March 2013 Archives

Workflow processes (e.g., Graduate Adviser Assignment, Preliminary Oral Exam Committee, Master's and/or Doctoral Final Exam Committee, Specialist Exam Committee, Graduate Student Registration Exception) migrated to a new server on Tuesday, March 19.

As a result, the links to the workflow forms have changed. Most users will not notice any changes, but please be sure to update your bookmarks to the new workflow links. Delegations have also been transferred to the new workflow.

If you have questions regarding this notice, please contact Stacia Madsen at grad-wfg@umn.edu.

Two new graduate education policy guides are now available on the Graduate School website. The guides for the Master's Degree: Performance Standards and Progress policy and for the Doctoral Degree: Performance Standards and Progress policy were sent to Deans, Associate Deans, Directors of Graduate Studies, Plan Level Coordinators, RAC Members and the College Advisory Group on March 21.

Feedback regarding the guides is welcome. Please contact Karen Starry with questions or comments.

Question: Can private student data be released to accreditation organizations without prior student consent?

Answer: FERPA specifically allows for non-directory information (which includes transcripts) to be shared with members of an accreditation team for the purposes of accreditation.

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) available in May

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Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, will be available in May. The University will partner with Coursera (coursera.org/minnesota), a leading MOOC platform, to develop free online courses. Anyone is welcome to sign up. Since there can be literally thousands of participants in a course, completing assignments is based on the honor system and often includes peer feedback. So far, five University faculty members plan to offer Coursera courses. The University does not currently offer credit for completion of MOOCs.

Portal welcomes U's new content management system

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The University has recently acquired a new enterprise content management system - Drupal. This is a systemwide initiative available to and supporting all system campuses, and a great opportunity for the Enterprise System Upgrade Program (ESUP). The Enterprise Portal project will be working closely with the Drupal team so that content providers can enter content into Drupal for their websites and have it appear in the new portal.

Email for athletic eligibility questions

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Please use the central email asrathl@umn.edu for submitting questions regarding athletic eligibility. By doing so, ASR is able to provide a more timely response, as the entire student athlete academic eligibility team monitors this account.

Reminder - current forms

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For the most up-to-date forms for doctoral, master's, and certificate students, please use the forms on the website.

If you have not yet entered faculty role information for your program(s), be sure to do so no later than March 29.

Effective Friday, March 1, the process for reporting Preliminary Written Examination (PWE) results to Graduate Student Services and Progress (GSSP) will be automated with a new online workflow.

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