September 27, 2005

 

 

TO:                  Tom Hench, Convener

                        International Education Committee

 

FROM:            Carmen Wilson, Chair

                        Faculty Senate

 

RE:                   Committee Charge for 2005-2006 Academic Year

 

This memo is intended to serve as the initial charge letter to the International Education Committee for the 2005-06 academic year.  As the convener of the committee it is your responsibility to arrange as soon as feasible an organizational meeting, the primary purpose of which is to elect a chairperson and a secretary.  Please share this memo with the committee members either at the organizational meeting or, if you prefer, prior to that meeting.

 

Primary responsibilities of the chairperson include:

o       promptly informing the Senate office (5-8018) the results of the election of officers and any changes in committee membership.*

o       organizing and conducting meetings.

o       completing a year end report on the International Education Committee’s activities to be submitted to the Senate Office no later than May 31, 2006.

 

*The committee chairperson should carefully review the policies on committee attendance and the role of alternates on pgs. 10-11, of the 8-27-01 Articles & By-laws materials distributed by Jennifer Wilson's office. 

 

Primary responsibilities of the secretary include:

o       recording minutes of each meeting.

o       sending meeting minutes to Sibbie Weathers (weathers.sylv@uwlax.edu) so that the minutes can be posted on the faculty senate website. 

 

In the event the committee chooses to rotate secretarial duties, please designate one person to be responsible for e-mailing the meeting minutes to Sibbie Weathers.

 

Duties and responsibilities of the committee shall include:

  1. Establishing, maintaining, and updating the procedures and criteria used to review proposals for offering credit-generating courses or programs of study at foreign or international sites.  The committee shall publicize the standards used to determine if awarding academic credit is appropriate.
  2. Receiving and reviewing all proposals for offering credit-generating courses or programs of study at foreign or international sites provided the proposed offering has been approved by the appropriate department(s) and dean(s).  The review shall provide for consultation with the Office of International Education.  Upon approval by the committee, the proposal shall be forwarded to the appropriate curriculum committee (or dean in the case of umbrella course topics) for further review.
  3. Reviewing the International Studies (INS) minor program and courses with the INS prefix.  The committee shall receive and review all proposals for revisions in the requirements for the INS minor and all proposals for new or revised courses with the INS prefix.  The review shall provide for consultation with the Director of the International Studies Curriculum.  Upon approval by the committee, the proposal shall be forwarded to the Dean of the College of Liberal Studies and to the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for further review.
  4. Advising the Director of the Office of International Education and other administrative authorities and university committees in the development, application, and evaluation of policies and procedures for global education programs.
  5. Providing for the periodic review and assessment of the university's international education programs, policies, and procedures.  The areas reviewed shall include both credit and non-credit study tours, foreign study and exchange programs, and international student issues.
  6. Receiving annual reports on the number of international students enrolled at UW-L, the number of UW-L students participating in global education programs, and the number of international education opportunities for UW-L faculty and staff.

 

Membership of the committee shall consist of nine faculty members, one academic staff member chosen by the Academic Staff Council, and three students.  The faculty membership shall include at least one representative from each of the following academic units:  the College of Liberal Studies, the College of Science and Allied Health, the College of Business Administration, and the College of Education, Exercise Science, Health and Recreation.  The Director of the Office of International Education and the Director of the International Studies Curriculum shall serve as nonvoting consultants to the committee.  The committee shall elect its chairperson.  A committee member shall abstain from voting on the approval of any proposal to offer courses or programs of study at international sites if the committee member or the committee determines that the proposal presents a conflict of interest for the committee member.

 

In addition to the committee's normal duties, I ask that the committee consider and report on the following special charge:

o       Investigate the use of differential tuition funds for international purposes.

o       Consult with International Select Committee regarding assessment of international experiences.

 

Please plan to submit a report on the above charges to faculty senate no later than March 23, 2006.   If you have questions or concerns regarding these charges, please contact me at any time during the year.

                                                                                                

Finally, if the Senate Executive Committee or I can assist your committee in any way during the year, please do not hesitate to ask.

 

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