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Intersections GradTracker: Placements Launches

Placement data is a key indicator of the success of a graduate program. This summer we are introducing the second GradTracker module, GradTracker: Placement. This module should make it easier for programs to provide this information for your most recent graduates. The module will be live today, August 15, 2012 in Intersections GradTracker. Your recently graduated students will be listed under the "All Dept Placements" link. Select a recent grad and click "New Placement" to enter their placement(s). Please contact Wendy Friedmeyer ((612) 624-9815, fried053@umn.edu) if you have any questions. Because this module is just being launched, the deadline for entry this year is Wednesday, September 12, 2012. (Normally, the deadline would be September 1st.)

The CLA Office of Research and Graduate Programs would like to introduce Katelyn Lubbers as our new Executive Office and Admin Specialist.

Katelyn is new to the U, with a background in early childhood education and experience from Target and Kindercare. Katelyn will be here everyday to answer your questions, schedule meetings and provide support for CLA's graduate programs and research initiatives. Expect to see klubbers@umn.edu in your inbox.

A welcome is planned for 3:00pm on Thursday, July 26 in 113 Johnston. Come meet Katelyn and join us for some treats!

On Tuesday, May 8, Intersections: Grad Tracker will transition to the new Shibboleth login/sign-out protocol from the Central Authentication Hub (CAH). There is no extended downtime that accompanies this work.

Once the implementation is complete the authentication to Grad Tracker will have a new look and feel. See OIT's detailed preview of the new look. Many of you have already seen this change in other applications, so the look will be familiar.

We will need an HRIF form for new graduate student employees who do not have historical appointment information in HRMS. This is because new appointments in HRMS need the following three addresses input into HRMS: home address, campus mail address and campus office address.

When submitting these forms to payroll for new employees, please make sure that you fill out the form completely.

Center for Teaching and Learning

A message from the Center for Teaching and Learning.
Please forward to the appropriate faculty and staff members. Thank you.

To: Directors of Graduate Studies (DGS) Assistants and HR Pros
From: Jeff Lindgren, Assistant Director, Center for Teaching and Learning

If your department employs graduate or undergraduate teaching assistants whose home language growing up was not English, now is the time to check UM Reports to make sure that they have attained the proper English Language Proficiency (ELP) rating to a hold TA position.

Please inform non-native English speaking students who will be TAs or instructors this year and whose ELP rating is lower than "1" that the University's policy requires them to either:

  • enroll in an International TA Program course (GRAD 5105, GRAD 5102, or Foundations); or...
  • take the SETTA (Spoken English Test for TAs) if they wish to try to raise their ELP rating.
There is currently space available for students to take the SETTA from August 24 through September 2. Students are eligible for the SETTA, if in the last 12 months, they have taken neither a previous SETTA nor a course in the International TA Program (i.e., GRAD 5105, GRAD 5102, Foundations, or CSE: TALK). For more information or to register to take the SETTA test visit: http://www.umn.edu/ohr/teachlearn/graduate/itap/settaeligibility/index.html

Departments may request exemptions to the English requirement by emailing the student's name, ID#, and reason for the exemption to me at lindg027@umn.edu.  

For more information, feel free to call me at 612.625.3070 or visit the websites below:
International Teaching Assistant Program and Courses
http://www.umn.edu/ohr/teachlearn/graduate/itap/index.html
English Proficiency Policy
http://www.policy.umn.edu/Policies/hr/Performance/LANGUAGE.html
Consultations For All Instructional Staff and TAs
http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/teachlearn/consultations/consultations/index.html

Center for Teaching and Learning
University Office Plaza, Suite 400
2221 University Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
612.625.3041
www.teaching.umn.edu
teachlrn@umn.edu

Intersections: GradTracker Training

Intersections: GradTracker training will continue on a one-on-one or small group basis as needed. Contact Wendy Friedmeyer (fried053@umn.edu, 4-9815) to schedule training, request access or if you have any questions.

As soon as you have completed training you may begin entering future financial commitments for your students. Note that the deadline for entry of all graduate student commitments is September 15, 2011.

IMPORTANT REMINDER TO READ AND SIGN UP!

An Announcement from the Office of the Associate Dean for Research and
Graduate Programs and CLA Fiscal Administration:

The GradTracker project is creating a more efficient tool for
recording, tracking, summarizing and reporting of graduate student
progress from admission/matriculation to placement.

This month the first module of Intersections: GradTracker, Financial
Commitments, goes live.

The financial commitments module records future commitments for
graduate students including employment, UMN fellowships, external
fellowships and additional student support (i.e. travel and research
funding).

The expectation is that departments will be expected to use
GradTracker in Intersectinos to record all of the financial
commitments for their graduate students beginning this summer. We
invite you to join us for training sessions beginning June 21. We
would like one person per department to attend, but anyone who may use
the program is invited.

We have scheduled four training sessions (more will be added as needed):

June 21, 10-11:30 AM Ford B53

June 22, 2-3:30 PM, Anderson 150

June 23, 2-3:30 PM, Ford B53

June 24, 10-11:30 AM Anderson 150

Please sign up at: http://z.umn.edu/gradtrackertaining. Bring offer
letters and/or funding documentation for a few current and future
(Fall) students to the session. During the training session we will be
attempting to enter complete funding packages for one or two students
in your department.

Departments will be expected to have entry of all future funding
commitments (Fall 2011 forward) completed by September 15.

If you have questions about the GradTracker tool or its use, please
contact Wendy Friedmeyer at fried053@umn.edu or 612-624-9815
Effective May 31, 2011, Jo-Ida Hansen's tenure as Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Research has ended. During the interim, prior to the appointment of a new associate dean for research, Gary Oehlert, Associate Dean for Planning, will provide CLA collegiate approval on all PRFs. Please add him to the your routing chain as you prepare to submit proposals to the the Office of Sponsored Projects.

CLA Proposal Routing Procedures
The PRF requires electronic signatures from the following, in order:
1.    Principal investigator's department chair and department chairs of any other key CLA personnel (e.g. co-PIs) on the project
2.    If key personnel outside of CLA are included in the proposal, the authorizing agent from their colleges or centers
3.    Gayle Anderson (ander104), Grants Management Coordinator - CLA Fiscal Administration. Gayle will review the proposal (see CLA Review Concerns) and if it is satisfactory, will forward it to the next level.
4.    Gary Oehlert, CLA Associate Dean for Planning - whose signature authorizes final CLA approval.

The GradTracker project is creating a more efficient tool for
recording, tracking, summarizing and reporting of graduate student
progress from admission/matriculation to placement.

This month the first module of Intersections: GradTracker, Financial
Commitments, goes live.

The financial commitments module records future commitments for
graduate students including employment, UMN fellowships, external
fellowships and additional student support (i.e. travel and research
funding).

The expectation is that departments will be expected to use
GradTracker in Intersections to record all of the financial
commitments for their graduate students beginning this summer. We
invite you to join us for training sessions beginning June 21. We
would like one person per department to attend, but anyone who may use
the program is invited.

We have scheduled four training sessions (more will be added as needed):

  • June 21, 10-11:30 AM Ford B53

  • June 22, 2-3:30 PM, Anderson 150

  • June 23, 2-3:30 PM, Ford B53

  • June 24, 10-11:30 AM Anderson 150

Please sign up at: http://z.umn.edu/gradtrackertaining. Bring offer
letters and/or funding documentation for a few current and future
(Fall) students to the session. During the training session we will be
attempting to enter complete funding packages for one or two students
in your department.

Departments will be expected to have entry of all future funding
commitments (Fall 2011 forward) completed by September 15.

If you have questions about the GradTracker tool or its use, please
contact Wendy Friedmeyer a fried053@umn.edu or 612-624-9815.

REPA Filing System Update: System for Filing Not Available

March 21st 2011, notice to Collegiate Contacts from Ward Schendel, Associate Program Director, University Conflict of Interest Program

The REPA filing process remains unavailable.  We are working with the technology personnel to make the system operational and hope to have more information for you later this week.  More

The approval portion of the system is functioning, but new filings cannot be made.  Looking at this situation in the most positive light, this is an opportunity to complete the review and approval of the over 2000 REPAs already filed.

We ask that you encourage all those individuals required to file a REPA to complete the mandatory conflict of interest training required under the Administrative Policy:  Individual Conflicts of Interest.  The web-based training module, Conflicts of Interest: Balancing Risk and Opportunities, is found online

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