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INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES PLANNING COMMISSION
MEETING NOTES
AUGUST 26, 1999

ATTENDEES: Brantly Womack, Melissa Bowles, Tico Braun, Joe Cronin, Robert Conroy, Daniel Ehnbohm, Leslie Grayson, Richard Guerrant, Robert Johnson, Denise Karaoli, David LaRue, Chinh Quang Le, Allen Lynch, Martin, David Newsom, Farzaneh Duane Oshiem, William Quandt, Len Schoppa, Sarah Womack, Carol Wood, John Woodworth,

  • Reminded commission members of the all-Commission Virginia2020 reception hosted by President Casteen on September 17 from 4:00pm-6:00pm at Carr’s Hill.
  • Introductions of new members: Brantly introduced the two new members of the IA Commission – Melissa Bowles a 4th year Spanish Major and Sarah Womack who is working for Virginia 2020 on the conference and the metrics..

SCOLA

  • Still $6,000 short. Janet Horne is in the process of writing up a funding proposal that will be submitted to the Project Management Team for feasible approval.

International Living and Learning Center (ILLC)

  • End of Spring 98 term an ad hoc group was put together to see what ILLC would look like. This group met with President Casteen, Leonard Sandridge and Shirley Menaker and received project approval.
  • Group met 3 or 4 times over the summer to implement the project
  • Located on Sprigg Lane
  • Center would have 300 beds. the students would be here and would be abroad. Hope to be up and running by Fall 2000
  • Historic event – the idea floated around for 7 years but there was never approval from the top.
    • AMELC House of 4 languages (floors would be divided up by Native speaking students – Japanese, Chinese, Arabic, Hindi etc.) Still need to ok building schedule for Fall of 2000
    • Needs to find native speakers for each floor

USIA Exploration Visit – John Woodworth

  • USIA mostly known for its Fullbright Programs, English teaching exchanges and for increasing the use English language overseas.
  • Spoke mostly with the Head of the Exchange Program, Bill Bader
  • Dealt more with here and now, than 2020
  • English teaching exchange and overseas resources – better US language abroad
  • Humphrey Fellows Program – UVa. should be a part of this program which brings mid level foreign professionals to American universities .
  • Overseas Education Advising Program

(For more information regarding this visit, please see the below information, see the USIA website, or contact John Woodworth directly)

Academy of Educational Development

  • Deal primarily with Global Education in China, Mexico, and the US
  • Financing High Education big issues
  • China introduced Capitalism of Student Loan Programs

Program in the Commerce School – International Tax and International Business Law

  • Prepared 40 hours of work before they left for overseas
  • 1st year Study Abroad programs, pilot program in May with 1st year students (re: David LaRue), 1/3 of the day technical field trips (29 trips total)– 1/3 of the day cultural field trips – 1/3 people explore on their own
  • 22 students attended in the past year
  • Looking next year to undergraduate business administration in South America.
  • They have asked for $150,000 from Ernst and Young

(For more information regarding this program, please call David La Rue.)

Duke University Field Trip

  • Duke is where UVA should be in 5 years
  • Met with the Vice Provost of International Affairs
  • Spent time with the Study Abroad Program
    • Suggestion – don’t buy buildings but rent space
  • Good catalog library
  • 45% of their students are apart of this program – 10 years ago there was only 20-25% participation
  • Duke has 1500 foreign faculty, 250 undergraduate and 250 graduates.
  • The office is staffed by 12 people to help with visa’s etc.
  • Key to success - strong support from top leaders
    • International head position is Vice Provost
    • Meets with committees every couple of weeks.
  • Put a substantial amount of money into personnel, facilities, and budget
  • Duke currently completed one billion dollar campaign and 20 million went to International Activities
  • Currently have 9 title 6 programs
  • Problem – Euro-centric

(For more information regarding this program, please see below or contact Nat Howell and Bill Quandt)

Report on Metrics (Hand outs given at the meeting and hard copies sent to the members who were unable to attend the meeting).

  • Reported by Sarah Womack

(For more information regarding this program, please see below or contact Sarah Womack)

Conference (please see website address http://faculty.virginia.edu/unitheuni0

  • UVa. participants will need to register on line
  • Hope for 150 participants, room only holds 200

Tasks

  • Collect information
  • Getting beyond the commission and building ad-hoc committees
  • Next meeting hear from the task groups regarding how they will go forth
  • ?Suggest sources of funding

 

USIA Trip

 

TEXT OF MEETING OUTLINE NOTES:

INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES COMMISSION

USIA FIELD TRIP - JULY 15, 1999

(Participants: Brantly Womack; Nancy Faux; Allen Lynch; Steve

Schnatterly; John Woodworth)

People we met:

Dr. William Bader, Associate Director, Educational and Cultural Affairs

Bureau

Bill Kiehl, Staff Director, Interagency Working Group on USG-sponsored

 

International Exchanges and Training

Leslie Wiley, Director of the Office of International Visitors

Ray Harvey, Office of Citizen Exchanges

Marianne Craven, Deputy Director of the Office of Academic Exchanges

Bader overview:

USIA Transfer to State Department - operations will continue unbroken

Funding - likely to hold steady Bader will continue to lead current activities in a new State Bureau Fulbright Program - USIA flagship program

USIA programs (website - http://e.usia.gov/education/general.htm):

Fulbright English Teaching Exchanges and Overseas Resources

Russia and Newly Independent States - individual fellowships and

institutional linkages

Humphrey Fellows (UVA has not been a participant)

Overseas Educational Advising (UVA should make sure it is plugged in)

Study of the United States - Summer Institutes for Foreign Faculty

College and University Affiliations Program - sustainable overseas

linkages in the humanities and social sciences

Sub-set: NIS College and University Partnerships Program

Allen Lynch and John Woodworth met with program manager:

Progam funding up to $150,000, mainly for faculty

assistance/participation with NIS educational institutions; some room for student

participation

Other members of UVA team held separate discussions

Interagency Working Group on USG-sponsored International Exchanges and

Training

Extensive catalogue of all US Government foreign educational and training

programs - available for review

Conclusion: Visit underscored essential role of information gathering and

dissemination within UVA community to make sure opportunities are known.

Duke University Field Trip

 

Duke's International Programs

 

Nat Howell and Bill Quandt visited Duke on August 24, 1999 to learn about the university's internationalization effort. Duke set out in 1993 to

add an international dimension to the university. It addressed all the issues that are on our agenda and seems to have done very well. We spent most of our time with the Vice Provost for International Programs, Bruce Kuniholm. Bruce is a full professor at Duke, a historian/political scientist who came to his present job after having set up the Sanford School of Public Policy. (He is also a former Marine and he noted that

sometimes that training seemed more important than his academic credentials when it came to finally making decisions!) He explained that the decision to develop

a position of Vice-Provost was largely due to the Provost's authority across schools. He said that there was a strong feeling at Duke that the incumbent of his

role had to be an insider, familiar with the University, and able to coordinate and facilitate many of the activities that already take place. Bruce reports directly to the Provost and President and that is central to his success.

From the outset, his office has had a substantial fund available for the

Vice Provost to spend at his discretion. With his funds, he is able to leverage

activities throughout the university that fit his criteria of adding to the international dimension of the university. He has set up competitions among departments for funds, has offered funds contingent upon individuals and departments matching those funds,

and so forth. But he has had full discretion in how the funds are used. To assist him, he has one secretary, and also a committee made up of the heads of area studies centers, representatives from each of the schools, heads of the International Center and so

forth. This group may meet as often as every two weeks. By contrast, an advisory council consisting of potential funders did not work out well and has been disbanded.

What has worked well? When Duke began its assessment, about 20% (I forget the exact number) of its students spent some time abroad. Now, about 45% of the graduating class has spent time studying abroad. (Wisconsin was one of

the universities that they initially looked to as a model - at the time, it had 40% of its students studying abroad). This has been greatly facilitated by an impressive study-abroad office, well organized and staffed. Duke has some 12 programs that it runs

abroad for its own students. These usually consist of arrangements with universities abroad, rental of some space for a director's office, a local hire director who helps to place students in families and helps them deal with the university, one core course taught just for their students, and sometimes a Duke professor who joins the students abroad and teaches a course. Otherwise the students take regular courses at the

university and receive full credit. They pay normal Duke tuition and an added program fee to cover additional costs. Most of the programs are in Europe

thus far, and the challenge will be to expand into other regions. Duke students also participate in many consortium arrangements abroad. These seem to work

well with little cost to Duke. They have a list of some 150 programs abroad which offer courses for which Duke students will get credit. A student who wants to go to a university not on the list can petition for credit.

Duke has many exchange agreements with other universities, but these do not amount to much. It is sometimes difficult to work out the precise nature of an exchange. The best arrangements have been those where a foreign scholar comes to Duke for

one semester each year over a several year period. That way institutional links develop. One-time exchanges have not been as successful.

To accommodate the many foreign students and professors who come to Duke, two offices exist. One is the International House which helps orient foreign

scholars/students and their families. There are about six full time professionals at the International House, a nice structure in the middle of the Campus. Duke is well-endowed with buildings to house the components of its international program. We were impressed with both facilities and the quality and number of personnel.

There is also an office that deals primarily with visa and green card issues. It

has twelve full time professionals dealing with these issues in a shared facility. Duke has several Title VI area centers and has made a big effort to expand this number. They now require foreign language of all students, but still lag somewhat behind in language

teaching. They do however have Scola readily available (two channels), and are building their international library holdings, in one case in a consortium with UNC.

Internationalization has gone hand in hand with the encouragement of inter-disciplinary studies. There is also a Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary matters, and all of the Vice Provosts are co-located with the provost's office and President's office.

We came away impressed with the quality of Duke's programs, with how quickly they have expanded their international outreach, with the importance of

the right person in the Vice-Provost office, and with the need for funds. The associated programs were well staffed, well housed, and seemed highly professional. We were told that all of these positions had been upgraded in order to get high caliber people.

We have quite a bit of material about the study abroad programs which we can share.

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A few more notes:

Duke is in the midst of a one billion dollar fund raising campaign. There is talk of earmarking about $20 million of that for international activities. I full time fund raiser for international programs works in the development office and has been essential to the success of raising money.

Area center directors report directly to the Provost; Duke has five Title VI area centers, and is trying to get Title VI funding for its Center for International Affairs. To do so, one needs a theme, plus lots of supporting material. The Center for International Affairs now groups some of the "orphan" area programs and there is an effort to get some of the established programs to move to a central building (which would help reduce expenses by consolidating some overhead costs). The Vice Provost uses some of

his discretionary funds to help bring speakers support conferences and help with grant proposals. Some money can go to supporting international positions within

departments (salary increments). In most cases, the program requesting money has to raise some of its own to qualify for matching funds from the Vice

Provost.

Bruce speaks at first year orientation and makes a strong pitch about he importance of study abroad as part of the Duke experience. Duke hosts

1300 foreign students, of whom 250 are undergrads. Duke is just beginning to offer fellowships to foreign students.

The office for Foreign Academic Programs (the study abroad office) has six full time employees.

Bruce is also the director of the center for International Affairs, which gives him more reach, some added staff (an Executive Director), and there he can invite speakers, organize conferences, etc.

He stressed the importance of having a building where international activities are centered and of having a good conference room there. We saw the Sanford Institute for Public Policy which cost $12 million to build and had a remarkable layout, lots of

informal space for students and faculty, meeting rooms, class rooms, auditorium, high tech. Quite impressive.

A final note -- to stay in touch with their students after graduation (and thus make fullow-up fund raising easier) each Duke student is given a lifetime e-mail address.

** For the report on Metrics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Land Grant please contact Sarah Womack at sww3a@virginia.edu.

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