University of Minnesota, Morris
Campus Resources and Planning Committee
February 14, 2005
Members Present: Sara Mattson, Mark Fohl, Lowell Rasmussen, Matt Croaston, Jim Carlson,
Sharon VanEps, Andy Lopez, Bryan Herrmann, Arne Kildegaard,
Dennis Templeman, LeAnn Dean, Emily Carr
Guests: Sandy Olson-Loy, Fritz Schwaller
(In these minutes: UMM schedule)
Andy Lopez reported that the Assessment of Student Learning Committee had made a request to the Executive Committee asking that they find a way to solve the problem of committee meeting times. Since the change to semesters, it seems harder to find times when committees can meet. The ASL wondered if the campus needs a meeting time just for committees. The Executive Committee discussed their request and subsequently sent it on to CRPC to discuss. The Administrative Committee also discussed this and as a result, Ruth Thielke put some scenarios together on the Tuesday-Thursday schedule that would be free up an hour at the end of the day. Lopez said Schuman had suggested creating a subcommittee to look at this problem with representation from the Registraršs office, Athletics, Sci labs, Student Activities and also include someone who supports a major committee. Lopez wondered if there were broader problems other than scheduling meetings. Arne Kildegaard asked if Thielke was trying to solve other problems or simply just trying to carve out an extra hour. Lopez wondered if it was necessary for the extra hour to be at the end of the day. He is not crazy about teaching until 6:40 p.m. It was also suggested that the extra hour be in the middle of the day or early in the morning. Lopez wondered if there were other issues to consider if this is investigated further. Mark Fohl said coaches annually and repeatedly complain to him about the difficulty of finding a practice time that works for everyone. Kildegaard added that for those of us serving on many committees, we will need to participate at few meetings and wondered if this was important enough to take on. Fohl wondered if there was any willingness to look at the entire class schedule. Dennis Templeman does not think the matter should be dropped but to proceed with the notion there may never be an acceptable solution. Fohl suggested starting classes at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursdays. Matt Croaston said that may sound good, but he does not believe students would sign up for classes that begin at 7:00 a.m. Arne Kildegaard made a motion to refer this back to the Executive Committee and ask them to appoint a group with the appropriate representation as Schuman suggested. Second by Matt Croaston. Motion carries.
The next meeting will be Tuesday, February 22.