Year Report on the Global Partners Project
To The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Three consortia --
the Associated Colleges of the Midwest, the Associated Colleges of the
South and the Great Lakes Colleges Association -- offer their thanks to
the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for underwriting the expenses of an exciting
new joint venture, the Global Partners Project. This report describes
the activities of the first year of the program, all of which will benefit
our institutions. Thanks to the support of the Foundation, the three groups
are off to a strong start, establishing a foundation for the remaining
period of the grant.
The report begins
with the networks established and proceeds to the three overseas centers,
the "best practices" initiatives, and the resource network. Finally, there
is a discussion of evaluation efforts.
at the outset of the program was focused on organization. A coordinating
committee was established, representing equally the three consortia. The
coordinating committee designed the overall organizational framework and
the relationships between itself and the other groups that would be established.
The committee also clarified the decision-making authority, pinpointing
the key roles of the council of deans in each consortia. The attachments
provide further details on the definition of roles and responsibilities
for the coordinating committee.
Task forces were
established to cover the major features of the project. Each consortium
took the lead in assembling specific task forces for one of the three
centers plus the best practices and resource network areas. An additional
task force to focus on language issues was formed in mid-year.
the outline contained in the proposal to the Foundation, the three consortia
have initiated efforts to establish three centers and programs overseas
with ACM taking the lead for the Central Europe/Russia effort, ACS taking
the lead for a program in Turkey, and the GLCA playing the principal leadership
role in East Africa. Each program has taken a different tack with separate
points of emphasis. The Central Europe/Russia program has emphasized faculty
development, with seminars and grants being provided to faculty members
from the three consortia. The Turkey program has concentrated on establishing
a study abroad program for students, to begin in the fall of 2001. East
African programs have emphasized faculty development opportunities, pointing
toward an overseas faculty seminar for 18 faculty members in summer 2000.
in Central Europe/Russia -- led by the Associated Colleges of the Midwest
The task force for
Central Europe and Russia Centers met in October. The membership includes
four representatives from ACM, two from ACS, and two from GLCA. Members
represent regional experts, language and literature faculty, and individuals
with interdisciplinary interests in international education. Helen Scott
met with the task force representing the Coordinating Committee. The task
force is working particularly with Cheryl Jacobsen, the Administrative
Fellow at ACM supporting the activities of the Global Partners Project,
and with several ACM staff members.
At their initial
meeting, the ACM staff reviewed for the task force the current consortial
programs jointly recognized by ACM and GLCA, based at Palacky University
in Olomouc, Czech Republic, and Kuban State University in Krasnodar, Russia.
The task force encouraged ACM to extend these program opportunities to
the colleges of ACS, and to work with these institutions for faculty development
activities. ACM staff have discussed the proposed Global Partners activities
with colleagues in Olomouc and Krasnodar and have met with a warm response.