The Office of Undergraduate Education, in collaboration with undergraduate colleges, provides coordination of central advising initiatives that enhance and support the advising experience across campus. OUE also directly oversees central advising units such as the University Honors Program, Center for Academic Planning and Exploration, and the McNamara Academic Center for Student-Athletes.
First Year Initiatives
Various units in the Office of Undergraduate Education provide transitional experiences that are designed to maximize students' potential for personal and academic success and assist them in adjusting to the challenges of collegiate life.
Second Year Initiatives
The Second Year Experience is a campus-wide effort coordinated by the Office of Undergraduate Education. The Second Year Advisory Group, comprised of college and department representatives from across the Twin Cities campus, work collectively to improve the retention of and opportunities for second-year students. OUE directly oversees campus-wide communication for second-year students, Living Learning Community support, and a student advisory committee.
Strategic Enrollment Management
The Strategic Enrollment Management Committee takes a comprehensive look at Twin Cities campus enrollments and develops proposals for comprehensively managing enrollments in the long term while discussing and determining high-level priorities and action strategies to enhance student persistence and success. Representatives include: Office of Undergraduate Education, Academic Support Resources, Admissions, collegiate Associate Deans, Housing and Residential Life, International Student and Scholar Services, Office for Equity and Diversity and the Office for Student Affairs.
Transfer Student Initiatives
The goal of the Transfer Student Experience is to facilitate a successful transition to campus and provide unique engagement opportunities for transfer students. These efforts are a collaboration between the Office of Undergraduate Education, Orientation & First Year Programs, and other campus partners. This initiative is informed by the Transfer Student Advisory Committee, comprised of college and department representatives from across the Twin Cities campus, and the Transfer Student Board.
With the adoption of the current University of Minnesota’s undergraduate student learning outcomes (SLOs) and student development outcomes (SDOs), the University has undertaken a renewed effort to establish more consistent assessment frame-work across all departments, provided stronger central leadership, simplified expectations, and worked to connect the multiple streams of assessment data to better inform academic planning. Our mission is to support all academic and support units in their assessment of student learning/development process to continuously enhance the undergraduate student experience.