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Joint CCBC/HCC initiative wins 2012 Andrew Heiskell Award for
Innovation in International Education
Global Education program recognized as an outstanding international initiative

Baltimore County, Md. (January 31,2012) – The Global Distinction program, a joint initiative between the Community College of Baltimore County and Howard Community College was awarded a 2012 Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education. Bestowed upon the colleges by the Institute of International Education, CCBC and HCC were among five colleges recognized with awards for outstanding international initiatives.

IIE’s Heiskell Awards showcase the most innovative and successful models for internationalizing the college campuses, study abroad, and international partnership programs in practice today. A particular focus is placed on initiatives that remove barriers and broaden participation in international teaching and learning.

Global Distinction is an academic enrichment program that strives to improve the global awareness and knowledge base of students by using three methods: the globalization of the General Education curriculum, cultural immersion and campus events. It provides a framework to ensure that students become global citizens and are prepared both academically and professionally to engage in a world that is interconnected more than ever before. Students must complete three major components to earn Global Distinction: globally intensive coursework, study abroad or domestic intercultural experience, and college community involvement.

“The 2012 IIE Heiskell Awards recognize some of the world’s best initiatives in internationalizing higher education,” says IIE President and CEO Dr. Allan E. Goodman. “We appreciate the winners’ commitment to excellence and applaud their serving as models for other campuses to learn from as they plot their own internationalization strategies.”

To see a full listing of award recipients and profiles, visit

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