International Activities Commission
Review of reports of Task Groups 2 and 5.
March 2, 2000
Introductions- Chairman Womack initiated the meeting and, after
proposing a unanimously endorsed motion of gratitude for Denise Karaolis service to
the Commission, which was amended to include flowers. He announced that the budgets for
the International Residential College (formerly known as the International Living and
Learning Center) and SCOLA had been approved in principle. A resolution was passed
unanimously to express our thanks to John Casteen, Leonard Sandridge, and Peter Low for
their support of these projects, which are vital to the international dimension of the
University's academic mission. In addition, Womack announced that SCOLA programs will be
broadcast on two cable channels next year. Following these announcements, the agenda
focused on the reports of Task Groups 2 and 5.
Task Group 2 Rachel Saury highlighted the main recommendations
of TG 2, focusing on internationalizing the curriculum. Saury noted that curriculum is not
exclusively a departmental issue but also includes student life, classroom interaction,
libraries, administration and access to technology. TG 2s recommendations focus in
particular on the urgent need to upgrade language study, particularly in a manner that
makes use of technologies.
Specific short-term goals include:
- Building momentum for longer-term efforts by establishing a Foreign Language Center to
coordinate all departmental initiatives, course sequences, pedagogies, and cross-school
- Developing incentives for faculty to create new programs by encouraging course release
time or establishing new positions;
- Institutionalizing within ITC the capacity to manage international technological
- Providing more support to current teaching and technology programs.
Ideally, TG 2 suggests that to prepare UVA to become a leader in these areas over the
next two decades, the University consider:
- Increasing to half the number of faculty members with international expertise;
- Institutionalizing foreign language study across the curriculum;
- Playing a coordinating role for local schools seeking to increase their access to
foreign language study;
- Integrating technologies that would in particular allow faculty and teaching assistants
to focus class time on more creative instruction.
Additional Commissioners recommended TG 2s final report emphasize the need for
not just more language study programs but a broader goal of promoting global fluency in
information, culture and communication. Other specific issues included: maximizing the
input of recently returned study-abroad students, the opportunity to pursue federal
funding in support of language study, designing less intensive introductory courses that
would attract more students and team teaching courses to integrate language study with
other subjects such as history or politics.
Task Group 5 Bill Quandt reported on the recommendations of TG
5, which addressed institutional organization for international activities. Citing the
value of an energetic, high profile person to operationalize IAPCs recommendations,
and noting the presence of similar positions at Duke, Madison, and UCLA, Quandt reiterated
the need for a Vice Provost for International Affairs. Given that the Commissioners
unanimously support the need for such a position, Quandt outlined the need to generate
momentum within the University for such a position and to develop a strategy to carry on
IAPC activities during the yearlong search process. Chairman Womack proposed an
International Activities Committee (IAC) that would start to implement IAPC
recommendations. The IAC would be broadly representative across the University and across
areas of the world, and would advise its chair, the University's officer in charge of
international activities. Womack also proposed that an Interim Vice Provost for
International Activities be designated for next year. The Interim Vice Provost would be
responsible for initiating the implementation of the IAPC's recommendations. It is
recommended that he or she have an office with a staff of an administrative assistant, a
development officer, a research assistant, and an adequate OTPS budget.
The Final comments on TG 5s report reiterated the need for a development officer
specifically dedicated to international affairs.
Following the discussion of TG 5s report, Theo van Groll took the opportunity to
thank the IAPC for its support of ISO.
Laurie Kelsh introduced Tammy Herring, who will be the permanent Planning Office
assistant working with Denise Karaoli.
Rachel Saury introduced Anne Ingram from ITC, who will be replacing Yitna Firdiwek as
the Commission's contact person there.
Chairman Womack concluded the session by setting the agenda for the next meeting:
The report from TG 4, integrating recommendations, setting priorities and finalizing
Next meetings planned:
March 23rd (South Meeting Room) to review of Task Group 4 and budget proposals.
April 13th (Room 389) to review a preliminary version of the final report.
May 18th (Commonwealth Room) final wrap up.