April 13, 2000.
Introduction: Professor Womack began the final formal meeting of the
IAPC by noting each of the documents distributed to the Commissioners: a draft of
IAPCs final report, Task Group 4s report on institutional arrangements, a
summary of statistics concerning study abroad and an IAPC mission statement. The remainder
of the meeting was dedicated primarily to discussing the draft final report to be
submitted to President Casteens office.
After reiterating the importance of producing a report with clearly
stated priorities, the Commissioners re-emphasized its two top commitments. The first is
to establish a position for a Vice Provost for International Affairs. This position is
seen as critical to the institutionalization of the Universitys commitment to
integrated, dynamic leadership in all aspects of internationalization. A Vice Provost
would help create an environment conducive to entrepreneurial activities and would help
serve as a focal point for fundraising. The second position is to significantly increase
resources to the International Study Office (ISO) in order to reach a goal of sending 80
percent of all undergraduates on study abroad programs. Professor Womack noted that the
data now available shows that there is clear interest in study abroad, further reinforcing
the need for an office with greater capacity.
Other Commissioners also offered suggestions regarding secondary
priorities. These included resources to expand and coordinate the curriculum and to
transform the English as a Second Language (ESL) program into an Institute for American
Language and Culture that would include a special summer institute.
Following a variety of suggestions and clarifications, the
Commissioners agreed that the final product should include a strategy paper as well as a
detailed final report summarizing task group suggestions. In order to retain the momentum
of the IAPC while not losing a sense of UVAs current lack of resources, the paper
will first address a vision of UVA in the future should the IAPCs recommendations be
approved. To convey a sense of UVAs shortcomings, and its status relative to peer
institutions, the paper will then recap where UVA currently stands on the key issues.
Finally, the paper will close with a section of targeted recommendations about how UVA can
move from its current to its envisioned status to be competitive with other institutions.
Each Task Groups full report will be included in the final assemblage of IAPC
In order to facilitate the production of the strategy papers, Professor
Womack and the Task Group chairs will meet on Tuesday, April 25. All Commissioners are
asked to submit comments on circulating draft documents via e-mail to Professor Womack.
Finally, Professor Womack announced that the last gathering of the IAPC would be at his
home on May 12 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.