ERIC Number: ED307954
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jun-13
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Providing Leadership and Implementation for International Education in Community Colleges.
King, Maxwell C.
As recently as the early 1980's, the overwhelming majority of community college presidents and trustees were far from endorsing international education on their campuses. However, the increased involvement of the United States in the global economy, growing numbers of foreign students, and interest in community colleges from government officials and educators from other countries have all contributed to increasing recognition of the role that community colleges can play in international education. In this context, international education refers to all studies and programs that help students learn about the world beyond their own nation and transcend their culturally conditioned, ethnocentric perspectives, perceptions, and behavior. These goals have been furthered by more than a dozen two-year college consortia devoted to international education, financial and information resources provided by a variety of agencies, and exemplary programs at many community colleges. Community Colleges for International Development (CCID), for example, is a consortium of 40 U.S. and Canadian community colleges established to provide opportunities for international study, exchange, and professional development to two-year college students and faculty and cooperating institutions abroad. In addition, CCID colleges provide long- and short-term education and technical assistance to interested countries. At Florida's Brevard Community College, one of the founding members of CCID, international education includes foreign language instruction, international studies, and efforts to internationalize the general education and business curricula. Faculty development is the primary means of advancing the international dimension, but leadership and support from top administrators is essential to ensuring that international education is an institutional priority. How other community colleges implement international education will depend on their own purposes, procedures, and personnel. (ALB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the League for Innovation in the Community College Conference, "Leadership 2000" (San Francisco, CA, June 11-14, 1989).