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Office of Undergraduate Education (OUE) February 2017


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Immigration Executive Order - Questions and Resources

Barbara Kappler, Global Programs and Strategy Alliance

We know that there are many questions and concerns about the recent executive orders on immigration. Be assured that many units from across campus are working together to keep the University community updated on the impact of the immigration policy changes. The executive order negatively impacts many members of our University community, as we have students, staff, and faculty directly connected to the seven countries identified by the ban. The restraining order has provided some temporary relief over the past week and at the same time, those most directly impacted still need to be hearing that they are welcome here.

Read more from Barbara Kappler here.

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IUT Guide

Sarah Ihrig, Office of Undergraduate Education

The new Guide for changing your U of M campus is available on the One Stop website for U of M students who are permanently changing their U of M home campus. Inter-University Transfer (IUT) students have many to-dos as they transition from one U of M campus to another, and the purpose of this guide is to help them be sure they are not missing any important tasks along the way. Incorporate this guide into your new student orientation materials and to reference it as you work with newly admitted IUT students.

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Timely Career & Internship Advice

Becky Hall, Career Services Administration

This is the time of year for students to plan their next step – whatever that next step may be. Here are some of the more common transitions our students face at this time:

  • Are they looking to declare a major? CAPE provides excellent resources both online and in person.
  • Are they planning to go to graduate or professional school? Now is a good time to explore their options and prospective schools' admissions requirements or prerequisites as they plan their next semester's academic schedule.
  • Are they considering an internship? Will they be graduating, and are they still looking for employment? There are many opportunities to connect with employers seeking to hire University of Minnesota student and alumni talent – especially on February 24, at the University of Minnesota Job & Internship Fair. If students have questions about how to "do" a career fair, there are many opportunities to prepare.
  • If they already have an internship secured for this summer, is it a paid experience? Many of our colleges have funds to help support students pursuing unpaid internships. Check with your college's career center for more information.

In your advising work with our students, be sure to remind them that career services and CAPE are here to help them take that next step.

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Sophomore Experience Survey

Sarah Ihrig, Office of Undergraduate Education

The University of Minnesota will administer the Sophomore Experience Survey (SES) to all currently enrolled second-year students as part of a national survey in spring 2017. The goal of this survey is to assess second-year students' level of thriving, which in this context includes engaged learning, academic determination, social connectedness, positive perspective, and diverse citizenship (Schreiner, 2010). Please encourage any second-year students you work with to take the survey.

  • The survey will be open from February 21 - March 10, 2017.
  • All currently enrolled second-year students will receive an invitation to take the survey via their U of M email.
  • The survey takes 15-20 minutes to complete. Survey questions will be identical to the national survey with a select number of additional questions specific to the U of M.
  • U of M data analysis will be done in early summer with hopes to share findings in late summer/fall.
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Tate Conference

Kyle Quagliana, Academic Advising Network

The 2017 Tate Conference will be held on March 9th, 2017 at TCF Bank Stadium! This year's conference theme is "Evolving Students - Evolving Advisors" and will feature a keynote address from R. Lee Penn, who is a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry. Professor Penn will discuss myriad topics that involve diversity and inclusion on college campuses, as well as identity and intersectionality as they relate to students and advisors. Other headlining sessions include a presentation by LeeAnn Melin and Nikki Letawsky Shultz titled "Advising Task Force - One Year Later" and a presentation by Kathie Peterson titled "Looking back... Looking Ahead: Reflections on 40 years in Academic Advising". As always, the luncheon and awards ceremony will provide a time for us to honor this year's Tate Award recipients and will be catered by a Dinkytown favorite - Kafe 421.

Registration for the 2017 Tate Conference is open, please register online by March 3. We look forward to seeing you all at the conference!

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Welcome, Transfer Students!

Chelsea Garcia, Orientation & First-Year Programs

This January, we welcomed over 900 new transfer students to the U. We hosted six one-day Orientation programs and a one-day Transfer Welcome Day program. To further help these students feel welcome, we are kicking off our Transfer Student Network program and our Transfer Student Workshop series. Please encourage your students to take advantage of the great resources available to them throughout their first semester:

Transfer Student Network (TSN) is a program that connects new transfer students with current students, "Transfer Insiders," who have successfully transitioned to the U. All new transfer students are automatically enrolled into this program. Transfer Insiders send a monthly email to their students and are available to answer questions, share their transfer stories, and give advice to new students. Coffee chats are also available for new students to connect with their Transfer Insider in-person over a cup of coffee. The TSN program allows students to enjoy a free Starbucks beverage when meeting with their Transfer Insider.

Transfer Student Workshop Series is a series of four workshops designed to introduce students to all of the resources and opportunities the U has to offer. All of the workshops take place on Fridays from 12:45 to 1:00 pm in Appleby 103. Here are our workshop offerings for this semester:

  • January 27 – New to the U
  • February 3 – Study Like a Gopher
  • February 10 – Freaky Fast Finances
  • February 17 – Make Your Mark

APLUS Update

Colin Delong, College of Liberal Arts

In the past month, the APLUS Advisory Committee, Functionality Working Group, and development team have focused on the changes described below.

  • A filter for home state has been added to the filters section on the APLUS home page.
  • A fix in the calendar has been deployed to address an issue where, in certain circumstances, attendees were not remaining associated with an event after creating or dragging/dropping an event. As always, if you find any inconsistencies in your calendar, please email or call 5-9766.
  • An option has been added to the tag, contact purpose, and alert/warning/exception filters to pull by date created. This allows you to pull students who have a particular tag added within a particular date and time.

Updates from the Advising Initiatives Team

Amy Hackett, Office of Undergraduate Education

Save the Date! The Advising Initiatives team is purchasing the NASPA virtual ticket for the U of M community. Sessions from the National Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) conference will be streamed during spring break on March 13 and 14. The mission of NASPA is to provide leadership, scholarship, professional development, and advocacy for student affairs. Program topics for the 2017 conference include integrity, innovation, inclusion, and inquiry. More details will come soon on session topics, timing, and location. You will be welcome to come and go as sessions fit your interest.

Introducing the Advisor of Color / American Indian Advisor Group: A new group is launching for advisors who identify as a person of color / American Indian. Participation is not limited to only those who are "Academic Advisors;" anybody who identifies as advising in various capacities across the Twin Cities campus is invited to join the launch of this new group. The launch will take place on February 17 from 9:00 to 10:00 am in 530B Bruininks. In collaboration with Advising Initiatives, Jessica Thompson (Senior Academic Advisor, CEHD) and Joel Mixon (Senior Academic Advisor, Humphrey) are co-chairs of this group. Please spread the word and RSVP here.

Resource to share: Please share the MCAE tutoring hours with students who might want/need the academic support.

New Advisors Group

Mark Bultmann, Office of Undergraduate Education

The New Advisors Group is continuing to provide a supportive space where new advisors can come together to discuss and share their transition into the Twin Cities campus. The goal of this group is to help new advisors, who may find the size of our campus daunting and complex, feel more comfortable and connected. Participants can expand their network of colleagues and support one another while providing a safe, non-judgmental zone to learn and share information about being an advisor on the Twin Cities Campus. This is not a training group, although participants may choose to invite guests from across campus to share information about services or resources for students and/or advisors.

The New Advisors Group is facilitated by Jake Rudy, College of Liberal Arts, and Anna Mraz, College of Education and Human Development. The group meets monthly over the lunch hour and participants can cycle out of the group at any time.

All new advisors are invited to attend. Units hiring new advisors are encouraged to submit information about the new advisor(s) online and then the advisor(s) will be invited to the New Advisors Group and welcomed in the next Advising Update.

If you have additional questions, need more information about this effort, or want to make sure you are on the invitation list, please contact Mark Bultmann.

The New Advisors Group was formed in cooperation with the Advising Coordinators Group (ACG), the Academic Advising Network (AAN), and the Office of Undergraduate Education.

Katie Russell, Office of Undergraduate Education

The Advising Toolkit been updated to include APLUS resources which were revised in 2016:

  • Student Contact Notes Guidelines
  • Advising Scenarios for Documentation

Resources are added to the Advising Toolkit on an ongoing basis. Please email if there is a resource you would like to see added to the toolkit.

Help us welcome future new advisors across campus by submitting their information. New advisors will be mentioned in a future Advising Update and invited to join the new advisors group.

Fill out the New Advisor form >>

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Lucy Reile

Center for Academic Planning and Exploration,

Lucy joined CAPE as a full-time academic and career coach in October 2016. Prior to CAPE, Lucy served as the College to Career Coordinator in the College of Design overseeing career and engagement programming. She was also a part-time CAPE coach from 2014-2015.

Advisor of Color / American Indian Advisor Group Launch

STEP ONE: Connect and converse: Identifying critical experiences of underrepresented students

Tate Conference

NASPA Conference Streaming

Undergraduate Research Symposium

Advisor Training: Focus on Orientation