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By adria l. Baker

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What a Difference a Decade Makes

decade ago the moment I heard about the grave attacks in New York City on September 11, 2001. As the day progressed and the news continued to unfold tragedies in other parts of the country, I recall having to continue managing the daily duties of life, despite the shock and disbelief that haunted my thoughts and heart. I imagine others who are old enough to remember the tragedies of a decade ago, can identify in their own way. The world we all knew personally, and as international educators in particular, was altered drastically.

WILL NEVER FORGET where I was standing and what my immediate reaction was a

In so many ways, international education in higher education was altered drastically from that day forward. International educators not only worked hard to meet the many mandates and sweeping changes in the laws that a ected international visitors to our campuses as a result of 9/11, but we are also perceived now as part of the national security solution.

I noted above those of us “who are old enough to remember” as context to the fact that most of our current undergraduates were between seven and twelve years old a decade ago. Although they may have memory of the tragic 9/11 events, they have grown up in a world of tight airport screenings and other highly visible security measures. The “new normal,” as a result of the changes triggered by the consequences of 9/11is the only life our younger students have ever known. As I look back on immigration advising at my institution in the last few years, I recall often clarifying “that was before 9/11” or “since 9/11” when talking to many university internationals, faculty, and administrators about visa delays and the governmental requirements that bogged down the regular academic and research business. In so many ways, international

education in higher education was altered drastically from that day forward. International educators not only worked hard to meet the many mandates and sweeping changes in the laws that affected international visitors to our campuses as a result of 9/11, but we are also perceived now as part of the national security solution. The costs to U.S. colleges and universities have been great, financially and academically, but I think generally, most international educators believe our pursuit to create balanced laws is on the right path. International educators and other leaders in higher education now have the opportunity to reassess the positive impact of how international students and scholars, who are coming to the United States to study and conduct research, benefit our campuses and communities. Soon after 9/11, we lost some market-share of the students around the world studying abroad. Through strategic efforts, we have spent years trying to restore our global attractiveness through legislative avenues, advocacy, recruitment, advertising, creating flexible educational models, joining efforts with commerce, and other means. Recently, I heard that life rarely restores to us that which we have lost and previously taken for granted. However, the United States has been given a fresh start, and we must be diligent not to return to the days when international education was just a limited cultural experience that was taken for granted because it brought in higher tuition, serving mainly as financial income to our schools. We have been given a new opportunity to reflect on the importance of global competitiveness for a holistic college experience. A viable resource is at our front door—having our U.S. students in the classrooms with overseas students to partake in the rich transnational

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - September/October 2011

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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International Educator - September/October 2011 - Contents
International Educator - September/October 2011 - From the Editors
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International Educator - September/October 2011 - In Brief
International Educator - September/October 2011 - 5
International Educator - September/October 2011 - 6
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International Educator - September/October 2011 - Building a Literate World
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International Educator - September/October 2011 - In Sync:  The Peace Corps and International Education
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International Educator - September/October 2011 - Expanding Cooperative Education Across the Globe
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International Educator - September/October 2011 - Education Abroad
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International Educator - September/October 2011 - 49
International Educator - September/October 2011 - Foreign Student Affairs
International Educator - September/October 2011 - 51
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International Educator - September/October 2011 - 53
International Educator - September/October 2011 - Partnering
International Educator - September/October 2011 - 55
International Educator - September/October 2011 - 56
International Educator - September/October 2011 - 57
International Educator - September/October 2011 - A View From Out Here
International Educator - September/October 2011 - 59
International Educator - September/October 2011 - Forum
International Educator - September/October 2011 - 61
International Educator - September/October 2011 - 62
International Educator - September/October 2011 - 63
International Educator - September/October 2011 - In Focus
International Educator - September/October 2011 - Cover3
International Educator - September/October 2011 - Cover4
International Educator - September/October 2011 - CoverS1
International Educator - September/October 2011 - CoverS2
International Educator - September/October 2011 - Supplement: A 360º View
International Educator - September/October 2011 - S2
International Educator - September/October 2011 - S3
International Educator - September/October 2011 - S4
International Educator - September/October 2011 - S5
International Educator - September/October 2011 - S6
International Educator - September/October 2011 - S7
International Educator - September/October 2011 - S8
International Educator - September/October 2011 - S9
International Educator - September/October 2011 - S10
International Educator - September/October 2011 - Supplement: Making the Numbers Work
International Educator - September/October 2011 - S12
International Educator - September/October 2011 - S13
International Educator - September/October 2011 - S14
International Educator - September/October 2011 - S15
International Educator - September/October 2011 - S16
International Educator - September/October 2011 - Supplement: International Recruitment and Enrollment Listings
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International Educator - September/October 2011 - S19
International Educator - September/October 2011 - S20
International Educator - September/October 2011 - CoverS3
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