Infusing an international component

Community colleges are facing a sharp reduction in international students.

About one-quarter of the 1,132 U.S. community colleges are expected to “internationalize” their programs and activities by 2029, up from about 11 percent that currently do so, according to a new report.

Michigan State University’s International Business Center report shows that over the past decade the percentage of community colleges that have added an international component to their programs has increased from 4.5 percent in 2009, to 7.1 percent in 2014, to 11.2 percent this year. It’s projected to increase to 17.6 percent by 2024 and to 24.1 percent by 2029.

The center examined international business education at community colleges as well as non-business programs with an international component, such as international studies and area studies. Among internationally oriented programs, international business is the most popular at community colleges (offered by an estimated 59 percent of colleges), followed by international marketing (24 percent), international management (14 percent) and international economics (14 percent).

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Matthew Dembicki
Matthew Dembicki edits Community College Daily and serves as associate vice president of communications for the American Association of Community Colleges.