Action Plan for the University Strategic Plan



2002 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 international engagements during 2002, most notably in building a strategic concentration in South Africa and the southern African region. The College of Education worked with the University of Botswana in the area of instructional technology. The College of Health and Human Sciences laid groundwork for an HIV/AIDS project also with the University of Botswana. The Ronald H. Brown Institute for Sub-Saharan Africa, a business training and skills development consortium led by the J. Mack Robinson College of Business and the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies contributed to private sector economic growth in South Africa by strengthening the skills of people already in business and providing training to students aspiring to enter the business world. Another endeavor of the Robinson College of Business pertained to strengthening the business curriculum at the University of Venda, with USAID evaluations citing this university linkage as one of the most successful. Other initiatives with South African universities were launched by the College of Arts and Sciences to encourage collaborative research and faculty development with the University of Pretoria, the University of Witwatersrand, and the University of Capetown.

Outside of southern Africa, College of Arts and Sciences faculty and students were active in exchange programs in China, Jordan, Egypt, Germany, Mexico, Turkey, England, Italy and Israel. The College of Law again participated in the Summer Academy in International Commercial Arbitration, which takes 50 students to Europe to study with European experts in commercial arbitration. For the second year, the Economics department provided a USAID-funded master’s degree program in Economics for 20 students from Indonesia. The Andrew Young School of Policy Studies through its International Studies Program offered technical assistance and training programs in China, India, Indonesia, Malawi, Nigeria, Russian Federation, South Africa, Uganda, the West Bank and Gaza. A Center for Asian Studies has been established.

Internally funded international initiatives are listed in Table 18.

State and Local

We made solid contributions to the improvement of public education at all levels in Georgia during 2002. The widely acclaimed Bio-Bus program, funded by NSF, completed its third year with visits to over 200 elementary and middle schools and presentations involving 50,000 public school students and teachers. The Atlanta Consortium for Research in the Earth Sciences, also funded by NSF, provided research experiences for K-12 science teachers in the geosciences. Georgia State hosted “A Celebration of Science Education,” which afforded children and adults opportunities to participate in hands-on science experiments. US Secretary of Education Rod Paige visited a literacy program in the Psychology department funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development that engages children from several Atlanta schools to determine what kind of reading intervention programs best impact early reading development in children. Alternative preparation programs for novice teachers, including the Georgia Teacher Alternative Preparation Program (GTAPP), the Teach for America program (TFA) and the Teacher Education Environments in Mathematics and Science program (TEEMS), flourished with Georgia State and school-based mentors providing students with a highly interactive program geared to the challenges of urban classrooms. A new consortium developed along with the school systems of Atlanta, DeKalb County, Fulton County and Gwinnett County focused on retention of beginning teachers through follow-up workshops and professional development. The Center for School Safety assisted schools and community agencies in anticipating behavioral or violence problems and training educators in classroom and school management strategies designed to cope with at-risk situations. Georgia State worked with the Metropolitan Atlanta P-16 Council to interest greater numbers of high school students in teaching careers through a two-week summer academy. The Child Policy Initiative in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies conducted a process evaluation of the Georgia Early Learning Initiative (GELI) culminating in the report, “Improving Early Childhood Education in Georgia”.

We also contributed significantly to the improvement of public health in Georgia during 2002. The Nutrition Education for New Americans Project in the Anthropology and Geography department taped instructional videos in nine languages and reached 140,000 visitors via its web site in order to assist low-income immigrants in learning about healthy eating practices. Community partnerships established by the Nutrition department included the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Good Samaritan Health Center, Project Open Hand Atlanta, Grady Memorial Hospital Out-Patient Clinic, and Clarkston Refugee Seniors Center. To address the shortage of nurses in Georgia, an accelerated BS program in Nursing was developed and approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing, with the first cadre of 30 accelerated students to enroll in fall 2002. The Health Policy Center initiated the Long-Term Care Partnership in cooperation with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Georgia Department of Community Health to evaluate the cost and care outcomes of institutional and home and community-based long-term care programs. The Networks for Rural Health program also located in the Health Policy Center provided technical assistance to 73 rural counties working to improve delivery of health services.

We provided valuable services to state and local government and to the community at large through a variety of programs and partnerships across the academic spectrum. The College of Arts and Sciences sponsored the third annual Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter Partnership Award for Campus-Community Collaboration, which has brought attention to 85 campus-community programs across Georgia in such areas as literacy, immigrant family services, child abuse, disability services, teen pregnancy, neighborhood revitalization, and health care. The Neighborhood Music Schools program reached 650 students with music and performance education, including underserved students through outreach programs with Capital Area Mosaic and West End Performing Arts Center. The Criminal Justice department through its Statistical Analysis Bureau continued to analyze Georgia criminal justice data for state and local law enforcement agencies. The College of Law initiated a Legislative Clinic and Practicum in which law students interned at the state capitol and performed legal research for General Assembly committees on such topics as natural gas deregulation, use of DNA evidence in paternity determinations, real property assessment methods, definition of child abuse, and video poker legislation. The College of Law also staffed the Electronic Court Filing Project to explore automation of Georgia courts through electronic filing and signing of court documents. The Tax Clinic served low-income persons in disputes with the Internal Revenue Service by helping them find equitable solutions to their tax problems, a program actually funded in part by the IRS and a unique training laboratory for both law students and tax students in the Robinson College of Business. The Environmental Policy Program in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies opened its third regional water policy center, the Coastal Rivers Water Planning and Policy Center housed at Georgia Southern University. The Environmental Policy Program also implemented a successful second-year irrigation water auction for the state Environmental Protection Division. The Child Policy Initiative in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies worked closely with the Governor’s Action Group for Safe Children to develop recommendations for improving placement of children in state custody. The Child Policy Initiative was also engaged in on-going analysis of access to health insurance for children in concert with the state Department for Community Health.

To facilitate the strategic plan goal of creating a major urban initiative by 2005, faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences have been meeting to discuss ways of coordinating the current urban initiatives in teaching, research, and service in the college and of linking their academic work with that of faculty in other departments and colleges in the University. The Arts and Sciences faculty are reviewing a proposal for a Center for Neighborhood and Metropolitan Studies that would focus academic research, teaching, and service on needs of neighborhoods in Atlanta where people live and confront localized issues. At the same time, the proposed Center would address metropolitan needs here and abroad by studying problems that affect all cities.

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