New leader named for UT Learning Collaborative; Center for International Studies and Programs created

November 18, 2011 | News, UToday
By Cathy Zimmer


The University of Toledo Learning Collaborative has worked to support and enhance the academic journey of all UT students for the past three years. With new direction and focus areas on which to concentrate, Angela Paprocki has been named the executive director of the UT Learning Collaborative, and Dr. Sam Spann has been named the executive director of the new Center for International Studies and Programs.

Margaret Traband, vice provost for undergraduate studies and special assistant to the provost, and former UT Learning Collaborative executive director, said the goal of creating the Center for International Studies and Programs is to provide more of a focus area for UT’s student support services and international experiences.

“Angela Paprocki is a good fit to lead the UT Learning Collaborative with her experience as director of the Office of Accessibility. She understands the needs of UT students and will take the UT Learning Collaborative in the right direction,” Traband said.


“Dr. Spann has extensive experience with international programs, as director of the UT Learning Collaborative’s Office of Academic Engagement. He understands the importance of an international experience and will help UT students build their global competencies,” Traband said.

The UT Learning Collaborative now houses the Office of Accessibility, Learning Enhancement Center, Writing Center, Career Services, Testing Services, Student Athletic Academic Services, Office of New Student Orientation, Gateway Programs and the Office of Excellence.

“I look forward to bringing new innovative ideas and creating stronger partnerships among UT Learning Collaborative programs and offices and with the UT community,” Paprocki said.

The Center for International Studies and Programs houses the Confucius Institute, Global Health, Global Initiatives, International Student and Scholar Services, American Language Institute, and the student experiences programs that were housed in the Office of Academic Engagement — Study Abroad, Camp Adventure, Service Learning and Community Outreach, National Student Exchange, and Washington Center Internships.

“The Center for International Studies and Program will work not only to enhance the global competencies for UT students, faculty and staff, it will enhance the domestic experience for international students here at UT and advise faculty and staff on the best means to create and organize a meaningful international experience,” Spann said. “As we develop our website, the center will be a place where individuals can find official University international policies and procedures, and information regarding international student opportunities.”

The UT Learning Collaborative administrative office will be relocating to University Hall near the end of the fall semester, and the Center for International Studies and Programs will be located in the Snyder Memorial Building after renovations are complete.

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