AYC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Speech delivered to the Annual Conference on International Education (8th, Lake Buena Vista, FL, February 12-15, 1985).