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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Student work stream hosts Town Hall

The Student work stream held a town hall meeting on Thursday, May 15. More than 250 staff from all University of Minnesota system campuses gathered at locations across the state to hear about changes that will affect students, faculty and staff as a result of the upgrade to the student system. Highlights of the presentation include:

  • An overview of how ESUP came about, its goals, and how those goals fit into President Kaler’s Operational Excellence initiatives
  • A preview of the new myU Portal and an explanation of how it will work for students, staff and faculty (a sneak peek is available)
  • Synopsis of how Financial Aid (disbursing aid) will be affected by the upgrade
  • Synopsis of how Student Financials (collecting tuition/fees) will be affected by the upgrade
  • Synopsis of how Admissions will be affected by the upgrade
  • Synopsis of how SEVIS will be affected by the upgrade
  • Information on the Academic Advisement (degree audit for graduate programs) implementation
  • Details on specific changes to Student Records processes: Course Guide, waitlists, and grading

“I thought it was an informative overview of what ESUP entails,” said Jenny Malek, scholarship coordinator for the Office of Admissions. “Sometimes it’s easy to forget all of the ways the project will affect the University when you’re always focused on your part. I’m looking forward to learning more over the next year.” 

Because changes affect colleges differently, the Student team would like to meet with colleges individually to go into more detail on how the upgrade will affect Student Records processes and how to best prepare. A representative from the Student team will be reaching out to each college to make arrangements for these meetings. Email esup@umn.edu if you have questions before then. 

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