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.
I am delighted to announce the appointment of Valery E. Forbes as dean of the College of Biological Sciences (CBS) at the University of Minnesota, effective July 31, pending approval of the appointment and tenure by the Board of Regents in February.
Over the past few years, as new technology has created new pedagogical opportunities, the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) provosts have been engaged in sustained discussion about the importance of managing within the academy access to new learning objects, or teaching content, as well as data about student behavior and performance, rather than ceding—perhaps through inattention—control of these academic matters to commercial entities.
I am pleased to announce Dr. Danita Brown as our new Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, effective July 31, 2013, pending approval by the Board of Regents in June. I am delighted that Danita has accepted my invitation to lead the Office for Student Affairs, and I look forward to working with her to maintain and enhance the excellence of student affairs at the University of Minnesota.
While spring break may be a chance for some of our students to get away, I know many of us have used this time to catch up and to get ready for the rush toward the end of the semester. Still, I hope last week provided you with a sense of refreshment and renewal.