Action Plan for the University Strategic Plan



2005 Action Plan Progress Report - Connection to the Greater Community

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


The Model Arab League student team, in only its third year, won top honors at the southeast regional meet with the team taking the Outstanding Delegation Award and individual students winning three of six student awards in competition with teams which had won national titles in the past.

The Department of African American Studies initiated a study abroad program in Ghana with students exploring connections between African people on the continent and people of African descent living in the United States . The students spent one week on Sapelo Island , a major departure point for slave trade in the 1700s and 1800s, and three weeks in the capital city, Accra .

The Department of Biology began a collaborative Biotechnology master's degree program with Cairo University . Egyptian students will complete theoretical courses at Cairo and will then spend one year at Georgia State for practical training and writing their theses.

The Center for International Media was the first on the ground in Iraq to train journalists in the post-Saddam Hussein era.

Nearly 60 students and faculty in the Executive MBA program traveled to Europe to study culture and business practices. The group met with European Union officials to gain a more in-depth understanding of the EU and its impact on world trade.

The College of Education collaborated with Kennesaw State University and Belize University to extend the student teaching abroad program originally focused on China . The College of Education also initiated a research partnership with the University of West Indies in collaboration with Morehouse College and Spelman College .

The Department of Physical Therapy participated in an initiative to promote physical therapy curricula in China .

College of Law students visited arbitration courts in Budapest , Munich , Prague , and Vienna as part of the Summer Academy in International Commercial Arbitration. The College of Law also hosted its first Fulbright Senior Scholar, a professor from the University of British Columbia , who conducted research on the impact of NAFTA investor protection on growth management legislation and land use controls.

The Andrew Young School of Policy Studies through the International Studies Program offered workshops on tax policy, revenue forecasting, and other government finance issues in a number of countries, including Nepal , Guyana , Indonesia , and Tanzania .

The initiation of the first International Education Fee in the University System helped fund study abroad scholarships, which were largely responsible for a 33% increase in the number of students studying abroad. Four hundred sixteen students participated in study abroad programs, including five new programs led by Georgia State faculty.

Advancement of internationalization at Georgia State over the last decade resulted in special recognition by the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges (NASULGC). Provost Ronald Henry received the Michael P. Malone Award, the highest award from NASULGC for international education.

Internally funded international initiatives are listed in Table 18.

State and Local

The Bio-Bus program brought laboratory biology experiences to over 25,000 students at 110 middle schools and high schools in 16 counties. In the summer, the Bio-Bus provided a unique workshop on molecular biotechnology for high school teachers.

The National Debate Project in the Department of Communications used funding from the Arthur Blank Family Foundation to open the Debate Center at Georgia State . The center provided free training in debate and advocacy skills to 100 high school students per week from local schools. Debate-across-the-curriculum workshops trained principals and humanities teachers from DeKalb County middle schools and high schools how to use debate as a pedagogical strategy for teaching history, government, and art.

The Department of English hosted Conversations Among Partners in Learning workshops on "Bridging the Gap Between High School and College: Thinking Critically About Reading" and "Critical Approaches to Drama in the Classroom." These workshops brought together Department of English faculty and high school teachers to exchange ideas and coordinate instruction across levels.

Faculty in the College of Education pursued field-based research in public P-12 educational settings, juvenile detention centers, adult literacy programs, and after school programs. The primary focus of these endeavors was on urban education, which was facilitated by participation in the Great Cities Universities Consortium and the Council of Great City Schools and Universities. The consortium members shared findings and strategies for adapting those findings to meet the needs of urban schools across the country.

The Andrew Young School of Policy Studies engaged in research programs linked to critical issues for the state. For example, the Georgia Health Policy Center focused on access to primary care and improving the health status of rural residents, school health, childhood obesity, health care needs of children in state custody, childcare quality, community initiatives in managing care for the uninsured, health care coverage for young adults, comparison of community-based and facility-based long-term care options for the elderly, and cancer prevention and control through information dissemination.

The Center for Latin American and Latino Studies and the Department of Psychology supported the Caminar Latino and Proyecto Juventud programs, which address marital abuse and child development within the Latino community of Metropolitan Atlanta.

The Department of Chemistry sponsored summer research programs for minority high school students to experience chemistry research and the Bridges to the Future program to aid junior college biology and chemistry students in making the transition to four-year institutions.

The Center for Writing and Research provided on-line responses to questions regarding written communication. Individuals or businesses e-mail questions about writing issues or brief drafts with specific questions to the center, and the tutors in the center respond by return e-mail within 24 hours.

The Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality and the Georgia World Congress Center partnered to create the Hospitality Learning Center to be located within the GWCC.

The Institute of International Business offered a series of free workshops designed to provide business owners with the tools necessary to take their companies global.

The Department of Counseling and Psychological Services teamed with the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies to establish a federally funded program to train rehabilitation counselors.

The Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing administered flu vaccines to state employees, provided back-to-school physicals for homeless children, conducted classes for migrant workers on health matters, and taught parenting skills in day care facilities.

The College of Law partnered with the Atlanta Legal Aid Society to start a legal services clinic at a local hospital to serve the needs of low-income patients for access to medical, social and legal services.

The Tax Clinic in the College of Law celebrated its tenth anniversary with a tripling of case load in the last 5 years. The clinic engages 15 to 20 law students per semester in assisting approximately 170 low-income taxpayers, who are involved in disputes with the Internal Revenue Service.

The Community Service Office, along with the offices of Student Life and Leadership, Intercultural Relations, and International Affairs, sponsored the Empty Bowls Project, a hunger and homelessness awareness dinner in conjunction with the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday celebration. The Community Service Office also sponsored the sixth annual "Into the Streets" initiative involving over 2,800 students, as well as many faculty and staff, who contributed more than 12,000 hours of service to the Atlanta community.

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