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June 3, 2019: Update on Liberal Education Redesign Committee


We are pleased to provide an update from the Liberal Education Redesign Committee (LERC).

As a reminder, in fall of 2017, based on the recommendation from the Liberal Education Pre-planning Committee that met from 2015 to 2017, Provost Hanson appointed an all-University committee to review the current status of our existing liberal education requirements, and to consider possible new models and modes of delivery of LE on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. This committee is chaired by Sally Gregory Kohlstedt, Professor in the History of Science.

Support the U Day

On Wednesday, April 3, 2019, students from across the University of Minnesota will take part in “Support the U Day,” an annual, student-led advocacy event at the state capitol. This event is a chance for students to reflect on the value of their University education and to share their experiences with elected officials. The day includes a rally and afternoon meetings with legislators.

December 19, 2018: Update on Child Care Planning for the TC Campus

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,

I write to provide a progress update on child care planning for the Twin Cities campus. The steps we will be taking were shaped by the recommendations of the Provost’s Child Care Advisory Committee (PCCAC) and were outlined in a message that President Kaler and I sent earlier this fall to the campus community.

November 2, 2018: EVPP Leadership Update (from President Kaler)

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to share that Provost Karen Hanson and I have mutually identified a new arrangement that will allow her to remain as executive vice president and provost (EVPP), and step down when the new president hires a new chief academic officer.

This arrangement will allow Provost Hanson to step away from the EVPP position January to March 2019 for a leave that will accommodate personal and family considerations referenced in her August message. She will return full time to the EVPP position April 1, 2019.

September 18, 2018: Next Steps in Child Care Planning for the TC Campus

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students:

Last spring, in collaboration with faculty governance, we convened a Twin Cities campus-wide advisory committee to examine cost-effective options for the provision of child care for faculty, staff, and students. This discussion was initially spurred by academic and capital planning that would have resulted in closure of the Child Development Center, a plan that was put on hold while we looked more closely at child care issues for the campus.

March 13, 2018: Exploring Child Care Options for the Campus Community

Dear Faculty and Staff,

President Kaler recently announced the launch of a collaborative process to develop childcare options for the campus community. We have postponed the closing of the Child Development Center to allow time for a productive process of deliberation and decision-making and for attention to issues of continuity for children and for staff.