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Academic Year 2015-2016


1. Graduate School Breakfasts.

Welcome to a new year of Breakfasts! We invite you to join your graduate faculty and student colleagues for breakfast and creative thinking across disciplines! Hot buffet breakfasts, sponsored by the EVCAA, the Graduate School, and now the Library will be available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in the Center Court Restaurant, beginning at 7:30am and ending at 9am.

You are invited to stop by at any point; don't feel you have to stay for the entire time. We do ask, however, that you SIGN UP HERE.

2. Graduate Student Orientations.

All new graduate students and returning graduate students holding a teaching or research assistantship should attend Graduate Student Orientation.

International Graduate Student Orientation:

Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 10a - 12p, Griggs Center

All Graduate Students (international and domestic):

Thursday, August 27, 2015, 10:30 - 2:15, Kirby Rafters

Check the schedule to see which times apply to which students.

3. Graduate Council Meetings.

Graduate Council meetings for Fall 2015 will be held on alternating Wednesdays and Thursdays in 520 Darland on the following dates:

September 2 (W) 2 - 3pm
September 17 (Th) 10 - 11am
September 30 (W) 2 - 3pm
October 15 (Th) 10 - 11am
October 28 (W) 2 - 3pm
November 12 (Th) 10 - 11am
November 25 (W) 2 - 3pm
December 10 (Th) 10 - 11am



GDP tutorials. Here are some handy checklists and videos on best practices for reviewing Graduate Degree Plans for approval.

Graduate Admissions/GSSP Annual Updates Fall 2014 presentation.

Restructuring of Graduate Education

University of Minnesota Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Karen Hanson, invites thoughts and comments on a proposal to realign administrative support for post-baccalaureate education at the University based on a structure which groups programs into two communities: traditional research-based programs, and professional practice-based programs. The model is informed in part by the work of the Special Committee on Graduate Education (SCGE) in 2013.

Policies Governing Graduate Education

In 2010, the University Senate Committee on Educational Policy (SCEP) charged a Graduate School Policy Review Committee to review and update existing graduate education policies that were previously found in a variety of formats, including the Graduate School catalog and constitution.  The committee completed its work in spring 2012.   Graduate education policies will continue to be developed and reviewed under the direction of the Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Education, in consultation with faculty, staff and student stakeholders.  Please contact with questions or for more information. 

PBED (post-baccalaureate education) Google Group

The PBED Digest, University of Minnesota, published by Academic Support Resources was discontinued in August 2014. You can still view an archive of all PBED stories on The Ledger (a news blog of Academic Support Resources). DGSs and PLCs may wish to join the PBED Google Group to stay up to date on administrative processes for post-baccalaureate education at the University of Minnesota. Contact Kess Knight, Communications Coordinator in Academic Support Resources, to join the group.

The Record, University of Minnesota

The Record is a monthly account of admissions, records, and student systems news published by Academic Support Resources at the University of Minnesota.


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