Fall Forums January 20 to February 1, 2009

Minutes

Seventh Forum of Council of Chinese American Deans and Presidents (CCADP)
January 30 to February 1, 2009, San Francisco, California

Members Present:    
Liping Cai, Gregory S. Chan, Wei R. Chen, Jin Kang Gong, Jin Wang, Chunsheng Zhang, Jialin Zheng

Reception Dinner
Friday, January 30, 2009, 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM, dinner hosted by Acting Consul General Mr. Wenxiang Lu, San Francisco, CA
Presiding: Consul Wenxiang Lu and President Jin Wang
Topics:

  1. Welcome by President Jin Wang and Acting Consul General Lu
  2. Introduction of CCADP members and hosts


Session I. CCADP Business Meeting (1)
Friday, January 30, 2009, 8:30 PM to 11:00 PM, Westin Hotel, San Francisco, CA
Presiding: President Jin Wang
Topics:

  1. President Jin Wang called the meeting
  2. President Wang gave opening remarks
    He summarized the activities of CCADP in the past year
    A copy of his remarks is attached
  3. Vice President Jin Kang Gong led the discussion on the revisions of the Bylaws
    The discussion was focused on the CCADP membership
    The attendees also discussed the possibilities of granting associate membership to colleagues returned to China from the US and other possible memberships
  4. 4. Secretary/Treasurer Wei Chen gave a brief report on the Council organization and financial statusHis report is attached
  5. Attendants decided to continue the discussions on January 31


Session II. US-China Educational Collaborations
Saturday, January 31, 2009, 9 AM to 10:30 AM, Consulate General of PRC, 1450 Laguna St., San Francisco, CA
Presiding: President Jin Wang
Topics:

  1. Update on China’s Higher Education by Yang Shen, Deputy Director General of the Department of International Cooperation and Exchanges, Ministry of Education, P. R. China
  2. Attendees discussed the status of higher education in China
  3. Attendees discussed possible collaborations between CCADP and Chinese institutions

Session III.  Plan for Near- and Long-Term Reform and Development of Education in
China (“The Plan”)
中国中长期教育改革和发展规划纲要
Saturday, January 31, 2009, 10:45 AM to 2:00 PM, Consulate General of PRC, 1450 Laguna St., San Francisco, CA
Presiding: Vice President Jin Kang Gong
Topics:

  1. 中国中长期教育改革和发展规划纲要 (“The Plan”) was introduced by Dr. Wei Shao, Chief Consul of Education, PRC Embassy – San Francisco
  2. Discussion was followed with suggestions on what CCADP could do to contribute to the development of the Plan
  3. Discussion continued during a working lunch


Session IV
   Effects of Current Economic Crisis on Higher Education

Saturday, January 31, 2009, 2:00 PM to 3:15 PM, Consulate General of PRC, 1450 Laguna St., San Francisco, CA
Presiding: Dr. Gregory Chan
Topics:

  1. Remarks on the effects of current economic crisis on our university by Dr. Liping Cai
  2. Dr. Chan discussed actions and cautions needed during the economic crisis
  3. The attendees discussed the measures each university has taken to deal with the crisis

Session V        Collaborations between Member Institutions and Chinese Higher Education
Saturday, January 31, 2009, 3:15PM to 5:30 PM, Consulate General of PRC, 1450 Laguna St., San Francisco, CA
Presiding: Dr. Wei Chen
Topics:

  1. Dr. Chunsheng Zhang presented trends and characteristics of educational collaborations between US and China
  2. President Jin Wang discussed proposals and projects for CCADP
  3. Dr. Jialin C. Zheng discussed the challenges and road blocks and what changes needed, particularly in the areas of medicine and health care
  4. Attendees discussed potential joint programs/projects/plans with Chinese institutions

Saturday, January 31, 2009, 5:30 PM to 8 PM, dinner hosted by Chief Education Consul Wei Shao, San Francisco, CA
Session VI. CCADP Business Meeting (2)
Saturday, January 31, 2009, 8:30 PM to 11:00 PM, Westin Hotel, San Francisco, CA
Presiding: Secretary/Treasurer Wei Chen
Topics:

  1. Bylaws and Membership Committee
    1. A committee was proposed for providing recommendations to the Council for revisions of and amendments to the Bylaws.  Three members (Jin Kang Gong, Liping Cai, and Wei Chen) volunteered to serve on the committee.
    2. Dr. Liping Cai suggested a Preamble for our Bylaws.  The committee was charged to prepare a Preamble for the consideration of the Council
    3. The Committee was also charged to make recommendations for the revisions of Article II: Membership
  2. Other Committees
    The attendees considered and discussed proposals to form other committees (such as Public Relation committee and program committee).  However, they decided to put the proposals on hold.
  3. Feedback from Attendees
    Each attendee was asked to provide a brief description on this Forum.
  4. Input on the 中国中长期教育改革和发展规划纲要 (“The Plan”)
    Jin Kang Gong has emailed a copy of the Plan to members earlier.  The Council now requests members to provide input.  Written (preferably in Chinese) comments and suggests are due February 14 to Jin Kang.  They will be assembled and then sent to Wei Shao, Chief Consul of Education, PRC Embassy – San Francisco.
    The Council decided that this was a great opportunity for us to influence the reform of Chinese higher education, hence encouraging all members to take timely actions.
  5. Direct Communications with Members not Present at the Forum
    Attendees volunteered to make phone calls in the near future to communicate with the members not present at the Forum to seek input on the directions and activities of the Council
  6. Membership Due
    Some members have not paid the membership dues. Wei Chen was charged to email invoices to these members and to follow up with phone calls.
  7. Nomination and Election of Officers
    Since the officers will serve a two-year term, no nomination and election were held during the Forum
  8. Venue of Next Forum
    Due to the advantages of location and weather, attendees decided to hold our 8th Forum in next January in San Francisco again, unless Council members agree on a different venue
  9. Meeting adjourned


Session VII. CCADP Business Meeting (3)
Sunday, February 1, 2009, 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM, Breakfast meeting
An informal meeting was held with remaining attendees (Cai, Chan, Chen, Wang) during breakfast