Internationalizing Curricula, Campuses, and Student Experiences in Community Colleges

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Internationalizing Curricula, Campuses, and Student Experiences in Community Colleges Gretchen K. Carroll, J.D., M.B.A. Educator of Management & Leadership Director of Atlantis Project Owens Community College

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Fast Facts… … Community Colleges make up 42% of all advanced education establishments and select 40% of understudies across the country. There are 1,195 locally certify junior colleges. With 11.5 million understudies, credit and non-credit, junior colleges assume a vital part in get ready understudies to end up distinctly profitable individuals from a worldwide workforce. Near 100,000 worldwide understudies go to junior colleges, around 39% of all universal college understudies in the United States.

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Community College Demographics The Average time of junior college understudies is 29, yet 43% are 21 or more youthful. 60% of junior college understudies are female. 35% of junior college understudies are minorities. 39% are original understudies.

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5,776 junior college understudies concentrated abroad in 2003/04, under 1% of all junior college understudies in the US. Junior college concentrate abroad by and large mirrors concentrate abroad at all organizations. 85% of junior college understudies who do concentrate abroad are in Latin America or Europe. The mind dominant part of junior college concentrate abroad understudies (73%) are on here and now programs.

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In contrast with other institutional sorts… . Somewhat more females from junior colleges study abroad (68%) than by and large (66%). Somewhat less Caucasian understudies from junior colleges (81%) concentrate abroad than by and large (84%). Hispanic-Americans make up the second biggest gathering at junior colleges (10% versus 5% in general). California junior colleges prevail among the main 20 junior colleges concentrate abroad organizations.

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73% of junior college understudies that studied abroad, did as such for less than two months. The American Association of Community Colleges effectively advocates a global part for junior colleges in all measurements of overall instruction and preparing. There is expanding bolster that different nations are mirroring an elevated enthusiasm for receiving the junior college show. (Bologna Agreement)

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In 2001-2002 ACE Compiled an Internationalization Index An irregular example of 552 junior college presidents were overviewed (52%) of which 233 (43%) reacted. Solicited an assortment from inquiries in six noteworthy classes that included the record.

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Articulated Commitment Academic Offerings Organizational Infrastructure External financing Institutional Investment in Faculty International understudies and understudy programs. Six Key Areas of International Involvement

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Dismal report card… 61% got a general internationalization score of low 33% scored in the medium range 5% in the medium to high range 0% in the high range

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Of the junior colleges thought to be "exceedingly dynamic" 65% highlighted universal training in enlistment writing. 75% had programs for understudies to concentrate abroad without deferring graduation. 66% controlled review abroad projects for undergrad credit. 92% had an office for global instruction programs.

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Study abroad projects Offered by 1/3 of the junior colleges overviewed, yet under 10% directed universal field study, temporary jobs, or administration openings. Indeed, even in the exceedingly dynamic foundations, just 2% of understudies study abroad yearly.

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Investment in Faculty Although staff inclusion is vital to internationalization of the educational module and the understudy understanding, the lion's share of junior colleges scored "low" or "zero" on institutional interest in the personnel. General absence of support for staff and for chances to be required in worldwide training.

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Investment in understudy programs Very couple of, under 16%, give financing to examining or working abroad projects Even less, under 2%, reserved assets for understudies to make a trip abroad to gatherings or meetings.

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Internal and External Funding is Crucial to Study Abroad Community schools that highlight worldwide instruction in the enrollment writing will probably offer review abroad for credit and have more understudies that review abroad. The quantity of understudies that review abroad was emphatically identified with school ear stamped reserves

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Should junior colleges be propelling short cycle concentrate abroad and internationalizing grounds and educational module? Absolutely!!!!!!!!!

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Why right? Institutional obstructions including: Not a vital need, subsidizing, expansive construct missions centered in light of "nearby" as opposed to "worldwide" group, absence of workforce inclusion/bolster… Interesting review by California Colleges for International Education (CCIE) found that institutional boundaries, instead of understudy craving, restricted junior college understudies from concentrate abroad.

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Institutional hindrances keep understudies from concentrate abroad. In spite of the fact that the overall convictions by executives, personnel and staff are that understudy individual obstructions disallow understudies from concentrate abroad. Information gathered from understudies, repudiates numerous mainstream views including the powerlessness of understudies to manage the cost of study abroad projects, clashing work and family commitments, and social capital that permits the understudy to see themselves on a review abroad program.

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Program Costs Students concur that expenses are imperative, yet 70% of studied understudies would not leave funds be deflect them from study abroad. Huge rate of understudies use money related guide for their review abroad. Understudies require huge monetary help is expected to help with both direct and in-direct expenses of the projects. The cost for a late spring program ranges from $180 to $5,000, and from $3,000 to $8,900 for a semester long program.

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Work and Family Obligations Students studied showed that albeit most had low maintenance or all day employments, they regardless, would will and ready to concentrate abroad. Universities ought not expect that understudies can't concentrate abroad as a result of work and family responsibilities. To suit the requirements of working understudies and understudies with families, establishments ought to look at the likelihood of making accessible both here and now and semester concentrate abroad alternatives for their understudies.

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Cultural Capital There is a feeling that junior college understudies would prefer not to travel abroad and are focused on their nearby neighborhoods. However, Fifty-seven percent of reacting understudies demonstrated that they have already made a trip to one to three different nations, numerous all the time.

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Institutional Funding & Program Availability Research affirmed that the transcendent issue keeping junior colleges from offering Study Abroad is a prominent absence of secure institutional financing that offers concentrate abroad alternatives to the understudies. More than 66% of junior colleges that offer review abroad, get no subsidizing to bolster these projects.

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Funding contrarily impacts staffing Community schools much of the time don't have full-time staffing and many don't have a perceived office that makes a nearness for study abroad on grounds. Absence of framework keeps schools from offering programs, which thusly extremely impact understudies' entrance to such projects.

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Some Bright Spots… … C.C. Examples of overcoming adversity Anne Arundel Community College (MD) College of Lake County (IL) Crowder College (MO) Essex County Community College (NJ) Glendale Community College (CA) Harford Community College (MD) Maricopa Community College District (AZ) North Shore Community College (MA) Tidewater Community College (VA)

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EU-US Atlantis Project Joint tasks of the Department of Education and the European Commission. Bolsters transoceanic participation between organizations of advanced education in US and EU, both 2 and 4 year establishments. Targets: help of understudy and workforce trade, improvement of joint/double degree programs, trade of best practices.

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University of Toledo & Owens Community College Atlantis Project Response to the Bologna Agreement Two global accomplices International University College (Bulgaria) & LEIDO (Netherlands) Focus in on the part of short-cycle advanced education in the US & EU in tending to social and financial needs. Extreme objective – production of a double degree/authentication program amongst OCC and EU accomplice organizations.

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Hosting Three International Conferences June 2009-Golden Sands, Bulgaria Focus is acknowledgment and accreditation of SCHE projects and the arrangement of instructive frameworks to encourage understudy trade and meet worldwide workforce needs. October 2009-Toledo, Ohio Focus is the part of SCHE in financial & group improvement. June 2010-Amsterdam, The Netherlands Focus is the commitment of SCHE in making stepping stools in deep rooted learning.

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Final contemplations Four noteworthy suggestions for junior colleges genuine about internationalizing grounds, educational module, and short cycle concentrate abroad.

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1) Philosophical Change Community Colleges need to comprehend and acknowledge the advantages of internationalizing grounds, educational programs, and study abroad projects for their understudies and group. Maybe it should be emphatically supported by school and program certifying bodies. Bolster should be verbalized in school statements of purpose, key arrangements and in school spending plan. Workforce should be supported through residency and rank frameworks to compose and lead concentrate abroad projects.

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2) Economic Change The advantages of study abroad exceed the cost of actualizing projects. The advantages are not just for understudies,