September - November 1998: vol. 8, nos. 1-3

California Colleges For International Education

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International Education Updates

LACCD's International Education Office Closes

The Los Angeles Community College District is in the process of "reorganization" that has eliminated the Educational Services Division, of which the districtwide Institute for International Programs was a part. Seven administrators have been reduced to one acting administrator. Don Culton, long-time Executive Secretary of CCIE and Director of International Education, elected to go back to Los Angeles Harbor College, as Professor of History and Political Science and Director of International Education for the College. International responsibilities at Harbor will be limited primarily to study abroad and several other projects with an international orientation. The positions for Ruth Bates (Faculty Exchanges) and Rosalind Raby (Internationalizing the Curriculum & CCIE), were also eliminated.

The international effort for the nine college district began at Harbor in l977 with one summer study abroad program in Mexico. Since that time over 5000 students have studied overseas with the program, hundreds of instructors have been involved in the varied activities of the IIP, almost two dozen Fulbright Exchanges have been arranged, international contract programs have functioned in half a dozen or more countries and over 400 classes have been internationalized as a result of curriculum projects, in cooperation with several federal and state funded grant programs. Foreign student programs grew from several hundred students districtwide to 3,000, before dipping in recent years to approximately 2,000.

The task for the troubled largest community college system in the nation is to stay alive in the field of international education. Several colleges have indicated support for study abroad on a limited level, all maintain foreign student offices, but there will be no coordinated district effort.

CCIE Web Page

CCIE has it's own WEB-page which currently has several national and international links. The CCIE Web Page is currently being updated to include information from the CCIE 1997-1998 Annual Report. Please submit URLs, any new additions, or updates on your international programs to Rosalind.


The CCIE Study Abroad Brochure details programs, including brief description, location, dates, prices, contact and phone numbers. For inclusion in the Summer Edition, and in our upcoming Web-page, please mail updates by December 31.


There has been positive feedback on the newly introduced CCIE College Highlights Section that spotlights member colleges. Representatives will be contacted to report what they are doing that is special and what specific assistance they need. If there is anything in addition that you would like to share with CCIE representatives - please contact Rosalind.


Send information regarding non-traditional study abroad programs to Rosalind.


Mexico Heritage: Saddleback


China/Vietnam: Santa Barbara


Eastern Europe Choral Tour: Napa

Prague: Glendale

Western Europe: Art: Coast

Easter Island: Geology/ Anthropology: Saddleback

Philippines: San Francisco

Japan: San Francisco


The 1997-1998 CCIE Annual Report is not complete and will soon be mailed to all California Community College CEOs, CCIE representatives, and the State Chancellor's Office. Information from this report was obtained by the CCIE Annual Survey which was mailed to all CCIE Representatives last year. The CCIE Annual Report is the most extensive examination of the current practices of international education among any community college consortia. Thank you all for your continued support in this project.


The 1998-1999 CCIE annual survey will be mailed to all CCIE representatives by early January, 1999. Information from this survey is used in three CCIE publications:

a) CCIE Study Abroad Brochure;

b) CCIE Annual Report; and

c) CCIE Web-Page.

In addition, CCIE is regularly asked for information on its members by national and international consortia. In order to accurately represent your college, please submit your survey as soon as you receive it.


CCIE Welcomes two new members: San Bernardino Valley College and Shasta College. The representative for SBV has yet to be established. The representative for Shasta College is Frank Nigro, <>

With the addition of these two colleges, CCIE now has a membership of sixty colleges (57% of all the colleges in the state). WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!


Twelve faculty members from CCIE colleges participated in the 1998 UCLA Summer International Institutes, held August 1 - 14. Faculty attended a full-day community college curriculum session led by Richard Davis from California State University, Chico on "Using Technology to Internationalize the Curriculum."

The remaining 10 days were spent in individual area study institutes. CCIE faculty have been attending these highly successful institutes for the past seven years.

The 1998 participants were: Melanie Renfrew, LAHC (Geography); Beverly Shue, LAHC (Biology); Josephine Durso, ELAC (English); Bernard Klass, LAPC (History); Carroll Shelor, LAVC/Citrus (Economics); Paul Kahng, LATTC (Air Conditioning); Olga Ivanova, LACC (Russian); Mark Weaver, Glendale (Business) and Yvonne Metoyer, Eastfield College, Texas (Computer Information Systems). Please call Rosalind to reserve a space for the 1999 session.


In order for CCIE to continue holding workshops, give grants/scholarships, and provide updated information, we must have money that comes from membership dues. Please urge your college to pay its annual dues and to place CCIE dues in future budgets!


The CCIE Annual Business Meeting will be held November 19 from 8:30 - 12:00 at the Westin Hotel in Long Beach at the CCLC Convention. A special Guest Speaker Round Table is being planned. Please mark your calendars today to attend!


Please note the following new Web-sites:

Resources related to higher education: ERIC/HE

Assuring Quality in Distance Education - CHEA Report

DevMedia Web Site for tele-communications and distance learning.

ENTERWEB NEWS, the Enterprise Development Website for sources small business/finance, international trade, entrepreneurship, enterprise development and the economy.


Making a World of Difference: Celebrating 30 Years of Development Progress, depicts USAID new and on-going development challenges and recent accomplishments. Call (202) 712-4810 for a copy.


The Community College Foundation and the League for Innovation are sponsoring the TechEd99 Conference, November 1-4, Miami Beach. Conference themes are: Education and the Internet; Emerging Technologies; Learning Anytime, Anywhere; Legal, Ethical, and Social Issues; Multimedia in the Classroom; Staff Development and Training; Technology Planning, Standards,& Implementation.

For more information, contact Kirsten Ryden, Or visit The Community College Foundation web page: <>


Dr. Stanley Chodorow has been appointed as the first CEO for the California Virtual University project, <>.


Sydney Walters, a CCID partner in Guyana is looking for Heavy Machinery Operators curricula. This includes driver training and equipment trouble shooting. Contact Pete Kellams if you can assist.


In May, the following activities were conducted by the Alliance on International/ Intercultural Education Advisory Committee (AIIEAC):

A) Dialogue on an Alliance mission;

B) Discussion on specific goals/ activities to be accomplished;

C) Revision of 3rd draft of the inventory survey that will be sent to all colleges this Fall.

The International and Global Education Survey was mailed to all CEOs and CIOs in the state on September 1. This survey will provide information on the current program offerings of international education at California Community Colleges.

In September, the Alliance Advisory Committee met to discuss future plans.

(1) A Web-Page will be constructed to highlight the survey findings. This web-page will be linked to the CCIE web-page.

2) Three thematic workshops will be planned for Spring Semester 1999. The first workshop will highlight interaction between international student and study abroad programs. The second workshop will highlight internationalizing the curricula and the final workshop theme has yet to be determined.


Chancellor Brice Harris of the Los Rios District is heading the newly formed Global Education Network Task Force. The ultimate charge of this Task Force is to develop a plan that will inject funds into the California Community College System over five years for faculty/staff development, international curriculum development, and courses delivered through the most current forms of technology. All of the members on this Task Force representing colleges, except for one, are members of CCIE.


The Journal, Educational Courses in Britain and America, Vol. 19, No.3 has several articles concerning the community college. One article is "Community Colleges: A Unique Educational Opportunity for the International Student", by Linda Korbel, Executive Director of ACIIE. The article highlights the advantages of the American community college for the international student.


Three of the 1998 recipients of the Fund for Student Success Institutional Grants from the State Chancellor's Office are members of CCIE: West Valley, San Diego CCD and Los Rios CCD.


The funded projects are:

West Valley, "Global Education Network" which will develop an American Studies & Global Studies Program, increase enrollment of international students, develop global focus in existing courses and staff/faculty development.

San Diego District, "Global Education Network (GEN) San Diego Project", which will develop a model global education program, cross-cultural work force training and determine global competency in quantifiable terms.

Los Rios District, "Global International Studies Program" which incorporates cross-cultural training in vocational and work force programs, support faculty and student exchanges, increase international development activities and develop a Global Education Honors program.

Vista College, "Globalizing the Community College Curriculum," which highlights intersegmental business and community non-profit collaboration to infuse global perspectives across 32 courses.


The first International Conference on Rural Telecommunications will be held November 30 - December 2, 1998 in Washington, D.C., USA. Co-Sponsored by the National Telephone Cooperative Association and the World Bank, under the Global Knowledge Partnership. The conference will bring together world rural tele-communications practitioners and policy makers to stimulate new ideas, resource sharing, working partnerships, and information exchange on: Policy conducive to rural telecommunications development; Technology choices appropriate for rural areas; Models for serving rural and isolated communities; and Financial tools for rural telecommunications deployment and expansion. For additional information contact: NTCA International Conference FAX:(202) 298-2317 or 298-2320 <>

Telelearning '98

Instructional Tele-communications Council (ITC), an affiliate of AACC, sponsored a community college conference on Telelearning, October 11-14,in Portland Oregon. Emphasis was telecommunications, and distance instructional development. Special workshops were offered on "Designing Course Materials for the World Wide Web" and "Going the Distance", a public TV/Video-tape college course program. Conference sessions ranged from "Telecourses vs. the Internet: Which is Better?" to "Creating an Online Student Services Center." Visit the web-pages for more information:


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The Association Liaison Office for University Cooperation in Development site now has an International Higher Education Linkages Database. This on-line service provides information on international linkages in environmental studies. The database currently contains records from NASULGC institutions. The address will be listed in the next newsletter.


Frederick C. Kintzer, professor emeritus of higher education, UCLA published a Subject Leadership Abstracts Summary highlighting the importance of international education for community colleges. "While not their core mission, involvement with international programs offers American community colleges opportunities for exchanges of ideas, experiences, and resources. As said, almost half of American community colleges are already involved in international education projects. These international relationships;, and the learning from international short-cycle education, can help provide a 'bigger picture' for all leaders grappling with new economic and social challenges in their communities."


The Gulf of Mexico Governors Education and Culture Commission met in Veracruz, October 29-30. This network, emphasizes academic links to strengthen matters related to manpower training and research. For additional information, contact Rafael Mario Islas Ojeda ><


The Benjamin Franklin Institute of Global Education offered the second annual Global Learn Day, October 11 -12. Leaders in distance education and Internet technologies from 200 countries met to discuss current trends and issues. The conference theme was, "A Return Voyage to the New World of Distance Education and All of its Promise." The opening ceremonies and some of the special sessions were webcast, in real time, including the presentation by Dr. Andrey Narvsky, St. Petersburg, who took viewers on a tour of the Hermitage and revealed how Russian courses are available to students in California.

For more information contact: <>


Thirteen Colorado Community Colleges have formed an Online Consortium that offers a non-residency A.S. Degree in Business, a Certificate in Emergency Management and Planning, and courses in Occupational Safety and Health Administration to learners nationwide. For more information, visit their site at >>.


The July-August issue of

On the Horizon, had a series of articles on Virtual Universities. Below are brief description of some of the articles.

So You Want to Start a Virtual University?, by Fred Hurst

A number of trends are changing higher education, many of which are supported by the proliferation of technologies. Virtual universities offer an attractive option for students outside the state, both nationally and internationally. Fred Hurst evaluates different structures and governance models for distance learning, offering pros and cons of several different scenarios.

The Western Governors University: An Interview with Jeff Livingston, by James L. Morrison

The Western Governors University (WGU) will open its virtual doors this summer. Because of the potential size and scope of the institution, and because it will award competency-based degrees, WGU signals a major change in the future of higher education.

Virtual Universities and the Demand for Global Learning: Using Cyberspace to Redefine the Market. By Larry Gould

The worldwide demand for accessible and affordable higher education continues to grow. The arrival and popularity of the World Wide Web has been instrumental in defining a new species of institution in the higher education community--the virtual university. This article examines characteristics and ramifications of these new institutions.

Knowledge Economics: The Mandate for University Education, by Michael D. Kull

As society moves into the Information Age, some of its members without electronic access to information may be left behind, becoming "have-nots" of a different kind. While universal access remains a social debate, its larger theme--universal education--takes on added significance in a knowledge- based economy, where the key competitive resource is knowledge.


Western U.S. Governors signed an agreement with the China Internet Education Center (CIEC) to collaborate on the design and delivery of online and Web-based courses with major educational institutions in the People's Republic of China. Agreements will also be made with 10 universities in China to develop and offer courses for an anticipated audience of 3,000 Internet students this fall semester. This is WGU's fifth international agreement. They already have agreements with Tokai University (Japan), University of British Columbia (Canada), The Open University (United Kingdom), and the Virtual University of the Monterrey Institute of Technology (Mexico). For more information visit: <>.


The Third Annual UNESCO-IIEP Workshop (International Institute for Educational Planning), 'The Planning and Management of Distance Learning." will be held December 14-18, in co-operation with Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University (STOU) in Bangkok. This workshop will give educational administrators, policy makers and managers an overview of the skills and techniques essential forthe planning and management of distance- learning systems. For additional information see: <>.


Vicky Phillips and Cindy Yager have co-authored, "Best Distance Learning Graduate Learning Graduate Schools: Earning Your Degree Without Leaving Home." The 10 introductory chapters cover crucial issues related to financial aid, accreditation, designing your own degree, and studying abroad via distance education. While directed at graduate schools, these chapters may be of interest to CCIE colleges as well.


NOVEMBER 8-11, 9th annual AUDEM Conference, "Globalization of Education" in Slovakia. Sponsored by the Alliance of Universities for Democracy, a consortium of 100 institutions. Emphasis will be on the impact of globalization on development of democracies, economies and cultures. <>.

November 18. CCIE Annual Meeting at CCLC Conference at the Westin Hotel in Long Beach.

DECEMBER 2-4 "Online Educa98: Telelearning for Sustained Development" in Berlin, Germany. For information contact web-page: <>.


Starting next month, the CCIE newsletter will continue its program highlights section. Each month, a specific international educational program will be highlighted. December's highlight will be INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS GROWTH.

If you have specific information on this topic that you would like to share, please send it to Rosalind.