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Knowledge Network Community College Community College Study Abroad Making Study Abroad Accessible to All Students By Rosalind Raby Study Abroad and the Community College Mission In the Community College Mission, the role of study abroad revolves predominately around (1) providing opportunities for learning, cultural development and career education; (2) fostering understanding and building global partnerships; and (3) preparing students to take their place in an increasingly global community and world citizenship. In adhering to this “open door” philosophy, community college study abroad programs include all ages, aptitudes and backgrounds. While some prerequisites may exist, GPA, campus standing and disabilities do not normally figure into admission. In that community colleges are bound by their commitment to offer highquality, low cost academic programs, they make study abroad accessible to all students and challenge the convention that study abroad is for elite students only. tion. Specifically CCIE works to provide community college students the opportunity to study abroad, improve foreign language acquisition and fluency, provide colleges an opportunity to internationalize the curricula, and bring international students to our campuses. According to CCIE data, 76 percent of the state’s districts offer avenues for their students to study abroad. In the 2005-06 academic year, the 72 CCIE member colleges offered 29 programs for Fall semester, 23 for Winter/Spring Break, 27 for Spring semester, and 108 Summer programs. While the majority of programs still are offered in Europe (111), the diversity of study abroad locations is evident, with programs held in Latin America (49), Asia (13), Australia/New Zealand (13), and Africa (1). Combined, over 3,500 California community college students studied abroad. This number is comparable to the number of students sent abroad during the same time period by the UC system, which sent 5,515 students abroad, and the CSU system, which sent 3,609 students abroad. Despite the large number of California’s community college students studying abroad, only 33 percent of California community college districts endorse international education in their mission and college policy document, and none highlight study abroad. Moreover, the recent ACE report “Measuring Internationalization at Community Colleges” (2005) indicates that 61 percent of community colleges have a “low” level of internationalization. Barriers to Participation in Study Abroad From 2002 through 2004, CCIE collaborated on Barriers to Study Abroad, a research project funded by the California Chancellor’s Office Fund for Instructional Improvement Grant to the Coast Community College District. Principal researchers Rosalind Latiner Raby (CCIE) and Gary Rhodes (Center for Global Education, Loyola Marymount University) addressed concerns by community college administrators, faculty and staff regarding barriers that were both personal and institutional in context. Their concerns were then compared to opinions of community college students surveyed throughout the state. Prevailing beliefs by administrators, faculty and staff are that personal barriers prohibit students from studying abroad. These personal barriers include a combination of (1) inability of students to afford study abroad programs, Study Abroad in California Community Colleges California Colleges for International Education (CCIE) is dedicated to the ideal of increasing international understanding through education and collaboration and helps to support the growth of all programs affiliated with international educa- Fast Facts from Open Doors 2005: Report on International Educational Exchange • 5,776 community college students studied abroad in 2003-04. • Community college study abroad generally mirrors study abroad at all institutions. • Latin America makes up a larger proportion of community college study abroad than overall study abroad. • The overwhelming majority of community college study abroad students (73 percent) are on short-term programs. • Slightly more females from community colleges study abroad (68 percent) than overall (66 percent). • Slightly fewer Caucasian students from community colleges (81 percent) study abroad than overall (84 percent). Hispanic-Americans make up the second largest group at community colleges (10 percent versus 5 percent overall). • California community colleges predominate among the leading 20 community college study abroad institutions.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IIE Networker - Fall 2006

IIE Networker - Fall 2006
Message from Allan E. Goodman
Up Front: The International Education Diary
Leading the Way Toward True Global Engagement: A Challenge to American Colleges and Universities
The Lincoln Commission and the Future of Study Abroad
Destination India: Opportunities and Challenges for Expanding Study Abroad in a Nontraditional Location
Heritage-Seeking and Study Abroad: A Case Study
State Department Resources
Short-Term Programming
Community College
GLBT Issues
Branch Campus
Central and Eastern Europe
Freshmen Study Abroad
The Browser: Index of Advertisers

IIE Networker - Fall 2006