February 2014 Archives

Wednesday, April 2, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. - location TBD

Graduate Admissions and the ISSS office are hosting a session called, "Working with International Students: Training for Plan-Level Coordinators" to take place on April 2nd.

Content will include:


  • An overview of the international student population

  • How immigration status impacts one's academic career

  • Tips for navigating cultural and language differences

  • Current resources

Watch your email for further details and registration info.

Official go-live for ESUP established

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The Executive Oversight Committee, with the support of President Kaler, officially established the go-live period for the Enterprise Systems Upgrade Program (ESUP): February 2015. For more information, visit the ESUP blog.

Graduate Student Services & Progress (GSSP) is working on creating new online workflows for graduate and professional students to use when declaring a minor and/or master's degree plan type (i.e., Plan A, B, or C). These two new workflows are intended to complement the business process for Academic Advisement (AA). The minor declaration workflow will help standardize processes for graduate (GRD) and departmental master's students (DMS).

GSSP will be reaching out to Directors of Graduate Studies, College Coordinators, and Plan Level Coordinators early next week for feedback regarding the overall design and process of these workflows.

If you have any questions, please email gssp@umn.edu.

Acting Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Education Sally Kohlstedt gave a Graduate Education update to the Board of Regents Thursday morning (February 13, 2014). In her update, Sally reviewed national patterns and trends surrounding graduate education, including career growth, student financial aid and debt, and degrees awarded. She also outlined current focuses, strategies, and challenges facing the Graduate School. For more on this presentation, please visit the Board of Regents docket materials page → open the February 2014 Docket (PDF) → open ASA_Docket.pdf → pages 10-29.

President Kaler leads new student retention initiative

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President Kaler recently announced the Twin Cities new 'Retaining all our Students' initiative, an effort to improve the first-year retention rates of low income students. The program, which will be fully implemented by 2016, is designed to help Pell-eligible students obtain their degree and establish set career paths. Currently, the first-year retention rate for these students is 87%.

The initiative has four focus areas, which include the following:

- The Bridge Program (funded for Pell eligible students)
- SMART Learning Commons program enhancements
- Increased awareness for advisers regarding these students
- Financial literacy (One Stop will focus on these students)

In addition to Pell-eligible students, first generation students will also be a priority of the program.

Building access pilot program

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The University recently implemented a Building Access Pilot Program in select buildings on West Bank. The program aims to increase security by limiting building hours in the evenings and on weekends. With a few exceptions (residence halls and research areas, for example), campus buildings are open to the public. The program will improve safety by limiting access outside of regular University business hours to UCard-carrying students, faculty, and staff.

West Bank buildings part of the Building Access Pilot Program include:

- Anderson Hall
- Elmer Anderson Library
- Barker Dance Center
- Carlson School
- Hanson Hall
- Mondale Hall
- Regis Center for the Arts

A list of pilot program buildings and their hours is available. The remaining buildings on West Bank will be changed the middle of spring semester, and the rest of the Twin Cities campus during the summer.

To learn more about the program, visit Building Access Program FAQ.

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