Action Plan for the University Strategic Plan



2003 Action Plan Progress Report - Connection to the Greater Community

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


Global connections and internationalization advanced at Georgia State on many fronts. International collaborations occurred with scholars and institutions in many countries, including Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Belgium, Belize, Brazil, China, Cuba, Egypt, England, France, (Republic of) Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Korea, Jordan, Lebanon, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, and Venezuela. The joint studies program in British and American cultures won the 2003 Board of Regents Best Practices in International Education Award. The Asian Studies Center began its first year of operation with a conference on business opportunities in China attended by over 100 participants. The Middle East Center collaborated with Emory University to obtain Title IV funds for the Georgia Middle East Studies Consortium, which will expand Middle East language instruction and implement a summer workshop on the Middle East for K-12 teachers. The Center for Latin American and Latino/a Studies held a symposium, "War and Peace in Columbia ," and co-sponsored with the High Museum of Art, the Atlanta Latin American Film Festival. The Center for International Media Education and CNN hosted three world media forums bringing together journalism students and professional journalists from 15 countries. Foreign language undergraduate majors numbered 345, over 40% of all such majors in the University System and the largest foreign language major enrollment of any system institution. The largest concentration was in Spanish with 225 majors. The growing religious studies program in the Department of Philosophy was mentioned by Time magazine for its courses on Islamic fundamentalism and war, peace and religion. The Jewish studies program launched in fall 2002 now offers an interdisciplinary minor focusing on Jewish interactions in the modern world. Faculty used innovative means to connect Georgia State students with peers around the globe, such as a video pen-pal exchange between Georgia State telecommunications students and their counterparts at American University in Cairo, Egypt.

The Robinson College of Business received a $3 million USAID grant to assist with the development and expansion of the tourism industry in Ghana and another $750,000 USAID grant to develop distance learning capabilities and executive education courses at the Alexandria (Egypt) Institute of Technology. The college also started the Center for Global Business Leadership to foster an environment of learning, research and changing practices aimed at issues of common concern among the global business community. The Institute of International Business received a grant from the US Department of Education for "The Conduit to Global Competence Project: Imparting Global Business Competence by Bridging Worlds and Disciplines." The Department of Management celebrated its 25 th anniversary of study abroad programs in Europe with groups of students going to England and Russia. The College of Education continues to work in Egypt on a Fulbright Commission University Partnership Project. The project is helping to initiate the first teacher preparation programs in special education at Egyptian universities. Through the project, a book written by GSU faculty in the Special Education Program was translated, thus providing the first Arabic language text for teachers of children with special needs. The Department of Kinesiology and Health coordinated the African Academy of Disability Sport, an international project to support sport and recreation development for youth with disabilities in Africa. Twenty-one leaders in sport and recreation from fifteen African and various other nations attended this two-week academy that was funded by Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Department of Criminal Justice and Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange entertained delegations of law enforcement executives from (Republic of) Georgia and Israel. The School of Nursing initiated a program with Cairo University College of Nursing to develop a post-baccalaureate clinical track and facilitate faculty and student exchanges. The Department of Economics graduated 20 Indonesian students with master's degrees as a result of a USAID funded program. The Andrew Young School of Policy Studies formed a partnership with An-Najah National University in Nablus, West Bank, to encourage sound policy reforms resulting in more responsive and accountable government. The College of Law continued its leadership of the Summer Academy in International Commercial Arbitration in Linz, Austria, with 50 students going to several destinations in Europe.

Internally funded international initiatives are listed in Table 18.

State and Local

Georgia State participated in numerous programs aimed at improving K-12 education in the State of Georgia. The Center for Behavioral Neurosciences sponsored a professional development workshop at Zoo Atlanta for public school teachers to learn about animal behavior and the brain with the aim of strengthening biology courses in the schools. The Center for Music Education Partnership combined forces with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to bring together music education students and elementary school teachers with symphony musicians in an effort to improve music instruction and curriculum. The Bio-Bus program visited 137 schools in 14 counties during the year bringing exciting biology laboratory experiences to over 15,000 students. The Bio-Bus program also hosted summer workshops and camps for teachers and middle school students. The Department of English presented its seventh "Conversations Among Partners in Learning" event for middle and high school teachers to exchange ideas, coordinate instruction across levels, and gain new content knowledge. The Department of African American Studies partnered with an elementary school to provide tutoring, curriculum development assistance, guest lectures, and Black History Month programs. The Department of History, the Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence, and the Martin Luther King Historical Site collaborated on development of a K-8 civil rights-theme curriculum. The Atlanta Consortium for Research in Earth Sciences provided geosciences research opportunities for K-12 science teachers. The nationally funded After-School All-Stars Atlanta in the Department of Kinesiology and Health provided comprehensive after school programs to 150 middle school children living in the inner city of Atlanta.

The College of Education worked with local school systems to train new teachers through alternative preparation programs. The Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education developed a new alternative preparation program in interrelated special education, which will allow dual certification in early childhood education and special education. The Department of Middle, Secondary, and Instructional Technology developed alternative programs leading to certification and master's degrees in teaching English as a second language and middle childhood education. Programs like the Georgia Teacher Alternative Preparation Program (GTAPP), Teach for America (TFA) and Teacher Education Environments in Mathematics and Science (TEEMS) addressed the challenges facing teachers in urban classrooms. The Department of Early Childhood Education along with the Georgia Office of School Readiness offered on-site workshops and distance learning sessions for over 5,000 teachers of infants, toddlers, and preschool children through the Best Practices Training Project. The Department of Educational Policy Studies launched a partnership with the Atlanta Public Schools in the area of educational leadership. The Principals' Center served over 700 school administrators from 46 school systems through professional development programs offered on the main campus, at the Alpharetta Center, and at local schools. The new Center for Research in School Safety, School Climate and Classroom Management emerged from the Office of School Safety with formation of an executive board and seminars to gather information about faculty research interests in this area.

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.

The Health Policy Center staffed the Governor's Action Group for Safe Children and was a major part of the core team for the Comprehensive Systems Change Initiative attempting to divert Georgia youth with mental health diagnoses from the juvenile justice system to mental health treatment. The Fiscal Research Center created AtlantaCensus 2000 website in conjunction with the Atlanta Regional Commission. The Environmental Policy Program developed a pilot project to use offset banking as a means for enhancing water quality in North Georgia and initiated with Albany State University a project to design ways to eliminate or reduce water pollution from chicken houses. The Networks for Rural Health program provided technical assistance to grantees in the Philanthropic Collaborative for a Healthy Georgia leveraging the $1.7 million investment in rural health system development by the state into $3.3 million of federal, state and private funds. The College of Law completed the multi-year Electronic Court Filing Project for the Georgia Courts Automation Commission, which demonstrated that courts using different filing technologies could successfully share documents and case information with each other as an important step toward standardizing this new technology. The College of Law continued to offer a legislative clinic and practicum course in which law students interned at the state capitol and performed legal research for committees of the General Assembly.

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