March 12, 2019
Attendees: Willie Ofosu (Chair), Loukas Kalisperis (Vice-Chair), Robert Crane (Global Programs), Neha Didwania, Ryan Elias, Brian King, Michael Krajsa, Theresa (Dena) Lang, Bing Pan, Kyle Munro.
Attending via Teleconference: Max Lowden, William Wenner
Not Present: Michael Brennan, Sarah J. Townsend, Joanna DeFranco, Bhushan Jayarao
Chairperson Ofosu opened the meeting at 9:04 a.m.
Dr. Ofosu welcomed and introduced new members.
The Minutes of the January 29, 2019, meeting were approved. Dr. Krajsa moved, Dr. Lang seconded. Minutes were unanimously approved.
Dr. Ofosu, discussed the importance of Senate attendance and encourage members to participate and attend the Senate and Committee meetings. He informed members that the Senate Office will enforce attendance policies for meetings. Dr. Ofosu then after welcoming Interim Vice Provost Dr. Rob Crane, invited him to present his report and remarks.
Dr. Crane spoke about the report, Study Abroad to Non-Traditional Locations: Education Abroad. He outlined some of his ideas about study abroad and the changes that are taking place in the thinking of study abroad. He explained that students think about what the experiences they are interested in for their study abroad and select the locations based on learning objectives. He suggests that we do not focus on locations but rather on content and focus on what the experience and learning objectives of the program abroad should be, emphasizing the academic content of the program.
Dr. Crane also informed the committee about the selection process for the new Vice Provost. He explained that the process of selecting candidates is on track. The search committee will hold video interviews soon.
Dr. Ofosu announced that there are approximately 70 applicants for the positions. Most of the applicants are from outside the University with a couple being internal. There is an excellent pool of candidates. The search committee met to generate a short list of approximately 7 candidates. Interview questions are being generated for the video interview now.
Dr. Cane announced that the partnership with Freiberg University is moving to next level and Provost Jones will visit there next month. It is expected that during the visit of President Baron in July a major announcement on Penn State–Freiberg collaboration might be made. This is part of the Global Engagement Network strategy.
Dr. Krajsa talked about the strategy of focusing on learning objectives and expressed his strong support for that. He spoke of his personal experience with similar study-abroad experiences and posed the question of how we moved towards a project-based study-abroad education.
Suggestions were made that different formats could be established within academic institutions that would accommodate project-based study-abroad education.
Dr. Lang asked if there were any thoughts towards a requirement for study-abroad credits. Dr. Crane answered that it is difficult to implement such a requirement. Dr. King suggested that we might want to connect our efforts to Global Competencies report. Dr. Lang suggested That perhaps a system that assigns “badges” that might be reflected officially as a Global Competency Certificate. Dr. Pan suggested that we might offer student a “ribbon” on Global Competency at graduation if certain requirements are met. Discussion ensued on that idea, with most members engaged in it. It was suggested that education abroad should be more organic, creating the opportunities and allowing for individual learning.
Dr. King introduced the report on Status of Supporting International Students and Scholars at Penn State and announced that it will be presented today at Senate. He announced that the recommendations will be general and will be articulated at the full senate.
Dr. Crane said that Dr. Masume Asaf, Director of DISSA, contacted the Liquor Control Board about regulations and will forward their response to Dr. King.
Dr. Pan asked about the new policy on Visiting Scholars that the University is implementing and Dr. Crane discussed the policy and informed that this is a general policy not just for international scholars, but it effects all scholars visiting Penn State. He stated that there are not large differences from the current policy.
Dr. Ofosu informed the committee that Brian Brubaker is not available to discuss the Informational Report on Update on Study Abroad to Non-Traditional Locations: Director of Education Abroad. Dr. Crane informed the committee about it and will ask Brian to present a draft of the report before the next meeting.
In light of the ideas on project-based study abroad discussed in the meeting, it was suggested by members that we present the report to the Senate in the September meeting. Dr. Crane will discuss it within Global Programs and advise the committee on the formulation of the report.
Various members suggested that in the April meeting we discuss reports and items for next year’s agendas and focus on continuing the work of the committee. Dr. Ofosu suggested that we should continue the excellent work on championing the needs of students and scholars at Penn State.
Dr. Ofosu asked for general comments and Mr. Munro informed the committee members about the World Cultures Week and meetings and discussions taking place at different venues of the University.
Dr. Lang moved, Dr. Krajsa seconded and the meeting was adjourned at 10:20 am.
Minutes were prepared by Dr. Loukas Kalisperis.
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January 29, 2019
Attendees: Rob Crane, Ryan Elias, Brian King, Michael Krajsa, Dena Lang, W. Ofosu, Sarah Townsend, Kyle Munro (for Peter Rinehart), Bing Pan
On Travel: Loukas Kalisperis, Bhushan Jayarao
Snow Condition: Joanna DeFranco
Not Present: Mark Brennan, Max Lowden, William Wenner, Avinash Pallikere (Snow conditions might have made travel difficult for these Senators)
The meeting was started at 9:05 a.m.
The Minutes of the December 4, 2018 meeting were approved. Dr. Krajsa moved, Dr. Lang seconded. Minutes were unanimously approved.
A brief comment was made concerning the intention of CC&R to include attendance at standing committee meetings in the rule guiding Senate Attendance.
The Interim Vice Provost Rob Crane, in his comments to the committee, emphasized the importance of the 2 reports that GP is preparing for the March 12 (Supporting International Students and Scholars at Penn State), and April 23 (Study Abroad to Non-Traditional Locations) meetings.
In his remarks, Prof. Crane expounded Non-Traditional to cover many cases. He explained that non-traditional did not only relate to countries that are not popular with students, but can also apply to programs that do not draw many participants. Some of these may related to low-subscribed study abroad courses to popular locations. It may also have global competencies and global citizenship implications, and may relate to diversity in communities issues.
Brian King led the discussion on Supporting International Students and Scholars at Penn State. He stated that as a member of Council, he was aware of the interest in the report being presented in March. In discussing the topic, he started by making a few remarks and entertained comments and suggestions from the members present. Among the suggestions was the creation of a hotline for international students. Counseling resources that would be relevant for international students were also suggested, and it was advised that these should be culturally appropriate for the students. Another suggestion was to have alumni mentoring for the students, and it was stated that these would be particularly helpful to the student. These, and other suggestions would be used to update the report before it was submitted to Senate Office.
Brian Brubaker led the discussion on Study Abroad to Non-Traditional Locations. This too generated a lot of comments and suggestions as a result of which Brian decided to move the presentation back to the April meeting. He commented on group mentality, economic and business perspectives in relation to the topic. He echoed the comments that Prof. Crane had made earlier.
Michael “Big Mike” Krajsa moved that the meeting be adjourned at 10.25 am, and was seconded by Ryan Elias.
Minutes prepared by W. Ofosu.
December 4, 2018
Attendees: Willie Ofosu (Chair), Loukas Kalisperis (Vice-Chair), Robert Crane (Global Programs), Joanna DeFranco, Bhushan Jayrao, Brian King, Michael Krajsa, Theresa (Dena) Lang, Max Lowden, Bing Pan, Peter Rinehart.
Not Present: Michael Adewumi, Michael Brennan, Ryan Elias, Avinash Pallikere, Sarah J. Townsend
Chairperson Ofosu opened the meeting at 9:00 a.m.
Dr. Ofosu welcomed and introduced new member Dr. Bing Pan. Following the introduction of Dr. Pan, Dr. Ofosu showed to the members the plaque that would be presented to Vice-Provost Adewumi in appreciation of his outstanding contributions to our Committee deliberations. Dr. Crane received the plaque on his behalf.
The Minutes of the October 23, 2018 meeting were approved. Dr. Krajsa moved, Dr. Lang seconded. Minutes were unanimously approved.
Dr. Ofosu welcomed Interim Vice Provost Dr. Rob Crane to his new position, and to the committee in his new position. Dr. Crane spoke highly of Vice Provost Dr. Adewumi’s work, and shared with the committee how Dr. Adewumi contributed to the development of the Office of Global Programs at Penn State. Dr. Adewumi had a tremendous influence on updating the structure, focus and mission of Global Programs and he initiated strategic partnerships round the globe. Dr. Adewumi had strong and fruitful relationships with the faculty and administration at Penn State and, as such, Global Programs were strongly supported by the President and Provost. Dr. Ofosu expressed his belief that with Dr. Crane as the Interim VP there will be a strong continuity in working with Global Programs and the relationship with the committee. He informed the committee about the search for Dr. Adewumi’s replacement. An outside consulting firm has been hired and they are moving the search along. Dr. Crane expressed his concern about finding a replacement in a timely fashion as 5 institutions, similar to Penn State, are looking for Vice Provosts for their Global Programs operations.
Dr. Krajsa suggested a member of this committee be part of the search. Dr. Ofosu stated that he has been asked to be on the University search committee established by the Provost.
Dr. Krajsa spoke briefly about 2025 campaign and the briefing that the Commonwealth Caucus received from the University administration. He spoke about the threats from community colleges to the Commonwealth college, and reiterated the need to work with central university administration & Global Programs to facilitate attracting bright talent from around the world. He suggested that someone needs to champion this with the Penn State administration.
Dr. Crane stated that we need specifics to work on such agreements. A possible avenue might be the integrated graduate degree program. A joint program with overseas universities that integrates partial fulfillment of degree requirements at their site would be highly advantageous for Penn State and very desirable for universities and students abroad. Dr. Krajsa highly supported such program. Dr. Crane concluded by saying that an academic unit needs to take the lead for such an endeavor.
Dr. Pan talked about how such as model works in China. Dr. Ofosu talked about possible cooperation with universities in Ghana to gain practical applications. He spoke about the need for Global Programs to be involved in similar programs. Dr. Crane suggested that we need more discussion about it. He also indicated that Penn State is successful in attracting students for 4-year programs but we do not do much for short term programs. He stated that the academic units need to champion this. Dr. Lang talked about the need for such programs and used a request from Japan as an example. She also indicated that academic units need resources in order to pursue such opportunities. Dr. Crane reiterated that Global Programs can facilitate the program but academic units need to take the lead. He suggested that units explore summer schools, certificates, and or limited programs.
Following the discussion on programs, Dr. King was asked by Dr. Ofosu to present an update on the Supporting International Students and Scholars at Penn State University report. Dr. King talked about the cultural issues that international students are facing. He informed the committee that he met with Career Services representatives and found that similar problems with visas and Optional Practical Training (OPT) and Curricular Practical Training (CPT). Career Services echoed what the subcommittee has heard from international students about employers being reticent to sponsor them. Additional information was provided to the subcommittee by Jennifer Campbell from Global Programs, including excellent suggestions for support of international students based on the survey that Global Programs conducted. There is concern about confidentiality for the subjects that participated in the survey, but Global Programs is working with Dr. King to make sure that all measures are taken to preserved the anonymity of the participants.
Dr. King informed the members that there will be a draft report on Supporting International Students and Scholars at Penn State University to discuss in the meeting in January, with a possible presentation to the Senate on March 12, 2019.
Dr. DeFranco asked if Career Services is focusing more on CPT rather than OPT. She said that CPT internships are easier to secure for students from employers. CPT is an experience that students are engaged in during, not after, their studies and also students need to be registered for credit. Committee members suggested that Dr. DeFranco shares the CPT approval process established at her campus with the committee members.
 OPT is a temporary authorization offered to students on F-1 visa to work on their related field, after graduation.
 CPT is a temporary work authorization provided to the students on F-1 visa, which is directly related to their majors for period of total 12 months, during their studies.
For more information see https://www.studyusa.com/en/a/1238/what-is-the-difference-between-opt-and-cpt
Dr. Crane briefly informed the committee about discussions that are taking place on changing the rules for student visa and duration of studies and how this will affect students studying in the US and Penn State especially at doctoral level. Drs. DeFranco, Lang and Kalisperis volunteered to help.
Dr. Ofosu informed the committee that the Director of Education Abroad, Dr. Brubaker, is not available to provide the committee with comments for the Report on Study Abroad to Less Attractive Nations and asked for general comments from members Dr. King suggested that we change the title (less-visited instead of less-attractive). Dr. Ofosu agreed and informed the committee that the title will change for the final report. The phrase that Dr. Brubaker is using in his report is Non-Traditional. Dr. Krajsa inquired if there is a University award for engagement with study programs abroad. Dr. Crane informed the members that the W. LaMarr Kopp International Faculty Award is awarded for promoting international engagement. Dr. Krajsa suggested that engagement with less-visited nations play a role in the selection of the award.
Dr. Lang inquired about funds for students to go to places not generally selected by students. Dr. Crane state that there are funds targeted for non-traditional locations both from Global Programs and the central administration. He also explained how the process of selecting students for these scholarships work for incoming students. Dr. Krajsa asked if there were any mechanisms for cooperating with the Foreign Study Coordinators at the Commonwealth Campuses and suggested that they should be informed about the selection.
Dr. Ofosu thanked every member for their work.
In summary, action items include:
- The Global Programs office will investigate how to include the Foreign Study Coordinators at the Commonwealth Campuses in the post selection process for the Study Abroad student scholarships.
- The committee should explore the possible impact of the new student visa regulations on length of studies with the Office of Global Programs and members of the Senate Committee on Global Programs.
- Senate Committee on Global Programs should explore opportunities and possibilities for short duration and summer programs at Penn State campuses, including programs on practical experiences and integrated programs with overseas universities.
- The subcommittee will provide a draft report on Supporting International Students and Scholars at Penn State University including a section about the international students facing barriers in public places in State College in January.
Dr. Krajsa moved, Dr. Lang seconded and the meeting was adjourned at 10:05am.
Minutes were prepared by Dr. Loukas Kalisperis.
October 23, 2018
Attendees: Willie Ofosu (Chair), Loukas Kalisperis (Vice-Chair), Michael Adewumi (Vice Provost Global Programs), Robert Crane, Ryan Elias, Bhushan Jayrao, Michael Krajsa, Theresa (Dena) Lang, Max Lowden, Michael Brennan, Peter Rinehart, Brian King, Sarah J. Townsend. Brian Brubaker joined us as well.
Not Present: Joanna DeFranco, Avinash Pallikere.
Invited Guests: Brian Brubaker, Erika Pioltine Anseloni.
Chairman Ofosu opened the meeting at 9:01 a.m.
The Minutes of September 18, 2018 meeting were approved. Dr. Krajsa moved, Dr. Ofosu seconded. Minutes were unanimously approved.
Dr. Ofosu announced to the committee members that item A3 [Address the offloading onto faculty of responsibility / risk management with regard to study abroad courses (with Faculty Affairs)] from the agenda items for the academic year as listed in the Senate Committee Priority Form for Global Programs is resolved. He also announced that agenda items A1 [Address the problem of students who want to study abroad and reportedly have to begin working with Global Programs about 8 months out to prepare and get everything in place] and A2 [Address the problem of students who live abroad and take World Campus courses in order to get around this lead-time issue] are connected. He also expressed his concern about the process of reviewing requests from faculty for their family members to join them in study abroad programs after the departure of Vice-Provost Adewumi.
Dr. Adewumi concurred that the first two topics in the agenda provided by Senate Office have been resolved. Dr. Adewumi explained the review process that is in place for requests about family members accompanying faculty in study abroad programs, and stated that there is a very good foundation and understanding of the process on the part of both Global Programs office and Gary Langsdale, manager of the University Risk Management office. Dr. Adewumi also stated that Brian Brubaker, Director of Study Abroad Programs also has a very good understanding of the needs of the faculty and will continue working with Risk Management after Dr. Adewumi’s departure. Dr. Ofosu suggested that the committee remains vigilant about the issue and monitors the situation in the future.
Dr. Crane commented on matters arising from acceptance of the Global Citizenship and Global Competency report by the President. Dr. Crane indicated that there has not been any new development yet. After the President’s acceptance of the report, the President inquired about how the recommendations of the report can be assessed when it is implemented. Dr. Adewumi reported to the Committee that one of the incoming Global Faculty Fellows will work on assessment Global Citizenship and Global Competency. Dr. Adewumi also expressed his concerns on how to disseminate the report. Drs. Adewumi and Crane both suggested that the Senate work on the dissemination and implementation of the report and include the definitions in the Curricular process, as part of the review process for the new courses and subjects. Dr. Crane suggested that the implementation and assessment procedures will be part of a pilot project that Global Programs is undertaking with EMS and Agriculture. He also suggested that it can be part of learning objectives of courses taking advantage of capabilities that Canvas affords. He indicated that the Global Programs office does not have direct input in the curriculum and suggested that the Global Programs Committee should jointly explore with the Curriculum Committee of how the objectives can be part of curricular initiatives and review process. Dr. Townsend inquired about the possibility of Global Competency being a part of strategic hiring initiatives.
Dr. Adewumi highlighted the University initiatives that are underway to hire excellent faculty has the indirect effect of increasing the international presence on campus, as many international faculty are hired and he mentioned the model at the Huck Institute and the Global Health initiative in hiring international faculty. The university is also of collaborating with other universities overseas to jointly hire faculty as well as jointly purchasing expensive equipment that are shared by faculty internationally. He indicated that joint hiring of international faculty is currently implemented mostly in STEM fields, but the University is looking at expanding the model in other units, as well. He also emphasized the efforts underway in the School of International Affairs in joint international faculty hiring with other Universities.
Brian Brubaker joined the meeting and was introduced to the Committee by Dr. Adewumi. Dr. Brubaker came from IES, is very qualified and has a tremendous experience. Dr. Adewumi stated that Mr. Brubaker had been a great asset for Penn State and has implemented a number of new initiatives and procedures that have elevated the work of the office of Education Abroad.
Dr. Adewumi reported on the Study-Abroad Fair that took place last week. He indicated that it was a great success with a great number of people engaged. The fair helped increase visibility.
Mr. Brubaker reported on the application cycle for Study Abroad programs. He explained the length of time in the application cycle for programs abroad. The application timeline is in sync with other peer institutions. He explained that the September 15 deadline allows staff to review the applications before registration opens in the Spring. Applications are reviewed by College, Faculty and Global Programs. If programs are jointly run with 3rd partners, the preapproved applications are also reviewed by them. Enough time must be also included for student tasks, such as visas, etc. Rejection is less than 5% and mostly due to low GPAs. Student conduct is also reviewed.
Dr. Townsend asked about programs jointly offered with other universities. He asked how students from other universities could enroll in Penn State programs. Specifically, Northwestern is looking to join PSU programs in Archeology. Mr. Brubaker is exploring the opportunity with Dr. Adewumi and Risk Management.
Dr. Lang inquired on the application timeline vis-à-vis other Universities. It was reported that Global Program processes approximately 1800 applications. The early application deadline facilitates an excellent review process. This approach has helped with the enrollment increase and growth, which are higher than the rest of the market. Mr. Brubaker shared statistics about education abroad at Penn State and peer Institutions.
Total Study Abroad Students (doctoral institutions)
2017 Report based on numbers from the 2015-16 Academic Year
Institution: Number of Students
1. New York University: 4481
2. Texas A&M: 3683
3. University of Southern California: 3287
4. University of Texas at Austin: 3019
5. Ohio State University: 2886
6. University of Michigan: 2801
7. Indiana University: 2720
8. San Diego State University: 2659
9. Penn State (all campuses): 2580
2017-18 unofficial number of students who studied abroad: 2787 (8 percent increase over 2015-16)
Approximate Penn State breakout of students by duration of program:
Year-long study abroad: .5 percent
Semester-long study abroad: 32.5 percent
Short-term (8 weeks or less) study abroad: 67 percent
National Averages (approximate):
Year-long study abroad: 2.5 percent
Semester-long study abroad: 32.5 percent
Short-term (8 weeks or less) study abroad: 65 percent
Dr. King inquired about the length of study abroad programs, as well as student preference for location. He asked if the length of study was connected to the transformative education. Mr. Brubaker responded that research suggests that duration does not have much impact. He also reported that Penn State students select more semester long program (55%) where national average is (44 percent).
Dr. King continued the discussion and suggested that the committee explores study abroad locations and write a report about student engagement in non-traditional locations. He suggested that emphasis is placed on integrated funded programs between traditional and non-traditional locations, integrated into their academic program. He proposed that scholarships are offered to students for participation in study abroad in non-traditional locations. One such opportunity could by partially linking the Global Program Scholarship to non-traditional locations. Dr. King suggested that this should be discussed further in the future.
Dr. Ofosu requested Brian Brubaker’s assistance in writing a report on intensifying efforts to have students study in non-traditional locations. He proposed that the report be presented in a January/February time-frame.
Dr. King presented a summary of the Supporting International Students and Scholars at Penn State University report. He introduced the report’s findings for the new members. He is working with Jennifer Campbell from Global Programs exploring the findings of a survey done at the Commonwealth campuses, and investigating different ways of introducing the survey indicators in the report. He is also looking to Career Services about Work Visas. The sub-committee is also reviewing the situation about international students facing barriers in public places. Dr. Brennan spoke about that and introduced Erika Pioltine Anseloni, a PhD Candidate in Agricultural Extension and Education and International Agriculture and Development, who was invited by Dr. Brennan to present her testimony about events when establishments from downtown State College seem to be selective with the entrance of international students.
Ms. Anseloni stated that bouncers were checking her visa on her passport, but she never had a problem because it wasn’t expired. However, she heard cases from two friends (one is described below) who had issues. Both were prevented from entering places (Inferno and Pickle’s) because their visas were expired. She stated that often bouncers look at her differently and her husband when they are speaking in their mother language, Portuguese. There was one time at Café 210 that, after staying for 45 minutes in the line for watching a concert, the bouncer didn’t let her husband enter because his Pennsylvania ID (which shows his date of birth) was expired (less than one month) and they couldn’t accept his OPT ID, which was updated. The bouncer said he needed to check his passport for status. They tried to discuss this with him, but we were ignored and treated with a posture of superiority. Finally, another incident occurred two years ago at Chrome. Ms. Anseloni stated that they were inside the establishment and went outside to greet a friend that was just arriving. She said, “He is very enthusiastic, and we were talking in Portuguese and laughing. The bouncer didn’t allow him to enter alleging he was intoxicated. But the truth was that he hadn’t have any alcohol at that point. We tried to debate with the guy, but he was convinced he was right and decided to give us all a drink voucher for the next time we come to Chrome (except to our friend), gently inviting us to leave.”
Ms. Anselonin also provided the link to Maraki Kebede’s blog (a PhD student in Education Leadership and Comparative and International Education, from Ethiopia), where she describes what happened to her when trying to enter Inferno for dinner with friends in the first year of her program at Penn State: https://thecoffeebean7.blogspot.com/2017/08/inferno-of-intolerance.html
The bouncer ignored her ID/ data of birth information in her passport (which was valid for 5 more years) and flipped it for checking the visa page. He didn’t allow her to enter because her visa was expired, even when she explained to him about the rules and her status as a current student and her I-20.
Dr. Ofosu stated about that such behavior is continuing and asked what Penn State is doing. Dr. Adewumi reported that he discussed it with the University Leadership. The Vice-President for Student Affairs will be informed and will discuss it with the establishment owners, the town and CBICC. Dr. Adewumi stated that such a report will be very welcomed by Global Programs.
Dr. King suggested that the Supporting International Students and Scholars at Penn State University report should refer to the problems that students are experiencing. Dr. Krajsa suggested that the Law School and their Street Lawyer program might be involved. Dr. King suggested that after the completion of the report we explore different avenues with them and be very strategic in how we move forward. Dr. Lang suggested that we talk to people in the State College Borough administration.
Dr. Adewumi informed the Committee that Professor Rob Crane will be appointed by the Provost to serve as the Interim Vice-Provost for Global Programs upon his departure.
Dr. Adewumi informed the members that President Trump’s administration will institute a new policy that could have severe negative impact on international students. The new rule will affect the Duration of Study designation of the international student visa, giving students a limited time to complete their study, otherwise they have to reapply for extensions of their visas. The implementation of the new guidelines is set for September 2019. Implementation of the new procedures does not require ICE to secure new legislative approval, but is only a change in procedure process. In December, Vice-Provost Adewumi will join other colleagues from around the country to visit with legislators and try to change the new ICE directive.
Dr. Ofosu thanked every member for their work.
In summary, action items include:
- Investigate in cooperation with the Senate Committee on Curricular Affairs on how the Global Citizenship and Global Competency report can be part of curricular initiatives and review process.
- Explore study abroad locations and write a report about student engagement in non-traditional locations with assistance from the Education Abroad Office of Global Programs.
- Include in Supporting International Students and Scholars at Penn State University report a section about the international students facing barriers in public places in State College.
Dr. Krajsa moved, Mr. Reinhart seconded and the meeting was adjourned at 10:25.
Minutes were prepared by Dr. Loukas Kalisperis.
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September 18, 2018
Attendees: Willie Ofosu (Chair), Loukas Kalisperis (Vice-Chair), Michael Adewumi (Vice Provost Global Programs), Ryan Elias, Bhushan Jayrao, Theresa (Dena) Lang, Max Lowden, Peter Rinehart, Mike Krajsa, Brian King, Joanna DeFranco, Sarah J. Townsend, Avinash Pallikere.
Connecting via phone: William Wenner
Not Present: Mike Brennan (off-campus)
Chairman Ofosu opened the meeting at 9:05a.m.
Members of the committee introduced themselves.
The Minutes of April 24, 2018 meeting were approved. Dr. Krajsa moved, Dr. Ofosu seconded. Minutes were unanimously approved.
Dr. Ofosu introduced the agenda items for the academic year as listed in the Senate Committee Priority Form for Global Programs provided by the Senate leadership. Discussion followed, primarily on the High Priority topics from the Senate Priority Form. Dr. Ofosu summarized the topics and introduced them. Discussion centered on what is the meaning of item A2 [Address the problem of students who live abroad and take World Campus courses in order to get around this lead-time issue]. Several members indicated that there is a disconnect in the statement and that the meaning is not very clear. Discussion ensued as to whether that applies to Penn State students and if it is something that needs to be studied. It was agreed that the Global Programs Committee should investigate. Dr. Ofosu suggested that a small group work with the Global Programs office.
Discussion continued on item A3 [Address the offloading onto faculty of responsibility / risk management with regard to study abroad courses (with Faculty Affairs)] with Dr. Krajsa stating that the matter had been resolved last year. Dr. Adewumi was also of the opinion that A3 had been resolved but agree to look into and try to revisit and bring it back to the committee, if needed.
Dr. Ofosu continued with the introduction of the Priority Items and discussed B1 [Present report on International Students and Scholars titled “Supporting International Students and Scholars at Penn State”, highlighting campuses activities.] stating the intention of the Committee to strongly indicate our support for international individuals, suggesting that we form a subcommittee to present an advisory and consultative report, based on the work of Dr. King’s committee, which was presented by Dr. King, highlighting its findings and stating the need for additional areas of investigation. Dr. Krajsa requested that the committee invite the Director from Career Services and Vice President Damon Sims to discuss the issues from the report in a future meeting.
Dr. Ofosu stated that the administration is interested in supporting this area.
Dr. Ofosu stated that the committee’s report, from last academic year, on Global Citizenship Pathways Framework was positively received by the President and the University leadership. Dr Adewumi announced that the report has been approved by the President and that he will ask Dr. Crane, from Global Programs, to lead its implementation.
Dr. Adewumi presented a report on Global Penn State with a very detailed slide presentation. He thanked the Global Programs committee for its work and stated that building the Global Penn State is a collective effort. He started by sharing with the committee the good news that the President is very supportive of global engagement and reminded the Committee that one of the three themes of the University’s capital campaign is impacting the world. He then presented and discussed the three-sided coin concept – [Go-Come-Partner] and reviewed the appropriate data with each of the sides. On the Go side, student participation in study abroad programs has increased significantly, but remains largely Eurocentric. Most faculty-led programs are diversified and provide opportunities for students to study in non-traditional locations. He indicated the need to expand our programs and further diversify the offerings to non-traditional locations. He mentioned the increase by 7% in the number of applications for study abroad in Spring 2019, and emphasized the need to attract the best and brightest students to the Global Program offerings early in their careers. He suggested that we should include international alumni in our efforts to offer more programs and attract students. A very important component of the Global Programs effort to attract high caliber students is the Global “All In” scholarships which he presented in detail. Dr. Krajsa offered the suggestion to connect GP faculty representatives in the Commonwealth campuses with scholarship awardees. Dr. Adewumi agreed with the suggestion and committed to taking the appropriate actions to implement such a scheme. Dr. King and Dr. Lang suggested that GP offers incentives to encourage awardees to participate in study-abroad programs offered in non-traditional places.
Dr. Adewumi continued his presentation by discussing the Come side and presented detailed data about the breakdown of international students enrolling at Penn State, both at University Park and the Commonwealth campuses. The international student population has a high percentage of Chinese students. He identified the need to diversify our international student population and discussed the need to act upon it. Dr. Adewumi proposed that the Global Programs committee study the need for diversification and propose a set of actions. Dr. King suggested that we need to look at the overall data and explore different solutions based on the campus locations and also encourage International Internships, with a fulltime advisor for them. Dr. Krajsa suggested that we should study the reasons why international students go to Commonwealth campuses and look at data on transferring among the different campuses. Dr. Krajsa suggested that the committee investigate the situation at the other Big10 universities. He proposed that we work together with World Campus, in a blended approach, and also work together with admissions to better understand the situation. He proposed that representatives from the appropriate Admissions Office and World Campus present reports for the October meeting.
Dr. King suggested that we keep B2 [Discuss how Penn State may make less attractive nations/continents more interesting for study abroad programs] as a report item and include with it the need for the diversification of Penn State international students. It is an important item and should be studied as an independent report.
Members agreed that we need our committee to express concern about the lack of diversity in our student population and that the university needs to take action.
Dr. Adewumi presented information about new hires in the Global Programs to support students and faculty and briefed the committee on the new realities for international students and scholars in the current political climate. He stated that there is a national decline in international student applications.
Dr. Adewumi finished his report with the presentation on the Partner side, elaborating on the partnerships established with excellent institutions around the world, selectively presenting some projects, such as Water, Energy, Food in West Africa, and the Edo State projects. He indicated that we should work with a focus on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Dr. Ofosu suggested that we connect with the FEW Nexus and place our focus on Africa and developing countries. Dr. King suggested that we get involved with training and capacity-building in developing countries programs.
Dr. Ofosu distributed the sub-committee member form and asked the members to indicate their preference. He also announced that the Senate plenary session is set to start at 1:00 pm.
Dr. Krajsa announced Vice Provost Adewumi’s retirement and expressed his and the committee’s appreciation for the excellent service that Dr. Adewumi has provided to the International Student and Scholar Community Educational Programs Abroad at Penn State. The committee joined in expressing its appreciation with enthusiastic applause for Dr. Adewumi’s service and stated that he has left indelible mark on numerous faculty, staff, and students and that he will be sorely missed.
In summary, action items include:
- Appoint a small group to work with the Global Programs office to investigate and clarify item A2 [Address the problem of students who live abroad and take World Campus courses in order to get around this lead-time issue].
- Adewumi will clarify whether item A3 [Address the offloading onto faculty of responsibility / risk management with regard to study abroad courses (with Faculty Affairs)] had been resolved and bring it back to the committee, if needed.
- Create a subcommittee to present an advisory and consultative report, based on the work of Dr. King’s committee on B1 [International Students and Scholars titled “Supporting International Students and Scholars at Penn State”, highlighting campuses activities.]
- Invite the Director from Career Services and Vice President Damon Sims to discuss the issues from the report “Supporting International Students and Scholars at Penn State” to a future meeting.
- The Global Programs committee should state its concern about the lack of diversity in our student population and that the university needs to take action.
- Connect Global Program faculty representatives in the branch campuses with scholarship awardees and offer incentives to encourage awardees to participate in study-abroad programs offered in non-traditional places.
- Global Programs forms a committee to study the need for diversification of international student population and propose a set of actions.
- Study item B2 [Discuss how Penn State may make less attractive nations/continents more interesting for study abroad programs] as a report item and include with it the need for the diversification of Penn State international students.
The meeting was adjourned at 10:30 am.
Minutes were prepared by Dr. Loukas Kalisperis.
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April 24, 2018
Attendees: Willie Ofosu (Chair), Dennis Jett (Co-Chair), Robert Crane (Global Programs). Peter Rinehart, Loukas Kalisperis, Martha J. Strickland, Mike Krajsa, Lem Galvo, Brian King and Joanna DeFranco.
Absent: Augustin Banyaga, L. Sam Finn, Beth Farmer, Mike Brennan, Theresa(Dena) Lang, Jyotsna Kalavar, and Vice Provost Adewumi.
Chairman Ofosu opened the meeting at 9:00a.m.
Minutes of March 13, 2018 meeting were approved.
Discussion of Sub-Committee Activities: Dr. King gave an update on the revised report on International Students and Scholars. It was given to the Senate Council, which had a few questions on J-1 visas, but made no other suggestions. The report was scheduled for presentation that afternoon to the meeting of the full senate, but the crowded agenda did not allow time to make the presentation.
The other report completed by the committee this year, the Global Citizenship Pathways Framework, was presented to the Faculty Senate at its March meeting. It is now currently with President Barron for consideration.
Chairman Ofosu discussed the ongoing role of the committee next year. Dr. Crane noted that international student applications are down and that he does not expect this decline has bottomed out due to growing competition from other countries like Australia for international students and the overall political climate.
Dr. Crane also mentioned that some study abroad programs have trouble recruiting students even for those that are relatively inexpensive. Students are eager to go to Europe and Australia, but programs in other parts of the world struggle. Dr. Kalisperis pointed out that OGP’s requirement of a minimum of 10 students is an obstacle for some programs. Peter Rinehart echoed the perception of students that Europe is more attractive.
Other obstacles discussed were the nature of the program, its location, the impression it may delay graduation, limitations within specific academic majors that make a study abroad program difficult, risk management issues, medical expenses and other costs, and communications with parents on the value of the experience. Mr. Krajsa discussed the importance of study abroad, the cost that outside providers add to such trips and the changing experience that study abroad provides, which is second only to participating in career fairs.
Dr. Strickland mentioned that federal legislation, called the Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Act, is being considered by Congress as a way to encourage study abroad. She also pointed out that four commonwealth campuses are getting new leadership and those leaders should be encouraged to endorse internationalization as something that they support. It was suggested that Vice Provost Adewumi might want to reach out to those leaders for that purpose.
New Business: Possible agenda items for Faculty Senate Year 2018 – 2019 were discussed including an effort to see international work included in faculty activity reports.
The meeting was adjourned at 10:06 a.m.
Minutes prepared by Ambassador Dennis Jett (Ret.), PhD.
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March 13, 2018
Attendees: Willie Ofosu (Chair), Dennis Jett (Co-Chair), Robert Crane (Global Programs). Peter Rinehart, Theresa(Dena) Lang, Loukas Kalisperis, Martha J Strickland, Joanna DeFranco, Mike Krajsa, Jyostna Kalavar, Lem Galvo, Brian King, and Vice Provost Adewumi.
Absent: Augustin Banyaga, L. Sam Finn, Beth Farmer, Mike Brennan
Chairman Ofosu opened the meeting at 9:00a.m.
Minutes of January 23, 2018 meeting were approved.
Dr. Strickland led a discussion of the Global Citizenship Pathways Framework presented to the Faculty Senate that afternoon. She also reported on her presentation on the document to the Senate Council. She described the reaction of the Council as definitely positive, but there had been a desire expressed for a better understanding of how it would be used as an assessment tool. (The report was subsequently presented to the Faculty Senate that afternoon and adopted by an overwhelming majority of the senators.) Office of Planning and Assessment are working with OGP on using the GP report as an assessment tool. Follow up report will be considered on assessing the impact on students.
In a discussion of study abroad activities, VP Adewumi noted that about 500 PSU students had made spring break study abroad trips.
Discussion of Sub-Committee Activities:
The report on International Students and Scholars by Brian King’s subcommittee was reviewed and discussed. Measures to help international students who might have trouble reentering the country were considered including a hotline to call in a situation where there was a question about a visa. Other recommendations discussed were helping international students in their transition to campus life, encouraging statements by President Barron and other leaders about the importance of international students and scholars to Penn State, improving the campus culture and local climate, which in some instances seem unwelcoming. The GELE program of global engagement and leadership experience to sensitize students was also mentioned. Dr. King agreed to revise the draft report and circulate it to committee members. The committee agreed with presenting the report at the April faculty senate meeting once it is revised.
New Business: Possible agenda items for Faculty Senate Year 2018 – 2019 were discussed including an effort to see international work included in faculty activity reports. April meeting will be devoted to discussing this item in greater details. Members should come prepared with any recommended topic for discussion and possible proposal to the Senate Executive.
The meeting was adjourned at 10:30
Minutes prepared by Ambassador Dennis Jett (Ret.), PhD.
January 23, 2018
Attendees: Willie Ofosu (Chair), Dennis Jett (Co-Chair), Robert Crane (Global Programs). Peter Rinehart, Beth Framer, Theresa(Dena) Lang, Loukas Kalisperis, Martha J Strickland, Joanna DeFranco (by phone), Mike Krajsa, Jyostna Kalavar, Lem Galvo, Brian King, Mark Brennan and Vice Provost Adewumi.
Absent: Augustin Banyaga, L. Sam Finn
Chairman Ofosu opened the meeting at 9:00a.m.
The minutes from the December 5, 2017 were approved.
Reports & Discussion
Risk Management: the travel policy “TR01 International Travel Requirements” was discussed and unanimously endorsed by the committee.
The report on global citizenship was discussed and the issue was described by Dr. Strickland. Dr. Crane presented “Pathways to Global Citizenship” and the committee had an extended discussion of the concepts involved including global citizenship, global awareness, global literacy, intercultural competence, and global competency and the attributes inherent in these concepts: empathy, self-awareness, respect, curiosity, openness, knowledge and communication. Also discussed was the role of general education in requires in achieving global citizenship.
Mr. Krajsa proposed that global citizenship activities be included for consideration in the faculty annual review under either education or service. The committee agreed with the proposal. Krajsa also suggested that Penn State Today be used to attract more attention to international activities. Another important point he made was that it is to think in terms of the acquisition of skills provided through global citizenship activities as being essential to building strong resumes for future employment of students.
The committee unanimously agreed with the framework of the revised report presented by Dr. Crane. Dr. Strickland agree to compose a list of recommended actions to be included with the report. She will circulate those together with the revised report so that it can be approved by email by committee members. This will allow the report to be submitted to the faculty senate executive committee by February 3, 2018. That in turn will allow the report to be presented to the faculty senate at its meeting in March.
Dr. King gave an oral report on measures being considered to counter the perception that international students are unwelcome with recommended activities undertaken to be undertaken. He will do a draft report on this issue, which will be circulated before the next committee meeting so that it may be considered at that time.
Vice Provost Adewumi noted that international applications are down 5 % this year, but that decrease is far less than the ones faced by many institutions.
The meeting was adjourned at 10:40
Minutes prepared by Ambassador Dennis Jett (Ret.), PhD.
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December 5, 2017
Attendees: Dennis Jett (Co-Chair), Robert Crane (Global Programs). Peter Rinehart, Beth Framer, Theresa (Dena) Lang, Loukas Kalisperis, Jacqueline Marke, Martha J Strickland
Members at Joint Meeting with Mr. Langsdale: Michael Adewumi, Joanna DeFranco, Mike Krajsa, Willie Ofosu
Dennis Jett began the meeting at 9am.
Reports & Discussion
- Global Citizenship Sub-Committee Report:
- Audience is unclear
- The report presently submitted is not efficacious for institutional action
- Goal: We want our students leave this place as global citizens. The report/framework needs to provide the following: Here is what we mean, how we are doing it, why we are doing it, and how we know we are accomplishing this
Proposed Framework: Robert Crane, Associate Vice Provost of Global Programs.
- Global Citizenship and Global Competency are not well defined and there is limited scholarship to support and clarify these concepts
- Global Programs needs to garner assessment that is consistent to the higher education context
- Provost desires way(s) to determine return on global programs investment
Global Citizenship Pathways Framework Presented (see appendix)
- Key components that are tiered
Level 1: Global Awareness
Level 2: Global Literacy
Level 3: Intercultural Competence
Level 4: Global Competency
- Global Awareness + Global Literacy + Intercultural Competence = Global Competency with action
- Global Citizenship = Responsible Action with Global Competency + Intercultural Competence + Global Literacy and Global Awareness
- It is anticipated that PSU can aspire to have all PSU students get to Global Literacy (Level 2) by graduation.
Assessment: What is the return on investment? The following were discussed/considered:
- Possible matrix of outcomes aligned with the tiers
- Possibility: Canvas with learning outcomes that faculty can select
- Consider the system and the alumni in developing assessment
- Consider: What is the student impact? Consider the financial cost to the student. Needs to be available to all.
Committee Response: Motion: We propose to reject the preliminary committee report. The sub-committee should work with the Global Programs’ proposed Pathways to Global Citizenship document to provide a framework for all the Penn State institution to embrace and enact within their respected units.
Robert Crane agreed to construct a narrative around the presented Pathways to Global Citizenship framework resulting in a report. This will be presented to the full Global Programs committee at the January 23 meeting.
- Upon committee approval, the Global Citizenship Pathways Report will be forwarded to faculty senate for floor discussion and final approval.
January 23: Crane Framework narrative for approval;
Feb 2 Executive Council:
Feb 20 Discussion; March meeting on the floor for the vote
- Invite Robert Crane to attend our meetings.
- Identify the goals and accountability structures necessary to embrace and enact this framework.
Meeting Adjourned 10:30am
Minutes prepared by Martha J Strickland (Global Citizenship Sub-committee chair)
Joint Meeting between sub-Committees of Faculty Affairs and Global Programs on Family Travel Policy in Kern 101A
The sub-committees named above and Mr. Gary Langsdale of Risk Management held a meeting for further discussions on the Family Travel Policy. Members of the joint committee made suggestions to Mr. Langsdale for changes to the policy. He noted these with the understanding that he would use them to update the policy. He will re-circulate the updated policy for further reaction. (Comments by Willie Ofosu)
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October 17, 2017
Call to order: The meeting was called to order at 9:00 am.
A conversation on Global Citizenship started at 8:50 am, and continued after the call to order at 9:00 am.
Present at the meeting were: Vice Provost Adewumi, Mark Brennan, Joanna DeFranco, Beth Farmer, Dennis Jett, Jyotsna Kalavar, Loukas Kalisperis, Brian King, Micahel Krajsa, Dena Lang, Willie Ofosu, Peter Rinehart and Martha Strickland.
Jacqueline Markle participated by phone.
Members Absent: L Sam Finn, Augustin Banyanga
Minutes of September 12, 2017 were approved.
Discussion by Vice Provost: Strategic partnerships are one of the principle means of promoting internationalization and global citizenship. Institutional partners are recommended by a faculty committee, faculty groups have the lead to actualize the partnership. University of Freiberg is an example of an excellent relationship and long-term commitment. For instance, joint faculty hires are being considered. Student to student relationships are important. Study abroad can be life changing and, since global citizenship is a journey, the first steps can begin with classroom learning, trips abroad and interactions with some of our 10,000 international students.
There are so many measures of global citizenship, that one thing the committee can do is come up with ideas on ways to promote it. Martha Strickland offered a definition which is “Investing in relating, thinking, and engaging globally-locally (glocal) as a responsible learner on a multidimensional life journey without borders”.
The number of international students at New Kensington and Wilkes Barre has plummeted in recent years because those students found it difficult to live there given the lack of local transportation and support groups. Criteria are being developed to designate which commonwealth campuses are international campuses in order to avoid putting international students in situations where they feel isolated and unhappy.
International travel by spouse and family members on study abroad trips has been under discussion for the last year. Risk management concerns were focused on whether accompanying family members might cause faculty to have to divert their attention from the students under their supervision on the trip. Under newly approved language, such travel can now be approved by the Vice Provost with prior authorization. The language will be sent to the committee and the head of risk management will be invited to the next committee meeting, which will be held jointly with the Faculty Affairs Committee.
Michael Krajsa suggested having a list of faculty who have led study abroad who could be called upon in event of emergency to cover an unforeseen gap in faculty leadership in a study abroad program.
Mark Brennan briefed the committee on the UNESCO chair program and his role in it and his focus on youth participation in community development. That work has not been affected by the withdrawal of the United States from the organization. The U.S. has not paid its dues to UNESCO for six years and will now be relegated to the status of a nonvoting observer.
The possibility of live streaming of speakers on international issues to the commonwealth campuses was also discussed. Getting this information, which is sometimes contained in the Penn State Today daily email was also discussed.
The meeting was adjourned at 10:25 am.
Prepared by Ambassador Dennis Jett (Ret.), PhD.
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September 12, 2017
Members Present: Dr. Adewumi, Vice Provost, Willie Ofosu, Chair, Dennis Jett, Vice Chair, Michael Krajsa, Martha J. Strickland, Brian King, Peter Rinehart, Jacqueline Markle, Loukas Kalisperis, Joanna DeFranco, Dena Lang. Invited speaker Jana Clinton.
Beth Farmer, Jyotsna Kalavar by phone.
Members Absent: Augustin Banyaga, L. Sam Finn, Mark Brennan
CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order at 9:00 am.
Minutes from the 4/25/17 meeting were reviewed and approved as written.
Senate Committee Priority Form was reviewed, which mandates drafting the following reports-one on global citizenship, one on how to make international students and scholars feel welcome at PSU, an annual report on participation of PSU students in global programs and one on family travel policy.
Presentation by Jana Clinton on global citizenship: Ms. Clinton described a number of reports and other resources the links to which are listed below.
Open doors report link will be sent to committee members.
Sign-up sheets for the three subcommittees on global citizenship, family travel policy and international students and scholars were passed around.
Vice Provost commented on environment for international education, anxiety among international students, slight decline in international applications but nonetheless with a small increase in the number of graduate students. Obtaining H1-B visas to hire international faculty has become very difficult and enforcement has become very strict. Study abroad applications are up 5% for spring semester. The Travel Safety Network is being used more – 4000 trips recorded two years ago, 7000 last year.
VP also discussed 6 regional hubs that will be the focus of supporting international programs on the commonwealth campuses. Two people per hub one focused on immigration and the second on other programs. Two people hired thus far. The other ten hopefully by the end of the semester. Erie, Harrisburg, York, Beaver, Burke, Altoona will the locations of the hubs.
The meeting was adjourned at 11:00a.m.
- Dennis Jett
- Peter Rinehart
- Dena Lang
- Martha Strickland, Interim Chair
International Students and Scholars
- Loukas Kalisperis
- Brian King, Interim Chair
- Jacqueline Markle
Family Travel Policy
- Joanna DeFranco, Interim Chair
- Mike Krajsa
- Willie Ofosu
Prepared by Ambassador Dennis Jett (Ret.), Ph.D.