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Tips for sTarTing

a community college Education abroad Office

n■ Get the faculty and campus community involved; in particular, engage faculty who have overseas experience and who are bi- or multilingual. n■ Get presidential and board support by sharing student experiences and the impact. n■ Join a consortium to offer students at least a modest portfolio of education abroad opportunities. Consortia can help you offer more options without needing a large student group from your institution and with only modest staff commitment.

then to $1000 in 2009–10. We’ve also given study abroad a lot of internal publicity by offering study abroad expos where faculty can promote their programs and get the word out.” They have also done “more than 100” classroom presentations and they participate in new student orientations, “to increase the visibility of study abroad on campus.”

Sustaining Programs in Tough Economic Times
The impact of the recession has been felt everywhere, but perhaps nowhere as acutely as in California, where the number of education abroad programs being offered has dropped from 84 in 2006–07 to 31 in 2010–11, according to Rosalind Latiner Raby, director of California Colleges for International Education. “But that isn’t reflecting a lack of student interest: it’s reflecting a lack of administrative support,” Raby says. “I have not heard of one program being cancelled because of low student enrollment this summer. However, some of the colleges have had to cancel their programs because the school has eliminated winter intersession and summer programs. And the vast majority of community college students who study abroad do so either in the summer or during the winter term.” While it may be easy to characterize education abroad as an unaffordable “luxury” in times of economic hardship, according to Raby this is an inaccurate perception. “I’ve done some cost/benefit analysis, and at community colleges study abroad programs either break even or they cost very, very little,” she says. “Economics is not the driving factor. What is driving the decisions is that in some places the people who are making these decisions do not see education abroad as a viable academic program. I don’t believe for a second it has anything to do with economics.” At CCSF programs are running, but, says Heffron, “We have been struggling.” She attributes a combination of factors, including a weak dollar and the additional economic pressures resulting from the recession. “We have very limited scholarship funds for our students,” Heffron says. “When you’re deal-

Abroad’s content management database for the tracking of data,” says Geoffrey Bradshaw, director of international education at Madison Area Technical College in Madison, Wisconsin. “This program and others like it allow small offices a robust tool for managing all of the forms, releases, and medical information for students traveling abroad. It can also streamline the application process and help standardize the dissemination of information. This is especially important if a small office is working with multiple consortia as well as in-house programs.”

Expanding Programs
Kirkwood Community College began offering education abroad opportunities in 1996 the way many institutions begin, “with one or two faculty-led programs, offered sporadically,” says Wood. By 2010–11 the college was able to offer students a choice of 16 faculty-led opportunities in 12 countries and 10 different disciplines—11 programs either arranged as exchanges with international partners or through consortia, and five more through their own unique four-institution MOU called the Global Education Network (GEN). “At Kirkwood we are very adept at creating partnerships with like institutions overseas,” says Wood. “The GEN model offers our students opportunities to study

abroad at our partner institutions in Australia, Canada, and Singapore.” While for the most part Kirkwood has seen a steady increase in numbers (with the exception of dips in enrollment from 2007–2009), two years stand out as having had significant increases in enrollment: from 2004–05 to 2005–06 enrollment jumped from 66 students to 106, and in 2008–09 to 2009–10 from 88 to 102. When asked what she thinks accounted for the increases in these years, Wood replies, “There’s not a scientific way of attributing the differences but I can tell you my thoughts. I think the increase has been due in large part to diversifying our program offerings. We are paying careful attention to targeting programs to specific academic areas. For example, we have an Auto Tech program in Canada that is very specific in its focus. We have also expanded the number of faculty-led programs we offered: and faculty are one of the most powerful recruitment tools for students. Their enthusiasm is a very persuasive force for students who are considering study abroad.” Another reason for the increase in enrollment is availability of scholarships, Wood says. “At Kirkwood our foundation offers scholarships to students who have a 2.5 GPA or higher, and who complete the application process. We increased the value of the scholarship from $500 to $750 in 2008–09, and

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International Educator - September/October 2011
Contents
From the Editors
In Brief
Building a Literate World
In Sync:  The Peace Corps and International Education
Expanding Cooperative Education Across the Globe
Education Abroad
Foreign Student Affairs
Partnering
A View From Out Here
Forum
In Focus
Supplement: A 360º View
Supplement: Making the Numbers Work
Supplement: International Recruitment and Enrollment Listings
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