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1 Globalizing Illinois Community College Campuses Illinois Community College Board Karen Hunter Anderson, Ph.D. Vice President Adult Education & Institutional Support Illinois Community College Trustees Association September 14, 2012

2 Global is the New Local

3 2010 – 2011 Enrollments  Over 71,000 international students were enrolled in U.S. associate degree programs.  33,766 international students were enrolled in Illinois colleges and universities.  Illinois is ranked #5 in the U.S. for the number of international students in the state.  2,230 international students were enrolled in Illinois Community Colleges.

4 2010 – 2011 Enrollments  Net contribution to Illinois Economy by Foreign Students and Their Families:  $945,700,000 Institute of International Education. (2011). Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange. Retrieved from

5 2010 – 2011 Enrollments  Net contribution to Illinois by Foreign Students Enrolled in Illinois Community Colleges:  $62,456,642  Revenue Generated Through Tuition and Fees charged to Foreign Students in Illinois Community Colleges:  $700,220

6 Benefits Of International Education Programs On Illinois Community College Campuses Benefits to Illinois Students  International Students provide cultural diversity to a college campus and provide U.S. students with international perspectives on world issues.  International education experiences begin with the process of preparing our students to be effective global citizens.  Research shows that students who study abroad have better GPA’s, improved critical thinking skills, and increased motivation to learn.  International students set good examples to native students.

7 Benefits Of International Education Programs On Illinois Community College Campuses Benefits of Attending a Community College to International Students  Smaller class size can be less intimidating.  Better support with language acquisition.  Community provides them with non-academic cultural experience.  Fewer international students means more opportunities to interact with American students.  Lower tuition – even paying out-of-district rates.

8 Benefits Of International Education Programs On Illinois Community College Campuses Benefits to Community Colleges  International programs increase interest and strengthen foreign language study on college campuses.  International programs better enable the colleges’ faculty and staff to participate in the global economy and world community as engaged and productive citizens.  An international presence promotes the appreciation of multilingualism as a social asset rather than as a deficit.  The average international student (more than 70%) pays out-of- district tuition, about three times as much as local students while receiving no financial aid.

9 Benefits Of International Education Programs On Illinois Community College Campuses Benefits to Illinois Economy  International students brought in over $12 billion nationally, making higher education the USA’s fifth largest export. Of that, over $528 million is contributed to Illinois.  International workforce development efforts contribute to the economic development of the state by establishing contacts with business and industry, government and other organizations as potential revenue-producing partners for the colleges and the communities.

10 Best Practices

11 Oakton Community College  As an outcome of a Title VI grant for South Asia, they have an MOU with the English and Foreign Languages University in Hyderabad, India for a summer student study abroad program and an annual two-week faculty exchange.  Oakton provides on campus events, workshops, seminars, annual offerings during International Education Week, co- sponsorship of speakers and other events with Honors/Women’s and Gender Studies Program, Pease and Social Justice Studies. Extensive curriculum development work with U-Wisconsin Madison developed new courses and modified existing course with content on South Asia.

12 Best Practices Elgin Community College  Institutional agreements with partner institutions in China (Chongqing Technology and Business University, Shanxi University, Southwest University, Sanyuan Language School), India (Northeast Hill University), Mexico (Universal Language Institute), Peru (Amazonian Expeditions), and Puerto Rico (Interamericana University and University of Puerto Rico) to provide international exchange opportunities for students, faculty and administrators.  Spring 2012, ECC sent a group of faculty to India as part of out Title VI Asian Studies Area grant. In Fall 2012, ECC will host two Chinese professors from Chongqing Technology and Business University.

13 Best Practices Parkland College  Parkland College is a member of Community Colleges for International Development (CCID) and participates in their study abroad program in Ecuador and has been a part of study abroad programs previously in Denmark.  Parkland also has study abroad programs in Dijon, France and Costa Rica which are organized by the college.

14 Best Practices Illinois Central College  Agreements with Shenzhen Polytechnic, Xiamen HuaXia College and Rhizhao Polytechnic institutions in China.  Agreements with MIST – Morocco Institute of Sustainable Technology.  United Methodist University, Liberia  Study Abroad for a semester in China through Shenzhen Polytechnic, and study abroad for a month through Xiamen HuaXia College.  Hosting visiting scholars through our agreements with these Chinese Institutions – 8 professors have stayed here for extended periods of time.

15 Best Practices Illinois Central College (continued)  Agreements with the Fulbright organization which has allowed us to host:  FLTA’s – Foreign Language Teaching Assistants including 2 from Russia (Russian and Russian Literature), 2 from Brazil (Portuguese), 2 from Morocco (Arabic), one from Jordan (Arabic), and one from Algeria (Arabic).  Scholars in Residence including one from Cameroon and one from Ghana who taught social and political science classes, in addition to International Studies – Sub Saharan Africa.

16 Related International Initiatives in Illinois International Consortium for International Studies and Programs (ICISP)  The primary purpose of ICISP is to provide study abroad opportunities to its 38 members located in Illinois and Wisconsin. Total numbers of participants among all ICISP offerings averages 90 per academic year, with the highest number of students participating from ISU.

17 Related International Initiatives in Illinois Study Illinois – The Illinois International Education Marketing Consortium  The purpose of Study Illinois is to promote internationally the quality and diversity of educational programs offered by Illinois higher education institutions. This consortium is a small but important step in helping Illinois compete internationally in the field of education. Basic support for the consortium comes from the Chicago Export Assistance Center, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

18 Current Efforts to Internationalize the Learning Experience in Illinois Community Colleges  Incorporating international components into new and existing curricula;  Initiating study abroad programs;  Encouraging faculty exchanges;  Recruiting international students to Illinois campuses;  Providing special programs, activities, and classes for growing immigrant and foreign student populations;  Providing training programs to foreign professional populations;  Providing online coursework and training to foreign students in their home countries.

19 Questions? Contact:Karen Hunter Anderson, Ph.D. Vice President Adult Education & Institutional Support Illinois Community College Board 401 East Capitol Avenue Springfield, IL (217) (voice) (217) (fax)


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