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UMM's strategic positioning process celebrates our successes in student engagement and raises the bar for
experience" of the future. We will increase involvement in key UMM student learning initiatives - service learning,
study abroad, civic engagement, green campus initiatives and more - for nearly all Morris graduates. We will
prepare interculturally competent graduates equipped for lives of leadership and service in a diverse, global
Here are some of the key initiatives underway to make this vision a reality.
Morris Healthy Eating: Student Affairs is leading a college health coalition to expand access to, and availability
of, fruits and vegetables and other healthy foods on campus, within greater Morris, and in Stevens County. UMM will receive funding from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota's (Blue
Cross) tobacco settlement proceeds to promote healthier eating and thereby help to improve the health of Minnesotans.
Service Learning and Civic Engagement - Through a growing web of interconnected
civic engagement opportunities
UMM students address community priorities, meet course goals, develop new skills and understanding, and engage in
Student Engagement Planner and Portfolio - Students in six UMM programs
participated in a 2007-08 portfolio pilot documenting their engagement, service and leadership
experiences. When fully
implemented, the planner will help students find and connect with engagement opportunities and provide a life-long
online tool documenting civic engagement, public service, and leadership
Student Retention and Success
Academic Alert: Academic Alert provides early intervention and coordinated support for students
are academically at risk, advancing UMM's goals of student success, retention and graduation. This Scholastic
Committee, Academic Affairs and Student Affairs initiative builds on long-time work of the Multi-Ethnic Student
Life planning student support:
Work is underway for more integrated and strengthened efforts. UMM leadership with a UM system team
established an all-UM Job Fair and is extending online internship and career tools to all UM students through Gold
Pass II. A new French senior capstone project includes life and career planning experiences.
Support for Students with Psychological Disabilities:
Disabilities Services, Health Service, Student Counseling, Student Affairs, and the Asst. Academic Dean
are working together to coordinate resources and support for students, faculty and staff.
Green Residence Hall/Green Prairie Living and Learning Community:
A planning team is meeting to create a green living environment for 60-80 UMM students to open in Fall
2010. The facility will enhance campus living options, advance student
learning and support summer programs.
Green campus initiatives, including local foods
Integrated multicultural campus life and interculturally competent graduates:
UMM's strategic plan has a strong, clear vision for intercultural competence for all grads, faculty and
staff; an inclusive, contemporary multicultural campus life structure; and a diverse, inclusive student experience
and campus community. Work is underway to bring realize this vision.
5-page PDF document summarizing strategic
positioning diversity and equity goals
First Year Experience:
An integrated communication and support process is being implemented for entering students. An on-line new student
portal will build on the "New Student Guide." In 2007-08, a disappearing task force comprised of
members of the Student Services Committee and Curriculum Committee
subcommittees examined and made recommendations for cohesive year-long FYE. Action is underway on