Campus Resources and Planning Committee

March 26, 2008 – 3:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

Members Present:     Sara Haugen, Ken Hodgson, Jacquie Johnson, Maddy Maxeiner, Brook

Miller, Michelle Page, Lowell Rasmussen, Jennifer Rothchild, Dave

Swenson, Jenny Wermerskirchen, Pete Wyckoff

 

Members Not Present: Carrie Grussing, Sarah Mattson, Sharon Van Eps, Douglas Williams

 

 

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

 

Lowell has asked for two meetings worth of material, he is scheduled for next week and April 23. Other items that will fill our other meetings: Master Planning, a visit from James Morales, International Students, and the Tech Report.

 

Mission Statement

 

Existing Mission Statement—adopted 2005:

The University of Minnesota, Morris (UMM) is recognized as one of the best public liberal arts colleges in the nation because of its instructional excellence, its commitment to research, its numerous extracurricular programs and services, and its strong sense of community. UMM’s mission as a rigorous, undergraduate, residential, liberal arts college is distinctive within the University of Minnesota. The Morris campus shares the University’s mission of teaching, research, and outreach. UMM provides undergraduate students with the resources of the University of Minnesota, yet it is a small personal school where students can shape their own education. The campus serves undergraduate students from Minnesota, and across the nation, and is a highly valued educational resource and cultural center for residents of West Central Minnesota. UMM attracts and serves a student body, faculty and staff reflective of our multicultural society. The college empowers the campus community to participate fully and thoughtfully in a diverse society, regionally, nationally, and globally.

 

University of Minnesota, Morris Mission – Draft Version (From the strategic plan:)

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, genuine outreach, engagement and diversity. Our small, residential academic setting fosters authentic relationships, and the University serves as an educational and cultural resource for the region, nation, and world. A personalized educational experience prepares graduates to be global citizens who are interculturally competent, civically engaged, and effective stewards of their environments.

 

Edits suggested at 2/20/08 CRPC meeting:

The University of Minnesota, Morris provides an undergraduate liberal arts education of uncompromising rigor for a diverse student body. 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.

 

CRPC’s Reasons for decisions regarding the mission statement:

The committee has excised the term 'honors college' from the proposed new mission statement. This excision is not meant as a statement about the appropriateness or inappropriateness of the label for the University of Minnesota, Morris. Rather, it comes from a sense that the term has not established sufficient community consensus.

 

Our recommendation is that the revised mission statement be formally adopted as it stands above, and that campus assembly return to the 'honors college' label deliberately at a later date. Deliberation should certainly include consulting the report for the public honors college discussion group, consulting with the principals in the brand marketing initiative, consulting with admissions about the projected attractiveness of such a label, exploring whether the label is embraced at the system-wide level, and exploring whether state-sanction for the label is possible.

 

Edits decided at today’s CRPC meeting:

The University of Minnesota, Morris provides an undergraduate liberal arts education of uncompromising rigor for a diverse student body. As a public liberal arts 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 provides in-depth study and prepares graduates to be global citizens who are interculturally knowledgeable, civically engaged, and effective stewards of their environments.

 

Pete Wyckoff adjourned the meeting at 4:41 p.m.