In anonymous post-program surveys, faculty have been nearly unanimous in the praise of the CCSDN model and training materials as a model of best practice in community college internationalization. Some participant comments include:
"We saw the potential for growth of a Study Abroad program from humble beginnings to a program having a significant impact across our campus. We were inspired by the efforts of those in the cohort and came back determined to push forward our agenda to internationalize our campus and create Study Abroad opportunities for our students."
"I think that the Madison College/CCSDN training could be used effectively across the country to help meet the goals of the 100,000 Strong Initiative."
"This has been a huge help to me and I now realize that participation in this program has allowed my international education program to be successful. I would not have been able to do it otherwise."
"The knowledge that Madison's International Office grew from nothing was really helpful in motivating me to continue to work to help create an international office on our campus."
"I thought the program was outstanding/excellent. I learned an amazing amount about the nuts and bolts of developing and maintaining study abroad programs. I am using the materials provided to support my program and to develop guidelines for future programs on my campus. I am so thankful for the network that this grant has provided that supports me in what I'm doing and provides encouragement and inspiration for what I hope to do in regards to faculty-led study abroad opportunities for my students."
"This has been an incredible learning experience. Madison College did an amazing job making this experience beneficial to all participants."
"The work we did in Costa Rica was transformational in a way that is difficult to put into words. I feel that it was the most interesting and informative professional experience I have ever had."
"This was the most useful workshop I've ever attended! Never before have I gone to a training and ALL aspects of the discussion have applied to what I needed to know!"
"What an amazing program. I could really see this being the best way to encourage community colleges to increase or begin study abroad programs."
"This really was one of the best workshops I've attended. The mix of formal and informal interaction was great. I really appreciate that time was made to promote interaction among the participants."