April 20, 2009

 

To: Joe Heim, Chair Faculty Senate

 

From: Sheryl Tuttle Ross, Chair International Education Committee

 

Re: Summary of IEC work for 2008-2009

 

We met ten times this year to deal with the standing and special charges. With respect to the special charges we recommended the following:

·        We recommend that International Development Fund be increased to $100,000. The increase should/could be funded by International Education and the revenues from out-of-state tuition from International Students.” We believe that such an increase is in the best interest of the University because a) With the advent of Growth and Access, we will have more faculty members competing for the same funds, b) this fund is a good recruiting tool for new faculty members and keeps marketable faculty member currently on campus happy, c) there is greater demand for these funds, and there has been rising costs in international travel since the inception of this fund.

 

·        We recommended that the maximum amount an individual may request from IDF be increased from  $3000 to $3, 350 in order to accommodate rising travel costs and to avoid faculty members having to pay excessive out of pocket expenses.

 

·        We met with Bob Hetzel to discuss the future of International Housing. We are in the process of developing plans to deal with the closing of the Madison Street houses in 2-3 years, and understand that these houses will not close without a suitable alternative. The IEC recommends that the committee continue to be directly involved next year in the on-going planning for changes and recommendations for suitable alternatives in housing the Amity and Foreign Scholars because of the sensitive academic nature of these programs and the value of faculty advice on the matters.

 

·        The chair met with Select Committee on Internationalization to discuss future of International Website. At a meeting we made recommendations about relevant topics to be addressed by site. As a committee we would encourage the continued interface between the two committees.

 

With respect to the standing charges, the committee initiated the following actions.

·        We approved updating the INS listing in the catalog to conform with home department’s nomenclature.

·        We received the report on the number of International Students from Jay Lokken.

·        We approved the following Faculty Led Study Tours: Scott Stein, J-Term 2009 India; Gary Gilmore, Spring 2009 Canadian Health Promotion Tour; Jodi Rindt J-term 2009 SAA England, Darlene Lake, Service Learning Tour Bunche Equador; Gary Gilmore Health Promotion Tour to Great Britain Spring 2010.

·        We heard an overview that did not require a vote on the following on-going programs: Tim Mc Andrews and Christine Hippert, Bolivia Archeology Ethnography Field School, and Beth Cherne, Art Tour to Buenos Aires.