ERIC Number: ED313933
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-May
Reference Count: N/A
Socio-Economic Importance of Links between Campuses, Communities, and International Students and Alumni: Perceptions of Collegiate and Community Leaders.
Smith, Harold A.
A Mississippi State University study investigated the perceptions of community and higher education leaders (N=197) concerning the potential socio-economic importance to Americans of establishing continuing links among communities, colleges and universities, and international students and alumni. Individuals surveyed include academic vice presidents, graduate and/or undergraduate deans, international student advisors, and alumni executives at public four-year colleges and universities in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee and volunteer leaders elected annually and professional administrative staff in community leadership organizations such as chambers of commerce or convention and visitors' bureaus in the same states. Findings support the following conclusions: (1) while educational and community leaders agree on the professional and educational benefits and institutional and community benefits of such links, community leaders attach more importance to economic benefits than do academic leaders; (2) community leaders in Georgia and Tennessee appeared to be more enthusiastic than in the other two states about such links; and (3) both groups' perceptions of the importance of links appear to have been influenced most by prior international experience. Recommendations for action include development of more formal programs, cooperation in encouraging study abroad, and increases in the use of foreign students as classroom or counseling resources. The 77 community and higher education institutions participating are listed. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mississippi State Univ., Mississippi State.
Identifiers - Location: Alabama; Georgia; Mississippi; Tennessee