Global Education Advisory Committee examines study away programs

The Global Education Advisory Committee—convened by President Painter in the fall of 2003 to reconfigure, guide, and advise the College’s global education programs—has made considerable progress toward its first goal: the evaluation of Trinity’s approved study away programs. The committee is currently divided into six working groups representing the locations of Trinity’s programs: Africa and the Middle East (led by Michael Niemann), the Americas (Joan Morrison), Asia (Milla Riggio), Australia and New Zealand (Richard Mitten), Continental Europe (Katherine Lahti and George Gilmore), and the United Kingdom and Ireland (Jane Decatur). Each group is researching the programs of its area, using Web resources, materials from other programs, interviewing Trinity faculty members affiliated with the areas, and speaking with students who have returned. These groups will present their written assessments by the middle of the Spring Term. It is expected that some of the reports will recommend retention of programs, some will request an on-site visit, and others will recommend the removal of programs. All proposals for changes to the approved list will be submitted to the Curriculum Committee for review and decision.

In the fall semester, the group worked toward establishing concise criteria for assessing Trinity’s 117 approved programs. Other activities included presentations from several external providers, as well as the creation of a Blackboard site for the distribution of materials and reports.

Members of the GEAC include Borden Painter, Pablo Delano, Gerald Moshell, KristinTriff, Barbara Benedict, Dario Euraque, James Hagen, Thomas Harrington, Katherine Lahti, Milla Riggio, Daniel Blackburn, Henry DePhillips, Lisa-Anne Foster, David Henderson, Joan Morrison, Mark Franklin, James Wen, Johnny Williams, Diane Zannoni, Lani Davison, George Gilmore, Alan Sauer, Karla Spurlock-Evans, Frank Egan, Greg Smith, Michael Niemann, Jane Decatur, Richard Mitten, and Nancy Birch Wagner. The group is charged with advancing the goals and proposals resulting from the 2002-2003 Ford-funded international programs review, which included a planning meeting at Trinity with representatives from NESCAC schools and other institutions, and which culminated in the Report on Planning for Study Abroad, May 2003.

The College’s approved programs list is posted on the Web site of the Office of International Programs (, where it can be accessed by continent, program prerequisite, and alphabetically by country. The GEAC welcomes comments and suggestions from faculty members and students regarding any of these programs.


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