When Pima Community College (PCC) in Tucson, Arizona, announced its goal to internationalize, local newspaper articles, emails to college administrators, and social media bristled with critical commentary (Alaimo 2014). A vocal group of concerned citizens questioned: Shouldn’t community colleges focus on providing educational opportunities to their communities? Why should we “import” students from other countries? One illustrative email submitted to college administration asked: “We can’t get our own states children to come to Pima why are we tying [sic] to get other country’s kids here. Seems like our taxes should be spent on AZ kids first” (comment received July 2015).
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