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Globally Competitive: Reclaiming the American Dream

AACC's 21st century report, Reclaiming the American Dream: Community Colleges and the Nation’s Future, p. viii:

"[I]t is important that college graduates, whatever their location, be not just globally competitive but also globally competent, understanding their roles as citizens and workers in an international context."

ACE's Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses: 2012 Edition, p. 3 (quoting the 21st Century report of the ACE Blue Ribbon Panel on Global Engagement):

"It is the obligation of colleges and universities to prepare people for a globalized world, including developing the ability to compete economically, to operate effectively in other cultures and settings, to use knowledge to improve their own lives and their communities…"

Community colleges have always been at the forefront in keeping the United States globally competitive. In our nation's history they have played an important role in eliminating social and economic barriers for millions of Americans and the growth of the U.S. middle class. Now, at this current stage in U.S. history, we find the U.S. middle class shrinking and other nations providing strong competition, both in business as well as in the classroom. In response, AACC has issued a challenge for community colleges to "reimagine their roles and the ways they do their work." International education is an integral key to meeting that challenge.

Whether community college graduates choose to work locally, nationally, or internationally, global competence and global competitiveness are economic imperatives for the 21st Century.

AACC's new webinar series, specifically designed for community college presidents, will present the most authoritative and persuasive information about why international education is important to your institution, your students, your community, and the nation. Attendees will learn new and innovative, cost-effective ways of how to infuse international education into existing institutional structures, using tools that are at the disposal of every president and that have been proven effective at spurring successful internationalization at community colleges. This webinar series will focus on the presidency at a wide range of community colleges, from those with limited budgets to those with large budgets, from large urban colleges to small rural colleges. Webinar speakers will address your issues from your perspective and provide you with the persuasive arguments you need to make the case for internationalization at your institution.

Webinar #1:
Internationalizing Your College's Strategic Plan

Save The Date: November 16, 2012
2:00pm-3:30pm ET

The first webinar in this series will begin at the starting point of every effective presidency –your institution’s strategic plan. It is the cornerstone of effective leadership. Learn how internationalizing your strategic plan can better serve your institution, its students, and surrounding communities. Learn how to communicate in compelling economic terms the importance of internationalization to your trustee board, local community, faculty and staff, and students.


Erma Johnson-Hadley Chancellor
Tarrant County College District (TX)

Chancellor Dr. Erma Johnson Hadley is a member of the AACC Board of Directors and the AACC Commission on Global Education. With over 40 years of experience as a community college leader, she is a strong advocate for the internationalization of U.S. community college campuses. Dr. Hadley has served in numerous capacities at community colleges throughout her career, including Assistant Director of Personnel and Equal Opportunity, Vice Chancellor for Human Resources, and Vice Chancellor for Administrative and Community Services. She is the first African American woman to serve as Chairman of three high-profile boards in North Texas - the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport Board of Directors, the Tarrant County Hospital District Board of Managers, and the North Texas Commission. She was appointed by two Governors of Texas to the Trinity River Authority of Texas and the Texas Governor’s Committee on Volunteerism. She has also served on the board of JPMorgan Chase Bank, Fort Worth; and, the JPMorgan Chase Bank National Community Advisory Board, New York. Dr. Hadley holds a Bachelor of Science from Prairie View A&M University (TX) and a Master of Education from Bowling Green University (TX).  She also holds an Honorary Doctorate in Education from Paul Quinn College.

Bill Path, President
Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology

President Dr. Bill Path is a member of the AACC Commission on Global Education and an outspoken proponent of global education and international engagement. Before becoming president of OSUIT in 2011, Dr. Path was the president of Northeast Community College, a small rural college located in Norfolk, NE, for 10 years. During his career, he held positions at Northeast Community College; Aims Community College in Greeley, CO; NorthWest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville, AK.; Kingwood College in Kingwood, TX.; and North Harris County College in Houston. Dr. Path holds a Bachelor of Arts from Harding University (AR), a Master’s in educational psychology from Texas A&M University, and an Ed.D. in higher education administration from the University of Arkansas.

Barbara Hill (to be confirmed)
Senior Associate for Internationalization
American Council on Education (ACE)

Moderator and Presenter

Alice Blayne-Allard
Associate Vice President for International Programs and Services
American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)

Ms. Blayne-Allard is the former Senior Foreign Affairs Officer in the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs where she developed strategic foreign policy initiatives focused on economic development and empowerment in the broader Middle East and North Africa region. She was also the Assistant Press Secretary and Director of Public Affairs for the U.S. Department of State National Security Council. As the Assistant Director of International Studies at Goucher College (Baltimore. MD) she was instrumental in the college becoming the first national liberal arts college in the nation to require, and financially subsidize, all its undergraduates to study abroad at least once before graduation. Ms. Blayne-Allard holds a Bachelor of Arts from Ambassador College (TX), a Master of Arts in Education from American University (DC), and has done doctoral work at the University of Maryland, College Park.

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