MINUTES FOR ASIA COUNCIL MEETING
December 8, 2006
Macon State College
meeting was called to order by the Council Chair, Dan Paracka (
minutes of the
B. TRACY HARRINGTON AWARD
ReLiang Tsang presented Baogang Guo with the Tracy Harrington Award for Inter-Institutional Collaboration in International Education.
C. UPDATE FROM BOARD OF REGENTS OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION
Charu Goyle and ReLiang Tsang discussed some recent developments:
1) The Study Abroad Handbook is now available online at www.usg.edu/oie/facstaff/policies/study_abroad_hbook.pdf
2) Internationalizing the Curriculum grants. Four finalists have been chosen: -
Georgia College and State University, and Columbus State University
3) Proposals for study abroad programs are now being accepted. These would be for changes to existing programs and applications for new programs with any future start date.
4) A business manual for study abroad programs is in preparation.
5) There will be a spring workshop on study abroad; working title is “mental health issues and study abroad.” Date, place and exact title to be announced.
D. STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS
1) China -- Baogang Guo reported that the 2007 general studies program, to be led by him and Wilson Huang (Valdosta), is on track with 20 students and 5 faculty members signed up.
2) India – Salli Vargas reported that the summer 2007 program to be led by her and Farley Richmond (UGA), has been shorted to five weeks instead of six, and is thus somewhat cheaper at $3800. They have added political science to the list of subjects to be covered. They are currently recruiting students and hoping for a total of 8.
3) Japan -- Eric Kendrick reported that Japan: Culture and Society, for summer 2007, has added literature and art courses to its offerings. It will be a hybrid course, with 3 weeks of material in Japan and the remainder on-line when the students have returned. Twenty students can participate.
4) Armstrong Atlantic State University – Tom
Howard reported that both of its
The 6 week Chinese Language Program at Yangzhou has been scheduled to follow on
the heels of the General Studies program so that the joint option of
participating in both programs and qualifying for a Freeman-Asia scholarship
will continue to be available. In addition, KSU is offering several other
discipline specific programs to
E. HUMANITAD FOUNDATION’s Mandarin language
F. 2007 FACULTY DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR
Eric Kendrick reported that “Change and Continuity: The Impact of Modernization and Globalization on South Korea and China,” which he is doing with Baogang Guo, has 5 applications so far. A minimum of 14 is needed for the program to make. There was discussion of whether spouses or people who are not USG faculty can join the group if that would bring the number up to the minimum. The Office of International Education will check on this. The original deadline of December 15 was also discussed, and as a result the deadline was extended to January 15.
G. USG CERTIFICATE IN ASIAN STUDIES. SURVEY OF USG INSTITUTIONAL INITIATIVES IN ASIAN STUDIES.
Following up on our discussion at the 9/15/06 meeting, Eric Kendrick passed around a list of items for a comprehensive survey of current Asian studies activities in the USG. Members of the Asia Council are requested to return information about their institutions to Eric by January 31, 2007.
H. GEORGIA CONSORTIUM
William Madden announced the next Georgia Consortium symposium, scheduled for March 16, 2007, at the Georgia Perimeter College campus in Clarkston. There will be two new awards for faculty who have made contributions to international programs at their universalities, one for junior members (those with no more than 7 years of full-time teaching experience but at least three at a Georgia Consortium member institution) and one for senior members (those with more than 7 years of full-time teaching experience and at least 5 at a Georgia Consortium member institution). Details are available at http://www.gacis.org/award.html.
I. OTHER BUSINESS/ NEXT MEETING
Mention was made of the Georgia Association of International Educators. www.gaie.org and their conference in February 2007.
The next meeting was set for Saturday, March 31, 10:00 – 11:30 AM at Georgia State University in Atlanta. The meeting will be followed by orientation sessions for students enrolled for the China trip led by Baogang Guo.
Submitted by Thomas F. Howard