Speeches and Spotlights
You may have read or heard in the media that the University's Board of Regents voted yesterday to terminate a letter of intent with Fairview Health Services. The letter of intent was boldly aimed at creating a new, exciting and fully integrated academic health system from the resources and expertise of the University, University of Minnesota Physicians (UMP), and Fairview.
The statement that Vice President for Equity and Diversity Katrice Albert and President Kaler sent to the Twin Cities University community.
Today marks the first Board meeting in the sixth academic year of my presidency. It is a time to celebrate all that this Board, our faculty, staff and students across our system have done together for the University during the past five years. It is, especially, a time to look forward as we seek even higher heights for the University of Minnesota.
My vision for the coming year seeks to enhance our deepest strengths and to build on them. It also sees us redoubling our determination to keep this University accessible, affordable and powerful. My hope is that we all can work together as a unified team sharing that common determination.
The U.S. Supreme Court today issued a decision in Fisher v. University of Texas - or Fisher II - its most recent case considering the use of affirmative action in college admission decisions. It appears from initial review that the Court has affirmed its 2003 decisions involving the University of Michigan. Those decisions approved the consideration of race - among other factors - in the individualized, holistic review of applications for admission in order to attain a diverse student body.
The text of an email from President Kaler and Provost Hanson to the Twin Cities campus community.
Over the last several months, we've heard from many of you across the University about your concerns regarding student mental health - concerns about waitlists, about culturally competent services, and about overall approaches to care.
Office for Equity and Diversity Vice President Katrice Albert and I sent this message to the University community this afternoon.
This weekend, a tragic act of senseless violence took place at a nightclub in Orlando, taking the lives of 49 victims and injuring more than 50. Our thoughts go out to the families and communities most impacted by these events, and we support Orlando in this time of mourning.
We all just saw and applauded the introduction of Mark Coyle as our new Director of Gopher Athletics. As I said on the day we hired him, Mark is a man of great integrity and experience, and his first 10 days on the job have demonstrated that. But let me answer a question that some might have asked about Mark in the past few weeks: Why — why? — would anyone take the job to lead Gopher athletics at this time, with all the challenges we face, all the decisions that must be made, and all the eyes that are on him?
A budget is a reflection of values and priorities, and my proposed annual operating budget for Fiscal Year 2017 for your approval today mirrors my priorities and remains true to our values to keep the University of Minnesota accessible, affordable and academically excellent.
I spoke to hundreds of our University of Minnesota graduates last week and witnessed first-hand the excitement of these young people and the emotions of their families. These graduates are the future of Minnesota's prosperity. From architects to English majors, from nurses to accountants, from chemical engineers to social workers, this month we catapulted about 15,000 graduates into the state's workforce.
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The academic year has ended in Crookston and Duluth with their commencements last week, and it’s coming to a close in Morris, Rochester and the Twin Cities. About 15,000 of our students have done their work, reached their goals, and earned their degrees, and now are ready to move on to what most analysts say is a welcoming and vibrant job market for college graduates.
If I may say so, they will be moving from higher education to … just … plain … hired.