International Education: Its History and Promise for Today

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International education in the United States is at a significant crossroads. The magnanimity of the 102nd Congress has raised the possibility of federal financial support of international studies to a new level. The newly established governing board of the National Security Education Act can provide unprecedented coordination of federally supported international education programs. If federal financial support can be maintained and coordination achieved, the objectives of the IEA of 1966 can be realized in the 1990s. The academic community and public policy makers need to be made aware of the opportunities at hand in order for this to be possible. U.S. education generally and higher education specifically have a responsibility to improve our international capabilities in order to meet the post-Cold War challenges of a complex world.


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1 The Challenge of International Education
Protean International Education and Its Connections with the Federal Government
A National Model The IEA of 1966
International Education in the PostCold War Era
Appendix I
Appendix II
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THEODORE M. VESTAL is Associate Professor of Political Science at Oklahoma State University. He is the author of The National Security Education Act, International Education Forum 12 (1992).

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