Grad School Implementation Team to hold open meeting

Katherine Wolfe

The committee restructuring graduate education at the University of Minnesota is holding an open meeting Wednesday for faculty, staff, and students to express ideas and concerns related to the change.

"The committee welcomes ideas and suggestions from the University community about the present strengths and weaknesses of the Graduate School, and the best distribution of the administrative responsibilities among a central office for graduate education, other central offices, and the collegiate units," wrote Institute of Technology Dean Steven Crouch, who chairs the Implementation Team, in an e-mail to University faculty and graduate students Monday. 

Although the committee’s previous two meetings were closed to the public, Crouch wrote in the e-mail the committee anticipates opening more meetings to the public as their work advances.

On Friday the committee began gathering information about how the school’s departments could be affected by the restructuring by speaking with Director of Graduate Admissions Dean Tsantir and Director of Student Services Karen Starry. The committee plans to continue consulting with the school’s department heads.

April 17 is the deadline for the committee to submit recommendations to the Provost office, but University Spokesman Daniel Wolter said that, if necessary, the committee will be given more time.

The open meeting will be held in Blegen Hall 5 from 12:20 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.

Hope to see you all there!