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EDUCATION ABROAD
By Janet Hulstrand

Advancing Faculty-Led Programs
at Community Colleges
EDUCATION ABROAD IS BECOMING MORE IMPORTANT at community colleges, and

faculty-led programs are a way to both encourage students who might not otherwise go abroad to
do so while also contributing to the broader internationalization of the community college campus.

Madison Area Technical College nursing students in Guatemala.

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nationalization strategy. "In the past there was little need for
community colleges to spend significant time or energy on
international issues," Bradshaw says. "Traditionally the goal
was to prepare students for employment within the local
area, and when there was no need for global engagement
in the local job market, international education was seen as
extraneous to the core mission. This is no longer the case.
Today's employers are demanding that students are able
to work effectively with diverse teams, supply chains, and
customer networks that span international borders."
Drawing on key findings from studies concerning both
international and experiential education, administrators,
and education abroad staff at Madison worked together to develop a model of how to create short but intensive
service programs that would allow faculty and students
to apply disciplinary content in hands-on applications.

MADISON COLLEGE

"Faculty engagement in internationalization is essential," says Geoffrey Bradshaw, director of international
education at Madison Area Technical College (also known
as Madison College) in Wisconsin. "And finding ways to
encourage, nurture, and support the creation of facultyled programs is one of the best ways to engage faculty in
meaningful international education."
While it seems that faculty-led programs specifically are becoming more popular, it is not exactly a new
phenomenon. In fact, the three community colleges mentioned in this article have all offered faculty-led programs
for at least 20 years.
Madison first began offering faculty-led study abroad
opportunities in the early 1990s. Then, between 2005 and
2010, several factors led the institution to strategically focus
on faculty-led programs as a central element in their inter-



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - November/December 2016

From the Editor
In Brief
Voices
Act Globally
Tradition and History
Health and Insurance
Education Abroad
International Enrollment
View From Out Here
In Focus
International Educator - November/December 2016 - Cover1
International Educator - November/December 2016 - Cover2
International Educator - November/December 2016 - 1
International Educator - November/December 2016 - From the Editor
International Educator - November/December 2016 - 3
International Educator - November/December 2016 - In Brief
International Educator - November/December 2016 - 5
International Educator - November/December 2016 - 6
International Educator - November/December 2016 - 7
International Educator - November/December 2016 - 8
International Educator - November/December 2016 - 9
International Educator - November/December 2016 - 10
International Educator - November/December 2016 - 11
International Educator - November/December 2016 - Voices
International Educator - November/December 2016 - 13
International Educator - November/December 2016 - 14
International Educator - November/December 2016 - 15
International Educator - November/December 2016 - Act Globally
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International Educator - November/December 2016 - Tradition and History
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International Educator - November/December 2016 - Health and Insurance
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International Educator - November/December 2016 - 40
International Educator - November/December 2016 - 41
International Educator - November/December 2016 - Education Abroad
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International Educator - November/December 2016 - International Enrollment
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International Educator - November/December 2016 - View From Out Here
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International Educator - November/December 2016 - In Focus
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