ERIC Number: ED370635
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Community Colleges Lead the Way in International and Intercultural Education: Recent Success Stories and a Blueprint for the Future.
Tsunoda, Joyce S.
To build a global community, community colleges must start with the grassroots--students and clients. Educators committed to international education need to re-examine existing philosophies and ask: (1) does international education have relevance to our students' daily lives; (2) can students make connections between what they are studying and how it applies to the larger global context; and (3) do students graduate without a broad world view, without their attitudes and behavior truly being affected by international education. International education must be embedded in the fabric of the overall curriculum and infused into the total teaching and learning climate. International education enhances multicultural harmony through deeper understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity. Community colleges must view the world as their community; actively reach out across the globe to promote technical training and human resource development to emerging nations; and incorporate the importance of international education into their mission statements. International education cannot be viewed as peripheral, but rather as essential for to the political, social, and economic survival of the United States. International education must not be the target of budget cuts, but be supported and strengthened to provide students with a quality of education which ensures success. (KP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association of Community Colleges (74th, Washington, DC, April 6-9, 1994).