Following President Glidden's instructions, the UIC has divided its recommendations into two categories:
A. Recommendations Proposed for Immediate implementation, and
B. Issues that Require Additional Study.
A. Recommendations Proposed for Immediate Implementation:
To better coordinate and communicate the University's international activities, the University International Council (UIC) should be made a permanent administrative feature of the University. Like the University Planning Advisory Council (UPAC), the University Curriculum Council (UCC) and the Graduate Council, it should meet on a regular basis and distribute its minutes to the University community. It should be chaired by the Vice Provost for International Programs and have a membership similar to the current UIC.
The University should adopt the policy and procedures detailed in the document "Guidelines on International Affiliations'' which is appended to this report.
The University should implement the multi-faceted steps to address international student enrollments which are detailed in Appendix C. The recruitment of international students to Ohio University is a complex issue which should be continuously monitored by a standing committee of the UIC.
Study Abroad should be encouraged actively so that more than 2 percent of our students participate in this life-transforming educational experi ence. Augmented study abroad policy and procedures are needed.
To encourage international professional travel by faculty, the current International Travel Fund should be increased significantly, its application form revised as suggested herein, and administered in the future by a standing committee of the UIC.
A special fund for supporting faculty efforts to internationalize the Curriculum should be created to continue the process (i.e. summer grants to change or create new curricula) begun by the Title VI Project recently completed.
The international academic programs, strengths and resources of Ohio University should be posted on a World Wide Web page as soon as possible and updated on a regular basis.
B. Issues that Require Additional Study and Possible New Policy Recommendations:
The attrition of faculty in area studies and thematic programs in the Center for International Studies is a serious problem that requires monitoring and intervention. When a faculty member considered essential for the operation of these programs retires or resigns, the departmental priorities for replacement may not coincide with area studies' needs. As a large number of early retirements are expected in the University's immediate future, this problem should be studied and addressed.
Ways and means of encouraging minorities to more actively participate in the international activities of the University should be explored and adopted.
International alumni of Ohio University should be cultivated more actively as friends of the University, as advisors on restructuring and review of academic programs, for recruitment of new students, and for support of our international programs.
Faculty who participate in interdisciplinary programs in general, and in international programs in particular, report that their service to these programs is very unevenly evaluated (sometimes even negatively viewed) by individual departments/schools or colleges. The UIC recognizes this problem and recommends that a task force be appointed to study this problem. Perhaps international activities should be uniformly mandated as an important category in the University's processes of faculty and administrative evaluation for annual merit assessment and in tenure and promotion decisions.
Ohio University students appear to be confused about where, when, and how to obtain information concerning planning and participating in a study abroad program. The magnitude of this problem should be measured and steps taken to remedy it as soon as feasible.
In the Fall of 1995, the Center for International Studies proposed to the University's Restructuring Committee that the Center should be turned into a College of International Studies. In its final report the Re-structuring Committee agreed that this idea had merit and proposed that the issue be further examined. The UIC concurs and recommends that a special task force be appointed to carefully assess the costs/benefits of transforming the Center into a College. At present the Center for International Studies is an anomaly as a degree granting entity of a nontraditional kind at Ohio University. "Falling between the cracks," it is too often overlooked and neglected in decisions relating to fund-raising, resource allocation, university publicity, space planning, program assessment, etc. This situation should be not be allowed to continue.