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.
University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler offered the Board of Regents a plan that lowers the increase of tuition to 2 percent, down half a percent from his initial plan, according to a memo sent to regents.
Since a peak in transfer student applications in 2011, the number of transfer applications has declined overall by more than 22 percent, while the number of transfers enrolled has remained largely stagnant. About half of transfers surveyed saying they feel they a sense of belonging at the University, according to the 2018 Students Experience in the Research University survey.
After the University of Minnesota received half of its two-year budget request, and much less than Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, regents are concerned about the growing disparities between the two higher education systems.