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Friday, July 27, 2012

2012-13 tuition and fee information available

One Stop Student Services now has the tuition and fee information for the 2012-13 academic year available online. Make the most of your money by using the Cost of Attendance (COA) charts to estimate your costs for the upcoming year.

For in-depth tuition and fee information, visit the Tuition Fact Sheet or the Tuition and Fee pages on the One Stop website.

Undergraduate and graduate catalogs

As catalog responsibilities move from University Relations to Academic Support Resources (ASR), several sections of the archival printable PDF of the undergraduate catalog will be omitted moving forward. These changes will streamline content and optimize online resources. All material included in the online undergraduate catalog will not change.

The following sections will remain as part of the archival printable PDF catalog:

1) Directory of Undergraduate Programs/Majors
2) Directory of Undergraduate Minors
3) Overview (purpose and orientation of online catalog)
4) Policies, Processes, and Systems (only a screenshot of each policy will be included)
5) Academics (only links to individual college websites will be included)
PDFs of PCAS Program Descriptions
PDFs of ECAS Course Descriptions

The graduate catalog is also being reformatted. A critical part of the process is ensuring that all graduate programs are entered into PCAS. A launch date by mid-to-late August is expected for a fully functional graduate PCAS. This program information will offer the most current online catalog content that has been entered into PCAS and reviewed by program owners. All future updates to programs in PCAS will be immediately available in the online catalog once approved.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

New One Stop in Williamson Hall

Update July 31: A slightly modified version of this notice will be included in the August 6 issue of the Graduate and Professional Student Update.

Beginning August 13, the Graduate Student Services and Progress (GSSP) team will offer its services as part of a new One Stop center located in 160 Williamson Hall (East Bank). The GSSP office in 316 Johnston Hall will officially close beginning August 9 and re-open in its new location on August 13. Third Party Billing currently located in B12 Fraser Hall will also move to the One Stop in Williamson and will close its Fraser location beginning August 9. Third Party Billing will re-open on August 13.

All phone and email information for GSSP and Third Party Billing will remain the same. The services found at all One Stop locations will be available at this new center; however, the One Stop in Williamson is the only location at this time where graduate and professional students can find GSSP and Third Party Billing.

Friday, July 20, 2012

D grades in minor

In June, the Credit and Grade Point Requirements for an Undergraduate (Baccalaureate) Degree policy was amended to reflect current practice on the Twin Cities and Rochester campuses. Specifically, the policy now states that D grades are not allowed in courses included in a minor. After going through the appropriate approval process, the policy change passed through the 30 day review period without any comment from the University community.

If you have questions about this policy, contact Tina Falkner.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

FERPA Q&A: PSEO students

Question: Are PSEO students treated any differently than traditional students under FERPA?

Answer: Students participating in the Post-Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) program (in which they are enrolled in both high school and college) are afforded the same FERPA rights as a traditional college student. This means these students "own" the information included in their education records, and parents and guardians do not have a right to either suppressed public information or non-directory information.

Faculty often report that the parent of a PSEO student contacts them and requests information about his or her child's performance, attendance, or homework. Just like other college students, PSEO students need to provide permission to the faculty member to discuss non-directory information with others.

If you have questions about FERPA, contact Tina Falkner or Dan Delaney.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Mobile One Stop

One Stop Student Services has developed a mobile version of the One Stop website offering useful content in an easy-to-read format.

Of 600 students surveyed by One Stop, 89 percent owned a smartphone. The same percentage of students said they would visit the One Stop site more often if a mobile version was made available. Additionally, 54 percent of students said their smartphone is their primary way to access the internet on campus.

The mobile site includes timely and helpful "News" and "Contact Us" tabs, as well as a full site version for those preferring to view One Stop content in its entirety.


Monday, July 16, 2012

Course Guide videos

The existing hardware and software that manages Course Guide video processing will soon reach the end of its life cycle. Based on the low number of Course Guide video files, Academic Support Resources (ASR) has decided that the video upload service will be permanently discontinued on Friday, July 20; this means users will no longer be able to upload videos with their Course Guide descriptions.

Videos that have already been posted will continue to work whenever the same instructor teaches the same class, until it is removed by the department or the instructor.

Instructors will still have the option to upload a syllabus, photograph, and biography.
Course Guide questions should be directed to the SR training team.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Promote classroom cleanliness

The Office of Classroom Management (OCM) has created two posters that are available to departments (upon request) to post in departmental classrooms. These posters are intended to assist departments in their efforts to alert classroom users to the impact their actions have on the quality of the learning space.

If you would like to use these posters in your classrooms, please contact Sarah Hollerich.


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Non-degree registration

One Stop Student Services supports University staff in their professional development by allowing those with a bachelor's degree to take a graduate level course. This enrollment option is ideal for enhancing job knowledge, exploring a master's or doctorate program prior to admission, or learning more about a field of interest.

If interested in enrolling as a graduate non-degree seeking student, follow these six steps to register. If you have any questions along the way, contact a One Stop counselor.

Non-degree registration for summer 2012 and fall 2012 courses is open. Enrollment as a non-degree student for spring 2013 begins December 7.

GSSP summer hours

Effective immediately, the Graduate Student Services and Progress (GSSP) office in 316 Johnston Hall will be closed daily from 12:00-1:00 p.m.