Roanoke College Administrator Returns From Fulbright Seminar

SALEM, Va. —Dr. Jon Crawford, director of international education at Roanoke College, recently returned from a Fulbright Seminar in Germany. The Council for the International Exchange of Scholars, which incorporates the Fulbright program, selected Crawford to participate in this seminar.  The program was titled “the Fulbright Seminar for U.S. Administrators in International Education.” 

The purpose of this Fulbright seminar was to familiarize United States international education administrators with the structure and funding of the German higher education system within the larger framework of the European Union.  Crawford and 26 other administrators spent three weeks in the German cities of Berlin, Erfurt and Mainze learning about the German higher education system and the Bologna Process, which will eventually create a common design for the bachelors, masters, and doctorate degree programs in the European Union.  Administrators from the U.S. included representatives from Yale, Purdue, Vanderbilt and Rutgers, among others.  Crawford was the only representative from a liberal arts college.

Crawford was one of approximately 850 U.S. faculty and professionals who traveled abroad to some 150 countries for the 2005-2006 academic year through the Fulbright Scholar Program.  The program was established in 1946 through legislation by the late Senator J. William Fulbright (D-Ark.) to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries. 

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  Recipients of Fulbright Scholar awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement and because they have demonstrated extraordinary leadership potential in their fields.

Roanoke College, the country’s second oldest Lutheran-related college, is an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college. Roanoke is one of just 270 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the “best in the Southeast.” Roanoke’s 1,900 students represent 41 states across the U.S. and 25 foreign countries.