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Why some American community colleges want international partnerships




Rancho Santiago Community College District in Orange Country is one of several community colleges seeking partnerships with international schools in hope of diversifying revenue as state budgets for higher education dwindle.
Rancho Santiago Community College District in Orange Country is one of several community colleges seeking partnerships with international schools in hope of diversifying revenue as state budgets for higher education dwindle.
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Schools, like New York University and MIT, have expanded their global reach by setting up campuses or serving as consultants for other schools around the world. Now it seems that community colleges are getting into the act, too.

Since the recession, loss of state funding for higher education has significantly impacted community colleges who are now looking to international opportunities to help boost revenue.

Some critics, however, worry that expanding overseas directly contradicts the mission of these campuses - to serve local communities. 

For more on this possible trend, host Alex Cohen talked to Karin Fischer. Fischer she covers international issues in higher education  for the Chronicle of Higher Education.