The International Education Committee (IEC) is an advisory body to the Roukema Center for International Education (RCIE). It is charged to uphold the mission for international education at Ramapo College, to “. create a holistic educational experience that enables our students to become literate, intentional and empowered global citizens,” and to enhance commitment to and help realize the vision of the “four pillars” of international, intercultural, interdisciplinary, and experiential learning at Ramapo.
Consistent with the overall College mission and Strategic Plan, the IEC recommends both immediate and long-term directions for the growth and development of international education at Ramapo and advises on fostering a campus climate conducive to an interest in international affairs and international education. The IEC shall foster collaboration with the Academic Affairs and Student Affairs Units, the Cahill Center for Experiential Education, the Center for Student Involvement, campus diversity structures, and Enrollment Management. According to shifts in college needs, interests, and resources, other units may be engaged.
Expectations of the IEC include, ensuring:
- Strategic planning for internationalization;
- objectives and means for international student and scholar recruitment;
- international events, awards/recognitions, and honor society;
- outreach and community engagement;
- initiation and/or elaboration of international linkages;
- new programmatic initiatives; and
- integration of study abroad and off-campus programs in a cohesive scheme of international and multicultural education, consistent with academic units’ learning goals.
Ben Levy (Chair – International Education); Sridevi Shivarajan (ASB); Christina Chung (ASB); Natalia Santamaria-Laorden (HGS); Pinar Kayaalp (HGS); Donna Flynn (TAS); Benjamin Fine (TAS); Loraine Tan (TAS); Eileen Klein (SSHS); John McTighe (SSHS); Marta Bautis (CA); Rowlett (Neel) Scott (CA); Andrew Hadel (CA); Naseem Choudhury (Prestigious Fellowships); Kate Maricic Cohen (Library); Samantha Wittenberg (Library); vacant (SEM/Admissions); John Yao (SEM/Student Success); Deb Stark (SEM/Career Center); Tamika Quick (Diversity Action Committee); and Purvi Parekh (Ramapo Foundation).
The International Program Committee advises on matters pertaining to credit-bearing study abroad and domestic off-campus programs, and some non-credit international and off-campus student programs. (“Study Abroad” is used as an inclusive shorthand.) The advisory purview includes ensuring:
- the study abroad programs are integrated in the curriculum and have academic merit;
- that a substantive and geographic complement of programs is offered;
- a variety of language-intensive and Anglophone courses and programs;
- optimal “fit” of provider programs to the Ramapo curriculum;
- maximizing breadth, quality, and accessibility of programs on offer; and
- promotion of study abroad among students and colleagues.
The International Program Committee reviews proposals for courses or programs made by faculty on the RCIE Program Proposal Form. Proposals are approved by the author(s)’s convening group(s) and dean(s) before they reach the Committee. The Committee’s review results in a positive or negative recommendation to the Academic Review Committee (ARC), or a recommendation to the author(s) to revise the course or program. Committee members should be mindful of limitations and opportunities that might pertain to the course venue. Revision might be recommended, for example, in order to adapt pedagogy to site, enhance experiential components, or adjust operational elements of the program or program infrastructure, typically to assure appropriate management of risk, cost effectiveness, and compliance with professional “best practice.” Committee members shall recuse themselves from decisions regarding proposals that they have written. Furthermore, it is ethically incumbent upon all Committee members to make full disclosures with regard to potential conflicts of interest between themselves and the applicant. In some instances the Committee may recommend recusal.
In addition, the committee will review any student Petition Applications for student participation in a program not currently on the list of Approved International Programs by Ramapo College, according to the criteria listed above.
Program providers will be selected by RCIE and approved by the International Program Committee for recommendation to the Provost, according to professional best practice as codified by the Forum on Education Abroad (www.forumea.org) and NAFSA (www.nafsa.org).
Kathryn Lamanna (Chair – International Education); Edward Shannon (SHGS); Gladys Torres-Baumgarten (ASB); Elvira Katic (SSHS); Eric Wiener (TAS); Nakia Matthias (CA); Paula Ihne (Student Success); Stephanie Barlow (Residence Life); and Barbara Harmon-Francis (EOF).
To ensure a fair, just and equitable process and distribution of scholarship funds to eligible Ramapo students in their pursuit of international education opportunities. The committee’s functions include:
- Develop eligibility criteria for scholarship candidates
- Review scholarship applications
- Determine distribution amounts
- Create reporting process for scholarship distribution
- Research and support the advertisement of additional study abroad scholarship resources
Kathryn Lamanna (Chair – International Education); JJ Belle (Financial Aid); and pending (Student Success).
The International Risk Assessment Committee reviews all sponsored international locations where Ramapo College has sponsored activities. The committee will assess health, safety and security at each location. The charge of committee is to review, assess and make recommendations to the President’s Cabinet as it relates to potential and real risks in locations of Ramapo College’s international activities. Committee meetings occur on a monthly basis, unless a situation warrants an ad-hoc meeting.
Committee members have been appointed to the committee as a result of their professional expertise. Committee membership is ongoing given the unique experience of the members unless noted otherwise below.
Committee members will include:
- Director of International Education (Co-Chair): will provide the committee with information retrieved from relevant sources (i.e. OSAC, state.gov, CDC, who etc).
- Academic Dean (to be rotated every 2 years): the Deans will provide insight into the academic content of the program begin reviewed. They may also be asked to review and/or identify alternate programs for consideration should the recommendation of the committee be to not travel to the program location under review. (Note: all Deans are welcome to attend, in addition there will be one designated per cycle).
- Controller: advise the committee on the associated financial risks and exposures and provides recommendations regarding the programs under review.
- Director of Business Continuity/Emergency Planning (Co-Chair): provides the committee with information on best practices, activities that have been monitored at other institutions and/or by the state dept and OSAC. Along with the Director of International Education is a resource for researching additional information at the request of the team.
- Employee Relations: provides the committee with information relevant to faculty contracts and the institution’s responsibility as it relates to the faculty member, cancellation of program and/or alternate recommendations.
- Student Affairs: provides information for student activities sponsored programs and assistance supporting and communicating with students.
- Human Resources: is a resource for employment related issues and support that results from the committee’s decision and recommendations.
- Faculty (2 positions that are to be rotated every 2 years): provide guidance in international academic programming and curriculum
- Assistant Dean of Nursing: advise on health-related risks
Each committee member will contribute their expertise and resulting report for inclusion in the decision document to be presented to the cabinet detailing actions taken, facts reviewed and the committee recommendation.