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ERIC Number: EJ780036
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov-2
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
"Flat World" Lessons for Real-World Students
Fischer, Karin
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n10 pA35 Nov 2007
Virtually every college today feels the pressure to prepare its graduates for an increasingly international world, one in which an understanding of other cultures, economies, and political systems is critical for success. Traditionally, American higher education has relied on study-abroad programs to supply students with many of those perspectives, but institutions are starting to take a hard look at what they're teaching their students on the campus, and realizing they're coming up short. In a survey conducted for the Association of American Colleges and Universities, more than 60 percent of employers polled said recent graduates lacked the skills to succeed in a global economy. This article describes how colleges and universities are instituting new international-education requirements or seeking to infuse a global perspective in once-insular disciplines, like engineering and some of the sciences, in response to this gap. They are using technology to connect with classrooms abroad and trying innovative ways to involve their international students and professors more deeply in campus life. They are also connecting with internationally oriented local businesses and community groups to provide service-learning opportunities with an international flavor.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States