Curriculum & Initiatives
The Office of Undergraduate Education supports the following curricula and special initiatives:
Grand Challenge Curriculum
The Grand Challenge Curriculum (GCC) addresses important global issues through a solution-driven, interdisciplinary approach to learning. GCC courses are taught by cross-disciplinary instructors who bring unique perspectives to the Grand Challenge being explored.
University Honors Program
The mission of the University Honors Program (UHP) is to guide and challenge students from across the University as they develop into broad, creative, independent, and informed thinkers. For 2011, the average ACT of the incoming honors class was 32.2. Comprising 10 percent of the University's undergraduate population, honors students excel both in the classroom and outside of it.
Council on Liberal Education
Liberal Education (LE) is an essential part of your undergraduate education at the University of Minnesota. LE courses help you investigate the world from new perspectives, learn ways of thinking that will be useful to you in many areas of your life, and grow as an active citizen and lifelong learner. If you are unsure which requirements apply to you, contact your academic adviser.
President’s Emerging Scholars Program
The mission of the President’s Emerging Scholars Program is to ensure the timely graduation of its participants. This four-year program serves students who have demonstrated the potential to succeed academically at the University, but whose high school academic records suggest participation the Program will ensure a smooth transition to college and their successful development as student scholars.
Transfer Student Initiative
The Transfer Student Program is a new initiative that will work with other units on campus related to the transfer student experience including: course access and reserved sections; the development and coordination of transitional experiences for transfer students; assessment efforts related to transfer students; and Serve as a resource to admitted students (in person, phone, email).
Enrollment Management Committee
The Enrollment Management Committee is charged with taking a comprehensive look at Twin Cities campus enrollments and develop proposals for comprehensively managing enrollments in the long term. As we move forward with strategic planning efforts involving both the academic and administrative side of the University a careful plan for enrollment management is essential.
Freshman Seminars allow first-year students to interact with each other and connect with faculty in a smaller setting, and become involved in a unique area of study. Freshman seminars are offered during both fall and spring semesters. To submit a Freshman Seminar for the 2015-16 Freshman Seminar Booklet and/or for ad hoc funding, complete the Freshman Seminar online application.
Second Year Experience Committee
The Second Year Experience Committee was convened to explore the interest, need, and feasibility of moving forward with a coordinated campus approach to the second year.
Campus-wide Curriculum Committee
The Campus Curriculum Committee, appointed by the Provost, with 12-15 members representing the university community. The Campus Curriculum Committee coordinates and supervises the content and teaching of the Core Curriculum; provides general supervision over the undergraduate curriculum; and reviews proposals for new concentrations and revisions to existing ones.
StrengthsQuest is a program that begins with the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment. This online assessment identifies an individual's top five talents and the StrengthsQuest program provides resources for setting goals that put those talents into meaningful action. All new students are given the opportunity to take the StrengthsFinder assessment to help identify their talents.
Writing Enriched Curriculum
The University of Minnesota's Writing-Enriched Curriculum (WEC) Project, launched in 2007 with generous support from the Bush Foundation, is a process for meaningfully infusing writing and writing instruction into all undergraduate curricula. During the pilot period (2007-2011), the project engaged academic units in developing and implementing customized Undergraduate Writing Plans. The WEC project is now a University supported program.
Campus Writing Board
The Campus Writing Board (CWB) is one of two faculty bodies responsible for reviewing courses and programs proposed to meet campus-wide curricular requirements. The CWB advises the Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education on the implementation of the Writing-Enriched Curriculum (WEC) and reviews courses proposed to meet current Writing Intensive (WI) requirements.
International Student Academic Services Fee
The purpose of the International Fee is to enhance academic services for undergraduate international students, focused on retention, academic success, timely graduation, and student satisfaction. Units may seek funding by submitting proposals to an appointed review committee.