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Office of Undergraduate Education (OUE) June 2017


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Tell Us About Yourself Survey Results

Beth Lingren Clark, Office of Undergraduate Education

The Tell Us About Yourself Survey Results from our incoming first-year class are available! Transfer student responses to the Tell Us About Yourself Survey will be available later this summer.

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NACADA 2018 Region 6 Conference in Minneapolis!

Meagan Hagerty, Conference Co-Chair, College of Science and Engineering

The NACADA 2018 Region 6 Conference will be hosted locally at the Radisson Blu in downtown Minneapolis and we hope many U of M advisors attend. Please mark your calendar for the conference: May 16-18, 2018.

This year’s conference theme is “Land of 10,000 Stories - Finding Your Place, Claiming Your Space.” Watch for the call for programs and volunteers this fall, and in the meantime, if you’d like to help plan the conference or have questions, please contact the conference chairs: Meagan Hagerty, CSE, and Jen Endres, CLA.

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Award Winning Advisors!

LeeAnn Melin, Office of Undergraduate Education

The U of M advising community was well-represented in this year’s regional and national NACADA awards and recognitions.

Congratulations to Kai, Jacob, and Martha for these well-deserved honors!

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Kai Takatsuka

Center for Academic Planning & Exploration (CAPE)

Kai received the NACADA National Outstanding Advising Award Certificate of Merit in the Academic Advising—Primary Role category.

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Jacob Rudy

College of Liberal Arts (CLA)

Jacob received the NACADA Region 6 Award for Excellence in Advising – Advisor Primary Role category.

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Martha Scott Johnson

College of Biological Sciences (CBS)

Martha received the Best of Region 6 award for her presentation “Advising for Academic Recovery: Grit and Willpower in the Context of Advising”

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New Engage Website

LeeAnn Melin, Office of Undergraduate Education

Gopher Link launched this past year as a comprehensive tool to connect students to co-curricular opportunities on the Twin Cities campus. Because of this change, the Engage webpage has been updated and the engage search has been retired. As Gopher Link expands beyond student groups, it will continue to include a variety of opportunities to enhance students’ undergraduate experience.

For now, highlights Gopher Link as well as leadership, volunteering, learning abroad, research, employment and internships as meaningful ways to engage on campus.

If you have questions regarding Gopher Link, please contact Erik Dussault, Student Unions and Activities.

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Financial Aid Update

Tina Falkner, Office of Student Finance

From late-June to early-July, the Office of Student Finance (OSF) cancels estimated financial aid awards in order to create the actual financial aid award packages for incoming New High School (NHS) and New Advanced Standing (NAS) students. Sometimes, when students can no longer see their estimated financial aid awards, they panic and think that we have taken away their financial aid. That is not the case. Students can access their actual financial aid package in mid-July, once tuition and fees have been finalized. If your students have questions, please have them contact One Stop Student Services.

For continuing students, financial aid satisfactory academic progress (SAP) evaluation began on May 23. Some students will be suspended from further financial aid eligibility because they have not met these standards. Students who have documented mitigating circumstances that interfered with their ability to meet SAP standards may submit a Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal. The SAP appeal is available on the One Stop website. You will be seeing some students in this situation, as we require that they work with their advisors to develop an academic plan that is realistic and leads to meeting SAP standards and obtaining their degree. We appreciate working with you on our shared goal of successful degree completion.

Another important item to know about financial aid is that students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to be considered for financial aid, and the FAFSA needs to be completed each year. Please encourage your students to complete the FAFSA at, if they haven't already done so and respond to any requests for additional information from our office.

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Chemistry Update

Katie Russell, Office of Undergraduate Education

There have been multiple communications regarding Chemistry 1065 placement and enrollment and this article is intended to summarize them and answer additional questions.

  • The CHEM 1065 Summer Enrollment Plan document with key dates was shared at the June 1 Advisor Orientation Training. There are 450 seats open to first-year students outside of CBS and CSE, of which:
    • 250 are intended for students majoring in a program that requires CHEM 1061/1065 in the first semester.
    • 200 are for any first-year student who may wish to take chemistry (pre-health students, for example).
    • Advisors may find it helpful to discuss with students their interest and preparation for CHEM 1065 using course placement, time in ALEKS to earn said placement, and whether or not the student has the CHFR student group on their record. This student group indicates the student has an attribute indicating they will likely be successful in the course. Please reference the Summer Enrollment Plan document linked above to learn more about the CHFR student group.
  • The length of time a student has spent in ALEKS is now available in APLUS if you hover your cursor over the placement number. If no time information is available this likely means the student did not work in ALEKS beyond completing the initial assessment.
  • The score in APLUS appears to be a raw number but actually represents a percentage.
  • Students may enroll in CHEM 1061/1065 at orientation regardless of whether or not they have achieved 70% in ALEKS if the student is committed to working in ALEKS to improve their placement. This recommendation should be made at the advisor’s discretion and used selectively.
  • At this time students should continue working toward 100% in ALEKS by August 15.

More communication will be sent via the AAN list serv as updates become available. Please email Katie Russell,, with questions. Thank you for your adaptability.

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.

  • The option to enable email conversation view is now available and allows users to group emails into conversations, similar to GMail. This can be enabled/disabled in your APLUS email preferences (Preferences > Email > Defaults).
  • Opt in to Duo today! - As of 6/12, only 19.2% of APLUS users have opted in for Duo Two-Factor Protection in APLUS. Phishing attacks happen constantly and enabling Duo in APLUS is an easy way to protect yourself. To opt in, just go to Preferences and check “Yes, enable Duo Two-Factor Protection.”

A Proposal for Advising Awards & Honors on the Twin Cities Campus

Mark Bultmann, Office of Undergraduate Education

A sub-committee appointed by the Campus Advising Steering Committee has recommended that the advising community take measures to enhance award opportunities for advisors by creating new local awards as well as encouraging nominations for existing national, regional or state advising or student support awards, through NACADA, for example.

The work group recommended the UMTC campus community take up a sustained effort to recognize the strong work of both individual advisors as well as the excellent campus programs and services. The group emphasized that there are many advisors and programs deserving of recognition for contributions to student development and the greater advising community.

  • While the proposal suggests a set of very specific recommendations, the major themes include:
    • Create a foundation plan that can be sustained;
    • Build campus awareness about regional and national awards;
    • Share information widely about the advising awards and the nomination process; Highlight timelines and deadlines;
    • Create a sustainable infrastructure starting with naming an ongoing committee or workgroup to enhance and support the campus advising awards process;
    • Create new campus-based awards for advisors or units.

The work group is in agreement that the Tate Award should remain the pinnacle award for the University community, but there are other ways we can consider recognizing our colleagues.

Working Group on Undergraduate Academic Policy Implementation (UAPI)

Jessie Behr, UAPI Coordinator, College of Science and Engineering

The group formerly known as the Policy and Practices Group has updated its name to more accurately depict the work being done by the group to the Working Group on Undergraduate Academic Policy Implementation (UAPI). Moving forward, UAPI - comprised of advisors from each undergraduate college, the School of Nursing, and an OUE representative - will be returning to discussion-based meetings that focus on sharing and building common standards and best practices in support of student success and related policy implementation. UAPI does not develop new policy, but instead discusses and shares feedback on current policy in order to improve the student experience.

The new coordinator for the group is Jessie Behr (CSE,, and she will serve in the role through next June. Although the group has a list of current topics for discussion, feel free to share recommendations on issues to be considered or discussed by the group with Jessie.

Advising Toolkit Updates

Katie Russell, Office of Undergraduate Education

The Advising Toolkit has been updated to include resources presented and shared at the 2017 Advisor Orientation Training, the 2017 International Student Advisor Resource Guide, and a link to the updated Schedule Builder.

Help us welcome 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 >>

Advisor Training: Focus on Transfer Orientation

Transfer Student Orientation

NACADA 2018 Region 6 Conference