Minutes of the International Education Committee Meeting

September 21, 2009, 2:15 – 3:30 pm, 123 Mitchell Hall



Dave Anderson, Donna Anderson, Patricia Ardovino, Deborah Buffton, Walter Elder, John Greany, Gary Gilmore, Sheri Ross, Joan Temple, Gaelle Talheuarne (student), Sara Mattson (student), Mike Yunter (student).


Consultants to Committee:  Jason Kouba (Representative from OIE), Eric Kraemer (Director of INS). 


Meeting was called to order 2:15 pm. 


  1. Elect Chairperson and Recorder


Motion:  Sheryl Tuttle Ross to be Chairperson M/S/P (9/0/0)


Motion:  Secretarial duties will rotate between members.  John Greany will be responsible for collecting minutes and submitting to Sibbie Weathers.  M/S/P (9/0/0)


  1. Review By-laws and Charges


Discussion:  The Chair reviewed the By-laws and Charges to the committee.  See appendix A. Sheri will contact Faculty senate office to clarify the following sentence in the charge “Monitor any issues that may arise related to collective bargaining as the year progresses”.


  1. Review Sheri Ross / Donna Anderson Iceland Proposal (May 2010) and Post trip Assessment of trip to Tanzania.  This course will be scheduled once again in 2011.


Discussion: RE:  Iceland Reality Tour Course, May Term 2010

·         Committee discussed the issue of student research projects and Independent studies.  There may be some inaccurate perceptions regarding research grants for study abroad and how those funds are used.  IEC would like to have a representative from International Undergraduate Research Committee come to one of our meetings to discuss this issue in more detail and clarify the purpose of International research and grant monies.

·         Sheryl Ross reported that UWL is partnering with UR (Undergraduate Research) in Iceland on some aspects of this course.

·         Student projects similar to Photo Voice may be an option for students while in Iceland

·         Deadline for student registration for this course will be in February, 2010.

·         Student  numbers needed to proceed with course:  no fewer than 10 and the maximum number will be 16

·         IEC discussed the extra fees in some detail, particularly the UW System fees totaling approximately 260.00


  1. Review David Andersons Egypt Proposal (will be discussed at a future meeting).

  2. Next meeting scheduled for Monday October 5, 2009 at 2:15 pm in room 124 Mitchell Hall



Meeting adjourned at 3:23 pm


Respectfully submitted:  J Greany & Joan Temple


Appendix A


August 17, 2009


To:       Sheryl Ross, Convener

            International Education Committee


From:   Becky LeDocq, Chair

            Faculty Senate


This memo is intended to serve as the initial charge letter to the International Education Committee for the 2009-10 academic year. 


In an effort to better orient new committee members and to improve the overall efficiency and effectiveness of committee work, the Senate Executive Committee (SEC) is incorporating the following ideas.


  1. The SEC will be holding a meeting of conveners at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 1 in 325 Graff Main Hall.  Please plan on attending this meeting if possible.  If you are unable to attend, please send another representative from your committee. An agenda will follow.
  2. 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.


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.)” 


Therefore, as the convener of the International Education Committee, please arrange, as soon as feasible, an organizational meeting.  In addition to a chairperson, please also elect a secretary.   


 Primary responsibilities of the chairperson include:

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

·         organizing and conducting meetings.

·         completing a year end report on the International Education Committee activities to be submitted to the Senate Office no later than May 31, 2010.


*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:

·         recording minutes of each meeting.

·         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.


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


·         In coordination with the Office of International Education, continue to review and monitor the status of International Housing issues and make any appropriate recommendations.

·         Continue the collaboration with the Select Committee on Internationalization concerning the future of the International Website.


Monitor any issues that may arise related to collective bargaining as the year progresses.

If you have any questions about the charges, please feel free to contact me.


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



cc:        International Education Committee Members



Here are the By-laws for International Ed Committee


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.