Action Plan for the University Strategic Plan



2001 Progress Report

Recruitment & Retention of Students | Undergraduate Experience | Graduate Experience | Academic Programs & Faculty | Connection to the Greater Community | Infrastructure/Support Improvements

Connection to the Greater Community


Georgia State expanded global partnerships and international programs in all six colleges and schools. The College of Arts and Sciences, the J. Mack Robinson College of Business, and the College of Education sent delegations to Egypt to discuss establishment of a Georgia State campus in Cairo. The College of Arts and Sciences launched exchange agreements with East China Normal University and the Xinghai Conservatory of Music in China, Yarmouk University in Jordan, and Kyoto University in Japan. Faculty from Modern and Classical Languages and African-American Studies visited Cuban universities to plan the first study abroad opportunities in Cuba. A group visited Tsinghua University in Beijing on its 90th anniversary and put into place an exchange agreement that is already active with visits to Georgia State by faculty and a student.

The J. Mack Robinson College of Business participated in the founding of the Global eCommerce Master's (GEM) program, the first international master's program in Electronic Commerce. Georgia State was the only university in the US in this consortium, which also included Athens University of Economics and Business, Copenhagen Business School, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Norwegian Schools of Economics and Business Administration, and University of Cologne. The joint MBA program with Cairo University produced its first twenty-two graduates.

The College of Education, through the United States Education for Democracy and Development Initiative, worked with the University of Botswana in the areas of gender equity and instructional technology. The College also worked with the Suez Canal University to professionalize education for children and adults with special needs. Through the European Teacher Education Network, Georgia State faculty and students participated in instructional exchanges.

The College of Health and Human Sciences initiated collaboration with Koc University and Amerikan Hastanesi Hospital in Turkey to offer training programs and student exchanges in Respiratory Care. Faculty from the Department of criminal justice participated in scholarly exchange activities in Israel with the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange, in South Africa with the Scholar Exchange Program, and in Switzerland with the European Society of Criminology.

The College of Law summer program in international commercial arbitration expanded to include Warsaw, with nearly 50 students visiting arbitration courts in major cities in Central and Eastern Europe.

The Andrew Young School of Policy Studies received United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funding to bring 35 Indonesian students to Georgia State for the master's program in Economics. The Andrew Young School of Policy Studies and the J. Mack Robinson College of Business received USAID funding to create the Ronald H. Brown Institute in concert with the University of Pretoria. The Brown Institute will contribute to the private sector economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa by strengthening the skills of people already in business and providing training for students aspiring to enter the business world.

Collaboration between the Berufsakademia Baden-Wurteemberg and the Cooperative Education program at Georgia State resulted in 23 students being placed in international cooperative education work assignments in Germany.

Internally funded international initiatives are listed in Table 18.

State and Local

The Bio-Bus program in the College of Arts and Sciences expanded with the addition of a second bus. NSF has provided three-year support so school children and teachers could spend more time in the mobile laboratories during visits to Georgia schools. The Bio-Buses participated in the Inner City Games and thereby offered creative outlets for children in disadvantaged neighborhoods.

Several departments in the College of Arts and Sciences, including Geology, Modern and Classical Languages, and Music, hosted major workshops for school teachers in those fields. The Georgia Science Olympiad program relocated to Georgia State from Emory University.

Georgia State joined Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia in hosting the Fall 2000 Internet2 meeting as a member of the Southern Crossroads (SoX) regional gigaPoP consortium. As part of this program, a "virtual" performance at the Georgia State Rialto Theatre was staged with performers at various locations around the country performing with the musicians on stage at the Rialto Theatre via a 2.4-gigabit connection to the Abilene Internet2 network, only the second such high speed connection in the world.

Georgia State also expanded community and service partnerships with metropolitan Atlanta and state agencies and organizations. The College of Arts and Sciences held the second annual Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter Partnership Award program to honor outstanding public improvement collaboration between a Georgia college or university and a community group. The dinner speaker was former Vice President Al Gore.

The Psychology department received funding to house the National Latino Research Center on Domestic Violence. Nutrition students worked with the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Good Samaritan Health Clinic, Grady Hospital and Outpatient Clinics, and Project Open Hand-Atlanta. The School of Nursing partnered with the Georgia Health Foundation and the Moultrie Health Department to bring health promotion and disease prevention activities to migrant farm workers and their children.

The College of Health & Human Sciences received funding to expand Project Healthy Grandparents, a community service program that supports families in which children are being raised by grandparents. The Hasbro Children's Foundation has funded the National Center on Grandparents Raising Children that will focus on policy, education, and program replication.

The College of Law completed groundwork for the first Legislative Clinic, which will place law students with committees of the state legislature to conduct legal analyses of issues facing the committees. The Consortium on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution worked with the Atlanta Public Schools to train Georgia State students to teach conflict resolution to students, administrators, teachers and parents. College of Law students and Master's of Taxation students from the J. Mack Robinson College of Business participated in the Tax Clinic, which serves low-income persons involved in disputes with the Internal Revenue Service. A faculty member from the Department of Political Science supervises legislative interns from the colleges of Georgia for the General Assembly and another one directs the Latin American Program of the Carter Center.

The Andrew Young School of Policy Studies provided leadership in state water policy development, including the Flint River initiative with Albany State University, Coastal Rivers initiative with Georgia Southern University, and the metropolitan Atlanta water quality initiative. Of particular note was the Flint River Drought Protection Auction conducted by the Andrew Young School Policy Studies, which resulted in the retirement of more than 31,000 irrigated acres at a cost of $4.5 million. The Andrew Young School of Policy Studies was also active in planning for rural health care delivery and in developing strategies to support Georgia grandparents raising grandchildren.

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