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UI seeks Regent approval for restructuring of international programs
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Significantly strengthened international course offerings
for students and enhanced support and promotion of international research
and exchange programs for faculty are two goals of a plan to restructure
international programs at the University of Iowa. The plan will be presented
to the State Board of Regents July 23 in Ames.
Key elements of the restructuring plan call for the merger of the UI's
two largest international program units and the creation of an International
Programs Advisory Council to enhance campus-wide coordination of international
activities. The restructuring plan is the result of a year-long process
of review by faculty and staff and reflects the goals and priorities of
the UI's strategic plan. The changes will be accomplished through reallocation
of existing resources, UI officials said.
"Student and faculty interest in international research and instruction
is growing rapidly," said Michael McNulty, UI associate provost.
"The restructuring plan will strengthen existing programs and promote
the development of new programs providing opportunities for students to
acquire the knowledge, skills and experience needed to compete in the global
economy and to live in communities and workplaces of increasing complexity
With the Regents' approval, the UI will merge the Office of International
Education and Services (OIES) and the Center for International and Comparative
Studies (CICS) to strengthen core support staff functions, and to effect
closer program coordination. In recognition of the growing interdepartmental
and cross-collegiate nature of many academic programs, the administrative
position responsible for those programs, the associate provost for international
programs, will be renamed the associate provost and dean of international
The changes reflect the successful growth of international research
and instruction at the UI and provide for a governance structure that will
facilitate future growth, McNulty said. "We will work very closely
with the collegiate deans, department heads and faculty to coordinate our
efforts," he added.
The restructuring plan calls for eliminating the directors' positions
at OIES and CICS and reclassifying them as associate dean and assistant
dean of international programs.
To secure campus-wide participation in international program planning,
the plan also calls for establishing an International Programs Advisory
Council that will meet monthly. The advisory council will include representatives
from the units reporting directly to the associate provost and dean of
international programs, faculty of international academic units, undergraduate
and graduate students, key service and support units, and representatives
of other UI colleges and other international programs that do not report
directly to the associate provost and dean of international programs.
The International Center, which is the location for many but not all
of the UI's international programs, will continue its current function
of providing support for all international programs. However, the restructuring
plan calls for the creation of seven core support staff positions that
will report to the director of the International Center. The seven core
positions are budgets and accounts; development and external relations;
information systems; instructional programs; outreach, cross cultural education
and training; public relations and media; and reception.
"The proposed changes will help the university address the fast-paced
changes in knowledge, the globalization of social and market forces, and
the revolution in instructional technologies that are challenging faculty
and students to rethink traditional areas of the curriculum and research,"