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STLCC-Forest Park Receives Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education

January 28, 2008

St. Louis Community College-Forest Park will receive an Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education from the Institute of International Education (IIE).


STLCC-Forest Park was chosen as the winner of the Heiskell Award for Internationalizing the Campus.  The award will be presented March 13 as part of IIE’s annual Best Practices Seminar at the United Nations. In addition to internationalizing the campus, winner and honorable mention awards are presented for study abroad initiatives and international exchange partnerships.  STLCC-Forest Park and eight other institutions will be recognized at the seminar.   


In an effort to make global education a priority, Forest Park’s Global Education Committee was convened to implement a plan to meet the needs of its diverse campus community.  Forest Park’s student body is the definitive diverse population: students hail from 70 different countries and speak 80 different languages; 46 percent of the student body is African-American. The committee consists of more than 35 campus administrators, district administrators, faculty and staff which work throughout the year to implement a comprehensive internationalization plan.


Key to the committee’s success is its partnerships with Washington University, Saint Louis University and community organizations, as well as an active collaboration with the Missouri Consortium for Global Education.  These partnerships have resulted in a range of academic and co-curricular opportunities for Forest Park students, including a global curriculum, eight different foreign language offerings, International Education Week activities, and study abroad programs and funding.  The committee’s current focus is on building STLCC-Forest Park’s Chinese studies program, expanding course offerings and increasing enrollment in Chinese language courses.


"St. Louis Community College is committed to global education, and considers infusing students with global awareness and competencies to be a key component of the college’s mission to expand minds and change lives," said John Ganio, Ph.D., vice chancellor for education.  "This model program approaches internationalization organically, tapping both institutional and community resources, to devise well planned and comprehensive ways to remove barriers to internationalization at this diverse, urban two-year institution."


The Heiskell Awards were established in 2001 to promote and honor the most outstanding initiatives being conducted in international higher education.  They are named for the late Andrew Heiskell, a longtime member of IIE’s Board of Trustees and former chair of Time Inc. who was a renowned philanthropist and passionate supporter of international education. 


Founded in 1919, the IIE designs and implements programs of study and training for students, educators, young professionals and trainees from all sectors with funding from government and private sources.  IIE has more than 900 college and university members worldwide.