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 Minutes of the Campus Assembly November 13, 2007

April 15, 2008
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
2:00 p.m. Kirby Ballroom B

Larry Wittmers, Chair, Executive Committee called the meeting to order at 2:00 p.m.
Committee members were reminded to sign the attendance sheet.
A motion for approval of the April 17, 2007, minutes was seconded and passed.

Below are highlights of Committee activity. For more detailed information, the committee reports are located in the Library.

Executive Committee: Larry Wittmers, Chair
The role and responsibility of the Executive Committee is to refer issues and/or areas of policy to the appropriate campus governance committee or vice chancellor unit for further discussion. The Committee should not debate issues.

Chancellor Martin has volunteered to fulfill the position of Campus Assembly parliamentarian.

Budget Committee: Harry Zabrocki, Finance & Operations representative
Budget Allocation - fiscal year ‘08 is a bonding request year and we will be asking for funding of a Civil Engineering building and renovation funds for the current School of Business & Economics building.

Enrollment – fall enrollment at UMD is 11,188 graduate and undergraduate students. There is an active retention committee working on a wide range of initiatives to manage enrollment and increase graduation rates.

Banding – average number of student credit hours under the banded tuition model increased slightly from 14.4 to 14.5 hours. Four hundred additional students took 15 or more credits than in 2006.

Reciprocity – plan changes next year and UMD will receive a payment from Wisconsin of the difference in tuition between the UMD and Wisconsin rates. Plan will be rolled out over the next four years.

Student Affairs Committee: Laura Lindberg, representative
Bulldog Taxi Program – 1,638 students signed up for the program.

UMD Beautification Initiative – working with Vice Chancellor Bill Wade and Facilities Management to paint the hall from Lake Superior Hall to the Dining Center. After completion, will be working on signage and wall decorations.

Textbooks – talking with department heads and deans to encourage the use of textbooks for a longer period of time to cut down on student’s expenses.

Medical Amnesty – working with Health Services on a survey about how students feel about medical amnesty and the Good Samaritan Act. The information will contain what students would like to see done with the issue.

Campus Athletic Committee: Jeff Maahs, Chair
Future agenda items to be discussed are policy and procedure review on class absences due to athletics; tracking athlete’s academic progress and making the campus athletic committee’s oversight responsibilities more clear/regular by outlining specific reports and policies that it will review yearly.

Physical Facilities Committee: Mick McComber, representative
The Committee is charged with the overall responsibility of developing and updating the long-range physical facilities plan; monitoring and reporting on the appearance of the plan; and reviewing and monitoring campus legislative capital plans.

Sustainability – initiatives are underway in a number of units on campus. The University has made a commitment to Leed (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. There are nationally accepted standards for green buildings and certified environmental responsibilities.

Educational Policy Committee: Jill Jenson, Chair
Uniform Syllabus Policy Revision – due to an increase in inappropriate use of electronic devices during class, a statement was added to the policy guidelines: “Statement on student conduct code including classroom conduct, see:”

Accreditation – Tom Duff and Ken Risdon, co-coordinators of UMD’s Higher Learning Commission accreditation review. Visit is scheduled for March 3-5, 2008. For further information the accreditation website is

Civic Engagement Update – this initiative has evolved into two action groups, one focused on citizenship and elections and the other focused on the environmental and sustainability issues.

Graduation and Retention – for further information on the graduation and retention initiative see,

Vice Chancellor Vince Magnuson thanked the students who serve on campus assembly committees. We are fortunate to have a talented, hard working, organized and well structured group.

Advising and Retention Initiative – Bruce Gildseth and Mary Keenan
A Retention summit was held in Minneapolis. This involved a sharing of ideas and experiences from 4 or 5 other campuses. Mary Keenan gave a presentation on what was happening on the UMD campus.

The breakdown at UMD:
9184 undergraduates enrolled in a collegiate unit
938 non-degree seeking students (high school – pseo)
323 professional students (pharmacy, medicine)
739 graduate students

Fulltime undergraduate students is slightly over 9000

In the fall we initiated the first graduate program at the Doctoral level (EDD) in the College of Education and Human Services Profession and the department of Education under the leadership of Bruce Munson. About 24 students are in the program.

Thanks went out to those who temporarily relocated from Bohannon Hall and are now back and the work of Facilities Management. This is truly a beautiful building for students, faculty and staff.

Labovitz School of Business and Economics is on schedule to hold classes in the fall of 2008.

Civil Engineering building is on the docket for consideration at the legislature in the spring and is number two on the priority list for the University. Chester Park is under consideration for remodeling.

Thanks to all who no longer smoke on campus. Positive impact overall.

Higher Learning Commission (HLC) – will visit in March 2008. This is a ten-year accreditation visit lead by Ken Risdon and Tom Duff. The HLC requires a self-study every 10 years. A nine-member team will meet and discuss issues with various groups and organizations. Hopefully we will have a rough draft by Thanksgiving. For further information the accreditation website is


Meeting adjourned 2:30 p.m.
Wendy J Larrivy, Clerk of Campus Assembly

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