CCAS Presentations

Here are some presentations I’ve made since returning from Russia:

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To the Carteret Community College Board of Trustees – June 14, 2011

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The Big Story

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[blanket photo credit statement: if you see something you like, chances are that Jeff Thomas took the photo]

The Fulbright Community College Administrators Seminar (CCAS) took place in Russia from April 5 to April 20, 2011. As a group, we spent most of our time in Moscow (at both ends of the Seminar), we also traveled together for a few days to Yekaterinburg, and then we split up for individual site visits throughout the Ural region: Cheylabinsk, Kurgan, Perm, Tyumen, and Ufa. A one-page summary of the seminar can be found on the Fulbright.ru site.

CCAS 2011 ~ photo credit: Margaret McCarthy

Through the course of the seminar, I had the distinct pleasure of working with the two principal staff members from Fulbright: Anthony Koliha, Director of Fulbright programs in Russia, and Oksana Anistratenko, Fulbright Program Officer. In addition, I was able to develp strong personal and professional bonds with four outstanding administrators from community colleges across the country:

  • Dr. Margaret E. McCarthy ~ Springfield Technical Community College (Massachusetts);
  • Dr. Joseph Michael Sopcich ~ Johnson County Community College (Kansas)
  • Dr. Debra June Tervala ~ College of Southern Maryland
  • Dr. Jeffery Allen Thomas ~ Miami‐Dade College (Florida)


There is no way to capture all of the information gathered or the cultural and professional experiences that were gained, but what follows is my list of the seminar’s highlights.

Monday April 5
We arrived around noon, picked up our luggage, and met our driver outside customs. We were then delivered to the Golden Apple “boutique” hotel, which was going to be our home for the next few days.
L-R: Jeff, Don, Margaret, Debra, Joe
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It was a beautiful late winter/early spring day, so as a group we wandered down to Red Square to stretch our legs and look for Lenin’s tomb (sorry, closed). In the evening, we met Anthony Koliha (director, Fulbright program in Russia) and Oksana Anistratenko, Program Officer for Fulbright and we went to dinner where Anthony walked us through the program agenda and gave us an overview of the education system in Russia.

Anthony – forever making us look good
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Oksana the Great
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Tuesday April 6
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Krasnagorsk State College
We started our experience in a technology-heavy board room. In addition to our delegation, there were representatives from other organizations that were connected to the College via its so-called professional education (PE) program – described below. It appears that students in some of the technical programs at the the school are guaranteed employment at a manufacturer located near the campus. The director of Human Resources was present at the meeting.

Rector, staff, and CCAS participants at Krasnagorsk State College
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The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration
Ivan Fedotov, Vice Rector

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This school presented itself as one of the largest in Europe, comprised of 71 institutes, with over 150,000 enrolled students. As a part of the reform movement in Russian higher education, there is a consolidation of institutions – the big get really big. Our discussion was more or less comparative education in practice – we tales about how we do it; they talked about how they do it. In the discussion of Professional Education, they talked about the role of the employer, “the third partner” in the educational process. As such, practical training, to some degree, proceeds theoretical. Up front, students spend a significant portion of their time in a workplace. As they advance in their studies, this percentage decreases, with more time spent in the classroom.

This was one of the instances on our excursion where there appeared to be a disconnect between our mission and the vision of the administrators from the Academy. This scenario would be replayed a few more times for the group, and on our individual site visits: A lack of understanding concerning the role, and importance, of community colleges to the US system of higher education. “College” in the Russian educational system is more closely associated with K-12 education, and not higher education. One of our challenges was shifting this perspective – particularly when we were at the table with the federal and state universities.
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While at the Academy, we were invited to the InCube small business incubator. Here, students are developing concepts and turning them into viable, ready-for-market products. The emphasis in the incubator is on IT innovation. The tenants each gave brief demonstrations of their concepts and/or products.
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CCAS participants, InCube tenants & director
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Wednesday April 7

Timiryazev Agricultural Academy
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We began the morning in a meeting with the school’s vice rector. We were slowed by Moscow’s legendary traffic, which shortened our meeting. This was unfortunate because this was probably the level we needed to be working with in order for substantive discussions to take place. They are organizing a summer biology/biotechnology institute; there may be an opportunity for one of our faculty to attend and teach a seminar.
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We were given a guided tour of their unique Agrarian Museum (we were impressed by the number of in-house museums we saw; there seems to be a strong dedication to preserving the history of the institutions). 20110421-093620.jpg

soil samples from the central Piedmont on display!
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The morning was also dedicated to a tour of teaching facilities for Large Animal Husbandry and programs in raising and selling ornamental plants (large greenhouses with an on-site store).
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They also have a program, and a facility, where students learn every aspect of the bee-keeping/honey-production process.
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click to view Timiryazev website with article and more photos

At the end of this leg of the tour, we were treated to an excellent, delicious demonstration of the program’s workings- a variety of honeys and mead were spread out on a banquet table with breads, fresh vegetables, meats, and cheeses…and this was just a morning snack! Thanks to Aefir Mannapov, head of the Bee Keeping Dept.
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Opportunities:
The opportunity for Carteret may be through participation in the Academy’s summer institute. An instructor from our Biology or Aquaculture programs could deliver content and content-specific English (a significant need).

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American Center in Moscow
This was a good opportunity for our group to speak with staff at the Center, who are the face of US higher education in Moscow; if Russian students are planning to study in the US, this is one of their first stops for information. We also held a public, panel discussion on community college education in the US. Once again, we used the opportunity to discuss the community college role in US higher education. We also did brief infomercials on each of our institutions.

Opportunities:
This was a good chance to get the word out on our school and its programs – particularly the AA/AS transfer programs.

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Thursday April 8

Technological College #14
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This was one of the most interesting and energizing visits of the trip. This school is very much a Professional Education institution, with students spending a significant amount of time gaining education through practical, hands-on experience.

Students of TC #14 were at the table when we met with faculty and administrators
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The school’s hallmark programs are in Design, Marketing/Advertising, Photography, and Culinary.
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This was another instance in which the school had grown by consolidation. While we were meeting with staff and students on one campus, the rector (Yuriy Mironenko) was at the Culinary campus, signing a linkage agreement with a Korean school to help facilitate training so that the workforce needs of the growing number of Korean restaurants in Moscow could be met. The school had excellent video conferencing capabilities, allowing the rector to meet with us virtually.

director, staff, and students of TC #14
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Opportunities:
Many of the students had very good English language skills. This would be a fantastic opportunity to conduct student exchanges in Interior Design, Photography, AFA, and Culinary. The is also potential to work with school on designing and implementing distance learning solutions – for both sides.

Jeff and Don stumble into Fashion Design photo shoot
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Sechenov Medical Academy
The emphasis at this school is definitely on training physicians and nurses who intend to serve in leadership positions. This was another instance in which there was a gap in the needs of both sides of the conversation. We were joined by Irina Bakhtina, Dean of Nursing Training at the St. Petersburg medical personnel training center. Because of the size of Carteret’s nursing program, there is probably little opportunity for us there…but there did seem to be some potential for the other community colleges present- especially those with the larger programs.

an exhibit from the school’s museum
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Saturday April 9
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Field trip to Kolomna ~

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Moscow Regional Institute for Social Sciences and Humanities

Our visit on this very snowy Saturday morning (school in session) began with a brief introductory meeting with the school’s First Vice Rector, Sergei Kalashnikov. 20110421-125134.jpg

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We soon moved upstairs to the English language instruction program, where we made brief presentations on each of our schools to a lecture hall of English language instructors. We then met specifically with the staff of the English Language Teaching program – Larisa Lunkova is the program chair, and served as our very energetic facilitator/guide for the day.

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We visited a convent and a cathedral which the nuns had completely restored (from an essentially condemned building). The frame on this icon was hand-carved by nuns, and the medium used for the image is embroidery,, not paint. The nuns also made the ceramic lamp seen hanging in the photo

Opportunities:
The two most viable opportunities that emerged were:
1) The possibility of the school serving as one of the sites for East Carolina University’s Global Understanding Course. When I discussed this course, there seemed to be strong interest in becoming involved.
2) Distance Learning – establishing an effective program, which includes a strong training component for both instructors and students.

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Sunday April 10

Travel to Yekaterinburg
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This took up most of the day with getting checked out of the hotel, getting to the airport, and getting to Yekaterinburg – 2-hour flight eastward across two time zones, so we lost two hours. The only noteworthy event was that the woman I was sitting next to on the plane turned out to be American Jazz singer, Nicole Henry on a tour of Russia. Our dates conflicted, so we would not be able to see her in Russia, but Joe may see Nicole when she’s in Kansas in a few months(?).
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Monday April 11

US Consulate General
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Our first stop was at the US Consulate General, where we met with Kimberly Williams, Cultural Affairs Officer, and Yulia Grigoryeva. Kimberly has taught at a community college, so she was quite interested in learning about our schools, our programs, and our formative impressions of Russian higher education. We also discussed opportunities for collaboration between our schools, her office, and colleges and universities in Yekaterinburg (e.g. Professional development in distance learning).

We were then given a historical and cultural tour of the city.

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CCAS participants with Fulbright English Teachers (ETAs)…Patrick, Sarah, and Ken
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everlasting love professed with a padlock on the iron gazebo…a common sight (I wonder who gets to keep the key)
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everlasting car?
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Ural Federal University
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Following lunch, we met with Anatoly Matern, first vice-rector of Ural Federal University. This was a brief meeting because of time constraints. The vice rector illustrated the context in which their school is operating – due to the reorganization of higher education, they had become a federal university, which should be responsive to the needs of their district (there are 29 districts in this country of 10 time zones).

With changes in the structure of higher education, one of the goals is greater student mobility, therefore, there is going to be a resulting need to recruit students to stay competitive and viable – at a time when there is a significant demographic shift taking place as the country faces a drastic decrease in the number of college-age students. The University must also remain relevant to employers, therefore, the employers are playing an increasingly significant role in the education process- from serving on advisories to teaching courses.

We then met with Daniil Sandler, the Deputy Rector for Innovation at UFU (not the only one we would meet in Russia). This was also a relatively brief conversation that focused on the reality of their context (meeting the needs of the local economy, demographic shift, etc), and how one of their challenges is transitioning effective instructors from industry to the classroom.

We concluded the day by visiting with the rector of Ural State University of Economics. Perhaps the relevant discussion that took place was with Natalia Vlasova, head of the school’s international office. She is keen on exploring possibilities for the development of a distance learning training program for faculty and students.

click here to see an article on our visit
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Tuesday April 12

Roundtable at Ural State University

The purpose of this Roundtable was to provide a venue for a broader number of colleges and universities from the region to meet us, learn about our schools, and seek ways to explore collaborative possibilities. The discussion was co-facilitated by Anatoly Matern, first vice-rector of Ural Federal University, and Anthony Koliha, director of the Fulbright program in Russia. There were upwards of 40 participants at the table, and seated in the outer ring.

Opportunities:
There was little time for constructive, one-on-one dialog with interested schools. We each spent about 10 minutes describing our schools and highlighting our relevant programs. Our contact information was distributed and we will see if there is any follow-up by those from schools who saw possible connections.

A suggestion for next year would be to shorten the perfunctory Roundtable (or add time to the agenda), and have a poster session for the US schools in the tea room so that participants can wander around and discuss more freely.

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Travel to Perm

train station – Yekaterinburg

Oksana worries about Jay and Jeff
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I was very fortunate to be able take a train ride from Yekaterinburg to Perm (I love train rides) with my guide/host/friend Oksana. We boarded a 4:00 train and meandered six hours across the beautiful, sometimes snow-covered Ural countryside.

tea & chocolate
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We arrived in Perm around 10:00, and our driver from the hotel took us on an unsolicited tour of the town. I was told at one point in my stay there that Perm was the first stop for intellectuals on their return from exile in Siberia. Therefore, it was an intellectual and liberal center for culture. This was evident by the museums, the abundance of sculptures, and the prevalence of theaters.
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Wednesday April 13

A comment about distance learning.
On Wednesday morning, Oksana and I met with Olga, the assistant to the rector at a small private Distance Learning school. It appears that a common/prevalent form of distance learning is still the original form of this modality. That is, at the beginning of the semester, students pick up their books and assignments, then head home for self-paced study until the end of the semester when they return to campus for exams. Olga told me that electronic delivery of instruction was not something they were doing. In fact, they had apparently discussed electronic delivery a few years back at her school, and the rector had decided that they “were not ready for it yet.”. I found this somewhat ironic given that they are a private school and should be looking for a competitive edge.

Opportunities:
Olga will present the information to her rector that I shared about our ability to train faculty and students in the use of distance learning technologies.

Oksana and I then met with Anna Novikova (from the International Office of Perm State Technical University) and visited Perm State Art Gallery a beautiful church that had been converted into an art museum – including folk art exhibit on religious figures from churches in the region.

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In the afternoon, Oksana and I met with Vasiliy Petrov, Rector of Perm State Technical University.

I talked about Carteret Community College – our programs, how we collaborate with local universities on tech transfer and provide students who have technological skills to support. It appears that economic development through innovation and tech transfer is a major focus at this university.
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Following, Oksana made a presentation to students of PTSU on Fubright programs and I talked about CCC and opportunities there.

Opportunities:
Faculty member comes from CCC in Summer 2012 for summer camp. Working with PTSU on issues of innovation & transfer (EDC, Eastern Region, Dept of Commerce?)

Alieg takes Oksana and Don to Don’s first ballet
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Thursday 14 April

Thursday April 14

Ministry of Education – Perm Region
The Vice Minister seemed polite, but generally disinterested. When I talked about access in rural areas, she perked up a little, but I sensed that she felt that I was there to tell them what’s wrong, and how to fix it. Her director in charge of technical education seemed more interested. Although I felt as though I was doing all the talking and asking of questions, I want to remain optimistic/neutral in something developing.

Vice Rector of Perm State Technical University – Korotaev Vladimir
This was another meeting where someone politely listened to my shtick and then made a brief, generalized statement about how this is the beginning of a beautiful relationship, effectively ending the meeting. I did not press because we were scheduled to meet later in the afternoon with the incubator folks.

Professor of Biotechnology – Vladimir Volkhin
Opportunities: Seemed genuinely interested in creating a situation where a graduate student from their school could spend time in our area on an internship, studying tech transfer.

Head of Innovation Incubator – Dimitry Shishkin
This was the downer of the day. Mr. Shishkin seemed to lack a full grasp of why he was meeting with me, or, how collaboration works. As the director of the incubator for innovation, he appeared completely unable (unwilling?) to innovate at that moment. He brought six fellows(?) to the meeting, all of whom have apparently creative ideas for spurring innovation at the university, but known of whom seemed interested in sharing with me their projects. In the end, Mr. Shishkin was pressing me on ways that I saw collaborative possibilities – as opposed to letting them emerge organically through an exchange of ideas. My final comment on this is that not all opportunities are intended to bear fruit immediately. I did let Cynthia Ehrlich at the US Embassy know of this organization (she is interested in innovation/tech transfer in Russia), so she may follow up.

Perm State Academy of Medicine / Medical College
Deputy Rector Yevgeny Furman, Head of International Department Tatyana Efimova, Vice Director of Medical College Ludmila Mikhaleva

This was a great follow-up to the previous meeting, where I felt on the defensive from the moment it began. In sharp contrast, I was very graciously welcomed by an enthusiastic group of faculty and staff from the Academy of Medicine and Medical College. They had read whatever advanced materials they had, done further research on some of our programs and were ready to spring into action before I got my coat off.

Opportunities:
They are initially looking at some teleconference opportunities (e.g. Treating pediatric trauma), maybe followed by student exchanges.

American Corner at the Perm Public Library
Director, Andrei Khokhryakov
Here, I was greeted by an interested audience who were attentive and full of all sorts of questions – from tuition rates to maternity leave (3 years in Russia!). We talked until they kicked us out of the library. A very good ending to a long day.

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Friday April 15

Perm State University
Met with rector, Igor Makarikhin
Discussed possibilities involving collaborative research and discussions on tech transfer and innovation stimulation.

Rector connected us with the head of the Biology department. The focus of our discussion was much more academic (species of Atlantic Red Fish that he had been credited with identifying) and much less about making connections. He gave us a tour of their two departmental museums, neither of which it looked as though there had been an addition to in about twenty years. In the vertebrate museum, there were mounted specimens of all shapes and sizes. When I inquired about the donation of the stuffed tiger, he remarked (via translation) that specimens at the museum were acquired in many different ways.

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The Perm Kray College of Entrepreneurial Studies
Nina Kartashova, Director

This school of 900 students is a part of the Professional Education system in Russia. Students from the ages of 14-23 study at the school, with a 40% university transfer rate. Among the main(?) / popular(?) programs mentioned at the college are Logistics and Real Estate.

The college appeared to be quite vocational in nature, in that the focus was on teaching students to create (with their hands) and market their products via both retail and wholesale. The most visible program was in jewelry making – they have a display case that prominently displays examples of student work; they took me to the jewelry classroom that had vices and a set of files at each student’s station. The emphasis is a very practical, hands-on approach.

Comment: The interesting thing for me was the combination of hands-on and classroom work. In Level-One (first two years of school), students work 50% of the time (in a relevant job – amount of pay, if any, is negotiated between student and employer). The other 50% of the student’s time is spent in the classroom. There is a maximum total of 36 hours/week dedicated to this model (i.e. 18 work/18 classroom). In Level-Two (second two years of school), it shifts to 70% class, 30% hands-on. Also, employers submit applications to the school for students. So, it becomes a competitive process for both employers seeking qualified students, and students seeking relevant, rewarding employers.

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We were given a very detailed tour of Perm’s marine navigational, mechanical, and electrical technician vocational academy. Perm has the largest river in the country flowing through its center, and there is a need for qualified navigators and technicians on the ferries (200+ passengers) and tugboats that ply the waters of the Konn(?).

We were given a tour of their training facilities for mechanics, electrical, and navigation. We were also given a detailed tour of their maritime museum, which documents the school’s history … The school will celebrate its
one hundred year anniversary in 2013.

Opportunities:
They seemed genuinely interested in making a connection with CCC. This would probably play out in a one or two-week seminar given by one of our instructors, who would visit their school.

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Saturday April 16
Travel day – Return to Moscow

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Sunday April 17
“Cultural program”

For our group, this included a guided tour of the Armory and one of the four cathedrals within the Kremlin. Here is something I learned: The Kremlin is not a single building (which I always assumed). Kremlin translates into “fort” so many towns have kremlins. THE Kremlin in Moscow, is a medieval-era fortress that has a large wall around it’s perimeter. Within, there have been built a number of religious (cathedrals), historic (The Armory) and bureaucratic buildings constructed over the millennia. The Armory is a museum of artifacts that tell the story of the whole of Russian history. If one is ever in Moscow and has a few hours, it is definitely worth the time. Outside the walls of the Kremlin is Red Square, which is essentially a massive military parade ground. It is also the location of Lenin’s tomb (which was closed to the public when we were there).


And, for something in total contrast to the history, grandeur, and power of the Kremlin, after our tour we wandered a few blocks over to the Arbat. The Arbat is a pedestrian shopping/restaurant district, that is somewhat unremarkable – except for its astounding number of souvenir shops. However, we just happened to stumble upon it on a Sunday, where there are apparently weekly gatherings of flash mobs of young people all united with a single, apolitical purpose.

So, on this particular Sunday, there were thousands of young people with “free hugs” signs, written in Russian and English. Therefore, there were thousands of people hugging each other, playing music, singing songs, and having a great time.
Apparently, the week before the theme had been bubbles, and this coming Sunday it was going to be zombies (think Michael Jackson’s Thriller).

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Monday April 18

Fulbright RIEA (International Educators Alumni) meeting

A great Fulbright program for Russians working in offices of International Education at Russian Universities. Participants spend three months in the US shadowing the staff at a university with an established IE office. This was the five-year reunion of alumni, with a three-day conference on relevant issues in International Education. One of the topics of discussion was how to increase the number of American students studying in Russian universities (for any length of time). The Ministry of Education & Science of the Russian Federation has developed a website: Education in Russia for Foreigners

The last session of the conference was a panel of the CCAS participants talking about community colleges broadly, introducing their own community colleges (maybe RIEA alums would see some viable connections), and summarizing their experiences from individual site visits (to Chelyabinsk, Kurgan, Perm, Tyumen, Ufa) – what were some of the possible outcomes of the visits.

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Tuesday April 19

United States Embassy
Meeting with Cynthia Ehrlich, deputy Cultural Attaché

Here we were able to share our thoughts on the CCAS program and to discuss what each of us thought were the most viable, realistic opportunities for collaboration.

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Personally, if I could sum up what I saw as primary areas for collaboration, it would be 1) Distance learning – developing programs and providing professional development – both about DL and through DL; 2) Innovation and technology transfer – how to stimulate it and systematize it; and 3) Fostering effective, sustainable school-business partnerships.

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Perm

Just got an update today (March 30) on my site visit to Perm.  This still seems to be in a state of flux, but I have a pretty fair idea of what institutions/organizations I’ll be visiting.  My primary host institution is Perm State Technical University. Meetings are being finalized as I write this, but the word is that one whole day will be spent at the University, followed by an evening with Fulbright Alumni. There is also a scheduled visit to Perm State University (law department and their college), Perm branch of Volga Academy for River Transportation (Пермский филиал Волжской государственной академии водного транспорта), the American Center, and the local Ministry of education.

credit: Russian Ministry of Education

Needless to say, I’m very excited about the opportunities this site visit will offer.

Some links I’ve found relevant to Perm:

And, apparently the largest network of underwater caves in Russia are found in Perm.

click on photo to take you to source: "English Russia"

I can’t wait to see the train station there, either.

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Community Colleges in North Carolina

This is a brief introduction to community colleges in North Carolina.

Click on map to find a school

There are 100 counties in North Carolina and 58 community colleges in the North Carolina Community College System (Carteret CC is #9 on the map).  The rationale for this number is that no community college should be more than 30 minutes (by car) from any student.

The community college system in North Carolina has its roots in the shift from an agricultural-based economy to an industrial economy.  The realization was made, following World War II, that citizens of North Carolina were in need of something more than a high school degree, but not enough to warrant a baccalaureate.  In the late 50s, a new breed of school emerged in the state: Industrial Education Centers.  These soon became junior and technical colleges.  “By 1961, there were five public junior colleges emphasizing arts and sciences, and seven industrial education centers focusing on technical and vocational education” (source: History of NC Community Colleges).  These numbers jumped quickly, to 43 in 1966, and 54 in 1969.  Initially, community colleges were governed under the purview of the State Board of Education (essentially, a K-12 entity).  In 1981, a State Board of Community Colleges was created, giving CCs their own governing entity.

Here are some useful facts on the NCCCS:

  • More than 850,000 students, or 1 in 8 N.C. citizens 18 and up, enrolled in classes at one of the 58 community colleges during 2008-09.
  • The N.C. Community College System is the third largest in the nation.
  • Historically, N.C. has had the lowest tuition in the Southeast Region — one of the lowest in the nation.
  • 99 percent of NC Community Colleges’ graduates are employed within one year.
  • The average age of a community college student in North Carolina is 27.
  • 89 percent of associate degree recipients from the system have a grade-point average of 2.0 or better at University of North Carolina system institutions or private colleges after two semesters

source: NCCCS website


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CCAS – Russia… a little background

I am learning this as I go, so if you have additional information to help me add depth to this piece, please send it my way.

The deadline to apply for the 2011 Community College Administrators Seminar was October, 2010. If you are interested in applying for next year, it may be best to monitor the website for the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.

In the meantime, here is a little background information on the Community College Administrators Seminar in Russia.  An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education (October, 2009), indicates that the program is part of a Fulbright project in which community-college administrators “will travel to Moscow to discuss work-force development, adult education, and other issues central to their missions.”

An article posted on America.gov (Nov, 2010) talks broadly about higher ed relationships between Russia and the US, and how the number of exchanges and projects is expanding quickly:

“Community colleges are increasingly popular with Russian students, with nearly a third choosing this two-year, low-cost option. In the United States, community colleges are public schools open to all applicants and offering a wide range of credit courses leading to an associate’s degree after a two-year course of study. Students may then transfer to a four-year college or university and apply these credits toward a bachelor’s degree. ‘The Russians seem very interested in the prospect of open admissions,’ said Bradley Gorski, Russia country coordinator for EducationUSA. ‘They also like the idea of being able to transfer to a four-year university or change the course of their studies.’

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What we’ll be doing (April 5-20, 2011)

Here is a broad overview of what we’ll be doing during our time in Russia:

“Meeting with representatives from relevant governmental and non-governmental organizations and meeting with university administrators and faculty members who have an interest in learning about U.S. community colleges and in discussing potential collaboration in one or more areas of mutual interest.”

If you’d like to learn about CCAS 2010, click here.

Here are some specifics on what we’ll be doing:

  • Meeting with Council of Vocational Training, visiting the National University of Science and Technology (MISIS), and meeting with directors of affiliated technical colleges;
  • Site visits that focus on business incubators, nursing, accounting, green technologies;
  • Meeting Fulbright Alumni;
  • Traveling to Ekaterinburg for site visits and conference on U.S. Community Colleges, Workforce Training;
  • Traveling to the Urals Region for meetings with universities, relevant technical schools, local administrations, businesses, etc. [At this point, each of us will travel to a separate location – I’m traveling to Perm]
  • Participating in a one-day conference of Russian International Educators Administrators – focusing on internationalizing higher education in Russia
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Carteret Community College

CCC is a two-year public institution located in rural, south eastern North Carolina, with an enrollment of a slightly less than 2,000.  The College serves the local community in achieving educational goals, well-being, and economic growth.  To this end, CCC offers 33 degree-granting programs that range from Business Administration to Medical Office Administration to Interior Design, in addition to the programs mentioned above. On one hand, the College is in a unique locale given that its campus is on the Intracoastal Waterway, and just a bridge away from the Atlantic Ocean. Water plays an integral role in shaping the local culture and economy, and it provides the impetus for programs at CCC, such as Aquaculture and Boat Manufacturing and Servicing. Conversely, because the school is in a rural area, most employment opportunities reside in the service sector, thus generating demand for programs in Culinary Technology, Hotel and Restaurant Management, and Allied Health.  CCC has a commuter campus, with a significant percentage of its students on federal financial aid, and attending school part-time in order to work. The College’s close proximity to two Marine bases also has an impact on enrollment. Both of these factors are influential in driving increased development of distance learning offerings.  Of late, the College has been extremely fortunate to have been awarded a 5-year Title III grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

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