September 9, 2008

 

 

TO:                  Sheryl T. Ross, Chair

                        International Education Committee

 

FROM:            Joe Heim, Chair

                        Faculty Senate

 

RE:                   Committee Charge for 2008-2009 Academic Year

 

This memo is intended to serve as the initial charge letter to the International Education Committee for the 2008-09 academic year. 

 

In response to concerns that, frequently, committee member turnover each year tends to slow committee work, the senate executive committee is working to find better ways to orient new committee members.  Additionally, we would like to improve the overall efficiency and effectiveness of committee work.  To that end, we will be trying several new ideas. 

  1. The SEC will be holding a meeting of Chairs during the week before classes in January.  The purpose of this meeting will be for committee chairs to report on progress on charges to date and discuss any problems committees may be experiencing.
  2. All members of your committee will receive an electronic copy of this letter.

 

Per Faculty Senate Bylaw II. (s):  “Each faculty committee shall hold an organizational meeting and report the name of the chairperson to the senate office by October 1. (Joint Chairpersons are not permitted.)” 

 

I understand from Sibbie that you were elected Chair of the International Education Committee at its organizational meeting earlier this week. Did your committee also elect a secretary?

 

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 activities to be submitted to the Senate Office no later than May 31, 2009.

 

*The committee chairperson should carefully review Faculty Senate Bylaw II, “Faculty Standing Committees” for information on committee attendance and the role of alternates.

 

Primary responsibilities of the secretary include:

o       recording minutes of each meeting.

o       promptly 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.

 

According to Faculty Senate Bylaw II. M. The International Education Committee, the 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.

7.  Meeting with the International Student Organization and the Director of the Office of International Education to discuss issues regarding the needs of international students.

In addition to the committee’s normal duties, I ask that the committee consider and possibly act on the following special charges:

 

(1)  Meet with the International Task Force regarding the role your committee could play in implementing task force recommendations.

 

(2)  Review the current per person funding amount to determine if it should be increased for the 2009-10 academic year.

 

(3)  Review the total amount (currently $75,000) available for the International Development Fund to determine if this amount is adequate or should be increased. If you decide an increase is in order, suggest how that increase could/should be funded. Make your recommendation on this to the Provost, the Chief Financial Officer, the Office of International Education, and the Faculty Senate Executive Committee by February 1, 2009.

 

(4)  In coordination with the Office of International Education, review the status of housing issues involving visiting faculty/scholars and make any appropriate recommendations.

 

Please submit your recommendations on charges (1), (2) and (4) to the Faculty Senate by April 1, 2009.

 

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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cc:        Members, International Education Committee