I’m pleased to share some information about a bright new star on the US higher education horizon: the recent establishment of The Center for Global Advancement of Community Colleges (CGACC). According to its website, CGACC “is dedicated to increasing global knowledge and understanding of U.S. community colleges, bridging cultures through awareness, serving as a resource, advancing institutional internationalization efforts, and partnering with national and international entities to expand and enhance educational opportunities.” You can download this announcement that was sent out last week.
CGACC is the brainchild of Judy Irwin, former Director of International Programs and Service, American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). Judy, a woman of considerable talent, energy and vision, serves as the CGACC Executive Vice President, Global and College Alliances. Speaking of vision, the organization “will serve as the primary source for advancing and promoting U.S. community colleges globally through international exchanges and education. (Full disclosure: I’m a member of the Judy Irwin Fan Club, having worked with her on several projects in Vietnam since 2006.)
CGACC has an outstanding executive team, including Judy and Kent Farnsworth, Director, University of Missouri-St. Louis Center for International Community College Education and Leadership (CICCEL) and the Community College Leadership Academy College and former president, Crowder Community College, who serves as President. The Center also has a distinguished Advisory Board and Global Council. There is a compelling need for this organization. That, combined with the quality of people associated with CGACC, will contribute greatly to its success. I look forward to working with CGACC in Vietnam, which ranks 2nd among all places of origin in international student enrollment at community colleges.