ERIC Number: ED354932
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Internationalization beyond the Curriculum: Rend Lake College as a Replicable Model of an Integrated Approach to Internationalizing the Community College Making Use of Existing Structures and Funding.
Rust, Joseph Henry
Rend Lake College (RLC), in Ina, Illinois, has taken an integrated approach to internationalizing its college community by utilizing existing structures and funding to create six programs designed to foster global awareness and understanding. The first program offers student study abroad opportunities allowing students with 15 credit hours of instruction and a grade point average of 2.75 or higher to study in England, Austria or Mexico. The program approves approximately 300 students each semester, waives RLC tuition and fees, and, through the RLC Foundation, awards money to cover airfare. The second program involves hosting foreign students on the RLC home campus, and has hosted over 30 students from 1972 to 1992, including 6 students attending in fall 1992. Next is a faculty, staff and administrator exchange program, which sends participants to work with counterparts in Mexico and Europe for 2 weeks and hosts administrators from foreign countries. The fourth program focuses on faculty, staff and administrator professional development, including the Thailand Project, a 1-month set of seminars in Thailand for industrial technology instructors. Fifth in the list of endeavors is a cluster of campus environment and community outreach programs that include an annual newsletter, a World Affairs Forum, and a Minority Student committee to arrange campus speakers, forums, and artistic events focusing on specific countries. The final program involves an integrated approach to internationalization across the curriculum, including special language programming, the use of the C-SPAN cable television channel, courses on Latin American culture, a learning resource center, and a proposal to send five faculty members and one administrator to the Training and Resource Center for International Education for Community Colleges in the Midwest, located at Kalamazoo Valley Community College in Kalamazoo, Michigan. (MAB)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Cultural Pluralism, Educational Innovation, Faculty Development, Foreign Culture, Foreign Students, Integrated Curriculum, International Cooperation, International Education, International Educational Exchange, Material Development, Models, Professional Development, Program Descriptions, Student Exchange Programs, Study Abroad, Teacher Exchange Programs, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rend Lake Coll., Ina, IL.