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Business & International Exchange (BIE)

global business


United States Department of Education
Title VI B Grant-Business and
International Education Program

Team Members:

Sean LaCroix
Jim Roberts
Jeanne Natali
Thomas Feist




To refocus Tidewater Community College's (TCC) business curriculum to reflect the realities of globalization by building the professional capacity of our faculty, infusing global perspectives in our curriculum, and enhancing alliances with regional economic partners in the Hampton Roads Community.

Objectives and Activities

I. Infuse global themes and perspectives into existing and new courses through curriculum development activities.

a. Develop an ongoing program of professional development activities for business and related faculty to enhance their professional skills with global perspectives, deepen their understanding of the interdependence of global economic systems, and infuse global content and perspectives into the course they regularly teach.

b. Develop an optional international business specialization within TCC's Business Administration Program.

c. Use established statewide opportunities for face-to-face and electronic environments to disseminate best practices and innovative teaching methodologies developed in the project to the Virginia Community College System.

d. Develop and employ a process whereby faculty per review internationally focused and faculty developed multimedia educational modules.

e. Assess the effectiveness of internationally focused educational modules on student opinions of globalization and interest in international business.

II. Develop the professional capacity of TCC faculty and the skills of TCC students for internationalization.

In cooperation with Brazil's Univille University (UU) and China's Yunnan Normal University (YNU) and Guizhou Normal University (GNU), develop faculty and student exchange programs to raise faculty and student awareness of the evolving global economy and issues related to doing business with important emerging economies.

III. Develop mutually beneficial alliances with local businesses that are engaged in international economic activity to identify the needs of those businesses and align the TCC curriculum to better meet their needs.

In collaboration with local economic development authorities, identify local businesses that are engaged in international economic activity, assess the workforce needs in these specific industries, and align TCC's curriculum accordingly.