Associate Professor of Music, OSU
1. "The number of college students who study abroad should be increased to at least 10% of enrollment by 1995." With about 1% of OSU students participating in Office of International Education (OIE) programs each year, even partial achievement of this goal would require a massive effort at all levels of the university. To expect the OIE and the Foreign Languages Department to effect such a change by themselves is unrealistic.
2. "Policies for faculty hiring, evaluation and reward can and should be adjusted to reflect recognition of the importance of international experience." "At present, professional academic advancement is clearly hindered at many institutions and in many fields by time spent abroad, particularly for pre-tenure instructors. Such institutional barriers will need to be modified. The goal should be a high level of internationalization of the faculty."
3. "Institutions should encourage, or even require, all departments and schools within the university to include statements in their catalog on how study abroad can be incorporated into the course of study."
4. "Senior administrators must be the leaders in developing revenues for study abroad. It is they who are most likely to persuade trustees, legislatures, alumni, foundations and corporate donors that there is a critical national need to support this essential aspect of American education." "Is now the time to establish an endowment fund to support students who need financial assistance to study abroad?"
1. We should take another look at an undergraduate foreign language requirement as part of the institutional commitment to 'international literacy.' A major stumbling block, however, is that far too many American college professors seem to regard foreign language proficiency as something that ended with the Ph.D. exam, hardly an attitude that encourages undergraduates to take foreign languages seriously.
2. CLA needs to review the requirements for the B.S. degree. In the graduating classes of 1988 and 1989, 273 students earned the B.A. degree, which requires the second year of a foreign language while 774 elected the B.S. From my advising experience, the B.S. is almost always regarded as the "easier, non-language" option, which thus reduces interest in the B.A.
3. Positive incentives should be developed in order to encourage many more faculty and students to become seriously involved in international educational and academic activities. Practices which penalize students and faculty (and/or their departments) who go abroad should be eliminated. While OSU has a stunning array of study abroad programs, pitifully few students take advantage of them. Most faculty seem not to know much about these programs, and at OSU it would be easy to think that involvement with study abroad programs is largely a personal matter.
by Marlan Carlson, Resident Director Oregon Study Center in Germany (88-90) Associate Professor of Music, OSU