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EDUCATION ABROAD

to take on study abroad in their junior year. So one challenge is that we have much less time to work with them.
We have to recognize their maturity, competence, and
readiness for study abroad far earlier than at a four-year
institution." He adds, "Many of our students may never go
to a four-year institution, but it is just as important for them
to have exposure to study abroad opportunities. By offering
them this opportunity, we're exposing a large population
to an option they might never have had otherwise. The
community needs this kind of international exposure, and
community colleges should be able to provide it."
Another challenge is lack of financial resources. "Community colleges are far less likely to have study abroad
offerings than four-year institutions," Malveaux says. "So
we don't typically receive endowments and outside contributions for our offices. We also have to work harder to
justify and promote the positive impact of study abroad
on our campuses. And we don't tend to have as much staff
as at a four-year institution. Most leaders of education
abroad programs at community colleges wear multiple
hats-often faculty are leading study abroad programs in
exchange for teaching a reduced load. And some do it
just out of sheer passion and joy, without compensation
or additional time allotted."

For this reason, partnering with other colleges is essential, according to Malveaux, who also serves as co-chair of
the Maryland Community College International Education Consortium (MCCIEC). "I am a huge advocate of the
state consortium model," he says. "That way, even institutions that don't have an official office, or a single program
to offer their students, can still offer them the opportunity
to study abroad, through the offerings of other institutions." Rebekah de Wit, director of global education at the
Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) and the
other co-chair of MCCIEC, agrees. "Collaborative efforts
among colleges are a key to making study abroad work
well at many schools where funding, institutional support
for study abroad efforts, and/or accessibility of programs
have been obstacles," she says.
In Maryland, an MOU facilitates cross-institutional
participation in study abroad programs so community
colleges that can't sustain their own programs can refer
students to other programs in the state while retaining
their full-time equivalents (FTEs). "We're also focusing on
cosponsoring programs, and developing an internal cache
of best practices in study abroad," de Wit says. "We've found
that pointing to success stories, especially local community
college success stories, often carries the most weight when
we seek more institutional support for study abroad." Last
spring, MCCIEC organized a forum in Havana, Cuba, that
was open to community college faculty and staff statewide.
"We had two goals," de Wit says. "We wanted to help participants learn about faculty-led study abroad. And, much
more broadly, we wanted to bring more attention to study
abroad around the state." She adds, "It worked! We generated a lot of enthusiasm, and attracted more colleges that
have become active consortium members." The forum was
so successful that they are organizing another one to take
place in Iceland in the spring of 2017.

Emily Khan, a recent graduate of the Community College of Baltimore County,
participated in a women's studies course that, after the regular semester had
ended on campus, continued in Ireland.

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With so much more attention now directed toward risk
management and to integrating study abroad in a systematic way into the curriculum, many community colleges
are emulating the university model by centralizing and
standardizing study abroad processes and practices.
"Largely due to budgetary challenges and competing
pressing local concerns, on the whole community colleges are behind the curve in this regard, compared to
four-year institutions," de Wit says. But, she adds, "A wave
of change is taking place right now. Many community
colleges are seeking to expand their study abroad efforts
in a significant way."

COURTESY OF EMILY KHAN

Developing, Nurturing,
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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
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