Minutes of the Asian Council Meeting at
Members Present: Dan Paracka, Charu Goyle, Baogang Guo, Farley Richmond, Tom Preston, Tracie Provost, Xubo Wang, Eric Sun, Salli Vargis, George Vargis, Eric Kendrick, May Gao, Wilson Huang and Doug Reynolds.
Meeting was called to order at . Following a round of introductions, the minutes from the last meeting were approved without correction.
Charu Goyle provided information to the council about the following SCIE activities.
1. Four public sessions (date to be determined) will be held at various sites around the state regarding SB529 – The Georgia Security and Immigration Compliance Act.
2. Another bill proposed tracking of international student class attendance. A system survey shows that less than 2% of students are in violation of their visa.
3. To maximize
travel resources and time, all councils and committees are scheduled to meet at
Updates on Study Abroad Programs.
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Eric Kendrick reported on the
The council also received a report on the Chinese Language
Study Abroad Brochure
The council discussed a joint brochure promoting study
abroad programs. Since many programs already have their own brochures, it was
suggested the Council should develop a poster showing the various study abroad
programs instead of a brochure. There was much discussion on the content,
quantity and distribution of the posters.
Dan Paracka told the council that it is financially
sound and would be able to fund a professionally designed poster. A motion was
passed to provide up to $1500 for the posters. He asked program directors to
send him pictures and ideas for the poster by April 15th. Farley
Richmond mentioned the possibility of including UGA’s
study abroad programs in
Update on Faculty Development Seminar to
Baogang Guo and Eric Kendrick reported on the Faculty development seminar. There are 14 participants from 9 institutions. The money has been collected and tickets purchased for the group. Hotels have been confirmed but some speakers are still being determined. Orientation is scheduled for April 13th. The International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) was mentioned as a good resource for program planning. ISEP member institutions can send students to other member institutions.
USG Certificate in Asian Studies
Eric Kendrick led a discussion on a draft of the Asian Studies Certificate program. Georgia Perimeter will serve as the home institution for the program. The primary purpose of the program is to provide institutions with limited emphasis in Asian studies to develop in this area. Under the proposed framework, students will be exposed to different Asian languages and participate in study abroad programs. The focus is on the core curriculum with sufficient flexibility to allow institutions to modify or add to the program. International consortium members can comment on the draft via email.
The next Asian council meeting will be on September 14th from to at Macon State College.
The meeting was adjourned at .