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Friday, October 30, 2015

Spring 2016 registration

Students will have access to their spring 2016 registration queue time starting November 2. The spring 2016 registration time table can be found on the One Stop website. As a reminder, spring 2016 registration begins Tuesday, November 10 for students admitted to degree and certificate programs. Open registration begins Friday, December 4. One Stop and the Academic Support Resources Training and Support team will be hosting refresher sessions on the student registration experience on:

  • Thursday, November 5, 2015 from 2 to 3 p.m. in Peik Gym, room G55
  • Wednesday, November 11, 2015 from 2 to 3 p.m. in Alderman Hall, room 415 (St. Paul campus)
  • Tuesday, November 17, 2015 from 10 to 11 a.m. in Peik Gym, room G65

These sessions will be of interest to advisers and student services staff who would like to review how the registration process works for students. Topics will include class search, waitlists, auto-enroll, and the shopping cart. There will be time for questions as well.

Please complete this short form is you are planning on attending one of these sessions.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

You are invited to the 9th annual Student Veterans Appreciation Day

Join us for the 9th annual Student Veterans Appreciation Event on Tuesday, November 17 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in Coffman Great Hall. Say “thank you” to student veterans, participate in some games, and grab a slice of pizza. Everyone is welcome! Can’t make it? Stop by our booth to write a thank-you message to our veterans. Dates and locations are available on the One Stop website.

Office of the Registrar's St. Paul staff moving to Williamson Hall

The St. Paul Office of the Registrar staff will be moving to Williamson Hall between November 19-20, 2015. The move will allow the staff to be closer to their colleagues and create more opportunities for integration and cross-training across the OTR units.

Academic Support Resources technical projects updates

ASR has created a resource for the U of M community to track planned, in-progress and completed projects that our technical staff are or were working on. This information is being compiled on the new ASR Technical Project Updates webpage. These projects largely address issues that our users have identified related to their work with the Office of the Registrar, the Office of Student Finance and the Office of Financial Aid.

New Schedule Builder available

A new version of Schedule Builder is now available. Under the new version of Schedule Builder, students will have the option to explore, plan, and see a calendar view of their schedules. With the start of spring 2016 registration quickly approaching, we anticipate this new version of Schedule Builder to be highly accessed and we encourage you to notify your students, faculty, and other staff members about this change. If you have any questions, please contact help@umn.edu.

New location for Graduate Student Services & Progress starting November 9

On November 9, the Graduate Student Services and Progress (GSSP) office currently located in 160 Williamson Hall will move to the One Stop Student Services center in Bruininks Hall. Graduate and professional students and others who need to speak with GSSP staff in-person should visit the One Stop in Bruininks Hall for assistance. All phone and email information for GSSP will remain the same. The GSSP office in 160 Williamson Hall will have limited service (no walk-in service; available via email and phone) after Wednesday, November 4 for the move and re-open with full service in its new location on November 9. You may continue to contact GSSP at 612-625-3490 or gssp@umn.edu.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

FERPA: How should we work with parents that want to help their child with a disability transition to the University of Minnesota from another college or university?

Since this student is not yet accepted to or enrolled at the University, he or she does not have the ability to give his or her parents access via the University's online tools. In these instances, it is appropriate to work with the student to send or fax a signed letter stating that he or she grants your office permission to speak with the parents about the student's process, educational record, outstanding requirements, etc. Unless the student has an activated University of Minnesota email address, you cannot accept an email from the student granting this permission. And, simply because the student has a disability doesn't mean that FERPA doesn't apply nor can you work with the parents without the students express written permission to do so.

New report available: My Advisees (Midterm Grades)

A new PeopleSoft query report is now available by going to MyU > Reporting Center > Student Services > Advising > My Advisees - Midterm grades. Here, you can find your advisees with midterm grades for the selected term and midterm grade.

Mid Term Alerts in the new system (now, In-Progress Notifications)

University Senate Policy requires instructors of 1xxx-level courses to provide in-progress notifications to students who, based on performance in the course thus far, appear to be in danger of receiving a grade of D, F, or N. The process for doing this has changed with the University’s PeopleSoft Upgrade, and the former mid-term alerts system has been retired. The new process was made available on October 1, 2015 and takes place in the “Grade Rosters” tab of MyU’s Faculty Center. The ASR Student Records Training & Support team has created a “Mid-Term Grade Entry” quick start guide to help instructors.