ERIC Number: ED413021
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Enhancing Community College Connections with the United States Information Agency: Opportunities in International Education and Exchange.
Levin, David N.
One of the main goals of the United States Information Agency (USIA) is to foster understanding between United States citizens and people from other countries. Community colleges, with their experience working with diverse clients and international institutions, can play an important role in USIA programs and activities. The goal of understanding other cultures has become increasingly important as the United States enters into the new global, knowledge-based economy. Programs run by the USIA fall into three categories: academic programs, programs that bring international visitors to the United States, and citizen and professional exchanges. The flagship of the USIA's exchange efforts is the Fulbright program, consisting of three components: a grant program supporting U.S. scholars working abroad, a teacher exchange program, and a study abroad program for U.S. students. The Agency also runs the College and University Affiliations program, awarding grants to colleges to develop or expand linkages to institutions abroad, and supports over 400 offices abroad that provide information on U.S. colleges. Finally, the Agency operates the Office of Citizen Exchanges, providing grants to support exchanges with community organizations, professional associations, and colleges. These programs can provide opportunities for students, faculty, and staff at colleges to interact with visitors from other countries and can lead to long-term programs between host colleges and institutions abroad. (BCY)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United States Information Agency, Washington, DC.