CCIE Newsletter
Vol. 4, no. 6 February 2006

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In This Issue:

POCCSA GRANT UPDATES
CCIE was awarded an IFSA Foundation Grant to help further access to community college study abroad semester-length programs in California. The three-year grant, Providing Opportunities to Community College Study Abroad (POCCSA) includes three components:

a) institutional seed-money for the creation and/or augmentation of semester-length programs especially for non-traditional students in non-traditional locations and in non-traditional disciplines.

b) student scholarships that will provide financial support for students who want to study abroad. Thirty-Two scholarship will be awarded over the three-year period.

c) Dissemination of Standards of Best Practice

A Team of Consultants has been put together to review the institutional grant criteria and the students scholarship criteria. The first round of Institutional Grants will be announced in mid-February while the Student Scholarships will be announced in mid-April.

Only CCIE member colleges who are current with their dues will be eligible to participate in either competition. Detailed information on the institutional grants and student scholarships will be forthcoming. Those interested in applying should contact Rosalind for details.

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120 College and University Presidents Meet to Discuss International Education: California Community Colleges were Represented by President Bernadine Chuck Fong, Foothill College
120 invited College and University Presidents, from all 50 states, meet at the State Department to discuss International Education on January 5-6 in Washington D.C. . At this meeting, President Bush announced his Foreign Language Initiative and led discussions on topics ranging from International Student Visas to Study Abroad. The University leaders made it clear to Bush that they are very interested in making it easier for International Students to obtain visas to attend US schools as a way of improving ties with and understanding of other countries. Bush said that he understood the “frustrations” and also wants to adjust visa policies and claimed that “It’s in our national interest that we solve visa issues.” The only California community college representative was Bernardine Chuck Fong from Foothill Community College. Other national community colleges that were represented included: Colombus State Community College, Community College of Denver; Community College of Philadelphia; Community College of Southern Nevada; Delaware Technical and Community College, McLennan Community College, Maricopa Community College, Maui Community College; Miami Dade College; Oakton Community College; Pellissippi State Technical Community College, Piedmont Community College; and the AACC. For additional information visit:

http://www.state.gov/r/summit/58668.htm

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U.S. Government Supports the Teaching of Foreign Languages

President Bush announced plans for the National Security Language Initiative (NSLI) to boost foreign-language study in a “program that is part of a strategic goal, and that is to protect this country.” The plan is to encourage foreign language instruction from kindergarten to graduate school to help establish a national corps of language reservists. Emphasis will be placed on critical languages of Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Hindi and Farsi. A proposal for $ 114 million for fiscal 2007 will be made to help support this initiative. Bush made his announcement at a recent gathering of more than 120 U.S. university and college presidents at the State Department. Barry F. Lowenkron, assistant secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor said “our goal is to start building capacity.” For additional information see: FOREIGN LANGUAGE LEARNING PROMOTED: Goal is to Aid U.S. Security, Bush says by Bradley Graham in Washington Post - January 6, 2006 Page A 04

http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2006/58733.htm

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NAFSA Survey: Public Supports International Education

NAFSA issued on January 11, 2006 a report : “American Public: International Education is Key to Preparing Next Generation: New survey identifies resounding support for educational exchanges, study abroad, foreign language learning. In this report, NAFSA concluded that “overwhelming numbers believe that international education is a key to preparing their children for success in the global age. They believe that foreign language skills will make their children more competitive in the job market, and they feel it is important for the next generation to have the opportunity to study abroad and to interact with students from other countries while in college.” NAFSA polled more than 1,000 adults representing a broad cross-section of the American public in December 2005.

  • 90% believe it is “important” or “very important” to prepare future generations of Americans for a global society
  • 92% agree that knowledge of other languages will give future generations a competitive advantage in career opportunities;
  • 77% feel it is important for future generations to participate in study abroad programs in college;
  • 86% believe it is important for their children and grandchildren to attend a college where they can interact with and get to know students from other countries;
  • 94% feel it is important for future generations to have knowledge of other countries and cultures.


The consistency of responses cross age, gender, race, geographic region, household income, or level of education. The survey illustrates that “Americans are remarkably strong in their conviction that international education programs and preparedness for a global society are important.” Marlene Johnson, CEO and Executive Director of NAFSA claims that “Given the high level of public support for international education, the climate is ripe for decisive action to ensure that the next generation of American leaders is well-equipped to succeed in a competitive global environment, and that the United States can be a world leader in educational and scholarly exchange.” To review the full survey report, access:

http://www.nafsa.org/nationalsurvey http://www.nafsa.org/press_releases.sec/press_releases.pg/american_public_international

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Does Your College Require Students & Faculty to Register with the State Department while Abroad?

30 universities and colleges responded to an e-mail request on SECUSSA-L on whether or not colleges require students and/or faculty to register their groups online with the State Department. The vast majority reported that their International Education Office does the registering for the entire group - both students and faculty - to ensure that it gets done. Other colleges require the leading faculty to register the entire group and then report back to the International Education Office once it has been accomplished. All respondents agreed that registering is the best way to keep track of students and have a contact for them should something happen. While registering a group of 15 takes less than an hour, all agree that it is well worth the time. Gary Rhodes, from the Center for Global Education provides easy instructions for on-line Warden Network of the U.S. Department of State

Step 1) Go to the U.S. Dept. of State Registration Home Page:

https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/home.asp Step 2) Click on "Register My Trip"

Step 3) Click on "New Organizational User" under "Travel Agent or Organizational Representative

Step 4) Fill out your personal/business information

Step 5) Create a login/password

Step 6) Link on "Short Term Trip" and add itinerary information as well as information about faculty, staff, and students (You will want to have travel details and detailed personal information (including passport information) about each of the people you are registering).

For more information visit:

http://travel.state.gov/travel/living/studying/studying_1238.html

Another important resource for institutions to sign up with is the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC). This gives you access to a comprehensive website (http://www.ds-osac.org/) free contact with regional security (RISC) staff, better access to Regional Security Officers (RSOs) abroad, and local connection to business and education leaders abroad through Country Councils. Registering with OSAC is easy from their website: http://www.ds-osac.org.

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HEALTH, SAFETY AND LEGAL ISSUE WORKSHOP - MAY 8
The 2006 - Spring - Health and Safety Workshop will be offered on May 8 at Pepperdine University. This all-day free workshop is sponsored by: Overseas Security Advisory Council, U.S. Department of State; Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State; Department of Public Safety, Pepperdine University; Center for Global Education, Loyola Marymount University; University of California Education Abroad; Program Systemwide Office; California State University Office of International Programs; California Colleges for International Education (CCIE); and Southern California Consortium for International Studies (SOCCIS). The Workshop will be held at Pepperdine University. Details on Speakers and Registration will be forthcoming.

In order to reserve your space, please e-mail Rosalind Raby at rabyrl@aol.com

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The Forum Pilots Standards of Conduct for Study Abroad Programs with 11 CCIE Colleges Participating

The Forum’s Standards of Good Practice represents the product of over three years of collaboration and reflects the input and shared vision of study abroad professionals from around the world. The Justice Department, Anti-Trust Division has designated The Forum as a standards development organization (SDO) to develop standards for the education abroad profession in the U.S.. The criteria for SDO standards definition are: openness, balance, transparency, consensus, and due process. What the reader will not find in the Standards are simplistic solutions to the myriad complex challenges inherent in international education. The Forum affirms that there are certain basic principles that ought to be accepted without question by study abroad practitioners and programs and these include: a) providing students with clear information and goals for a program; b) non-discrimination; c) strong and careful financial management; d) the need for a plan for academic oversight; e) attention to safety in planning and d) observance the U.S. and host country laws. The Forum recognizes that the is not a “one-size fitsall” answer and that it makes no sense to impose monolithic standards on all international programs. The Pilot Program is intended as a test of both the process for program review and evaluation and a test of the various instruments to be used in the review. Throughout 2006, field tests of the Standards will be conducted on colleges, universities and providers both in the U.S. and abroad. It is anticipated that the new document will continue to evolve so that the Standards remain an accurate reflection of best practices.
 

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THE NATIONAL CLEARINGHOUSE ON DISABILITY AND EXCHANGE

The fourth edition of "Building Bridges: A Manual on Including People with Disabilities in International Exchange Programs" is now available from the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange, a project of Mobility International USA and the U.S. Department of State. This manual, published in 2006, features practical suggestions and creative ideas for including, recruiting and accommodating people with disabilities in international exchange programs. Expanded to 262 pages, Building Bridges includes information on more types of disabilities, updated air travel tips and new cross-cultural strategies. It also includes an extensive resource section, and comes with a free companion copy of "Rights and Responsibilities: A Guide to National and International Disability-Related Laws for International Exchange Organizations and Participants." You can order it online for $24.95 + shipping/handling at

www.miusa.org/publications/books/bb_html.

For more information, contact Michele Scheib, Project Specialist, National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange Mobility International USA, PO Box 10767, Eugene, Oregon 97440 USA Tel/TTY: (541) 343-1284, Fax: (541) 343-6812, Email: mscheib@miusa.org

Website: www.miusa.org

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GENERAL STUDY ABROAD STUDENT HANDBOOK

The Center for Global Education Resources for Study Abroad Health and Safety has updated their General Study Abroad Student Handbook http://www.studentsabroad.com/. The Handbook is now linked to 29 country-specific Study Abroad Handbooks that will be helpful to both students and faculty.


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THE WELLS FARGO HSBC TRADE BANK

The Wells Fargo HSBC Trade Bank is an equity joint venture of Wells Fargo and the HSBC group, which is the only nationally-chartered bank in the US exclusively dedicated to international trade finance. “Celebrating its 10th Anniversary in 2005, the Trade Bank sponsored “A Decade fo Trade”, a white paper serving as a free educational resource for students of international trade. Students and teachers can download their own copy at www.thetradebank.com

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CCIE TO SIGN MOU WITH SOONCHUNHYANG UNIVERSITY IN KOREA
A MOU between CCIE and Soonchunhyang University in Korea will be signed in early March to promote friendship and cooperation through a mutually beneficial association and in the interests of expanding educational opportunities. The MOU will include sending CCIE member college students to Korea for a 1 semester study abroad program. CCIE has been sending students on this study abroad program since Spring Semester 2005. A total of 23 students from 9 colleges have received scholarships that include airfare reimbursement (up to $800); tuition; room; and a monthly living stipend. The experience for all has been extremely positive. CCIE now hopes to be able to bring up to 5 Korean students to study for 1 semester at CCIE colleges starting in Fall 2006.

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Seeking CCIE Colleges to Participate in Exchange Program with Soonchunhyang University in Korea

 CCIE will begin it’s 1st full exchange program with Soonchunhyang University in Fall, 2006. The stipulations of the exchange are:

a) All students will remain enrolled as regular degree candidates at the home institution

b) All students must maintain full-time status while at the host institution

c) Both institutions will provide a transcript at the end of the period of study giving details of the courses studied, and grades and credits awarded

d) Each student will pay regular tuition and student fees to home institution

e) Application fees will be waived

f) Students will pay for their own books and materials.

g) The Host institution will find, arrange, and cover the costs for the accommodation in dorms, homestays or other locations.

h) Students will provide their own health insurance and visa requirements

Each CCIE member college is able to accept one or two Korean students each semester. Students will take ESL and basic English courses. For those CCIE colleges that do not offer I-20s, the Korean students will enroll in academic classes to receive their F-1 visa.

If your college is interested in accepting one or two Korean students for study for Fall Semester 2006 or Spring Semester 2007, please contact Rosalind at rabyrl@aol.com


 

NEEDED: SPANISH-SPEAKING FACULTY IN AGRICULTURE & INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) needs Spanish speaking faculty who have a background in any of the following: agriculture, agriculture finance (lending, insurance, mico-finance, strategic planning) and agricultural cooperative marketing (international marketing and finance) for an on-going USAID-funded training program. Cal Poly Pomona hosts 20 agricultural finance and micro-lending professionals from 5 countries in Central American and the Dominican Republic for six months of training each year. CCIE faculty are invited to join the next cohort to help lecture to this group. For additional information, please contact Kristen Torguson, International Grants & Contracts Coordinator, (909) 869-3125 or ktorguson@csupomona.edu

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International Business Student Exchange program with Ecole des Sciences et Techniques Commerciales in Marseille, France
ESTC is a fully accredited higher education school of business located in the French Mediterranean city of Marseille. They offer International Business courses at the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree levels, as well as paid internships in local companies. ESTC is a certified testing center for the TOEIC and TFI (Test de Francais International). CCIE Member colleges have an unique opportunity to work directly with ESTC in broadening their international business certificate and degree programs. If your college is interested in establishing an exchange program with ESTC, please contact Parma O’Bar, International Program Coordinator at parmaobar@estc.fr


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CCIE-Korea Scholarship for Fall Semester, 2006: DEADLINE: May 1
CCIE has been awarded Full scholarships for Fall Semester 2006 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). Students must buy their own tickets. When they arrive in Korea, there will be a bank account already in their name with half of the airfare amount reimbursed for their initial living expenses. When they complete the program, they will receive the second half of this money.
  • Room/board
  • Weekly living expense support of 150,000 W (approximately $ 125). It is suggested that students bring with them $ 100 - $ 200 for the first few weeks, especially if they want to travel prior to the beginning of school.


For the Fall Semester, students depart in late August and return in mid-December and will take courses in Korean Language; Korean Cultural Experience and Heritage; Social & Cultural History of Korea; Korean/American Relations; Korean Political Economy; Korean Business and Economics; Understanding Korean Education; Comparative Family Systems. 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, which is a fully accredited 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. Your study abroad advisor on campus will be able to assist you with this criteria.

Soonchunhyang University was founded in 1978 and offers undergraduate programs in 5 colleges: Humanities; Social Sciences; Natural Sciences; Engineering and Medicine; and Graduate programs in 3 schools: Graduate School; School of Education and School of Industrial information. 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 copy of the Scholarship Application, please e-mail Rosalind Raby at rabyrl@aol.com

ALL APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY MAY 1

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PLACES STILL LEFT IN COLLEGE OF SUMMER PROGRAMS
Mission College still has spaces available for their Spring Break 06 program in Paris. The class is Global Focus (Social Science Credit) which will focus on culture, art history and contemporary life in France. $ 500 travel scholarships are available. March 25 - April 2. COST: $ 1800 - $ 2200. For more information contact Anna Brichko at anna@discoverlanguages.com

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DIVERSE STUDY ABROAD LOCALS
Please visit the new CCIE web-page www.ccieworld.org for updates on member Study Abroad Programs. Please send any updates to Rosalind by February 1. Inclusion in the CCIE web-page is open only to those colleges who are current with their dues.

  • Spring Semester 2006
  • Australia: San Diego City; Santa Rosa
  • Costa Rica: Santa Monica
  • Summer 2006
  • Armenia: Glendale
  • Australia: Cypress/Fullerton; Santa Barbara; Shasta
  • Austria: Sierra
  • Austria/Italy: Santa Monica; Citrus
  • Belize: Santa Monica
  • Chile: Cabrillo
  • China: Contra Costa; Cypress; Foothill/DeAnza; Los Rios; San Francisco; Santa Monica; South Orange Co.;
  • Costa Rica: Foothill/DeAnza; Rio Hondo; Santa Barbara; Santa Rosa
  • Costa Rica & Nicaragua: College of Canyons
  • Ecuador: Lake Tahoe; Santa Monica
  • Greece: Lake Tahoe; Sierra
  • Greece/Italy/Turkey: Coast District
  • Guatemala: Cabrillo
  • Japan: Cypress
  • New Zealand: El Camino
  • Peru: Napa; Siskiyous
  • Scotland: Lake Tahoe
  • Thailand: Santa Barbara
  • Venezuela: Siskiyous
  • Vietnam: Foothill/DeAnza; Napa
  • FALL SEMESTER 2006
  • Australia: Sierra
  • Austria: Sierra
  • Chile/Argentina: Santa Barbara
  • China/Vietnam: Santa Barbara

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SPECIAL SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES JUST FOR CCIE MEMBER COLLEGES

  • CEA (Cultural Experiences Abroad): www.gowithcea.com/r/secussa-scholar.asp $ 500 scholarship for use on any of their direct enrollment programs
  • Ecole des Sciences et Techniques Commerciales (ESTC) in France - higher education school of business in Marseille: parmaobar@estc.fr
  • Otranto Nel Mondo-Italian Language School http://www.otrantonelmondo.com
  • Ping Fellowship for CIEE International Seminars: $ 1,500 for use on any of their Summer Seminars. Deadline for Summer Seminars: February 1

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CCIE COLLEGE SPOTLIGHTS
Spotlights on CCIE member colleges will be provided in future Updates. Please send any information that you would like to share about your college, including information on any international guests who have recently visited your college, and related international educational activities to Rosalind. 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.


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UPCOMING EVENTS & SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINES
CCIE has a section on www.ccieworld.org that lists 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.

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines

Freeman Scholarships DEADLINE for Fall, 2006: APRIL 5 www.sit.edu/studyabroad/sit_freeman.html or www.iie.org/freeman-asia

NSEP Boren Undergraduate Scholarships for Study Abroad: DEADLINE for

Fall, 2006 is February 10, 2006.
www.iie.org/programs/nsep/preferences.htm

UPCOMING EVENTS

February 11 - 14: CCID Annual Conference. Jacksonville, Florida. “Taking Your International Programs to the Next Level.” http://ccid.kirkwood.cc.ia.us

February 22 - 25: Association for International Education Administrators (AIEA). Holiday Inn in San Diego

March 19-22 - League for Innovation Conference www.league.org

April 17 - 20: The American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) in San Diego

April 19-22 - International Business Education in a Global Context www.nasbite.org

April 22 - 25: AACC Convention in Long Beach

October 5 - 7: CCIE Conference. Fremont Hilton (near Oakland).

Upcoming:

CCIE and Center for Global Education: Workshop on Risk & Crisis Management for Study Abroad

CCIE Corporate Sponsorship provided by:

ESTC(Ecole des Sciences et Techniques Commerciales). A French Higher Education School of Business in Marseille http://estc.fr or contact parmaobar@estc.fr

LeonardoWorld: www.LeonardoWorld.org

Circa Terras: www.CircaTerras.com or contact pmainguene@ciraterras.com

Otranto nel Mondo School of Italian language and Italian culture www.otrantonelmondo.com

Global Education Services, Inc. www.globaledonline.com

Thank you!

CCIE DUES FOR 2005-2006

CCIE understands that all the California community colleges are facing a budget crisis, but we urge you to remember CCIE by paying your 2004-2005 dues promptly. 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. If your college has not already paid their dues, please make sure that the paperwork is being processed. CCIE gives each of you our sincere thanks for your continued support for CCIE. As a way to thank our member colleges, we are listing colleges who are current with their 2005-2006 Dues. To be included in our next list, we ask that you process your CCIE invoice as soon as possible.

As of December 1, CCIE Supporting Members are:

Cabrillo; Cerritos; Coast CCD; Contra Costa CCD; El Camino; Lake Tahoe; Los Angeles Valley; Long Beach; Los Rios CCD; Mt. San Antonio; Monterey Peninsula; Napa Valley; North Orange Co. CCD; Ohlone; Rio Hondo; Riverside CCD; Santa Barbara; Santa Clarita; Santa Rosa; Siskiyous; State Center CCD; West Valley/Mission CCD

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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.
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