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COURTESY OF SARAH OWOCKI, AL-KAFAÀT FOUNDATION

Al-Kafaàt Foundation
students in a
beginners-level
English class watch a
four-minute video on
the “Top Notch Travel
Agency.” The video is
part of a sitcom series
that complements
lessons in a textbook
package.

Seed Money for Community
College International
Development Work Waning

INTERNATIONAL EDUCATOR

HED has provided a gateway for colleges to get into the
international development business, but “our program
with HED is coming to a closure” in September 2015,
Bittner said, due to shifts in USAID’s education and
budget strategies. With foreign aid budgets perennially
in peril in Washington, D.C. and large cuts looming for
most domestic spending, the agency has decided that
its missions in 80 countries should have more control
over where and how to spend education dollars rather
than having those decisions made centrally.
The USAID missions in developing countries will
still be looking for higher education institutions back
in the States to work with, but it may become more
difficult for community colleges and others to find
them, rather than scrolling through the latest “Request for Assistance” from HED. But “it’s always going
to be harder for community colleges,” said AACC’s
McKenney. “The Michigan States of the world have
been in this business for a long time in a very large
way, especially from the agricultural side. There’s a
reason we are not there in great numbers.”
But Blayne-Allard believes that growing interest
from foreign governments for assistance from U.S.
community colleges could make up for any diminution
in federal aid. “I think community colleges will be able
to ride through a decline if a decline happens because
of that growing demand from overseas,” she said.
One attraction of the HED grants has been their
relatively modest size and scope, usually a few hundred thousand dollars over three years. “HED has
been really appropriate for the community colleges,”
said CCID’s Brown. “It’s a manageable amount and

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by winning a $380,000 U.S. Department of Education
grant in 2010 to help other community colleges build
their capacity for study abroad. For the past three
Januaries, while Walz was leading students on servicelearning trips to bring solar energy to rural Costa Rica
communities, he’s also brought faculty from 24 other
community colleges to watch and learn. Some now are
launching their own short-term, sustainable development programs in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Bradshaw encourages them to do it in cohorts.
The AACC has close ties with counterpart
organizations in prosperous parts of the world, including Canada, the United Kingdom, Denmark,
and the Netherlands, all with high-performing vocational and technical training systems, but it also
has formed strategic partnerships with China, Brazil, Indonesia, and India, as well as the countries in
the State Department’s Broader North Africa and
Middle East Initiative. “We receive a lot of requests
from foreign governments, education associations
and institutes of higher education to learn about our
system and meet with our college administrators,”
said Blayne-Allard. “We also help connect our colleges to opportunities overseas.”
Development work, by definition, involves undertaking projects to improve infrastructure and
standards of living in countries where masses still live
in poverty. Institutions with USAID contracts should
expect that half the work will be done overseas and
half back on its home campus, said Bittner. “It varies,
but we encourage them to have face-to-face meetings
when projects are getting started to work on a work
plan. Once they have a trust relationship going, then
they can start working virtually on a lot of things,”
including redesigning curriculum.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - March/April 2013

International Educator - March/April 2013
Contents
From the Editors
Front Lines
In Brief
Emerging Giant
Local Goes Global
Accelerating Global Learning at Home and Abroad
Foreign Student Affairs
Partnering
In Focus
Intenational Educator Language Supplement
Contents
New Tools of the Trade
Intensive English Language
Intensive Foreign Language
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International Educator - March/April 2013 - Cover2
International Educator - March/April 2013 - Contents
International Educator - March/April 2013 - From the Editors
International Educator - March/April 2013 - 3
International Educator - March/April 2013 - Front Lines
International Educator - March/April 2013 - 5
International Educator - March/April 2013 - 6
International Educator - March/April 2013 - 7
International Educator - March/April 2013 - 8
International Educator - March/April 2013 - 9
International Educator - March/April 2013 - In Brief
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International Educator - March/April 2013 - Emerging Giant
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International Educator - March/April 2013 - Local Goes Global
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International Educator - March/April 2013 - Accelerating Global Learning at Home and Abroad
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International Educator - March/April 2013 - Partnering
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International Educator - March/April 2013 - In Focus
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International Educator - March/April 2013 - Intenational Educator Language Supplement
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International Educator - March/April 2013 - Contents
International Educator - March/April 2013 - New Tools of the Trade
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International Educator - March/April 2013 - Intensive English Language
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