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ERIC Number: EJ847717
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-0160-5429
A New Model for Recruiting International Students: The 2 + 2
Farnsworth, Kent
International Education, v35 n1 p5-14 Fall 2005
The system of higher education in the United States offers an opportunity that is not available in quite the same way to any of the major English-speaking competitors for international students: a nationwide network of community colleges. This network affords the option to present to students abroad a much more affordable baccalaureate degree choice, coupled with a uniquely broadening cultural experience by marrying two years at a community college with pre-arranged and guaranteed articulation to a four-year partner institution. This "two-plus-two" model exists in many areas of domestic study and lends itself perfectly to a new model for international recruitment. Under the "Two-Plus-Two" model, one or several community colleges contract with one or several universities both to recruit and provide educational programming to international students. For greatest simplicity, the model works most efficiently when one university establishes an agreement with one or more community colleges, simplifying the articulation issues. This symbiotic relationship provides both the participating colleges and the student participants with advantages that none can provide independently. As with any collaborative model, a number of obstacles must be recognized and addressed if the model is to work effectively. This article discusses these advantages and obstacles. Through the leadership of Joel Glassman, Director of the Center for International Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, a Two-Plus-Two collaboration has been established with three of the state's community colleges that are in its initial evaluation phase. Jefferson College, south of St. Louis, Crowder College in rural southwest Missouri, and Moberly Area Community College in the central part of the state form the other partners in the collaborative. A description of this collaboration is also presented. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States