University of Minnesota, Morris

Campus Resources and Planning Committee Minutes

September 25, 2001



Members Present: Margaret Kuchenreuther (chair), Clare Strand, Trish Welte, Lowell Rasmussen, LeAnn Dean, Ken Crandall, Kevin Ely, Ken Hodgson, Jim VanAlstine, Pam Gades, Maddy Maxeiner, Ferolyn Angell

Absent: Dennis Templeman, Prince Amattoe, Annie Olson

Guest: Sam Schuman


(In these minutes: Discussion of Vice Chancellors attending meetings, Vision for UMM, and Strategic Three Year Plan)


Minutes of 9/11/01 approved on a motion by Crandall, second by Hodgson.

Discussion of proposal that Vice Chancellors Schwaller and Olson-Loy attend CRPC meetings

Kuchenreuther thought it was prudent to bring Schuman's proposal to the committee for discussion. Schuman stated he was under the impression that both were welcome and that we should at least send them the agenda with a standing invitation. There was some concern among committee members that the committee would turn into an administrative committee. Rasmussen thought it would be helpful to get their input if a subject matter pertained to their area and to view them as resource people not administrative people. Kuchenreuther will officially invite them to future meetings.

Setting a vision for UMM

Strand mentioned that in her role as Coordinator of Commission on Women, she also attends Scholastic Committee meetings and was informed that a member of the Scholastic Committee was invited to be part of the Retention Task Force and asked how the task force was selected. Schuman said VC's Schwaller, Olson-Loy, and Printz have established a task force with representation across the campus. Schwaller is responding to Retention and Recruitment being one of our top priorities. Schuman also added we need to figure out a way to connect CRPC planning with those who are paid to manage this institution.

Discussion continued regarding the ideal attributes of "America's Best Public Liberal Arts College." U.S. News & World Report uses the following criteria:

Academic Reputation 25%

Student selectivity 15%

Faculty resources 20%

Graduation & retention rates 25%

Financial resources 10%

Alumni giving 5%

Total 100%

Schuman reported U.S. News gets its information from IPEDS reports. He also noted that among the categories listed, many institutions try to tinker with academic reputation. Rasmussen added that Olson-Loy has data about the student body that clearly is not addressed in this survey and suggests that information might be useful for this committee to see. Strand asked if the Morris campus gets a copy of what the Twin Cities reports for us. Schuman said yes although it is hideously late. Schuman said he thought it would be interesting to see what happens to students when they are at college. The current reports are basically measuring high school students who are entering college. Kuchenreuther agreed stating attributes such as leadership ability, confidence, and intellectual maturation are not measured at all. Hodgson asked how we would measure that other than a few testimonials. Rasmussen said we would need to get the opinions of graduates. Angell suggested surveying our alumni and perhaps surveying faculty who are now teaching elsewhere. Kuchenreuther suggested we need to ask ourselves what we want UMM to be like regardless of how everyone else sees us. Crandall added that everything this committee has talked about the last few years is already on this ranking. Schuman agreed and said the criteria used now is fine, but it's good to try to get better and suggests picking a couple of things we want to work on.

Strategic Three Year Plan

Kuchenreuther asked the committee to look at the plan and make revisions based on elements we have finished; elements that are no longer relevant; and what major categories to address. The committee agreed that several areas of the 1998-2001 strategic plan have already been completed and those could simply be removed. They also agreed that increasing institutional visibility in a manner which will focus attention on UMM's central mission should be their top priority. Under the category of Faculty and Staff, the committee agreed good data would be needed to set goals for things such as staff salaries. Angell suggested asking staff to whom they want to be compared and thought in certain offices, staff could easily go to professional organizations and get those numbers quickly.

Adjourned at 9:35 p.m.