As you may know, colleges and universities are subject to significant requirements concerning student Title IX and sexual misconduct cases. The federal Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (Campus SaVE) Act, signed into law in July 2015, stipulates institutional requirements regarding prevention, reporting, timeline, and sexual misconduct hearing processes.
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Samuel B. Mukasa as dean of the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering (CSE), effective August 31, 2016, and pending approval by the Board of Regents in July.
I am pleased to announce that Alvin Beitz will be the next director of the University of Minnesota Center for Educational Innovation, effective May 1. In this position, he will provide strategic and administrative leadership to the CEI, which strengthens instructional and academic technology support and collaboration across the University.
Recent local, national, and international events have provoked anger, fear, and, in some, despair. We are all affected by these events, individually and as a community. I write today to ask that we find ways to work together to respond constructively to our feelings of anger, to take steps that will assuage our fears, to work together in a way that will engender hope for constructive change.
This past spring, I proposed a new model to realign our institutional support for graduate and professional education. The proposal was, in part, a response to concerns expressed by numerous faculty, staff, and students-- concerns expressed to me even when I was interviewing for my position at the University of Minnesota. The proposal is the product of considerable deliberation.
As the fall semester approaches, I want to give you an update on our progress in implementing the Twin Cities campus strategic plan and to extend thanks to all of you for the exceptional work you do every day to advance our University's tri-fold mission of research, education, and service.
As you may have seen, the Minnesota Daily published a story today about changes we are making to some questions on our undergraduate admission application. I write to provide a bit of additional context.
I write to invite your thoughts and comments on a proposed realignment of administrative support for postbaccalaureate education at the University. This realignment is in response to feedback from numerous faculty, staff, and students. The details of the proposed model are informed by conversations and analyses over the last two years, as well as by the work of the Special Committee on Graduate Education, which was convened in fall 2013 by the Faculty Consultative Committee (FCC) and me.