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International Programs and Studies Committee
A major part of the committee's work dealt with the administrative issues
prompted by the reorganization of the provost's office and by the retirement
of Dr. Larry Graham, associate vice president for international programs.
The committee recommended to the provost that Dr. Graham's position
should be transferred into the provost's portfolio and be redefined
as vice provost for international affairs. The vice provost for international
affairs would be given the role as administrator, coordinator, and
facilitator for all matters international on our campus and would serve
as outside contact for all international efforts. It is the opinion
of the committee, that this administrator would provide the leadership
for developing both vision and long-term strategies for the internationalization
of our campus, and that this change would reflect positively on the
increased importance of international studies.
In the alternative, the committee recommends that the provost appoint
a task force to study strategies for the internationalization of our
campus and to recommend an administrative structure to support it. The
task force also should study how faculty could be integrated into this
effort more effectively.
The committee discussed H.R. 3077, a federal bill that would give the
federal government academic oversight over area studies centers receiving
Title VI funding. The committee is concerned about the threat to academic
freedom this bill represents.
A continued concern for the committee is the lack of protection for faculty
who take students abroad. They still lack liability insurance coverage.
The committee is also concerned that no protection, such as legal representation,
exists in the event that criminal charges are filed against a UT faculty
Due to the efforts of the committee, health insurance benefits for all
faculty who lead UT programs abroad are now provided through Cultural
Insurance Services International (CISI). This program was originally
set up for Maymester faculty.
In a collaborative effort with the Educational Policy Committee, the
committee began to deliberate the issue of UT course equivalencies for
courses taken with international provider programs (affiliated studies).
The objective is to find a process that is predictable for students,
preserves individual departments' academic control, and is easy to administrate.
Peter Hess, chair