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Community input wanted on transforming the U

Task forces ask for feedback on their preliminary recommendations

December 20, 2005

The University of Minnesota is now seeking input from a broad cross-section of the community on how to transform itself into one of the top three public research universities in the world within a decade.

On December 16, 11 of 34 task forces that have been working since September released their preliminary recommendations on how to reach that goal.

"The preliminary recommendations were thoughtfully crafted and now we want to hear people's responses," says Tom Sullivan, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. "An informed reaction from the U community and the public will help us move this process forward in a meaningful way."

A synopsis of each task force's preliminary recommendations appears below. To read them in full, see the Transforming the U Web site (click on Task Force Preliminary Recommendations).

"... these preliminary recommendations are giving us our first, exciting glimpse of how the University might transform itself," says Senior Vice President Robert Jones. "We're eager to hear what people think of them."

The public review and comment period for this first set of preliminary recommendations runs from now through January 27. Comments can be made on the Web at Feedback to Task Forces. All comments will go directly to the task force and be taken into consideration as they develop their final recommendations. On February 3, the task force will pass its final recommendations along as the next step in the process.

"We look forward to the final recommendations in February, but these preliminary recommendations are giving us our first, exciting glimpse of how the University might transform itself," says Senior Vice President Robert Jones. "We're eager to hear what people think of them."

The remaining 23 reports will come out in the first half of 2006 and will include a similar public comment period.

Below are synopses of preliminary recommendations from the first 11 task forces, with links to the full report. Collegiate design: CALA/CHE Preliminary recommendations from this task force include:

Collegiate design: GC/CEHD and Collegiate design: CHE/CEHD Each of these task forces was asked to consider different aspects of an expanded college formed from the integration of the College of Education and Human Development, the General College, and the School of Social Work and the Department of Family Social Sciences from the College of Human Ecology. The preliminary recommendations from these task forces include: Collegiate design: CNR/COAFES/CHE The preliminary recommendations from this task force include: Diversity Preliminary recommendations from this task force include: Graduate reform: Student Support Preliminary recommendations from this task force include: Forging an International University Preliminary recommendations from this task force include: PreK-12 Strategy Preliminary recommendations from this task force include: Undergraduate reform: Honors The preliminary recommendations from this task force include: Undergraduate reform: Student Support The preliminary recommendations from this task force include: Undergraduate reform: Writing Preliminary recommendations from this task force include: