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Office of Undergraduate Education (OUE) March 2017


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Chemistry Placement in Fall 2017

Katie Russell, OUE

Effective fall 2016 chemistry placement transitioned to the ALEKS system. ALEKS is an adaptive system that determines a student’s current knowledge in areas the Department of Chemistry deems necessary to be successful in general chemistry. Since the transition to ALEKS, the Department of Chemistry has been analyzing student course performance in order to ensure the most accurate placement possible. In support of student success, the minimum placement score to enroll in CHEM 1061/1065 will be increasing.

NHS students and NAS students wishing to enroll in CHEM 1061/1065 in fall 2017 must earn a placement score of 80% by their orientation date in order to enroll in CHEM 1061/1065. Students need to obtain a score of 100% by August 15 in order to maintain their chemistry enrollment. Students will receive communications spring and summer from OUE and OFYP, but be sure to advise students at orientation to continue working in ALEKS learning mode to increase their placement to 100%.

The Department of Chemistry has determined that all topics on the placement exam must be mastered in order for a student to be successful in CHEM 1061/1065. In addition to changing the placement score minimum, the Department of Chemistry faculty also optimized (reduced) the required content contained in the ALEKS environment. Please note, ALEKS not only evaluates but also provides integrated learning with continuous improvement available.

Continuing students who took the placement exam when the cut-off was 60% and earned that score, are able to enroll in CHEM 1061/1065 without increasing their score to 100%. They should be reminded that the course is rigorous and they would be well-served to take advantage of ALEKS learning mode over the summer to be fully prepared for the course.

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Football Practice Time Change

JT Bruett, McNamara Academic Center for Student-Athletes

The University of Minnesota Football Team practice time will change from afternoon to morning in fall 2017. The team will continue to practice in the afternoon during spring semester. This decision was made after an analysis of fall semester football player class schedules revealed that class conflicts are no more significant with a morning practice schedule than they will be with the afternoon schedule.

It is helpful context to note that our soccer and softball teams already practice in the morning and nearly half of all the football teams in the Big Ten Conference practice in the morning during the fall or spring semester, including two schools that practice in the morning all year long.

Please direct questions regarding this change to the McNamara Academic Center for Student-Athletes.

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GPA Calculator

Stacey Tidball, Academic Support Resources

ASR has received requests for a GPA calculator, and we are pleased to share that a GPA calculator is now linked on One Stop. The current version is on the University of Minnesota Rochester site, but we hope to have a TC-hosted version built by our web team in the future.

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 user interfaces for web scheduling are going to be overhauled this year. The project is in the early stages, and feedback will be sought from key stakeholders in the coming weeks.
  • An interface for managing tags, contact purposes, and alerts/warnings is nearly complete. This will allow those with coordinator roles to self-manage many tags/contact purposes, except for those which are global or otherwise shared across multiple units.
  • The “Tag”, “Contact Purpose”, and “Alert/Warning/Exception” filters now include options for restricting results by unit and date created.
  • Filters including date constraint options, such as those immediately aforementioned, now offer the ability to search in between (or not in between) two different dates. Before, this required two filters to be applied.
  • A guide to user roles in APLUS has been added to the “Help” section.

Katie Russell, Office of Undergraduate Education

The Advising Toolkit has been updated to include a link to CAPE’s website for students transferring within the U. The toolkit continues to link to the chemistry placement exam launching site, which includes updated language about the new minimum chemistry placement score..

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.

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Alyssa Maples

College of Continuing Education,

Alyssa transitioned to CCE from CEHD’s School of Kinesiology, where she worked for the past five years as an Associate Academic Adviser. Alyssa was instrumental in creating a new minor that allowed students to gain access to Kinesiology coursework, and she was highly successful in engaging and advising a diverse group of CEHD students. Alyssa will be advising Health Services Management students.

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Kyle Nelson

McNamara Academic Center for Student-Athletes,

Kyle joined the McNamara Academic Center for Student-Athletes (MAC) advising staff after serving as an Academic Advising Intern at the University of Minnesota.

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Mary Shannon Bocock

College of Design,

Mary started her advising position with the College of Design in October 2016. Prior to joining the College of Design, Mary Shannon worked as a graduate assistant in Housing and Residence Life at Eastern Michigan University, where she received her Master's in Educational Leadership: Higher Education/Student Affairs.

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Matthew McGilvray

Learning Abroad Center,

Matthew joined the Learning Abroad Center (LAC) in February as the Resource Center and Scholarships Advisor after working in a variety of positions in the LAC as a student.

Undergraduate Research Symposium

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