Center Task Force Meeting
August 25-27, 2000
Wayne Anderson, Associated Colleges of the South
Terrance Bigalke, Beloit College
Suzanne Bonefas, Associated Colleges of the South
Elise Friedland, Rollins College
Pedar Foss, DePauw University
Hal Haskell, Southwestern University
Peter O'Brien, Trinity University
Libby Rittenberg, Colorado College
Vernon Schubel, Kenyon College
Robert Snyder, Southwestern University
Teresa Wise, Associated Colleges of the South
Yvonne Yaz, Centenary College
Istanbul: After a review of possible partner institutions in Istanbul
(including Bilgi, Bogaziçi, Istanbul Technical University (ITU), Koç,
and Sabanci), it was agreed that the top choice was ITU and the second
choice was Bilgi. ACS will proceed with discussing the details of an agreement
with ITU. (In addition, ACS will discuss possible other types of co-operative
arrangements with the other institutions.)
Ankara: It was agreed that we will proceed with plans to work jointly with
Bilkent and METU in Ankara. We will ask for equal dorm facilities on each
campus, and students will be given the opportunity to choose from courses
at both institutions.
Several significant changes were made to the curriculum for the program.
A day-by-day schedule was proposed for the first 3 weeks in Istanbul.
During this 3 week period students will study Turkish language for 3 hours
per day. The core course will meet for 1.5 hours per day to provide overviews
on various topics. Full details of the changes are available on-line at http://www.global-partners.org/turkey/curriculum_report_rev2.html
Note: Members of the Task Force are to provide a list of issues to cover
and a bibliography regarding each of the proposed topics. Check the webpage
above to see who is responsible for each topic. This information should
be sent to Teresa Wise by the end of September. She
will consolidate the information and disseminate it to the group.
Members of the On-line Course Committee (Bonefas, Rittenberg, and Schindler)
will continue to fine-tune this aspect of the program. The following was
agreed to: time commitment should be reduced from 20 hours to 10 hours;
there should be an explicit policy as to what the effect will be if a
student fails to complete the on-line course; students should be given
a range of dates during which to complete the course with a specific cut-off
date. Note: In addition, the committee requested that we send suggestions
and references regarding the general topics to be covered in the on-line
and promotion on campuses
The text of the promotional brochure was reviewed and numerous changes
were made. These changes have been sent to committee members for review
and input by September 5, 2000. The brochure should be ready by the end
of September/beginning of October for distribution to campuses.
Committee members will act as the key contact points on their campuses.
In addition, they will contact colleagues on other campuses who have an
interest in Turkey. Face to face promotion of the program is strongly
encouraged and felt to be the best method to encourage participation.
The TurkeyNet List of faculty interested in Turkey will also be used as
a means of promotion.
and approvals on campuses
This process will vary from campus to campus. The Deans of all the institutions
will be asked (through the appropriate consortial office) to begin the
approval process as soon as possible. When the brochure is ready it will
be sent to campuses. The text can be sent prior to the brochure's availability.
The deadline for application for the program was established as February
15, 2001. Elise Friedland, Hal Haskell, and Vernon Schubel will act as
the Application Review Committee (with Rebecca Schindler acting as an
Wayne Anderson and Teresa Wise will review projected costs for the program
and draft a proposal regarding costs, keeping in mind that we need to
remain competitive with both the CIEE Turkey program and the College Year
in Athens program.
We have not identified a director for Fall 2001. We will solicit input
concerning the directorship for the first year as well as subsequent years
from the TurkeyNet List. From our group we did have the following possibilities
for the future: 2001 - Libby Rittenberg - only for the initial month;
2002 - Vernon Schubel; 2003 - Yvonne Yaz; 2004 - Libby Rittenberg.
Faculty Development Seminars
It was agreed that the focus of faculty development seminars for the
immediate future would be on those who have limited experience in Turkey,
thus widening the pool of interest in this area. Long term plans might
shift to individual faculty grants for those who have more expertise and
want to conduct research.
of the Program
We need to find an organization or a consultant who can conduct an independent
assessment of the program after its first implementation. ACS staff will
continue to research possibilities for such assessment.
XI. Future Meetings
The Task Force tentatively plans to meet again at the beginning of 2002.
We will continue to be in regular contact by email and when necessary
by conference call.
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