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Wanted: input for transforming the U

Published on October 21, 2005

As 34 task forces continue with their work this fall to develop recommendations for transforming the University of Minnesota into one of the top three public research universities in the world, one thing is clear: Input from the U community and the general public is welcome.

Each task force is being asked to consult with a broad range of people interested in or connected to the University. Some of the sessions will be convened for targeted audiences, while others will be open to the general public.

There are three sessions scheduled for Tuesday, October 25: a public forum on diversity at 10:30 a.m. (Walter Library); a public forum on PreK-12 strategy at 2 p.m. (Coffman Memorial Union); and a discussion forum to gather comments and feedback from faculty and student support staff across the Twin Cities campus who support undergraduate student success at 3 p.m. (Carlson School of Management). You can view the sessions that have already been scheduled on the Events page of the Transforming the U Web site.

In addition, people are encouraged to offer comments and suggestions directly to the task forces on every page of the Transforming the U Web site by clicking on the "Feedback to Task Forces" link.

As each task force completes its draft report with preliminary recommendations or proposed implementation plans, the reports will be posted on the Transforming the U Web site. The first task force reports are scheduled to be completed by mid-December, followed by a public comment period that will extend through January 27, 2006. At the close of the public comment period, each task force will consider the feedback received and formulate its final report.

"The University is committed to gathering as much input as possible from the widest range of stakeholders," says Kathryn Brown, vice president and chief of staff for President Bob Bruininks. "The strongest, most effective plans result from the thoughtful consideration of a diversity of ideas and opinions, and everyone in the University community is an important resource for this work."

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