University of Minnesota, Morris
Campus Assembly Minutes
December 4, 2001
The Campus Assembly met on Tuesday, December 4 at 4:30 p.m. in the Science Auditorium.
Garavaso addressed Assembly by stating that this is her third and last year on the Consultative Committee and because she has accepted the position of Assistant Chair in the Humanities Division, she feels she should leave the committee. She believes the committee plays an important role on campus and thinks it would be useful if someone from P&A could be represented. Margaret Kuchenreuther nominated David Wuolu, second by Keith Brugger. Dian Lopez moved to cease nominations. Wuolu elected by affirmation.
Chancellor Schuman announced suggested spring semester meetings dates: February 25, March 20, and April 25. Please note: the February 25 date has been changed to February 19. He then commented on the year end budget that was announced today and the projected 1.9 billion dollar deficit. This is clearly bad news for the University of Minnesota and he feels we should probably brace ourselves. In the midst of this gloomy news, it's just possible this could be good news for the Social Science Renovation. The legislators seem to be very receptive to our message and this could be a good way to jump start our economy. He also noted that we are in the beginning phase of establishing a budget for next year. He has discussed our budget making process with the Consultative Committee, Campus Resources & Planning Committee, and will be meeting with the Administrative Committee soon. The Vice Chancellor for Finance will be meeting with budgetary units to determine a budget.
Heather Pennie becomes chair of Student Services Committee
Carol Marxen replaces Ray Schultz on Scholastic Committee
Engl 2151 Writing with Technology
Th 3201f Advanced Acting and Directing: Period Styles
Th 3202s Advanced Acting and Directing: Realism and Alternatives
Pol 3267 Variable Topics in American Politics: Courtroom Proceedings in American
State and Federal Courts
Psy 3051s The Psychology of Women
Psy 3221f Biological Psychology
Psy 3403s Development Psychology III: Adulthood, Aging, and Death
After discussion about prerequisites for Psy 3221f Behavior Biology of Women, will go back to Curriculum Committee.
Schwaller reported that the main reason for presenting this to Assembly is to address the issue of commencement. Currently, commencement is held on a Friday afternoon and this places a hardship on families to get here and it makes it difficult to have a Board of Regent member at our ceremony because of the Regents meeting schedule. If we move the commencement to Saturday, this alleviates both problems.
Reid LeBeau asked for clarification on the 13 credit minimum. Bert Ahern said the report on retention indicates that there are too few students enrolled full time. There is a proposal suggesting that students registered for seven credits or less would pay by the hour and students registered for 8-20 credits would pay a flat fee. Students in their first year of college tend to enroll full time, and then there is a downward shift. Ahern's sense is this will not be an issue on our campus. Ahern also mentioned another retention issue that will likely impact our campus and that is early warning for students in difficult in 1000 level courses. Jeff Ratliff-Crain thought it would be helpful if the Scholastic Committee and the Registrar develop UMM's position on this. Schuman encouraged appropriate committees and offices to discuss.
Adjourned at 5:20 p.m.