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MSU: More community colleges internationalizing

Jan 1, 2015

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan State University study says that a growing number of America's community colleges are adding an international focus to their programs.

Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

  The study by Michigan State's International Business Center says that community colleges plan to have 24 percent of their programs "fully internationalized" by 2024. That's up from 8 percent today.

  Lead researcher Tomas Hult, says bringing an international focus to study programs is important in maintaining the global competitiveness of the U.S. workforce.

  The university says that Hult developed the International Business Education Index as a way of measuring schools' performance.

  It says that from 309 to 428 of the nation's 1,132 community colleges have participated in the study since it began in 2008.