ERIC Number: ED329319
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jun-21
Building a Global Community: International Perspectives on Community College Education.
Greenfield, Richard K.
In the face of near-instantaneous global communication and the increased interdependence of nations, community colleges must seek to move beyond their tendency to serve only local needs and recognize the important role they must play in educating members of the international world community. The move to internationalize community colleges began in the 1970's and gained momentum during the 1980's. It has resulted in the development of statewide, regional, and national consortia promoting different aspects of international education. Among the activities in which community colleges can become involved are student study abroad programs, student exchange programs, and intercultural and area studies courses and programs. The International/Intercultural Consortium (I/IC), established by the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges in 1976, serves as a clearinghouse for international education information and holds yearly conferences aimed at sensitizing community college staff to the international dimension. Promoting study abroad programs requires careful counseling of students to help them overcome the common misconceptions they often have about such programs (e.g., the belief that they must be fluent in a foreign language, or that they will not receive credit at home for work done abroad). If a community college is to have an effective international education program, it must enlist strong support from the administration and governing board, must develop avenues for the involvement of interested faculty, and must solicit the participation of community advisory support groups. (GFW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the 1990 Community College Leadership Institute of the League for Innovation in Community Colleges (Raleigh, NC, June 21, 1990).