ERIC Number: ED471358
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Oct-25
International Education: Another View of Distance Learning.
This paper argues that diversity and flexibility have been the cornerstones of the community college over the last three or four decades. Of recent interest has been the change in the student profile from that of the recent local high school graduate to the returning student, as well as a mix of international students. These international students range from the children of recent immigrants to newly arrived immigrants and refugees and children of well-off citizens of other countries. Those students come from a variety of economic and political situations, and they bring perspectives and experiences that enrich the educational community. The community college has responded with international campus organizations, language labs, multicultural textbooks, cultural events, and international fairs. This paper argues for making connections between the teaching profession and the possibilities for humanitarian action on a global level. The author suggests that community colleges put together credit-bearing humanitarian trips, particularly in light of the recent evidence of national isolation and defensiveness after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The paper concludes that the events of September 11 should encourage community colleges to broaden their outreach, and for the humanities to show that the idea of humanity has no borders. (NB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Community College Humanities Association Eastern Division Conference (New York City, NY, October 24-26, 2002).