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Goal 3 Graduate Education--May 11, 2012
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Goal 3: Establish UMD as a center of excellence for graduate studies in the Upper Midwest.
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(Please write to umdplan@d.umn.edu to report additional activities related to an action step below)
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Action StepGeneral Description of ActivitiesPerson/ Group ResponsibleNext steps
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1. Formalize a policy for Directors of Graduate Studies that outlines expectations of the role and provides appropriate release time and/or support to meet those expectations (December 2011).Statement on Directors of Graduate Study, including a section on Role of the DGS, and Appointment of the DGS, approved by the UMD Graduate Council, and the UMD Council of Deans.
Statement on Directors of Graduate Study, including a section on Role of the DGS, and Appointment of the DGS, approved by the UMD Graduate Council, and the UMD Council of Deans. The statement is linked from the UMD Graduate School web page, from “For Faculty/Staff” and “Directors of Graduate Study”.
EVCAA Andrea Schokker, Tim Holst, Jackie MillslagleContinue analysis and discussions for possible release time and/or support for DGSs
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2. Establish a priority fundraising goal of increasing the number of graduate fellowships (December 2011).Integrate with Strategic Campaign. New endowment created, January, 2012, for Chancellor’s Graduate FellowshipsBill Wade, Tricia Bunten, Tim Holst
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3. Provide financial support for the development of proposals for new graduate programs (professional, masters, or “all-university” doctoral programs) that focus on the strengths of UMD as guided by the mission and vision statements (December 2012).Explore and prioritize possible new graduate programsChancellor Black, EVCAA Schokker, Tim HolstAwait outcome of Compact discussions and request for new faculty positions
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4. Perform an analysis of the accreditation and budgetary aspects of developing stand-alone doctoral programs at UMD in specific target areas (December 2012).Discussions with UM system wide personnel. HLC accreditation would be required for separate “stand-alone” PhD programs, but is not required for the current “All-University” model. UMR is not pursuing this status, but will continue with All-University programs. New Memorandum of Understanding developed for both the Water Resources Science PhD program, and the Integrated Biosciences PhD program, including co-sponsorship from CFANS at UMTC for the WRS program, and Pharmacy (UMD and UMTC) and Medicine (UMD) for the IBS programTim Holst, EVCAA Schokker
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5. Implement a comprehensive plan to attract, retain, and serve high caliber graduate students (December 2012).Grad Council & SEM Council develop a comprehensive plan. Some funding for FY13 available from the UM Graduate School Quality Metrics Allocation pool, Discussions for the future of this QMA pool. Preparation of a compact request for funding for graduate student support.Tim Holst, SEM Council, UMD Graduate CouncilAll UMD graduate programs are working on adding to their program web site a listing of all current and recent thesis topics of their students. Also they will provide a listing of presentations and publications by graduate students on their web site. There will be link off both the “Prospective Students” and “Current Students” parts of the UMD Graduate School web site to these lists, and perhaps a master listing there. We are exploring the idea of a Graduate Research/Creative Activity Showcase.
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a. Collect and review data pertaining to enrollment trends and program demand;SEM Council (September 2011-ongoing)Please see UMD SEM website for additional information and related reports, www.d.umn.edu/vcaa/sem/
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b. Conduct survey of directors of UMD graduate programs to elicit feedback on program capacity and opportunities.SEM Council (Completed January 2012)
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c. Integrate data, stakeholder perspectivies, and strategic priorities to recommend graduate enrollment goals;SEM Council (deadline for completion May 2012)
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d. Recommend priorities strategies for achieving enrollment goals.SEM Council (deadline for completion May 2012)
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6. Enhance the Office of Graduate Education to centralize existing graduate-related services and to expand support systems for graduate students (May 2013).Graduate office moved to 420 DAdB; UMD and Graduate Office Web site updated, link established from the UMD Home Page to the UMD Graduate School web page, in addition to the “Frequently Asked Questions” link for current graduate students, establish a “Recently Asked Questions” link. Document on Recruitment, Admissions, Advising, and Support Services for International students, including sections on undergraduate students and graduate students drafted. SEVIS training and certification as a DSO (Designated School Official) for Steve Frickstad in the UMD Graduate Office. Preparation of a Compact request for funding for the UMD Graduate Office.EVCAA/Tim HolstWork on integrating the UMD Graduate Office into new student orientations in each of the graduate programs
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7. Support professional development for graduate students, and the establishment of a graduate student association (Immediate and Ongoing).Tim Holst met with graduate students from all UMD graduate programs and with UMTC Council of Graduate Students president and past president. Discussions with Jerry Rinehart, Director of Student Affairs from UMTC. Investigations of possible financial support for a graduate student organization at UMD from several system offices. Establishment of a line item graduate student travel fund in the UMD Graduate Office.Tim Holst, Steve Frickstad, Corbin SmythHold organizational meeting for students. Things like Constitution and By-laws will need to be established, or borrow from COGS at UMTC. Get the organization registered as a student organization at UMD. Organize a meeting with Chancellor Black and EVCAA Schokker.
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