Discussions on campus climate and inclusion opened with Gabel outlining what she considers a concerning disparity among white and African American students about feeling a sense of belonging at the University.
“I can hear and feel the national winds blowing, and I recognize the challenges on our doorstep, but we're undeterred and rather are filled with hope and optimism, for it is a new day at the University,” said new Joan Gabel at her first regents meeting as president.
Debt and the cost of college are the focus of several Democratic presidential candidates' campaigns ahead of the 2020 Democratic primary. Policy statements range from offering student loan refinancing at lower interest rates to canceling all student debt. Some candidates have proposed no-cost community college, while others seek to make all public colleges tuition free.
As the University of Minnesota’s new president, Joan Gabel emphasizes collaboration and shared governance as pillars in her leadership style.
Having left Morrill Hall for the last time as president last week, Kaler leaves a University that many say is far better than what he inherited. During his tenure, graduation rates increased, the University’s national standing improved and he tried to limit tuition increases while facing underwhelming state support.
“My wife Karen and I are grateful for our eight years in this role, and we will always view it as the honor of a lifetime to have served you,” said University President Eric Kaler in a statement to the University during his last day in office. “I’ll leave the leadership of the University in the talented hands of Joan Gabel. With her, we are well positioned for a strong future.”
Approval by the Board of Regents is the final step in a nearly year-long endeavor to develop the University of Minnesota’s budget — a process that will ramp up again for next year in just over a month.
A committee tasked with overhauling the University of Minnesota’s liberal education requirements has three draft plans making their way around the University community, including several major changes. The curriculum has largely been unchanged since the ‘90s.
A University of Minnesota Medical Center visitor was was robbed after being approached in a parking garage by two suspects on Monday, according to an email sent to the University community.
After a back-and-forth discussion, the University of Minnesota Board of Regents approved an amended version of the President’s budget, featuring a 2 percent tuition increase.