Minutes for Meeting of the International Commission
Review of reports of Task Groups 1 and 3.
Feb 17, 2000
Introductions- Chairman Womack initiated the meeting
and focused the agenda on the Commissions next steps and its final report.
Task Group 1- Julie Novak reported that Task Group 1
(focused on study abroad) had made no changes to its interim report. Discussion of Task
Group 1s report was opened to the full commission with emphasis on short and
mid-range goals. Task Group 1s interim report had identified such long range goals
as raising the number of students involved in study abroad to 80% and improving
infrastructure in order to promote studying abroad as an integral part of UVAs
curriculum and culture. Mid-range goals included: raising the number of students involved
to 40%, increasing the number of faculty engaged in study abroad programs, increasing the
financial incentives for developing new ideas from the faculty, developing a fifth year
honors program, and supporting the creation of regional centers.
Commission discussion of Task Group Ones report emphasized such
Promoting short-term, low-cost programs and initiatives in order to
promote study abroad;
Strengthening the International Studies Office (ISO) with greater
financial and personal resources;
Providing greater incentives for study abroad by students, removing
disincentives within departments for study abroad, and encouraging greater faculty
Making study abroad more financially accessible to Virginia students
especially with regard to summer programs;
Developing more scholarships for study abroad and tighter linkages
with alumni living abroad; and
Encouraging financial support for new initiatives.
Commission members also highlighted the need to specify costs and steps
necessary to implement the recommendations
Task Group 3- Duane Osheim emphasized infrastructure
improvements in Task Group 3s recommendations on the status of international
students and scholars. Although the Group made few changes to its interim report, the
Group reiterated that support for and development of the ISO should have priority. TG3
recommended increasing the full-time advising staff by five new positions and adding an at
least part-time bookkeeper. Other suggestions included personnel development within ISO,
greater financial support for necessary supplies and services, enlarging ISOs office
space or relocating ISO to a larger area, and providing a directors discretionary
fund to resolve emergencies and take advantage of unexpected opportunities. The need for
appropriate residential and professional accommodations for visiting scholars was also
In the following discussion, commission members addressed changes in
the English as a Second Language (ESL) program, moving it away from traditional language
instruction towards a more targeted focus of US academic culture. Barbara Nolan mentioned
that a report is being written regarding the existing ESL program. Recommendations include
a residential college, summer institute, administrators and faculty, and graduate-level
language training. In addition, the report suggests renaming the ESL program the Institute
for American English, which would correspond to the proposed Institute for American
Studies. Organizational and budgetary issues remain under discussion.
Further discussion emphasized:
Creation of a Task Group for budgeting;
Promoting increased living and working space for foreign scholars,
including short term remodeling of existing buildings until new office and living space is
Recognizing that the space in the International Living and Learning
Center will be insufficient for UVA needs;
Encouraging financial support for foreign students based on merit to
encourage enrollment of non-wealthy students;
Providing financial incentives to students traveling to non-Western
Next meetings planned:
March 2nd to review Task Groups 2 and 5.
March 23rd to review of Task Group 4 and budget proposals.
April 13th to review a preliminary version of the final report.
May 18th, final wrap-up.