Lone Star College System named 2013 "Simon Award" winner by NAFSA

HOUSTON (March 8, 2013) –Lone Star College System has received one of the highest honors for international education –  the NAFSA 2013 Simon Award.

The 2013 Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization, named for the late U.S. Sen. Paul Simon of Illinois, is given for excellence in integrating international education across all aspects of college and university campuses.

LSCS is one of five schools to win the NAFSA award; other winners were Colorado State University, Green River Community College, St. Cloud State University and the University of South Florida. NAFSA, the National Association of Foreign Student Advisers, is the world’s largest nonprofit professional association dedicated to international education.

The 2013 Simon Award is based on a wide range of factors, including size of international student body, foreign language requirements, number of students in study abroad programs and relationships with education partners overseas.

“Having international students on our campuses enriches our classrooms, campuses and communities with a worldwide perspective,” said Dr. Richard Carpenter, LSCS chancellor, “International students are welcome at LSCS and we work hard to make them feel included and at home.”

Institutions selected for the internationalization awards this year will be featured in NAFSA's report Internationalizing the Campus: Profiles of Success at Colleges and Universities, to be published this fall, and honored at an event in Washington, D.C., in November during International Education Week.

In fall 2012, LSCS had more than 2,100 students attending its colleges from nearly 100 countries, which places it among the top community colleges nationwide for the number of international students it serves.

LSCS has had two Fulbright scholars who have conducted research internationally with Fulbright grants. And since 2005, more than 300 LSCS students have traveled internationally to eight countries to teach, study or conduct research.

NAFSA was founded in 1948 as the National Association of Foreign Student Advisers and is currently the world’s largest nonprofit professional association dedicated to international education.

To learn more about the Sen. Paul Simon Awards, visit nafsa.org/SimonAward.


Lone Star College System has been opening doors to a better community for 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSCS remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with 78,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and the fastest-growing community college system in the nation. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University.

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