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 Minutes of the Campus Assembly November 10, 2009

Approved 4/13/10


Tuesday, November 10, 2009
2:00 p.m. Kirby Ballroom B

Eileen Zeitz, Chair Executive Committee, called the meeting to order at 2:00 p.m.
Assembly members were reminded to sign the attendance sheet.
A motion for approval of the April 21, 2009, minutes was seconded and passed.

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

Executive Committee: Chair Eileen Zeitz
John King, Chair, Pandemic Flu Committee attended two meetings to discuss the approach of the Pandemic Response Team and provide updates on the H1N1 virus.

UMD Chancellor Search – On October 14, 2009, the Executive Committee provided possible search committee names of faculty, professional staff, and student and civil service representatives to President Bruininks.

Budget Committee: Greg Fox, Vice Chancellor Finance & Operations
UMD’s portion of the University of Minnesota system’s budget reduction was $7.8 million (2009) with an additional $2.5 million next year (2010). We have completed planning for the entire $10.3 million in cuts.

Tuition and Fees – A Minnesota middle-income scholarship will be available to students with family incomes up to $100,000 per year. The awards range from $1750-$500 per year on a sliding income-adjusted schedule. Bridging funds were used to buy down tuition rates for UMD students. The challenge lies in two years from now when bridge funding is gone, requiring students to pay more for tuition.

Student Affairs Committee: No Report
Campus Athletic Committee: No Report
Physical Facilities Committee: No Report

Educational Policy Committee: Chair Molly Minkkinen
Admissions Policy for International Students – Admissions policy was amended to make the non-international student language apply to international students (“Evidence of exceptional talent or ability in artistic, athletic, or leadership performance”).

Appropriate Student Use of Class Notes and Course Materials Policy – Our campus has voted to accept the following policy in summary: students may not distribute via the Internet class notes except to other members of the same class or with express consent of the instructor.

H1N1 – Each member of the University community should read the Annex R document.

Advising – A task force has been appointed by Academic Administration with a charge to conduct a review of the current advising structure, identify gaps and strengths in current advising practices, define the responsibilities of faculty advisors, professional advisors, and students leading to success in academic advising, recommend strategies to improve academic advising at UMD, and to cut a campus advising mission statement.

Veteran Priority Registration – Priority registration for this group would ensure that the Registrar’s staff could get veterans’ registrations reconciled in a timely fashion so their benefits come through for both the student and for the institution.

Educational Policy Committee (EPC), Chair Molly Minkkinen moved for the approval of the set of 9 learning
outcomes as proposed by Council for Advancement of Student Learning (CASL) and approved by EPC. Move seconded.

The floor was ceded to Interim Vice Chancellor of Academic Support and Student Life Jackie Millslagle. She addressed an anticipated question of - how can faculty do all 9 learning outcomes with students?
The answer being that not every program needs to support every one of the of 9 student learning outcomes. It is expected that you will map your program to these nine and tell us which of these 9 that you do support.

Question: Student Learning Outcome #9 (Apply life skills to succeed in college and beyond). How might this be measurable?

Interim Vice Chancellor Jackie Millslagle suggested checking the website HYPERLINK "" and look at the outcomes: effective writing, interpersonal speaking, communicate effectively, mathematical reasoning (a life skill decision about career goals, managing times). An effective measure is by how your program is aiming to develop those life skills.

Question: Do the learning objectives match the UMD mission?
Interim Vice Chancellor Jackie Millslagle responded that Council for Advancement of Student Learning (CASL) was comfortable that we were mapping to the active learning part of our mission.

Question: Could you talk briefly about managing the linking of liberal education and general outcomes? Vice Chancellor Jackie Millslagle responded that the Liberal Education Task Force had three primary outcomes. A program (i.e. academic program) contributes to overall student learning objectives. The implementation of liberal education is not responsible for meeting all liberal education outcomes but the outcomes do contribute to the 9 student learning outcomes.

Motion for approval of the Learning Outcomes. The Learning Outcomes passed with 1 opposed. Motion carried.

Educational Policy Commission (EPC), Chair Molly Minkkinen moved for the approval of the revised Liberal Education Program as approved by the Liberal Education Task Force and approved by the EPC. Move seconded.

The floor was ceded to Bill Payne to discuss the Liberal Education Program.

Question: Part II credit requirements. The requirement for Natural Sciences is 6 credits / 2 courses. A natural science course with lab is 4 credits so additional courses would need to be taken above and beyond the required 6 credits. Why not have more realistic numbers to meet the liberal education requirement if still pushing for students to graduate in 4 years.

Bill Payne, Liberal Education Task Force, responded by stating that as they investigated liberal education requirements 40 credits was average around the country; UMD was at 35 required credits. It is true that a course with a lab is more than three credits. However, there is the ability to integrate those credits into your major; they could count for more than one requirement.

Question: With stress already on a few departments in terms of resources (Philosophy, Communication) is it anticipated that those programs can handle the increase in number of students?

Vice Chancellor Vince Magnuson stated that at this time resource requirements and the development of courses by departments are unknown. Those will unfold over time. There will be many discussions regarding the essence of the courses and the resource base.

Motion for approval of the new Liberal Education program as approved by the Liberal Education Task Force and the EPC. The Liberal Education Program passed with 3 opposed. Motion carried.


Thank you to those involved with the liberal education program and learning outcomes. We need to make a practical framework with the most important aspect being the classes designed to meet the new liberal education requirements. In the future, it’s important to engage in an ongoing review of the liberal education program to ensure that it’s meeting the needs it ‘s supposed to be meeting.

Students want a sanction (fines) for those who continue to smoke on campus. Interim Vice Chancellor of Academic Support and Student Life Jackie Millslagle will put together a committee to look at the issue of smoking on campus specifically in terms of fines or whatever is appropriate. If we are going to be smoke free, we need to take a stronger stand. Thanks to the Josh, Jonathan, and Matt for pursuing this issue.

Bagley Outdoor Classroom
The Bagley outdoor classroom is 99% sustainable. It will meet the specific needs of environmental studies and environmental science. In one year, we won’t be able to use the energy that we will have taken in through the solar system. That energy will be sent back to the grid. Our own UMD staff under the direction of Kevin Claus built the facility. In spring, the green roof will be added. This is a platinum Leeds building that meets the highest standards in Germany and in Europe – well beyond the energy usage or lack of usage for a facility of that size.

We have managed the budget so that without an unallotment we should be somewhat safe from further reductions in faculty and staff. We have yet to get the November budget projections.

The Capital Bonding bill has two priorities. Priority 1 is HEPRA – the dollars used for renovation of buildings on campus and Priority 2 is Hallowell Hall at the UMTC campus. The new project for HEPRA is the American Indian Learning Resource Center building that is under design at this time.

We will continue to travel and meet alumni and raise money. Despite the economic situation, the Development office has raised more than $5.8 million dollars, much of which will be used for financial aid.


Meeting adjourned 2:55 p.m.

Wendy J. Larrivy, Clerk of Campus Assembly

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