As the fall semester gets underway, I’m writing to remind you of resources available to help you promote and protect academic integrity in your classrooms. Any instance of academic dishonesty is, of course, disheartening to faculty. We’re all aware of the importance of academic integrity to the soundness of our enterprise—to research and teaching—as well as to the reliability of our institutional credentializing.
I write to give you advance notice of an upcoming change to the number of instructional days in the academic calendar. Beginning in 2018-19, the spring term will change from having 74 instructional days to having 70 instructional days. From spring 2019 forward, fall and spring semesters will have the same number of instructional days, which will also allow room for an additional study day for students in the spring term.
As you may know, for the past year the University of Minnesota system has been involved in an evaluation of its centrally-supported learning management system (LMS), Moodle. While Moodle has been an effective learning platform for many years, advances in higher education technology and the LMS market, as well as our collaboration with peer universities in the Unizin consortium, have prompted an examination of how best to prepare for the future.
Yesterday President Trump signed an updated executive order on immigration that, among other provisions, stipulates that citizens of Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, and Yemen will not be granted a visa to enter the U.S. for ninety days, effective March 16, 2017. The earlier executive order issued on January 27, 2017, has been revoked.
Eric Schwartz, dean of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs since fall 2011, has announced his decision to step down June 12. He will leave Minnesota to assume the presidency of Refugees International, a global independent advocacy organization in Washington, D.C., focused on refugee protection.
On Wednesday, March 1, 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.
On January 30, 2017, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., we will hold the first of several pre-planning open forums to gather the faculty, instructional staff, and advisors' views on Liberal Education. This first forum will take place in the Great Hall of Coffman Union. At each forum we will ask attendees to gather into small discussion groups to address the following questions: