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Report to the Community

This month’s edition of PCC Spotlight, the College’s e-newsletter, contains my annual Report to the Community.
Some of the topics addressed in the Report:
  • Accreditation: We have submitted a Notice Report to the Higher Learning Commission, a key step in regaining the fullest measure of confidence from our accreditor.
  • Fiscal stewardship: I put into perspective PCC’s budget, property tax rates, and tuition for 2016-17.
  • Student success: We are making strides in improving and expanding pathways for students at the beginning of their education journey.

Progress on Internationalization

I want to share an important document:  “Strategic Plan for Internationalization/Vision 2020.”

Written by Ricardo Castro-Salazar, Acting Vice President for International Development, the comprehensive report details the strides the College has made in multiple areas: infusing global knowledge into the curriculum, creating a language institute, developing community and global engagement, developing a study abroad program, identifying opportunities for workforce development in the international arena, providing international and cultural development for employees, and expanding international student outreach, recruitment and services.

The importance of these endeavors to the success of all our students cannot be overstated. As Ricardo writes, it is necessary “to educate our community for interdependence, global citizenship skills, and to bring the world to our students, a world driven by a global economy and challenges that transcend national borders.” Bringing the world to Pima is an ambitious undertaking that will benefit our students, city and region academically, culturally and economically.

[Read an executive summary of the report.]

Reviving our international program

I am excited to share Pima’s progress on internationalization. Under the leadership of  Dr. Ricardo Castro-Salazar, Acting Vice President for International Development,  and the tremendous support of our faculty, staff and community, Pima has laid the groundwork for a revived international program.

It is becoming increasingly obvious that in the 21st century, the world’s political, economic and environmental challenges cannot be solved by one country, and must be met by a multinational, cross-cultural response. I am proud to say that PCC is meeting that challenge, as the information below clearly demonstrates.

Pima Community College International Development

February 17, 2016

  • We have a Strategic Plan for Internationalization with seven strategic goals and 70 objectives. The plan was the work of a Task Force of 84 people that not only had district-wide representation (faculty, staff and administrators), but also community members, foreign representatives in our community, representatives from the Mayor’s Office, County Government, and students.
  • Created the American Institute of Language and Culture at Pima (AILAC). Will offer the first ESL package for int’l students in Summer 2016. This will also help our local enrollments
  • We have worked with the Tucson City Government and the Pima County Administrator to align our int’l objectives for Pima County’s economic development
  • PCC offers 132 courses with “Global” and “Cultural Diversity” content. Nevertheless, despite the guidelines and recommendations from the HLC, AACC, ACCT, and others, PCC did not have a comprehensive global education plan before Chancellor Lambert.
  • Francisca James Hernandez has represented the College at the Generation Study Abroad Summit and directs the development of Faculty-Led Study Abroad initiatives.
  • One of our goals in PCC’s Diversity Plan is to “Increase global diversity and inclusion.” And one of our SLOs across all disciplines is to “appreciate cultural and global diversity” (PCC, Monitoring Report on the Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes to the HLC, 2013).
  • PCC has now a Fulbright Representative (R. Castro-Salazar)

 

Fulbright Program & International Visitors

  • DK Wu, Co-founder & Managing Director at CAACC (Chinese Association of American Community Colleges). Fulbright Outreach Lecturing Fund. Jan 22, 2016
  • Reginald Oputa, Fulbright Scholar in Residence. Spring 2016.
  • Ricardo Castro-Salazar has been selected as one of five US Fulbright Scholars to participate in the Community College Administrative Seminar in Russia in Apr 2016.
  • Tucson-Korean Ambassador Program. 42 middle school students visited WC. Spring 2016
  • Carl Bagley, Head of School of Education. Durham University, UK.
  • Seung-Man Kang, Vice Dean, International Services Center, Chungbuk National University, Korea.
  • Brazilian educators. 10 educators visited PCC & learned about our programs and int’l education opportunities. Fall 2015.
  • President of Zhuhai City Polytechnic College, China. Jun 2015.
  • President (Rector) of Instituto Tecnológico de Sonora (ITSON). IMOU, Mar 2015.

 

College Internationalization Survey

  • 275 respondents, not including international team. 129 reported experience living or studying abroad and they speak 26 different languages.
  • 145 respondents expressed interest in promoting PCC abroad.
  • 31 faculty members who do not teach courses related to multicultural or international education but that incorporate these perspectives in their courses.
  • 21 employees report experience coordinating or organizing study abroad programs.

 

International Enrollments:

  • Growing, modestly, but continually in the midst of an overall College enrollment decline.
  • Spring 2016: A total of 207 int’l students from 41 countries, compared to 202 in Spring 2015. We have enrolled 37 new F-1 students. Concurrent & Other Visa types declined, but we enrolled more F1s than in Spring 2015.
  • Fall 2015: A total of 262 int’l students from 34 countries, compared to 246 in Fall 2014. We enrolled 53 new F-1 students. Fall enrollments include 59 J-1s Bécalos Program Participants in 2015 and 48 in 2014.
  • Summer 2015: A total of 143 int’l students from 38 countries, compared to 96 in Summer 2014. This included 42 J-1 visa holders from 3 educational contracts.
  • Spring 2015: A total of 202 int’l students, including 25 new F-1 visa holders.

 

PCC is the only community college designated as a J-1 sponsoring institution in AZ

  • In Fall 2014, in recognition of PCC’s participation in the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Initiative, the US State Department and the US Embassy in Mexico sponsored J-1 visas for 49 international students attending PCC.
  • In March 2015, PCC regained federal approval to sponsor J-1 visas. Between the summer and fall 2015, PCC enrolled an additional 98 students on J-1 visas.

 

International educational contracts have helped local enrollments

  • A positive multiplying effect on overall enrollments. Classes where int’l students have enrolled have become more cost effective, or even feasible (avoiding cancellations). Furthermore, the classes added to our schedule for our international contracts have given our local students a number of additional options. These classes include: CIS121, CIS162, CIS281, MKT125, MKT139, DAR103, DAR176, TEC123, TEC123 LB, TEC225, TEC225 LB, TEC250, and TEC250LB.
  • Our ESL Program also has benefitted from our international contracts and our ESL Faculty have received additional teaching contracts for the following courses: ENG260, ESL098T6, ESL098T7, ESL080GR, ESL085GR, LA079EI, and LA089EI.

 

Restoring our relationship with Mexico has helped our int’l and local enrollments

We have won two grants ($180,000.00) from the Mexican Government and the private organization Together We Can/Juntos Podemos. With these funds, we have provided 149 scholarships to deserving students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. These enrollments are very impactful because they help those who need the most support in our community. Some of our scholarship holders literally could not enroll without these resources.

 

International Memoranda of Understanding

  • Fundación Televisa, Mexico
  • Government of Ulleungdo, Republic of Korea
  • Instituto Tecnológico de Sonora (ITSON), Mexico
  • Ningbo City College of Vocational Technology, Ningbo China
  • PPEP and Limbe Business College, Cameroon
  • Zhuhai City Polytechnic College, Zhuhai China

 

PCC, ITSON renew friendship, sign agreement

ITSON 2On Tuesday, Rector Isidro Roberto Cruz of the Technological Institute of Sonora (ITSON) and I signed an agreement of cooperation between our two institutions. ITSON (www.itson.mx) is a prestigious public institution of higher education in northwest Mexico and an important player in its regional economy. Among many projects in southern Sonora, ITSON has a business incubator, a software development center (NOVUTEK), an International District for Agribusinesses, a University Center for Community Development, and a Research Center for Biotechnology, Agricultural and Environmental Innovation.

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This summer, 15 ITSON professors from different fields will spend four weeks at Pima improving their English and exploring pedagogical methods for the delivery of classes in English. The PCC-ITSON agreement will also allow for PCC students and faculty members to do studies, research and professional development at ITSON. West Campus President Lou Albert and I received an invitation from Rector Cruz to visit his institution to continue developing bi-national partnerships. Agreements such as this strengthen global education at PCC and have benefits that extend across national borders.

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An international program for the 21st century

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The 49 college students from Mexico attending Pima Community College this semester are doing more than working on their English skills and taking classes in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics disciplines. They are part of a culture-spanning initiative that is truly hemispheric in scope.

Last week at West Campus, I had the pleasure of taking part in a welcome-to-Pima for the 50 students. They are here thanks to the support of the SEP-Bécalos-Santander Universidades International Program, in collaboration with Fundación Televisa (a large Mexican foundation). The Bécalos program is part of the U.S. 100,000 Strong for the Americas Global Initiative and its Mexican counterpart, Proyecta 100,000, as well as the U.S.-Mexico Bi-national Forum on Higher Education, Innovation and Research.

In total, the initiative’s reach extends from Canada to South America, making PCC’s guest students the vanguard of a huge international awareness project that aligns with our strategic goals of enhancing global education at PCC. Having grown up on three continents, I know that living or studying broad profoundly changes your perception of the world. The Bécalos students will emerge with new perspective on the world. So will the students they engage with at PCC, especially the Pima PEERS – Positive Engaging Educational Resource Support. These students are easing the transition to PCC for our guests, many of whom had never been to the U.S. before.

Many people and groups have contributed to the program’s successful launch: West Campus President Dr. Lou Albert, Executive Assistant Geneva Escobedo and Enrollment Program Manager Craig Winters, the International Student Services Office, Student Life Coordinator Jennifer Wellborn, Bécalos Program Coordinator Yvonne Perez, Student Services Advanced Specialist Rose Bolz and Advanced Program Manager Dr. Daisy Rodriguez Pitel, who is putting together the programs numerous pieces. Also, I want to acknowledge Dr. Ricardo Castro-Salazar of Northwest Campus, who was instrumental in making the project become a reality, and Maggie Suárez of Fundación Televisa.

And as always, an effort of this breadth couldn’t be achieved without our community partners. The students’ out-of-classroom education will be substantial, thanks to the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. The THCC, led by President Lea Marquez Peterson, will provide job shadowing and mentoring opportunities from a variety of businesses in the research and manufacturing sectors, and will provide help with language skills. Felipe Garcia of Visit Tucson notes that the program is a prime opportunity for our diverse city to make a favorable impression on the students and influence future visitors from Mexico.

Mexican Consul Ricardo Pineda Albarran put it well when he described the Arizona-Sonora relationship as one of the richest in the world, not just in terms of the billions of dollars in trade and investment between the two regions, but in growing opportunities for cultural and educational enrichment. “We live in a global era,” he said. In the 21st century, being a responsible citizen means thinking not only about the folks next door, but also about your neighbors around the world. Programs such as Bécalos send a strong message that PCC is rebuilding its international presence, and all of the students involved can be proud of being part of a project with global impact.