Status of International Business in Community Colleges Presented by: Gretchen Carroll Assistant Professor of Management Owens Community College First The Facts • There are 1,100 local community colleges in the United States. • There are now over 200,000 international students at over 500 community colleges around the USA. • 20% of international students are majoring in business. It is the most sought after degree. • Almost half of the nations community colleges are actively involved in some form of international education. Furthermore….. • All of the regional accrediting associations have adopted standards or policies to guide two-year institutions as they move into international education. • Many two-year institutions have altered their mission statements to include foreign study for students as a means to develop global perspectives. WHY ? • American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in their 1984-1985 standards and guidelines for business school accreditation encouraged business schools to adopt a systematic acceptance of the internationalization of their curriculum. • Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) included in their standards, for two year institutions, that students develop a global perspective, and the study of the international environment should be included in the business curriculum. Government supported these initiatives with an international education policy • To continue to compete successfully in the global economy and to maintain our roles as a world leader, the United States needs to ensure that its citizens develop a broad understanding of the world, proficiency in other languages, and knowledge of other cultures… • A coherent and coordinated international education strategy(which includes the community college) will help us meet the twin challenges of preparing our citizens for a global environment while continuing to attract and educate future leaders from abroad. How does the government support the initiative? • Encouraging students from other countries to study in the United States; • Promoting study abroad by U.S. students; • Supporting the exchange of teachers, scholars and citizens at all levels of society; • Expanding high-quality foreign language learning and knowledge of other cultures. International education must be part of the community college’s mission….. Why? • Nearly half (44% in 1999) of all Americans begin their education at a community college- equates to 10.5 million students. • As communities across the US have become aware of the importance of learning how to compete in the global marketplace, community colleges have become the most important institutions charged to respond to this challenge. • Curriculum internationalization helps us stay competitive in the business education marketplace, meet accreditation requirements, and provide the business community with a well prepared labor force. American Association of Community Colleges Policy on International Education • “To ensure the survival and well-being of our communities, it is imperative that community colleges develop a globally and multi-culturally competent citizenry. In Meeting this challenge, community colleges should provide:” • internationalized curricula • multicultural activities and programs The ACC Policy also includes... • Foreign language programs • Cultural and ethnic studies • Study abroad programs • Faculty and student exchange programs • Professional development • Technical assistance to other countries and their businesses/industries • Local/state/national/ and international forums • International student enrollment How Owens Community College is meeting the standards... • In 1997, after I attended the MSU IBI, we began developing an international focus in the business program and across the curriculum. It was a 8- step process that included: Process • 1) Overcoming resistance in the department about the need for an international focus. • 2) Presentation at a Division meeting on incorporating a global perspective in all business classes. • 3) Presentation at a College-Wide faculty development seminar on incorporating a global perspective across the curriculum. • 4) Selecting management, marketing, & blaw texts that include an international focus. • 5) Adding International Business as a required course for all management majors. • 6) Adding an International Business option which included: international marketing & import/export management. • 7) Adding Canadian Studies Transfer degree which includes the opportunity to study for a semester at a Canadian two-year college. • 8) Joining the Toledo Area International Trade Association and the International Trade Assistance Center to develop ties with the business community. • 9) Creating strategic relationships with BGSU, University of Toledo, University of Findlay to facilitate transfer students and professional development for faculty. Future Plans for international education at OCC…. • 1) International Business Transfer Degree (developed with the division of arts & sciences) which will include: a language requirement, international business, cultural anthropology, contemporary business, principles of ethics, human geography, etc. • 2) Increased focus on getting international students enrolled at Owens and in our business transfer programs. • Work with Educational Tours to establish an affordable 15 day custom tour of Europe, including major business centers in London, Paris, and Frankfurt. • Establish an international student club. Utilize foreign student speakers in the classroom. • Conduct field trips to mutinational companies. • Consider an e-mail student exchange program. The Challenges….. • 1) Faculty support. (administration is very supportive and eager to move forward) • 2) Marketing the program. In terms of a terminal degree we have yet to find a job market for our students, or make the right connections. • 3) Student Interest- out of 18,000 students at OCC fewer than 50 have selected the IB options. Difficult to run courses without #’s. “Saber es poder” • Knowledge is power. • It is time to define a new set of principles for international education that responds to the contemporary challenges of our time, including distance learning. • Expanding international education strengthens democracy, encourages prosperity, and inspires new intellectual thought and inquiry. • Global education does a lot for shedding egocentric and ethnocentric attitudes. • What happens outside of the US does indeed affect the price of the automobile, per-capita income, national security, your job and perhaps personal freedom (Even in Toledo, Ohio) • Global education can help community college students make this connection. So what is the status of International Business in Community Colleges? • At OCC we have recognized that the world is our oyster, and we are willing to deal with the sand, if the end result is a beautiful string of pearls.