Campus Resources and Planning Committee

February 20, 2008 – 3:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

Pete Wyckoff called the meeting to order at 3:35 p.m.

 

Members Present:     LeAnn Dean, Carrie Grussing, Sara Haugen, Sarah Mattson,

Michelle Page, Jennifer Rothchild, Dave Swenson, Jenny Wermerskirchen,

Pete Wyckoff

 

Members Not Present: Ken Hodgson, Jacquie Johnson, Maddy Maxeiner, Brook Miller,

Lowell Rasmussen, Sharon Van Eps, Douglas Williams

 

Guests:                       Roland Guyotte

 

Minutes

Jenny Wermerskirchen made a motion to approve the minutes from January 29, 2008, Dave Swenson seconded the motion, motion carried.

 

Jenny Wermerskirchen made a motion to approve the minutes from February 13, 2008, Pete Wyckoff seconded the motion, motion carried.

 

College in the Schools

Roland Guyotte attended the meeting to discuss the future of College in the Schools (CIS) at UMM—focusing on discussions about a possible CIS collaboration between UMM and the local high school. He explained a little bit of the history behind PSEO program and noted that recently the number of PSEO students attending UMM has declined. School districts in rural areas with declining enrollments have sought to actively discourage students from participating in PSEO classes, and CIS programs are offered as an alternative. High schools lose money when their students participate in PSEO, but can actually make money when they host CIS classes.

 

CIS courses are at the 1000 level, and are classes that typical first year college students might take. In recent years, U of M Crookston has moved into the area high schools as a sponsor of CIS. Crookston’s enrollment has showed impressive increases in the past few years, as well as increased enrollment in College in the Schools. The Twin Cities campus has 400 high schools participating in College in the Schools. Southwest State us also very active in CIS.

 

It was asked if UMM participation in CIS at the Morris Area High School (MAHS) might be a way to increase headcount or raise money? Roland was skeptical. At the moment, UMM administrators look at CIS as a way to support MAHS-- there are 66 students (classes used to be over 100) in the senior class. Morris Area High School wants to do everything they can to hold onto those students. If they have CIS, they receive money from the state and avoid losing funds to the degree that CIS replaces PSEO.

 

Roland stated that we are still in preliminary negotiations with MAHS regarding CIS. Anything we might do would have to be of high academic quality. It would involve something like a mentorship program with existing UMM faculty and Morris High School faculty.

 

If UMM were to go ahead, there is no intention to create a broader regional program-- nothing beyond MAHS.

 

Pete reported that faculty members of the Science Division have expressed extremely negative feelings about the possibility of UMM involvement in a CIS program (Pete formally asked the mathematics discipline to comment and informally surveyed other division members). Part of the objection to CIS is that it would involve declaring high school classes to be the equivalent to classes we also teach on campus—can we ensure that the students are learning the same thing they would be learning on campus? There would be no way to tell on a student’s UMM transcript if they took a course via CIS or actually took the course on campus. Roland responded that we could give proficiency tests in some CIS courses (foreign language courses were specifically mentioned) or workshops getting faculty from both institutions together to discuss what each letter grade should look like.

 

Roland reported that we are probably talking about two or three courses, not the breadth of all the UMM catalogue.

 

Concerns were raised by Michelle about the College in the Schools program acting as a band-aid for a failing public school system across the country; and bad in general for UMM, especially the Secondary Education department.

 

There was a tangent discussion of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum, we have less freedom with general education and transfer credits, but we have absolute freedom when it comes to the major.

 

A lot of this is jurisdiction of curriculum and division chairs, but Pete stated that he would like to have this discussion come back to CRPC after details of any specific proposal for Fall 2008 are worked out, but before a deal with MAHS is signed.

 

Draft Mission Statement (from the Strategic Plan)

A concern was raised concerns about the phrase “public honors college” because we would almost certainly not be able to obtain permission to make such a claim from the legislature or the regents.

 

Pete reported on a phone message from Jacquie: she would caution us against too many changes to the mission statement because that might substantially delay final approval because other constituents and committees would want to comment on a substantially altered statement.

 

Below is pasted a draft of the Mission statement from the 2006 Strategic plan, with changes suggested during the meeting:

 

The University of Minnesota, Morris provides an undergraduate liberal arts education of uncompromising rigor for a diverse student body. As a public honors college, UMM is committed to outstanding teaching and learning, undergraduate research, faculty scholarship, creative activity, outreach, engagement and diversity. Our small, residential academic setting fosters collaboration and community. The University serves as a center for education, culture and research for the region, nation, and world. A personalized educational experience prepares graduates to be global citizens who are interculturally knowledgeable, civically engaged, and effective stewards of their environments.

 

Pete Wyckoff adjourned the meeting at 4:30 p.m.