9 September, 2000, University of Birmingham
1. Apologies were accepted from Colin Brock, Michael Crossley, Joanna Le Metais, Keith Watson, and Maggie Wilson.
2. The minutes of the last AGM of September 1999 were approved, with one correction: the acronym ALSISS stands for the Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences.
3. There were no matters arising.
4. Chair’s report from David Phillips:
- Tribute was paid to all members of the Executive Committee.
- The success of the one-day conferences of the last year was acknowledged.
- BAICE nominees Patricia Broadfoot and Margaret Archer are now members of the Academy. All the recent nominations have also been successful (names to be announced). Nominations for future academicians from the field were invited from the membership.
5. Lynn Davies was elected chair for 2000 – 2002.
6. Michael Crossley was elected vice-chair for 2000 – 2002.
7. Yusuf Sayed was elected to the Executive Committee as an ordinary member.
8. Report from Treasurer: David Matheson submitted a summary of the BAICE accounts to the AGM. He noted one correction: the amount still to be transferred to the Compare account is £1651.51 (not £3900.41).
9. Report from the Secretary: Michele Schweisfurth reported on membership numbers: 111 full members, 20 student members, 9 associate members, 8 retired members, 6 honorary members and 1 corporate member. With the few members who have joined for the conference, the total paid-up membership is very similar to the figures for previous years, but the target of 200 members has eluded us.
10. Fiona Leach reported on the Association journal Compare. In March, Caroline Dyer will replace Fiona to work as co-editor with Rosemary Preston.
11. Hugh Hawes of the Institute of Education was proposed by the executive committee as President for 2000 – 2001, and he is willing to accept. The AGM agreed his appointment.
12. Nigel Grant and Margaret Sutherland were proposed as honorary members. This was approved by the AGM.
13. The proposed subscription price increase, which is the first in many years, was approved by the AGM. The new rates are: full members £30;student and retired members £18;associate members £7.
14. The proposed constitutional change to create the position of Membership Secretary was approved by the AGM.
15. The progress towards the possibility of BAICE hosting the 2004 World Congress of Comparative Education Societies conference at a UK institution was discussed. The advantages and disadvantages of a London base were explored, in view of the 2002 Comparative Education Societies in Europe conference to be held there. Other possibilities were raised, including East Anglia. The AGM indicated its support for a UK-based conference for 2004.
16. Forthcoming Events:
- 18 October: one-day conference in Bath on International Education and National Systems.
- In Spring, Edinburgh will host a one-day conference on Education in Africa.
- The Comparative and International Education Society’s 2001 conference in Washington will start 14 March.
- The deadline for papers for the United Kingdom Forum for International Education and Training ‘Oxford Conference’ 2001 is the end of October 2000.
- The Year of the Commonwealth Education Ministers meeting is to be held in Canada in November.
17. Any other business: Lalage Bown commended the University of Birmingham team on the organisation of the conference. Colin Brock’s tribute to Raymond Ryba was distributed.
18. The next meeting of the general membership will be held at the Oxford Conference in September 2001.