International / Global Education seeks to provide educational opportunities that enable community college students to obtain an understanding of the increasingly global and international world. In 2000, CCIE with funding from an FII Grant from the State Chancellor’s Office in affiliation with Coast Community College District conducted a survey of Chancellor and CEO opinions regarding international / global education. This current survey reflects the changing state of the field. The current study is conducted with funding from a OCEA Grant from the Department of State and is in affiliation with College of the Canyons. This survey epitomizes the fundamental goal of CCIE, i.e. cooperation and the sharing of information.
There is a need to embrace internationalization of our campuses because as the U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (2009) confirms, “community colleges are invaluable resources for adults seeking to acquire new skills needed by employers.” Those new skills have an international foundation for as President Barack Obama noted in his speech to Congress on February 24, 2009, “our children will compete for jobs in a global economy that too many of our schools do not prepare them for” (White House, 2009). This is confirmed by the Chronicle of Higher Education, which states that “Community-college leaders want to ensure that their institutions produce students who can collaborate with co-workers from other countries and cultures, who have an understanding of global economics, and who, perhaps, even speak a foreign language” (Fisher, 2008) and which reinforces the AACC and ACCT 2006 Joint Statement that affirms that “we live in a time of continuous economic and social change driven by increasing globalization” (Boggs & Irwin, 2007, p. 27). Community college leaders all agree that our task at hand is to encourage and prepare faculty, students, and the community to be globally engaged.
In November, 2009, our country celebrated tenth annual International Education Week (IEW), sponsored by the U.S. Departments of State and Education. For information on IEW, please visit: http://iew.state.gov/. This survey will provide in-depth information to inform activities for future International Education Week celebrations.
A report of the survey findings will be shared with each college, the faculty senate, and the State Chancellor's office. Data from this survey will re-confirm California community colleges as leaders in the field of international education.
Please promptly complete the survey by February 12, 2010.