2020 Global Vision
2015 Heiskell Award Honorable Mention: Internationalizing the Community College
Nomination submitted by: Dr. Lisa Avery, Vice Provost for Strategic Partnerships
Spokane Falls Community College’s 2020 Global Vision Program provides opportunities for U.S. students and faculty to participate in study abroad and international service learning, with a program of international activities that furthers its mission to prepare students to live responsibly in an increasingly global civilization. The initiative integrates international instructional content into the curriculum, while bringing global activities to campus and increasing the number of community college students who study abroad.
Last year, 235 students attended the International Guest Speaker Series, over 200 students and faculty participated in the Global Ambassadors program, and more than 500 attended Global Education-sponsored films. SFCC has also redesigned its International Peer Mentors Program to help with recruitment and retention of international and domestic students, and it now includes 100 student participants each quarter. In addition, international enrollment has increased by 14%, in part by expanding the use of social media for recruitment and retention.
SFCC has expanded its study abroad and service learning options, with a focus on including low-income and underrepresented community college students. In July 2014, the college launched a new program that brought a pilot group of five underrepresented students to Brazil for a four-week service learning experience. SFCC has also made a commitment to Generation Study Abroad to double study abroad participation and diversify the students and countries represented in study abroad programs.
“As has been well-documented, community college students are less likely to study abroad and less likely to participate in other types of global engagement than their four-year counterparts,” says Spokane Falls President Janet Gullickson. “I am impressed that 2020 Global Vision has provided new, subsidized opportunities for them to do so, particularly in a high priority country like Brazil.”