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Text and Photography by Christopher Connell

For a regional public university in western Georgia that sends barely 200 students a year to study
abroad, Columbus State University (CSU) has something that few other U.S. institutions can
match: its own house in Oxford, England, and ties with the University of Oxford that allow fortunate Columbus State students and faculty to take classes and workshops there. Five hundred have
done so since a retired banker named Kyle Spencer purchased a stately Edwardian home in 2002
and turned the deed over to his hometown university. Spencer House is "pivotal to our planting
the flag globally," said President Timothy Mescon.

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Planting that flag is a principal way Columbus State is
hoping to keep raising its standards and standing among
colleges in the Georgia system. The strategic plan the university adopted in 2013 seeks to foster "a vibrant, globally
connected campus culture" that empowers people "to
contribute to the advancement of our local and global
communities." Columbus, the third largest city in Georgia
after Atlanta and Augusta, is an old textile mill town on
the banks of the Chattahoochee River. It lacked a college
until civic leaders finally convinced the state to open a
two-year institution in 1958; bachelor and master degrees
were soon to follow.
Today it is the tenth largest of Georgia's 31 public colleges and universities. Half the 7,000 undergraduates and
1,400 graduate students come from Muscogee County and
other neighboring places along the Alabama border, but
more than a third are drawn from elsewhere in Georgia
and 1,600 hail from other states. It also enrolls 130 international students. In public higher education, "geography
does matter. We are, at the end of the day, in a retail business," said Mescon, former business dean at Kennesaw
State University. He has stepped up recruiting in the metro Atlanta area, 100 miles away, because "that's where the
market is," and recently added an international recruiter.

The biggest challenge Columbus State faces is not just
finding students, but keeping them until they graduate.
Only one in eight full-time freshmen who entered in
2007 graduated in four years and 30 percent in six years.
A third of students attend college part-time and many are
older than traditional age. Nearly half are ethnic or racial
minorities. The international push at Columbus State
is one of the principal ways the university is seeking to

President
Timothy Mescon

EDITOR'S NOTE: Profiles of the five winners of the 2014 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus
Internationalization are being included in IE. The full set of profiles can be seen in Internationalizing the
Campus 2014: Profiles of Success at Colleges and Universities.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - September/October 2015

Contents
Supplement Contents
Going Home to Teach
A Little Goes a Long Way
Opening a Window on the World at Columbus State University
Frontlines: Framing the Discussion
In Brief
Foreign Student Affairs
View From Out Here
Forum
In Focus
International Educator - September/October 2015 - Cover1
International Educator - September/October 2015 - Cover2
International Educator - September/October 2015 - Contents
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 2
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 3
International Educator - September/October 2015 - Frontlines: Framing the Discussion
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 5
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 6
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 7
International Educator - September/October 2015 - In Brief
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 9
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 10
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 11
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 12
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 13
International Educator - September/October 2015 - Going Home to Teach
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 15
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International Educator - September/October 2015 - A Little Goes a Long Way
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International Educator - September/October 2015 - Opening a Window on the World at Columbus State University
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International Educator - September/October 2015 - Foreign Student Affairs
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 39
International Educator - September/October 2015 - View From Out Here
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 41
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 42
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 43
International Educator - September/October 2015 - Forum
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International Educator - September/October 2015 - In Focus
International Educator - September/October 2015 - Cover3
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International Educator - September/October 2015 - Supplement Contents
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