University System of Georgia -- Council on International
Minutes of the meeting held March 26, 2004
Clayton State College and University
Dan Paracka (Kennesaw State University) called the meeting
to order at 1:15 PM. Also present were Farley Richmond
(University of Georgia), Thomas Howard (Armstrong Atlantic
State University), Salli Vargas (Georgia Perimeter College),
Sheila Phillips (Darton College), Thomas Dolan (Columbus
State University), and Baogong Guo (Dalton State College).
Dwight Call (Georgia College & State University),
was in attendance intermittently due to conflicting
demands for his presence at a simultaneous meeting of
the System Council on International Education elsewhere
in the building.
Minutes of the previous meeting were approved, and
the following items of new business were taken up.
- Dan Paracka reported on the morning session of the
System Council on International Education’s
meeting. He mentioned some activities of other regional
councils that the Asia Council might consider emulating.
These included a collection of articles published
by members (Americas Council), a detailed report of
goals, principles, bylaws and past achievements (Europe
Council), and a model Organization of African Unity
meeting for students (Africa Council). In this connection
he handed out a preliminary version of a possible
“goals and priorities” statement.
- Farley Richmond presented a proposal for a faculty
development seminar in India in May 2005, titled Forces
of Globalization: Culture and Technology in India,
developed by him and Marc Gilbert with some input
from Thomas Howard. As presently conceived the seminar
would last three weeks, with most of the time spent
in Bombay, Hyderabad, and Bangalore. The focus would
be on India’s rapidly growing high technology
sector and particularly on that sector’s links
with American business, as in the outsourcing by US
companies of various back-office functions, as well
as software development. The target market of participants
would include not only members of humanities disciplines
but also people involved in business and public policy
education. A variety of pre-trip contacts with Georgia-based
high technology companies is envisioned, with the
idea that participants would get a good idea of both
sides of this international link.
There was a fairly lengthy discussion of the proposal
and a number of questions.
Could people who are not USG faculty apply? (Three
high school teachers in Athens have shown interest.)
The consensus was that USG faculty would have priority,
but if there is room Georgia high school teachers
and non USG professors could also go.
What would be the optimal number of participants?
Probably in the low twenties, with 7 or 8 participants
for each of up to 3 leaders.
How many pre-trip meetings would there be? and
where? This remains to be worked out. Atlanta would
clearly be the most likely location, but participants
from other cities in the state might be expected
to make contact with local companies that have links
Since May is notoriously the hottest month in India,
would there be a chance of doing the trip at any
other time of year? The heat problem, and accompanying
increased costs of making sure all facilities are
air-conditioned, must be acknowledged, but experience
has shown that it would be difficult to recruit
enough participants during the Christmas vacation
or later in the summer. There is also the problem
of higher airfares at these more desirable seasons.
In general the council’s response to the
proposal was favorable. Dan Paracka will consult
with Marc Gilbert on a more detailed budget and
then forward the proposal to Rick Sutton.
Study abroad programs:
a) Japan. Dwight Call reported
that the program he and Suresh Gopalan had proposed
had to be cancelled for this year because there
had been only four sign-ups, not sufficient to justify
the time and expense of going forward. He thought
the biggest problem might have been the intensive
language study component and said he would try again
next year, with a focus on traditional arts (including
martial arts) and no language program. Ritsumeikan
University would still be the likely institution
for this program.
b) ) India. Farley Richmond and
Salli Vargas reported that they are going ahead
with their program, scheduled for May 13 to June
23, 2004. Ten students (8 from UGA, one from GC
& SU, and one from Kennesaw) have signed up.
This will be a humanities program, with attention
to painting, performing arts, history, literature,
and Hindi language training. There will be stops
in Delhi and Mumbai, and three weeks in Kerala.
The leaders plan to make a video of the experience
to serve as a recruiting tool for later trips.
c) China. Baogong Guo reported
that the program he had organized with Wilson Huang
(Valdosta) had been cancelled due to too small a
number of sign-ups. They did have five students
and thought this might be just enough, but then
one dropped out,
The cancellation or postponement of the Japan and
China programs led to some general discussion about
more effective recruitment, including the possible
effectiveness of more professional-looking brochures
(aimed at parents as much as the students), but
there were no definite conclusions.
Dan Paracka announced that the China language program
is a go for this year (after being cancelled last
year because of SARS). It will be directed by Yan
Gao from Clark Atlanta.
Baogong Guo announced that he will be participating
in a Fulbright trip to China, with a focus on the
western part of the country. This trip is being
organized out of Reinhardt College.
- Dan Paracka announced the tentative dates for next
year’s meetings as: 9/17/04, 12/10/04, and 3/25/05.
The meeting adjourned about 3:15.
Thomas F. Howard