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Friday, February 24, 2017

Change to April graduation application date

Due to a planned PeopleSoft outage, the April 1 deadline for graduate and professional students to apply for graduation has changed to Monday, April 3, 2017. Note that the change is applicable only for the month of April; the following deadlines will continue to be on the first of the month. The change has been reflected in dates and deadlines on the One Stop website.

Policy update

The grading & transcripts policy is under comprehensive review and we are gathering feedback from multiple groups as well as presenting to the faculty Senate Committee on Educational Policy (SCEP). While the changes will be mostly cosmetic, one substantive change is being considered: whether incompletes should lapse earlier. In the current policy, incompletes lapse after one year, but this can negatively impact degree progress. The current proposal is to lapse incompletes after 15 weeks, but the discussions are continuing. Please email tidball@umn.edu with your feedback.

The policy that email is the official means of student communication is also due for review. We do not anticipate any substantive changes at this time but are interested in your feedback. Please email tidball@umn.edu or attend RAC meetings to discuss this policy and others.

SCEP and the Policy Advisory Committee have approved changes to the makeup work policy (see unpublished draft). After review by the President’s Policy Committee, the policy will be posted for a 30-day review and comment period.

Estimated Financial Aid Award Notices for NHS students

Estimated Financial Aid Award Notices (FAANs) for admitted new high school students (NHS) for the Twin Cities campus were generated the week of February 13, and the Office of Student Finance began mailing them to these students the week of February 20. Twin Cities undergraduate transfer students should begin to receive estimated FAANs in late-March. As usual, actual financial aid award notices for incoming freshmen, transfer and continuing students will be provided in late July after tuition and fees are approved by the Board of Regents.

Commencement on events calendar

For departments and colleges: If you have not done so already, please add your commencement information to the University events calendar so that the latest information is available to students and parents.

One Stop website updates

Dates and deadlines on One Stop has been extended to include fall 2017, spring 2018, and summer 2018 dates for students on Twin Cities and Rochester campuses.

A transcript key has been added to the Transcripts page for all system campuses. The key is a copy of the text found on the back of University transcript paper. Having the transcript key online will enable third parties such as academic institutions and employers to verify information more easily.

Final exam, class schedule, and dates and deadlines archives

Final exam schedule archives
Archives of past final exam schedules are accessible through the University Digital Conservancy (UDC). The final exam schedule archives are public domain as part of the UDC, and are searchable.

Class schedule and dates archives

The archive PDFs of class schedules, enrollment policies and procedures, and dates and deadlines can be accessed through the ASR site. Visit asr.umn.edu, and navigate to News and dates > Class schedule and dates archives.


Q: Should separate class sections be combined in Moodle or other online learning technologies?

A: No. While students’ identities are not private within a class section, the students’ information should not be exposed to other classes—students’ class schedules are private student data. By combining sections, students could see the information students outside their registered class section.