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Allegations of academic fraudin the Gopher basketball program were reported in the St. Paul Pioneer Press March 10. Jan Gangelhoff, a former office manager for the academic counseling unit, said she wrote papers and take-home exams for at least 20 basketball players, including 4 current players. President Yudof and VP Boston cut short trips to return to deal with the situation. Yudof, Boston, and Regent Hogan spoke at a news conference March 11, with the full Board of Regents standing behind them.
"We view this as a very, very serious business," Yudof said. "We're concerned about doing the right thing" and protecting the reputation of the U, he said. "You're only as good as your integrity." An external investigation will be conducted that will be fair, thorough, prompt, and swift, he said. Once the findings are in, he said, the U will take whatever action is called for. Judgments could not be made immediately, he said, because "we've had 48 hours" and "the primary witnesses will not talk to us."
Current players Kevin Clark, Miles Tarver, Jason Stanford, and Antoine Broxsie were declared ineligible for the game against Gonzaga in first round of NCAA tournament. "The charges are serious, and we've seen some evidence" to support them, although "the evidence is denied by other people," Yudof said. "That's sufficient to act to protect the institution. This doesn't represent a judgment about these young people." Reputations of coach Clem Haskins and the players are at stake, he said, and judgments cannot be made without more information. Gophers lost the game 75-63.
Yudof appeared before a legislative committee March 12 to outline plans for the investigation and reassure legislators about the U's commitment to academic integrity. "Our mission is to have zero tolerance for cheating," he told the Senate Higher Education Committee. Yudof later told regents that he thought the hearing went well and he does not expect any impact on the U's budget. Firm that will conduct the investigation is expected to be named this week. Investigators will work independently and report to the president's office.
Agreement to expand educational resources in Rochester was unanimously approved by the regents. The U would establish a nonresidential branch campus, to be called the University of Minnesota at Rochester, with a resident faculty of 20-30 and academic programs in allied health fields, technology, education, social services, and other professional fields. Special allocation will be requested from the legislature. Agreement is that there must be no offset to the governor's recommended 2000-01 budget or legislative appropriation for either the U or Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU), Provost Bruininks said.
Rochester is the 5th largest city in the state and in 20 years will be 4th, its annual economy is $2 billion, and its phenomenal growth will lead to a projected 40,000 new jobs by 2020, Bruininks said. Primary educational need is to serve working adults. MnSCU senior vice chancellor Linda Baer, Dr. Franklin Knox of the Mayo Medical Center, and Sen. Sheila Kiscaden all spoke in favor of the agreement. Knox and Kiscaden expressed the enthusiasm of the Rochester community. "Our appetite for education is extremely strong," Kiscaden said.
One concern is the impact on Minnesota State U at Mankato. Bruininks said every effort has been made to prevent negative impact; the campus will be nonresidential, and the academic profile is designed to minimize overlap. "I believe if we grow higher education together we can protect everybody's interests," he said.
Regents approved a tuition plan designed to offer incentives to students to keep up their credit loads with the move to semesters. For undergraduates on the TC campus, cost per credit will be at one rate ($154.50) up to 12 credits and half price ($77.25) for all credits above 12. Students who take a full load will save 10% over the course of their educations, said Peter Zetterberg, director of Institutional Research and Reporting. Plan is notable for its simplicity and will be easy to explain to students, he said.
Another change, elimination of base tuition, will reduce the cost of taking a single course, Zetterberg said; more than 20,000 students a year take just one class at a time and should not be penalized, he said. Changing the tuition band for graduate students from 7-14 to 6-14 will mean that students can take a 3rd or 4th class for free.
Undergraduate strategy was the topic when chancellors of the 3 coordinate campuses spoke to the regents. Chancellor Martin said UMD's 2 overriding priorities are to be a first-class undergraduate university with selected graduate programs and to provide support for faculty as teachers and researchers and students as learners and researchers. "We see ourselves as a regional university providing access as well as quality," she said. She described a strong advising initiative, integration of freshman seminars with the successful Intro to College Learning class, a technology initiative, and student research opportunities.
Crookston has successfully expanded its mission to be a 4-year polytechnic campus, Chancellor Sargeant said. Enrollment is up from 250 students 5 years ago to about 1,000 today, and enrollment for next fall is up 25%, he said. "We must be doing something right." Campus makes strong use of technology, with notebook computers for all students, e-discussions, Web pages for every course, and classes offered on line. Campus is also employer influenced, and all degrees require internships. UMC is the only open admission campus in the system.
Morris has as its overarching goal to be the best public liberal arts college in America, said interim Chancellor Schuman. "We believe this is both an ambitious and a realistic goal." Seminars for all new students next fall will be on the topic of diversity. Student profile includes 16% who are young men and women of color and 28% who are from the top 5% of their class. Average course load is 16.2, compared to 13.9 for the U as a whole. Faculty are drawn to the campus because of the chance to work with extraordinary students, Schuman said.
Nominations for the 1999 Academic Staff Award are due April 2. This annual award recognizes members of the academic professional and administrative (P&A) staff who have made distinguished contributions to the mission of the U. Up to 5 winners will be recognized at the P&A spring event, and receive a $2,000 honorarium plus $1,000 for professional development. See Academic Staff Advisory Committee home page at http://www.umn.edu/ohr/asac/ for nomination forms and information about the award and past winners.
CROOKSTON--Native American Cuisine: Past to Present, with Debbie and Barbara Stumblingbear, will be presented March 22 as part of the UMC 1999 Seminar Series. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with an ethnic dinner for $8, followed by a 7 p.m. program in Sahlstrom Conference Center. For reservations, call (218) 281-8586.
Events: Bob Hall will speak about "Sex, Conflict, and Intimacy" March 17, 7 p.m., Bede Ballroom. Hall is founder of Learning to Live with Conflict, Inc.UMC Children's Center presents "A Look at Children's Friendships" with educator Gayle Nelson March 19, noon-1 p.m., in Sahlstrom Conference Center AB. A free box lunch will be provided to enrolled participants and can be reserved by calling (218) 281-8285.
DULUTH--Department of Theatre production of Dear Finder has been selected for presentation at the National Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Of more than 900 productions entered in the competition from 8 regions in the U.S., only 6 were invited. UMD performances will be April 21-22 at 7:30 p.m. at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Dear Finder was written by faculty member Tom Isbell with student collaboration.
Events: UMD Student Art Exhibition runs March 20-April 18 with opening reception and awards ceremony March 20 at 6 p.m. The annual juried exhibition will be on display in the UMD Tweed Museum of Art.UMD theater presents Foolin' Around with Infinity March 18-27 at 8 p.m. in the Marshall Performing Arts Center (MPAC).Elizabeth Summerlin's one-woman show Babe will be presented March 26-27 at 8 p.m. at MPAC. Babe is the story of Olympic athlete and golfer Babe Didrikson Zaharias. Tickets are available by calling (218) 726-8561.
MORRIS--Cougars placed 5 student athletes on NSIC All-Academic Football Team: Monti Ossenfort, Brad Hilger, Travis Kraker, Riley Dubois, and Joe Bartos. Due to 1st-year status, the women's soccer team could not compete for National Soccer Coaches Association of America Academic Team award. It would have had the top team GPA in Division II and 2nd in all of women's college soccer. Women's soccer placed 8 of 20 players on NSIC Academic Team.
Michael Snowden, educational coordinator for the Minority Student Program, will become director of minority affairs at Armstrong Atlantic State U in Savannah, Ga. He will leave UMM April 7.
TWIN CITIES--The 1998-99 Northrop Dance Season concludes March 23-24 at 7:30 p.m., with Tango Buenos Aires, 25 Argentine tango masters and musicians showcasing the evolution of tango to today's ballroom glamour. Northrop Jazz Season presents Dee Dee Bridgewater performing her "Dear Ella" tribute to Ella Fitzgerald March 24 at 8 p.m., at Ted Mann Concert Hall. Faculty/staff discounts for both events: (612) 624-2345.
John Esposito, director of the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown U, will speak on "The Role of Religion in World Affairs: Islam," March 18, 5:30 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey Center. Cost is $5 for students and Minnesota International Center members, $10 for nonmembers; call (612) 625-4421.
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