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Office of Undergraduate Education (OUE) January 2017


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Degree Progress Tool

Eric Anderson, Academic Support Resources

In early November, members of ASR's Student Degree Progress and APAS teams met with advisors to demonstrate a new Degree Progress tool in MyU for undergraduate students. A recorded demo is linked from the MyU Advising Toolkit.

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Student University Photo

Stacey Tidball, Academic Support Resources

The UCard Office provides a free photo replacement service to students who present differently than in their original UCard photo. Students who would like a new University photo, but who do not need a replacement UCard, may have a free replacement photo taken at the UCard office. Students needing a new UCard must pay the card replacement fee.

The student's photo would then be updated in class rosters used by departments and instructors. Alternatively, students may submit a replacement digital photo to the UCard office (if it meets photo standards). Please inform students that this service is available to them. Students should avoid making these requests at extremely busy time periods, such as orientation, if possible.

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Graduation and Retention Rates

The information below was presented to the Board of Regents in December 2016

2015-16 First-Year Retention Rate: 93.2%
For the first time, the retention rate for students of color exceeded the rate for other domestic students: 93.6% and 93.1%, respectively.

2016 Four-Year Graduation Rate: 65.2%
The 6-year graduation rate for students who entered in 2010 is 78.9%

For transfer students, 62.4% of NAS students who entered in 2013 graduated within 3 years.

Advising Task Force... One Year Later

LeeAnn Melin, Office of Undergraduate Education (OUE)

In December of 2015, The Task Force on Undergraduate Academic Advising submitted its final report and recommendations to Provost Hanson and the University community. Over the past year, the collective efforts of the colleges, the Office of Undergraduate Education, and the advising community have resulted in great strides in advancing the recommendations put forth in the report.

Here are a few key highlights of the progress made to date:

  • Added 18 new advising lines to more consistently achieve the recommended advisor-to-student ratio of 250-300:1.
  • Established an Advising Steering Committee to advance the Task Force Recommendations and to continually address issues that impact student success and advising.
  • Created foundational artifacts for a Common Advising Framework including an Undergraduate Advising Map, Central Advising Training Proposal, Advising Training and Professional Development Framework, and Core Advising Skills and Methods.
  • Offered over 30 central training workshops during fall semester for academic advisors.
  • Created a campus-wide monthly Advisor Update to improve communication.
  • Ensuring common practices across colleges through various efforts from the APLUS governance groups, Policies and Practices Committee, Advising Coordinators Group (ACG), Advisor Training Workgroup, and ASR.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to these accomplishments and to all who work continuously to enhance the advising experience on the Twin Cities Campus.

For a more detailed list, contact LeeAnn Melin,

Katie Russell, Office of Undergraduate Education

The Advising Toolkit has been updated to include:

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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Gina Brewington

College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences,

Gina recently joined CFANS as the new advising center coordinator and senior academic advisor. She most recently was the Director of Community & Work-Based Learning at Inver Hills Community College but also has worked for 7+ years with TRIO programs at UW-River Falls and Normandale Community College.

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Mai Lee

College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences,

Mai received her graduate degree from the University of Minnesota and has returned to the University as an academic advisor in CFANS, after most recently advising at a couple of local community colleges.

Claire Drevis

Michelle Overtoom

College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences,

Michelle transitioned to a new role as an Academic Advisor in CFANS, where she previously served as the Student Services Coordinator. Prior to joining CFANS, Michelle worked in One Stop Student Services.

Student Success Conference

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