Grad School restructuring team meets for first time

Plans for future meetings were made, and the team was asked to keep discussions confidential.

The team that will determine how to restructure the University of Minnesota Graduate School convened for the first time Friday, discussing how the team will proceed in the next six weeks. The 18-member implementation team, which is made up of faculty and two graduate students, also set up times for future meetings, University spokesman Dan Wolter said in an e-mailed statement. The meeting was not open to the public, and the media was not allowed in. One team member, who preferred to remain anonymous, said the team was asked to keep the discussions confidential, but did not disclose who asked for confidentiality. E-mails obtained by the Daily show that although team members are allowed to speak with media, they have been advised to speak with Wolter prior to making comments. During the two-and-a-half-hour session, Senior Vice Provost Tom Sullivan also answered questions about what the “charge” of the committee is, Wolter said. There is indication the reconstructionâÄôs original plan could change. The team will be discussing different models. The team will meet on Fridays and will likely have sub-committees to deal with more specialized areas, Wolter said. The team has until April 17 to make its final recommendations to the ProvostâÄôs Office, which will be followed by an opportunity for public comment, according to University documents.