CCIE Newsletter

Vol. 8, no. 6-7 March-April 2010 Click Here to View Past Newsletters

In This Issue:

CCIE PROGRAMS & ACTIVITIES
INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION – GENERAL INFORMATION
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT CORNER
COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS
GENERAL CCIE INFORMATION
CCIE PROGRAMS & ACTIVITIES

CHANCELLOR JACK SCOTT NAFSA COMMUNITY COLLEGE LUNCHEON SPEECH

Chancellor Jack Scott has given CCIE a copy of his key-note presentation at the 2009 NAFSA Community College Luncheon, Thursday- May 28, whose theme was "International Education & Workforce Development in a Time of Economic Crisis." To access his speech and President Emeritus, Edward Valeau Introduction please go to www.ccieworld.org

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CCIE DUES FOR 2009-2010 & DUES FOR 2010-2011

CCIE wants to remind all our members that, now, more than ever, it is important to pay your dues. CCIE dues are collected on the academic year - July 1 - June 30. It is critical that every member be current with their dues in order for CCIE to continue to support activities such as the Newsletter, Web-Page, Workshops, and Student Scholarships and Institutional Grants. If your college has not already processed your 2009-2010 dues, please make sure that the paperwork is being processed. As this is the time to plan for the 2010-2011 budgets, we urge you to remember CCIE and process your dues accordingly.

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PLEASE ANSWER THE CCIE ON-LINE SURVEY

The Survey will be open until March 31.

It has been a few years since CCIE has conducted a State-of the-Art survey for our field. This month, a linked survey has been sent to selected individuals at CCIE colleges. This survey epitomizes the fundamental goal of CCIE, i.e. cooperation and the sharing of information by documenting that the variety of activities in which all California community colleges are involved. This survey is being funded in part by a grant from the International Foundation for Study Abroad (IFSA), and in part from a OCEA Grant from the Department of State received in affiliation with College of the Canyons.

The benefits of a completed survey are substantial. Reports will be shared throughout the state, to national community college groups and will be included in the ERIC Community College files. In sum, data from this survey will re-confirm California community colleges as leaders in the field of international education.

Thank you in advance for your prompt assistance.

There are four different surveys. For direct links please go to the following

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NORTHERN CALIFORNIA EDUCATION ABROAD ASSOCIATION : APRIL 7

April 7 at University of San Francisco. Meeting Topic will focus on Mental Health issues in education abroad. RSVP: Rachel at ragarciacary@usfca.edu

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CCIE Receives New Grant to Internationalize Curriculum by Global Studies Foundation

CCIE won a Grant to help support the International Negotiations Module Project, a project that assists in the internationalization of the curriculum. The award was received by the Global Studies Foundation (GSF), an educational nonprofit promoting international awareness and engagement in the United States. CCIE is extremely excited in working on this project with GSF and to exploring future opportunities for our institutions to work together to promote international education in California and beyond.

The CCIE-GSF Grant will award mini-grants to 2-4 faculty at various CCIE member colleges that are current with their dues. These grants will range from $ 250 - $ 500 to assist faculty in their internationalizing curricular efforts. This grant is directly connected to the Award Winning International Negotiations Modules Project (INMP) that California community colleges have been participating in for over twenty years. The INMP is an on-line simulation of international negotiation that allows community college faculty from across the curriculum to infuse an international perspective into their classes.

http://www.icons.umd.edu/inp/index.html Students negotiate on a range of international issues selected by the faculty members so that they can support the substance of their classes. Each participating classroom adopts the role of a different country and negotiates from the point of view of that country. At the conclusion of the project, students will be familiar with the culture, economy, history and politics of other countries, the interrelationship of nations, the art of negotiation, and with the Internet. Community college faculty from all disciplines are invited to participate and former students acknowledge that this was an exceptional learning experience as they not only learn more about current issues and negotiations in general, but that they become more aware of the ways in which such issues affect them personally.

Recipients will initiate work on their curriculum during Summer, 2010; attend a workshop at Whittier College in Fall, 2010 and participate in the Spring 2011 on-line INMP Simulation. For applications, please contact Rosalind Raby at rabyrl@aol.com

Applications are due May 7.

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EMPLOYERS WANT STUDENTS WITH INTERNATIONAL LITERACY SKILLS

The American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) released Raising the Bar: Employers' Views in the Wake of the Economic Downturn on January 20. Among the findings concerning learning outcomes on which employers want colleges to place more emphasis are global issues (67 percent), intercultural competence (71 percent), and intercultural knowledge of global issues (67 percent). While not specifically cited, there is a clear link to international education. Related to the survey, AAC&U also released a policy paper, The Quality Imperative, which calls on academe and policymakers to commit to civic, ethical and cross- cultural learning for every degree program and every student. To access this report: http://www.aacu.org/leap/documents/2009_EmployerSurvey.pdf

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POCCSA GRANT UPDATES

POCCSA Final Cycle Student Scholarships for Fall 2010 Semester Abroad: Due date: April 30
CCIE was awarded an IFSA Foundation Grant to help further access to community college study abroad semester-length programs in California. We are now in the final semester of the grant, Providing Opportunities to Community College Study Abroad (POCCSA). The final activity in this grant is the Final Cycle student scholarships. Scholarships range from $ 250 - $ 1500 and are available for students participating in a CCIE member college Fall 2010 semester-or quarter length program. For Student Scholarship criteria and application, please visit the CCIE webpage at www.ccieworld.org The Due date is April 30.

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FULL SCHOLARSHIPS TO STUDY IN KOREA FOR SPRING SEMESTER 2009

CCIE announces the Fall 2010 Student Scholarships to study in Soonchunhyang University in Korea. These scholarships for only for students from CCIE member colleges who are current with their dues. The scholarship includes the following: Tuition; airfare (up to $ 800); room/board; weekly living expense support of 150,000 W (approximately $ 125). Students depart in early March and return in mid-June and will take courses in Korean Language, Culture, Business and Korean/American Relations. In addition, students will spend 15 hours per week in the “cultural and language ambassador” program in which they converse with Korean students studying at Soonchunhyang University and share cultural information. Academic credits offered by Soonchunhyang University. Students DO NOT NEED TO KNOW ANY KOREAN TO APPLY. This is not a group study abroad program, but rather an individually designed program and as such, medical insurance must be obtained privately by an international insurance provider before arrival on campus.

Soonchunhyang University was founded in 1978 and offers undergraduate programs in 5 colleges. The university is located on Central West Coast of South Korea, and is located nearby famous resort destinations and cultural attractions. For more information on Soonchunhyang University, visit: http://www-english.sch.ac.kr

For a SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION, please e-mail Rosalind Raby at rabyrl@aol.com APPLICATIONS ARE DUE APRIL 30.

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SCHOLARSHIP TO STUDY IN ASIA-PACIFIC FROM DIVERSITYABROAD.COM

Diversity Abroad, in partnership wtih GlobaLinks Learning Abroad and the Foundation for Asia Pacific Education announces a new scholarship aimed at increasing non-traditional students participation in education abroad in the Asia/Pacific region. Each scholarship is for $ 1,000 to study abroad in the Asia/Pacific region during summer, fall and spring terms. The scholarship is open to students at community colleges as well as at four-year institutions regardless of which institution or provider they use to pursue education abroad in the region. This scholarship specifically targets students who identify as one of the following: ethnic minority, economically disadvantaged, having a physical disability, or first generation college student. See details for the scholarship here: http://www.diversityabroad.com/scholarships

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UPDATES ON TWO STUDY ABROAD WORKSHOPS

CCIE helped to co-host two workshops on study abroad. The first was a CalAbroad Event that was organized by the California State University Systemwide Office of International Programs; the University of California Systemwide Education Abroad Program; the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities and California Colleges for International Education (CCIE). The goal was to bring together cross-institutional representatives who work in the field of education abroad to talk about current issues with an emphasis on collaboration. The primary themes were 1) Financial Issues (both institutional and student focus, such as program cost); 2) Cross-Institutional Academic Integration and Support for Credit Transfer; 3) Health and Safety Issues with a special issue of Responding to the US Department of State Travel Warning for Mexico; and 4) Implementing Models for Collaboration and Program Sharing. The event was held at Whittier college and continental Breakfast and Lunch was sponsored by HTH Worldwide and Renaissance Insurance Agencies, Inc. For additional information, please visit www.CalAbroad.org

The second workshop was held at College of the Canyons as a culmination of the CC-OEA grant that was awarded to College of the Canyons. Speakers included Dianne Van Hook, Chancellor, Santa Clarita Community College District/President, College of the Canyons; Representatives from College of the Canyons talking about their two Models of Multi-disciplinary Study Abroad programs; and a student panel providing student perspectives. The morning concluded with a panel of local business leaders discussing the importance of Global Education for a Competitive Workforce.

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FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR COMPETITION DUE AUGUST 2

The Core Fulbright Scholar competition for 2011-2012 is now open. Over 800 grants are available for teaching, conducting research, or combining both in more than 125 countries around the globe. The deadline is August 2. For information on Fulbright Scholar Awards, consult our website at www.iie.org/cies. If you are interested in requesting information, please write to scholars@iie.org.

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SAN JOSE STATE ONLINE BA DEGREE IN GLOBAL STUDIES IS ACCEPTING STUDENTS

San Jose State University announces a new online BA degree in Global Studies. The Global Studies Online is an interdisciplinary, inter-collegiate program that provides an understanding of the global society, political, economic, and natural environment and skills in creating thinking and analysis. The Global Studies degree prepares graduates for employment in international business, finance, government, security, non-profits, and service industries like entertainment and IT. The Online program is unique in allowing students to complete their upper division course-work entirely online. For information contact Mark McKenna, Associate Director, Global Studies Initiative mmckenna@gs.sjsu.edu or http://gsonline.sjsu.edu.

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SPONSORSHIP UPDATES

This section provides updates on the various CCIE Sponsors.

CEA - Cultural Experiences Abroad. CEA Global Education has authorized up to $125,000 for student access grants for summer ($500) and fall ($1,000) 2010 programs. These access grants are available to students who apply between February 9 and March 9 at one of the CEA designated destinations. For additional information and applications, www.GoWithCea.com/CEA2010

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INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION – GENERAL INFORMATION

IIE NETWORK UNIVERSITY PRESIDENTS INTERVIEW SERIES

IIE has launched a University Presidents Interview Series to help provide readers with a perspective on how the upper levels of higher education administration interpret the importance of internationalization and the role of the university in promoting it. These interviews will also discuss how international experiences have impacted the careers of the Presidents interviewed and how best to equip today’s students for an increasingly global world. The first series of interview include President John B. Simpson, University at Buffalo; President Stephen M. Curtis, Community College of Philadelphia; and President Ruth J. Simmons, Brown University. To access these interviews go to www.iienetwork.org/?p=InterviewSeries.

To nominate a President, contact Shannon Bishop at sbishop@iie.org

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AACC/IIE WORKSHOP- STUDY ABROAD AT COMMUNITY COLLEGES

This first ever workshop was held on March 14, 2008, at IIE Headquarters in New York City, was highly successful with over 85 attendees. The 3rd Workshop will be held in Houston, Texas on March 19. Watch for registration information.

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AACC and ACCT Joint Statement on the Role of Community Colleges in International Education

The Joint Statement can be found at http://www.aacc.nche.edu/Content/NavigationMenu/ResourceCenter/Services/International/AACCACCT_Joint_Statement.pdf

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INTERNATIONAL STUDENT CORNER

INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STUDENT AFFAIRS AND SERVICES (IASAS)

The International Association of Student Affairs and Services (IASAS) is the first worldwide student affairs organization in the field of tertiary education. Officers of IASAS include Damian Medina (Kuwait), vice president; Lisa Bardill Moscaritolo (USA), secretary; and Annie Andrews (Australia), treasurer. A key purpose of the mission is to "Strengthen and diversify cooperation among individuals and organizations in the student affairs and services field worldwide." Collaboration, cooperation, and communication are the 3 Cs of IASAS. IASAS will conduct a majority of its activities online and through the use of various technology that will allow us to communicate effectively and efficiently while also doing so in a timely fashion. We plan to share key information among the many national and regional groups in student services around the world. To do so we have created the IASAS website on which announcements and information regarding student affairs globally can be posted with the idea of keeping our colleagues up-to-date on upcoming conferences, historical documents in the field, research and other collaborative projects, student organizations, employment opportunities, graduate study and internships, a student affairs blog, and much more. The URL for the IASAS website is: http://www.iasasonline.org

The website will be as useful as the completeness and accuracy of the information it contains. For additional information, e-mail at iasas@hotmail.com.

Membership in IASAS is open to anyone working in the area related to student affairs and services in higher education. It is also open to college and university students and retirees as associate members. National, regional and global associations in the field as well as institutions and corporations are also able to affiliate with IASAS as sponsoring members.

NAFSA VISA AND IMMIGRATION POLICY FOR THE BRAIN-CIRCULATION ERA

NAFSA: Association of International Educators released a report "A Visa and Immigration Policy for the Brain-Circulation Era". The report urges U.S. policymakers to move toward defining the country's security objectives more broadly than has been the case in much of the post- 9/11 period, stressing the openness to the world is imperative for ensuring our country's long-term well-being and security. The report makes recommendations in the following key areas: (1) Visa Reform - Revising the policy on interviews for visa applicants; expediting reviews for low risk travelers; reforming the security clearance process for visiting scientists; (2) Comprehensive Immigration Reform - Reforming employment-based immigration; attracting international students; improving management of the Department of Homeland Security; and (3) Identity Documents and Document Security - Revisiting REAL ID. To access the complete report: http://www.nafsa.org/resourcelibrary/Default.aspx?id=17443

USCIS I-765 LOCKBOX UPDATES

In a meeting with USCIS Service Center Operations (SCOPS), NAFSA's Regulatory Ombudsperson subcommittee was able to receive the following important clarifications on current I-765 application processing through the new Lockbox process.

(1) USPS Express Mail - Which address should be used?
I-765 Applications that are being sent via the United States Postal Service in any capacity, including USPS Express Mail, Priority Mail, Certified Mail, should be sent using the USPS address for the specific lockbox location. Express mail/ courier services, such as FedEx and UPS, should use the express mail/courier mailing address.

(2) Cases Forwarded to the Wrong Service Center for Processing
Members have reported that some I-765 cases that were destined for the Vermont Service Center (VSC) are instead receiving Receipt Notices issued by the Nebraska Service Center (NSC). This is indeed an error in the Lockbox forwarding the application. The following points are important if the I-765 filed was forwarded to the wrong Service Center: As all Service Centers have the capacity to process and issue Employment Authorization Document (EAD) cards for I-765 petitions, the application will be processed by the Service Center that received the application (rather than forwarding the case to the Service Center that has jurisdiction over the address of the applicant, to ensure timely processing). Be sure to track the case using the Receipt Number provided on the Receipt Notice. If you have an I-765 application that was forwarded by the Lockbox to the wrong Service Center, NAFSA is collecting the Receipt Numbers via IssueNet "Report an Issue" (http://issuenet.nafsa.org) to provide data to USCIS for reference.

(3) Receipt Notices not including the "in care of" (c/o) address line
NAFSA has advised of reports from members that Receipt Notices for some I-765 applications are not including the "in care of" (c/o) line that many institutions include on the I-765 to have correspondence on the cases sent to students in care of the international office at the college/university. This has raised some concern that this may affect the receipt of the applications if the addresses are not data entered as provided on the I-765. NAFSA has been advised that character length in the address data fields for the I-765 in the USCIS CLAIMS system may cause the "c/o" information to be dropped when the data is entered at the Lockbox. While USCIS is working to address this issue, guidance has been provided that would allow for DSO's to utilize the USCIS Service Center email addresses (xxx.schools@dhs.gov ; such as vsc.schools@dhs.gov for the Vermont Service Center) to report to the particular Service Center a request to update the CLAIMS record at the Service Center level to include any address information not appearing on the Receipt Notice. For this reason, it is very important to review the Receipt Notice once received to verify that the complete address as desired appears on the Notice.

(4) RFEs for I-765 Applications -- Should these be sent to the Lockbox?
NO. RFEs should never be sent to the Lockbox. Responses to RFEs should be sent to the Service Center address provided on the RFE form itself. Be sure when sending in the requested documentation that the RFE (blue sheet) appears on top as that assists in sorting/routing the application material when received at the Service Center. ** These updates will also be posted on the NAFSA website under the "USCIS Liaison and Updates" page on the NAFSA website (http://www.nafsa.org/regulatoryinformation/default.aspx?id=18430 ).**

Updated FAQs issued from the Department of Labor on the NPWHC has also been posted to the NAFSA website: http://www.nafsa.org/resourcelibrary/default.aspx?id=17581

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COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS

Spotlights on CCIE member colleges are provided in each Updates. Please send any information that you would like to share about your college, including information on faculty, students, international guests who have recently visited your college, and related international educational activities. In addition, if any of your students or faculty have received international related scholarships or grants, please share that with CCIE so that we can publicly congratulate your students.

CCIE COLLEGES WHOSE STUDENTS WON THE GILMAN SCHOLARSHIP FOR SPRING 2010

Again, CCIE is pleased to announce the more community college recipients for the Gilman Scholarship for Spring 2010 came from California institutions than from any other community college nationally . Congratulations to all recipients.

Gino Beccaria, Santa Rosa
Jason Castillo, LACC
Rafael Delfin, Citrus
Lea Encarnacion - SBCC
Juan Frausto, Mira Costa
Brian Lee, Cypress
Victoria Lowery, CCSF
Cristine Mafnas, Cosumnes River

Rene Moraida, San Diego City
Skylr Penna, CCSF
Mark Portillo, Rio Hondo
Veronica Rodriguez, Citrus

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GENERAL CCIE INFORMATION

UPDATE YOUR COLLEGES´ INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS ON CCIEWORLD.ORG

Please review the CCIE web-site to make sure that you college is accurately listed. The CCIE web-site includes information on all programs related to international education and highlights awards, grants, and other information to showcase your college. Please send any updates to Rosalind at rabyrl@aol.com

The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE)'s Web site

This web-site provides links to information about several initiatives including Foreign Language Programs, Community College Exchanges, and Diversity & Disability. The NCDE, administered by Mobility International USA and sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, assists international exchange programs in the process of including people with disabilities in all types of international exchange programs. Visit: http://www.miusa.org/ncde.

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SCHOLARSHIP UPDATES & DEADLINES

Visit the CCIE web-site section to view various scholarship opportunities for students studying abroad and for international students studying at California community colleges. Please send information on any scholarship that your students have been rewarded that assist them gain international literacy skills.

Check the web-site for deadlines for:

Note Special Scholarship Opportunities just for CCIE member colleges

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UPCOMING EVENTS
  • April 21 - 23: CONAHEC Annual Conference: Texas: http://www.conahec.org/conahec/
  • March 1 - 5: Comparative and International Education Society Conference: Chicago
  • March 24 - 25: Annual Meeting of The Forum: North Carolina
  • May 25 - 30: NAFSA Conference: Kansas City

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CCIE Corporate Sponsorship provided by:

Thank you!

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BENEFITS OF COLLEGE & DISTRICT CCIE MEMBERSHIP

Members of full status are entitled to:

a) ability to vote in all elections and to enjoy other rights and privileges accord to all members; b) access of CCIE Website and inclusion of college / institution in Website; c) access to a collaborative network of community colleges who are devoted to international / intercultural education; d) access to CCIE thematic workshops at reduced rates (TBA); e) access to the CCIE International Negations Modules Project (INMP); f) access to technical assistance team on global competence and its development on community college campuses; g) eligibility for CCIE faculty and staff grants; h) eligibility for CCIE student scholarships; I) eligibility for officer positions; j) inclusion in CCIE annual reports that documents the individual activities of member colleges and which is shared with colleges and organizations throughout the state and nationally; k) inclusion of College in CCIE list-serve; l) participate in the annual business meeting; m) receipt of CCIE on-line monthly newsletter; n) receipt of the CCIE quarterly Directory of Study Abroad Programs; o) receipt to reports and publications prepared by CCIE experts; p) reduced CCIE conference fees.

CCIE Supporting Member for 2009 - 2010

As of January 15, CCIE Supporting Members for 2009 - 2010 are: Barstow; Contra Costa CCD: El Camino; Glendale; Lake Tahoe; Los Rios CCD: Mt. San Antonio; North Orange County CCD; Ohlone; San Francisco; Santa Barbara; Sequoias; State Center CCD; Taft

Thank you all for processing 09/10 dues, especially during these economically challenging times

CCIE dues help support our activities such as the Newsletter, Web-Page, Workshops, and Student Scholarships and Faculty Grants. CCIE gives each of you our sincere thanks for your continued support for CCIE.

Please Support CCIE With Your Active Participation!

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