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University of Minnesota Board of Regents to hear reports on U's research enterprise and Gopher Athletics

July 5, 2013

During its meeting Wednesday, July 10, the University of Minnesota Board of Regents will discuss the University’s research priorities and receive an annual report on Gopher Athletics.

Vice President for Research Brian Herman will envision the future of the University’s research enterprise, building on a history of great strength to address critical global challenges. He will also highlight continued successes of U faculty and staff in competing for grants and the sustained growth of technology commercialization, while addressing the growing challenges wrought by stagnating or declining federal funds. Herman took the helm of the U’s $749-million research enterprise – 8th-largest among public research universities – in January 2013. He will be joined during his presentation by Vice President for University Services Pamela Wheelock to discuss the infrastructure for the U’s research enterprise.

In accordance with Board policy, Athletic Director Norwood Teague will present an annual report on student-athlete academic progress, athletic accomplishment, department budget and facilities. Teague’s first year leading Gopher Athletics was marked by success in the classroom and in competition: 24 of the department’s 25 sports programs reported a spring semester GPA of 3.0 or above (with the 25th expected to achieve a 3.0 when grades for students studying abroad are reported), while the U finished 22nd nationally in the Learfield Director’s Cup standings, the measure of program-wide athletic achievement.

Other agenda items include:

  • Minnesota Prosperity Act: The Board will consider a proposed resolution, based on language of the new Minnesota Prosperity Act, to make in-state tuition rates available to University of Minnesota students if they meet certain requirements, regardless of their immigration status. In addition, the resolution would make it possible for eligible U of M students to be considered for state higher education aid and would allow the University to use private scholarship funding for eligible students, regardless of immigration status. Governor Mark Dayton and legislators passed the Prosperity Act as part of the 2013 omnibus Higher Education bill.
  • Alcohol licenses: The Board will consider a proposed resolution to award alcohol licenses to the Les Bolstad Golf Course, Northrop and the University of Minnesota Morris student union. If approved, each entity will apply to the State of Minnesota for their annual license.

The meeting will be the first led by newly elected Board Chair Richard Beeson.

Board committees will not meet this month, as Regents will depart for Red Wing, Minn. and the Board’s annual retreat after the July 10 full meeting.

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