University of Minnesota, Morris

Campus Resources and Planning Committee

 

December 4, 2007

 

Members Present:         Joe Basel, LeAnn Dean, Carrie Grussing, Sara Haugen, Sarah Mattson, Brook Miller, Lowell Rasmussen, Jennifer Rothchild, Sharon Van Eps, Jenny Wermerskirchen, Pete Wyckoff

 

Members Not Present: Ken Hodgson, Maddy Maxeiner, Michelle Page, Douglas

Williams, Dave Swenson

 

Guests:                                 Michael Korth, Tom McRoberts

 

Pete Wyckoff called the meeting to order at 8:02 a.m.

 

Next meeting will be next Thursday, December 13, 2007.

 

Reaccreditation

UMM’s 10 year reaccreditation is coming up in 2010. The process has begun already. UMM has been invited to choose a “theme” for our reaccreditation self-study. The benefit of this is that we can choose something that suits the institution. The committee has been looking at a theme that connects UMM, the one they are thinking is “Practicing the Liberal arts: Explore – Renew – Sustain – Lead”

 

Explore – learning, generating new knowledge, life-long learners, trying new things

Renew – improving, environmental issues

Sustain – holding on to what we value, preserve

Lead – leadership, want both individuals to lead as well as the campus as a whole.

 

Members of the Self-Study Steering Committee: Barbara Burke, Jeff Ratliff-Crain, LeAnn Dean, Roland Guyotte, Jacquie Johnson, Pareena Lawrence, Sandy Olson-Loy, Tom McRoberts, Gwen Rudney

 

Continue to give feedback to the members of the Steering Committee.

 

College in the Schools – with Morris Schools

The Morris Schools have approached UMM about teaching college courses at the high school with high school. There is considerable reluctance at from many at UMM towards moving in this direction. Selected UMM courses would be offered at the Morris High School, taught by high school teachers, mentored UMM faculty. The framework would be similar (but not identical) to the Twin Cities program.

 

There is a process to approve the high school faculty to teach these courses. There is a continuum among existing CIS programs from lesser to more College/ University involvement.

 

The budgetary implications are not clear at this point, the school district will most likely be billed a set amount for each student enrolled in the program. Funding stipends for university mentors and funding the orientation of high school faculty.

 

Right now, we see this as a community cooperative venture only with the Morris schools, not a plan to develop a college in the schools program that applies to multiple high schools. This is an opportunity for outreach and service; it is a chance to influence the curriculum in the high school.

 

We might possibly reach an agreement for a program that would begin in Fall 2008.

 

It is an advantage to the school districts to have students staying in their school system. The revenue potential for UMM is limited. Even the Twin Cities’ large program does not completely pay for itself.

 

The question arose of how to ensure that the high school students are receiving the same standard of learning as at the college level. Information resources of the library should also be considered when discussing budgetary resources. The students participating in this program would also be enrolled at UMM as non-degree seeking students.

 

A program like this is a chance for us to have greater influence, and other schools are already in the MAHS with some similar program, so there is a possibility that we could be losing PSEO students as it is.

 

We will revisit this again at our meeting next Thursday

 

Pete Wyckoff adjourned the meeting at 9:05 a.m.