EPAG Minutes

Thursday, December 8, 2005

3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Humanities 309


Jayne Niemi, Beth Cleary (Chair for the Day), Caroline Ettinger, Joan Ostrove, Michael Schneider,  Ellen Guyer,  Karl Wirth,  Peter Weisensel, Linda Schulte-Sasse, Diane Michelfelder


Minutes from the last meeting were approved.


Study Away Discussion

Caroline reported what she has heard from other students.  There seem to be a lot of questions about the following issues: 


  1. The participation of international students in study away, in particular questions about costs, payment, and financial aid applicability.
  2. The concept of applying both to the program and Macalester is not well-understood by students
  3. Concern about the constellation of programs offered for certain majors 
  4. The application process is not well understood by student who haven’t begun the process yet


Other committee members chimed in with their impressions and opinions.  Some topics were discussed, including the following:




On a broader level, we discussed the idea that study abroad should be considered part of a liberal arts education, and need not necessarily connect directly to a student’s major or minor.  The question was posed, “If we had no process, what would we ask of a student who wants to study abroad?”


Do we have a document that states goals and objectives of study abroad that could frame this conversation?  Perhaps the IC has such a statement.  The Provost might have a prototype of Grinnell’s assessment through the Teagle grant.   What do we want the students to have? What do we want the program to offer?


We should schedule a conversation with Mike Monahan, Paula Paul-Wagner, and Katherine Yngve next semester, to talk about goals, objectives, our ideas, their ideas, and clarification of the recommended program listings.


We should seek input from the faculty as a larger community, perhaps through luncheons. 


The study away handbook could be made more widely available to advisers in print.  The website could also be advertised for those who prefer it.







Adjourned  4:35 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,

Jayne Niemi, Registrar