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Building Support for
International Development Work
The colleges that do development work say they
are careful to ensure they have the support of their
boards and sufficient outside funding. They have to
be ready for the question, “Remind me. Why are we
in Yemen?” CCID’s Brown said, “We have that conversation a lot. We try to provide the information that
leaders need to work with their boards.”
Apart from presidential leadership and board
support, it often comes down to finding a champion
inside the community college who is up for taking
on the challenge of international development work.
The champion may have family or other connections to the developing country, said Bittner, or it may
be that an influx of immigrants and refugees has created an awareness of that country or region that didn’t
exist before inside the college.

HED’s Cornick said that once a community college’s
leaders decide that international work is of strategic
value, they need “to reach across” the entire institution
and find people “who are part of the diaspora community, who speak multiple languages, and can say to the
president, ‘Sure I can go to Egypt. I speak Arabic,’ or ‘I’m
Hispanic American and I can work in Latin America.’”
Bittner, too, encourages colleges to pull faculty
and deans from several disciplines into projects, and
to partner with other colleges. Brown noted, “If it’s
just one person (doing this), that will leave when that
person leaves the college.”
Highline’s Bermingham said it is impossible to
do international development work at the scale his
institution has done without external resources, but
it is also a matter of priorities. “In the same way you
have to fund technology, you have to fund some support for international,” he said. “It can’t be an added
on extra, because added on extras are always cut in
tough economic times.”

While community colleges generate significant
revenue from the higher, out-of-state tuition that
their 88,000 international students pay, international
development work is largely a break-even enterprise,
those involved say, until the benefits of a more internationalized faculty and curriculum are factored in.

“In the same way you have to
fund technology, you have
to fund some support for
international. It can’t be an
added on extra, because
added on extras are always
cut in tough economic times.”
While schools such as Highline, deeply involved
in international work, tend to have grant writers
and robust international offices—Kathleen Hasselblad, executive director of international programs
and grants, has three persons on her staff managing
overseas projects—it can be done by others. AACC’s
Blayne-Allard said, “Our colleges are used to doing
contractual work. They are all set up for that because
of their partnerships with local industry …. Having a
grant to engage in international development is not
that dissimilar to a contractual arrangement.”
CCID is encouraging colleges to do a better job
of inventorying their own resources and the international operations and capacity of their local
businesses. “So many of them are doing work internationally or depend on international markets. There
are some international partnerships we should be leveraging. I don’t think we’re doing a very good job of
that now,” said Brown.
The approaching sunset for HED—which already
has stopped awarding new three-year grants—and
budget cuts in Washington may make it harder for
community colleges to sustain or grow their international work. Bermingham, for one, believes they will
find ways to do it. “I work at a community college. I’m
in the hope business. I’m optimistic.”
IE
CHRISTOPHER CONNELL is a veteran Washington,
D.C. education writer and author of NAFSA’s
annual Internationalizing the Campus reports.



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From the Editors
Front Lines
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Emerging Giant
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Accelerating Global Learning at Home and Abroad
Foreign Student Affairs
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Intenational Educator Language Supplement
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Intensive English Language
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