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International Business Courses Up Dramatically At US Community Colleges

Article written by guest writer Kecia Lynn

What's the Latest Development?

A pioneering study from Michigan State University analyzed curricula offered at community colleges across the US using an index designed to measures an institution's emphasis on international business courses. The study revealed that in the past four years, the percentage of community colleges that offer such courses jumped from 51 to 85 percent. Among individual states, New Mexico ranked at the top of the index, while Grand Rapids Community College ranked number 1 in terms of individual schools' offerings.

What's the Big Idea?

Despite the effects of the current economic crisis, community colleges appear to be more confident in the future of the economy. Also, those that refocus their curricula towards global business classes will stay competitive compared to schools that stick to older, less-inclusive models. Considering that 44 percent of college students are enrolled in two-year colleges, the researchers believe this development bodes well for the nation: "The world is becoming more globalized and integrated, and it is important that we educate students to think logically, be creative and be global citizens." 

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