ICC recognized for being top producer of Fulbright Scholars

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A local college is being recognized for developing students into becoming scholars.

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs recognized Illinois Central College in its ranking of U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2017-2018 Fulbright U.S. Scholars.

The Fulbright Program is the federal government’s flagship international educational exchange program. Top-producing institutions are highlighted annually in the The Chronicle of Higher Education.

“ICC is honored to share this destination among the top-producing institutions nationwide,” says ICC President Dr. Sheila Quirk-Bailey. “The Fulbright Program has provided a vibrant, reciprocal exchange of knowledge and culture between the participants, and the faculty, staff and the students at ICC for more than 10 years.”

In the last five years, ICC has hosted six Fulbright-sponsored scholars. ICC Director of International Education, Dr. Barbara Burton, also was awarded a Fulbright grant for 2017-2018 and participated in the Community College Administrator Seminar (CCAS) study tour of Russia in April 2017. 

“We’re always interested in exposing students [at ICC] to new things and so this is very valuable to us,” says Dr. Burton. “Other institutions do it as well but just happen to be one of the community colleges that has really utilized this resource.”

The program allows U.S. community college communities to develop understanding and contacts in Russia for future programming, and also allows Russian counterparts to learn more about public higher education in the U.S.

For more information about the program click here.

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