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The National Center for Educational Alliances
The National Center for Educational Alliances (NCEA) coordinates Bronx Community College’s Global Initiative. NCEA is situated in the Office of Academic Affairs, but works closely with other departments on campus to facilitate a college-wide effort to promote global learning through curricular and co-curricular initiatives. NCEA convenes the College’s Global Initiative Steering Committee.
NCEA was established by the City University of New York in the 1980s -- first as the National Center for Urban Partnerships -- under the leadership of Founding Director Dr. Richard Donovan, Professor of English at Bronx Community College, and Associate Director Barbara Schaier-Peleg. In 2005, Dr. Donovan became NCEA's Senior Director and Ms. Schaier-Peleg its Director. She assumed full directorship of the Center in 2007.
Over the past decades, NCEA has gained both national and international experience with partnership building through major Department of Education, Ford Foundation and USAID supported projects, which have yielded expertise in bringing people together to achieve common goals. Its commitment to the expansion of global learning both at the faculty and student levels makes NCEA a natural home for BCC’s Global Initiative.
BCC welcomes international students to our campus, and we are proud of the success of our students who come here from all parts of the world. Our International Student Services Office works closely with our international students to provide support and ensure their stay at the College yields positive results.
A key partner in our work is the Office of Student Life which provides a direct link to our students and helps plan co-curricular activities that reinforce global learning in the classroom.
Barbara Schaier-Peleg is the director of the National Center for Educational Alliances at Bronx Community College. Under the leadership of Dr. Donovan and Ms. Schaier-Peleg, NCEA played a major role in facilitating K-16 partnership development across the United States through more than 20 years of work funded by the Ford Foundation and the US Department of Education.
In addition, she oversees NCEA in its work with the Further Education and Training Colleges in South Africa. NCEA’s focus in South Africa continues to be the articulation of programs between the college and higher education sectors to enhance opportunities for first generation students. Most recently she worked closely with the American Association of Community Colleges and the American Council on Education on a successful application to USAID for a multi-million dollar contract to improve skills development at the Further Education and Training Colleges in South Africa.
Her publications include Transfer: Making it Work (American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, 1987) and The Collaborative Advantage (Rowman and Littlefield, 2005). Her publications include Transfer: Making it Work by Richard A. Donovan, Barbara Schaier-Peleg and Bruce Forer (American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, 1987) and The Collaborative Advantage by Dennis McGrath, Richard Donovan, Barbara Schaier-Peleg, and William Van Buskirk (Rowman and Littlefield, 2005).
At Bronx Community College, Ms. Schaier-Peleg facilitates the development of a College-wide Global Initiative. She chairs the college-wide Global Initiative Steering Committee and oversees BCC’s study and volunteer abroad program.
She has a Master’s in Communication Research (with excellence) from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem with a special focus on the sociology of language.
Andrew Rowan is senior fellow at the National Center for Educational Alliances and a lecturer in the English Department at Bronx Community College. A member of the BCC faculty since 1996, Professor Rowan was a member of the first team of faculty and administrators to attend the Salzburg Global Seminar’s International Study Program (2004). He holds an M.A. in English Language and Literature from New York University and a B.A. in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Professor Rowan coordinates the College’s participation (for both students and faculty) in Salzburg and works closely with the College’s Global Initiative, including the Center’s work in South Africa. In Spring 2008, he and Dr. Jochen Fried, BCC’s Fulbright Scholar in Residence and Salzburg’s director of education initiatives and academic director of the International Study Program, created the College’s first global course – Introduction to Global Studies – which they co-taught. Professor Rowan has also served as a faculty member and resource person at the Salzburg Global Seminar.
Additionally, he serves as faculty advisor for the Student World Assembly and The Communicator, the College’s student newspaper.