How Durham Tech Is Meeting The Global Challenge

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  • 1. How Durham Tech is Meeting the Global Challenge Presented by Gwen Barclay-Toy María J. Fraser-Molina Margaret Newhouse (With the special assistance of Karin Abell) April 13, 2005 Teaching and Learning Center Durham Technical Community College
  • 2. Why Global Education?
    • Strategic location
    • Economic and workforce development
    • Competitiveness
    • International students on campus
    • Philosophical Reasons
    • Mission and vision
  • 3. Vision for a Learning College
    • The ability to communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing in a manner that is respectful, sensitive to the culture of others , and understood by those receiving the communication.
    • The ability to recognize cultural differences among peoples, to develop tolerance for differences, and to act appropriately with individuals of varying cultures .
  • 4.
    • To ensure the survival and well-being of our communities, it is imperative that community colleges develop a globally and multiculturally competent citizenry.
    • (American Council on International Intercultural Education)
  • 5. Global Connections- International Student Standing Committee
    • Through all of its programs and activities, DTCC promotes education, understanding, and acceptance of the diversity of global cultures. The college endeavors to support its students, faculty, staff, and the community at large in acquiring the skills necessary to succeed in today’s multicultural and interdependent world.
  • 6. Global Education Program Areas
    • International Student Services
    • Faculty/Staff Development
    • Study Abroad
    • Internationalizing Curriculum/Campus
    • Economic Development
  • 7. International Students at Durham Tech
    • Definition of an international student in curriculum
      • 90 countries
      • 644 students
      • Kenya, Nigeria, India are the largest groups
      • International students make up 10% of the AtD cohorts
  • 8. Most Popular Programs of Study
    • University Transfer
    • ADN
    • LPN
    • Special Students
    • (Developmental students classified in prospective program group)
  • 9. Immigration Status
    • Permanent residents (the majority)
    • F-1 visa students (next largest group)
    • Asylees and refugees
    • Naturalized citizens
    • Other types of visas
  • 10. ESL Students
    • 65 countries
    • 1188 students
    • Mexico most heavily represented
    • Followed by Honduras, Korea, Japan, and El Salvador
  • 11. Curriculum Admissions Information
    • Current policy: We do NOT accept students who are abroad
    • Undocumented students accepted
    • Pay out-of-state tuition fee
    • Some visas do not permit study towards degree. Student must apply for F-1 student visa
    • Takes several months for approval
  • 12. Legal Requirements for F-1 Students
    • Enroll full-time (12 or more credits)
    • Summer semester not required (except new students – 9 credits)
    • Make normal progress toward degree objective
    • Report any change of program, address, other information
  • 13. When is “Reduced Course Load” allowed?
    • Academic reasons (one term only)
    • Advisor’s recommendation required
    • Last term before graduation (one term only)
    • Documented medical condition (maximum 12 months)
  • 14. Employment of F-1 Students
    • On-campus up to 20 hours per week
    • Off-campus requires application to USCIS
    • Upon graduation eligible for OPT for one year
  • 15. Problems Encountered by F-1 Students
    • Class availability to meet full-time requirement
    • Waiting list students must take courses outside program
    • Delayed arrival of funds from abroad
  • 16. Problems (continued)
    • Cannot obtain driver’s license without Social Security number
    • Cannot get SS number without job offer
    • (DTCC assigns ID number 270)
    • Spouse’s activity restricted (no credit courses, no SS number)
    • Need to improve English skills
  • 17. International Students Club
    • Mission is to be a gathering place for exchange of cultural information
    • Monthly meetings focus on one country
    • Campus activities (Nigerian Independence Day, International Coffee Connection, Taste of International Food)
  • 18. International Students Club
    • International Education Week (fashion show and entertainment)
    • Help host visiting international groups
    • Upcoming plans for Year of Languages
  • 19. Adult Basic Skills ESL vs EFL
    • Fed/State funded
    • No cost to student
    • Survival English
    • Multi-skill classes
    • Waiting list common
    • Con Ed offerings
    • GED and NA in Spanish
    • Tuition charged
    • 5 credits/course
    • Academic English
    • Single skill classes
    • Listening/speaking, Reading, Grammar, Writing
    • Developmental prefix
  • 20. NC Community College EFL
    • Currently offered only at Central Piedmont (Charlotte) and Wake Tech
    • Durham Tech offered a few classes but none currently
  • 21. Obstacles to EFL at DTCC
    • Difficult to schedule 5 cr class if not 5 days/wk.
    • Lack of available classrooms
    • How to count these classes: developmental? Foreign language? Continuing Education?
  • 22. Alternatives to EFL
    • Workplace-related ESL classes at company sites
    • Increased Con Ed offerings
    • ESP English for Specific Purposes classes-Collaboration with Duke School of Nursing
    • EFL tutoring in CLC
    • Summer English Language Institute
  • 23. Additional Challenges
    • Appropriate advising for walk-in/phone inquiries from non-native speakers looking to improve English language skills
    • Determining where to house EFL if DTCC decides to offer it again
  • 24. Internationalizing Curriculum/Campus
    • Foreign Language offerings
    • Year of Languages
    • AA concentrations and corollaries
    • Programs/courses global in nature
    • Infused courses
    • Guest lecturers
    • International Visitors
    • Science Seminars
    • Viva/Vive the Arts
    • Latin American Film Festival
    • Field trips abroad
  • 25. Study Abroad
    • 2003: Ecuador and Peru
    • 2004: Ecuador with Galapagos
    • 2005: Chile
  • 26. Faculty/Staff Development
    • Study Abroad coordinators
    • Conferences abroad
    • Scholarships-Summer 2005
    • Lunch and Learn presentations
    • TLC presentations
    • Workshop for CC librarians (UNC-CH/Worldview)
  • 27. At the System Level
    • Hispanic/Latino Initiative Advisory Committee (H/LI)
    • Global Education Consortium
  • 28. What next?