University of Minnesota Driven to Discover
Office of Undergraduate Education
December 2, 2016

To:

Undergraduate Associate Deans:
Marilyn DeLong, CDes
Michael White, CFANS
Na’im Madyun, CEHD
Raj Singh, CSOM
Christine Mueller, Nursing
John Ward, CBS
Bob Stine, CCE
Paul Strykowski, CSE and Co-Chair
Gary Oehlert, CLA

CC:

Suzanne Bardouche, OUE
Leslie Schiff, OUE
Matt Bribitzer-Stull, UHP
Barbara Kappler, ISSS
Danita Brown Young, OSA
Beth Lingren Clark, Co-Chair
LeeAnn Melin, OUE
Sue Van Voorhis, ASR
Rachelle Hernandez, Admissions

Request for Proposals for 2017-18 Funding from the International Student Academic Services Fee – due February 10

As you may recall, beginning in 2013-14, University of Minnesota Twin Cities international undergraduate students are assessed a fee for international student academic services. The resources generated from the fee were used to enhance academic services for international students, with the focus of ensuring retention, timely graduation, and student satisfaction with their University of Minnesota experience. Since the fee was implemented, numerous projects supporting international students have received funding. Abstracts of funded activities can be referenced here.

I am writing to solicit proposals for funding for 2017-18 activities, and these requests are due February 10. Information about the fee process can be found here. To submit a proposal click here. Units may submit multiple requests, but must use a separate online submission for each project. If your unit already has received approval of funds for 2017-18 or 2018-19 through previous processes, you do not need to re-request those funds. That existing commitment has been noted. As you prepare proposals, please keep in mind that the amount of new revenue generated by this fee in 2017-18 and available for allocation will be about $700,000. If you have specific questions about funding levels as you develop your proposal, please contact Beth Lingren Clark lingr004@umn.edu or Paul Strykowski pstry@umn.edu.

I have appointed a small committee to review new proposals, and to review progress reports from prior years’ projects. Now that we have four years of history with reviewing proposals, we have refined the criteria and clarified some types of projects that would not be appropriate to support with this funding source. As is the case for all fees assessed of students, the general principle is that the fee charged should be used to benefit those students who are paying the fee at the time that they are paying the fee.

We will be hosting an information session on Tuesday, January 10 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. in 518/520 Bruininks Hall. We will provide an overview of the fee and answers about potential ideas for projects. Please RSVP now.

Thank you for your work on supporting our international undergraduate students, and I look forward to seeing your proposals.

Sincerely,

Robert B. McMaster
Vice Provost and Dean
Office of Undergraduate Education