The meeting was called to order by the Council Chair,
Dan Paracka (
The minutes of the
Dan Paracka announced that
Marc Gilbert (
B. UPDATE FROM BOARD OF REGENTS OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION
Deirdre Williams discussed some recent developments:
1) The Office continues to encourage consolidation and
coordination of study-abroad programs through its Mini-Grants for Study Abroad
Collaboration. Funds will be granted up to a maximum of $250 per institution to
reimburse travel costs, conference calls, and other expenses incurred by
program directors. So far two applications have been received for this coming
summer; deadline is
There was some discussion of whether undersubscribed programs can be salvaged by consolidation. Salli Vargis pointed out that this would present problems of reconciling different itineraries for which some people had already signed up. Deirdre Williams said it would be better to coordinate programs earlier in the process so this wouldn’t happen.
There was also discussion of using these grants to reimburse travel of prospective program directors to the first Asia Council meeting in fall 2006. However, it was determined that only study abroad program directors could apply for the grant to support a specific collaborative project among study abroad programs.
2) The University System’s Committee on International Students and Scholars is offering mini-grants to promote the sharing of international scholars. The idea is that scholars who have visiting status at one system campus can have their expenses covered for visiting other system campuses. Amounts of up to $250 per institution are available. Questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
3) The Office has created a C. Tracy Harrington Award for Inter-Institutional Collaboration in International Education. The $500 award will be made annually to recognize the endeavors of individuals or institutions in the USG. The deadline for this year is May 1, and further information can be obtained from email@example.com.
4) The STARS (STudents Abroad with Regents’ Support) program continues.
For this year’s programs the Council has provided
matching funds of $500 each for four STARS stipends: one for the
The Council voted to offer matching funds for four more STARS student in 2007.
5) The Georgia Tech-based on-line language programs in
Chinese, Russian, and Japanese are still getting fairly low enrollments and the
process of registration is still apparently cumbersome, due to the “transient
student” designation that must be used. Eric Kendrick raised the question of
whether it makes sense to continue to base this program at Georgia Tech, since
this will always be a minor side-line for them. He suggested that the program
might be based at his institution,
C. STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS
D. 2007 FACULTY DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR
Eric Kendrick reported that “Change and Continuity:
The Impact of Modernization and Globalization on
E. DEVELOPING A SYSTEM-WIDE CERTIFICATE IN ASIAN STUDIES
This concept was discussed at some length. Dan Paracka handed out copies of a flyer for the Certificate in
Latin American Studies sponsored by the Americas Council, and the group used it
as a starting point for how a similar program for
There was also some discussion of whether USG institutions that might be “target markets” for a certificate program have sufficient Asian history and culture course offerings. The idea of including Asian-American studies courses came up, as did such activities as participation in Model UN.
There was general interest in doing something about creating a certificate, but it was obvious we can’t simply imitate the initiative of the Americas Council, and that some creative thinking is going to be required. Eric Kendrick agreed to come up with a proposal to be discussed at the fall meeting.
The fall meeting was set for Friday, September 15. We will meet for lunch first at , at the Shahenshah Indian restaurant beside the Macon State Campus.
The meeting adjourned shortly after .