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Feature Investing in Our Future Reaching Underserved Audiences through International Academic Exchanges Speech at IIE’s 2nd Annual Best Practices Conference (New York, March 30, 2007) By Marianne Craven, Managing Director for Academic Programs, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. State Department It’s a privilege for me to address this group of distinguished and committed educators and to say that we consider you our partners in all the exchange programs of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Your institutions host, support and educate the international students we bring here on Fulbright scholarships, undergraduate study programs and teacher exchanges and provide outstanding American candidates for Fulbright and Gilman scholarships and our new critical language study programs. My topic today is the State Department’s new initiatives to reach diverse, underserved and nonelite populations through academic exchanges. These exchanges are strongly supported by State Department leadership—Secretary Rice, Under Secretary Karen Hughes and others—and benefit from congressional interest and support as well. I want to talk about the overall context for this effort and how we developed some of these initiatives, and then discuss some of our current programs. I’m going to talk primarily about programs for foreign participants today, but I also want to note that we have increased our efforts to include more diverse and underserved sectors in our programs for Americans as well. We’ve made the Gilman Program for American undergraduates with financial need a high priority, and in our new critical language programs, we’ve included students from a wide range of U.S. institutions—from community colleges to university graduate programs. For the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, we and IIE have worked hard to reach out to diverse sectors, and I am pleased to report that the number of applications from ethnic minorSo while many of our new initiatives are targeted at foreign participants, we also recognize the importance of reaching a broad spectrum of Americans in exchanges and are working to achieve that goal. I also want to say that we are not excluding more traditional or “elite” participants from our programs. There will always be participants in Fulbright and other exchanges Over a three-year period, we nearly doubled the percentage of our total resources spent on exchanges with the Middle East and South Asia from 13 percent to 25 percent; and to 40 percent for the Muslim world as a whole. ity groups, including African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans, has increased significantly since 2001. These increases are reflected in the number of applicants recommended by the review panels convened by IIE as well. We’ve also launched a new community college initiative, that—for the first time—is awarding a major bureau grant directly to a U.S. community college organization, Community Colleges for International Development, to support hosting of foreign students on their campuses. who could be defined as elite—in terms of their prior educational opportunities or personal circumstances. Our goal is to broaden exchange opportunities to make them more available to other students who are equally deserving and capable of success. And we still want all our exchange participants to be elite in terms of their intellectual, creative and leadership abilities as well as their motivation and capacity to communicate and learn across cultures. Finally, I wanted to note that I am not specifically defining the term underserved or

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IIE Networker - Fall 2007

IIE Networker - Fall 2007
Message from Allan E. Goodman
Up Front: The International Education Diary
Investing in Our Future: Reaching Underserved Audiences through International Academic Exchanges
IIENetworker University Presidents Interview Series A Conversation with Brown University President
National Policies for International Education
New Zealand
United Kingdom
Sponsored Students
Project Atlas: A Coordinated Approach to Measuring Global Student Mobility
The Browser: Index of Advertisers

IIE Networker - Fall 2007