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Summer – a change of pace, but not necessarily slower.

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The Summer semester on campus is always a quiet time. While many departments offer classes both here and online, there is a definite downturn in the number of cars in the parking lot, lunch goers in the Marketplace and hallway traffic. That is not to say, however, that there is less for us to do. In fact, Summer has been flagged by The Graduate School as the opportune time to update our information (no small task, I promise), review processes, organize budgets for the coming fiscal year, arrange orientation and target training for other administrative staff on campus. And then there is our daily activities!

Last year, we launched My Gradspace, our online student management tool. A little over year has passed, and it is time for us to review ALL of the communications and information that prospective students receive when inquiring about graduate programs at UND. This week and next, we will look at all of the emails we send, and beyond that, begin to review the program information. We estimate a month. It could take longer!

Next year UND will release its new academic catalog and this preparation takes about a year. Meetings with Departments to review their programs, curriculum, admission and degree requirements and the like will keep Associate Dean Wayne Swisher very busy for the next several months.

While our office continually reviews processes and policies, Summer allows us to stop. take a breath. and look at the big picture before we embark on a new academic year. This semester, we’ll review some current student processes and see how we might improve our service to them and to their departments. We will also continue our regular training sessions for department administrators and share the new (and hopefully simpler) processes.

Then there are the new initiatives that often get pushed down the list to accommodate more pressing concerns. Summer allows us to move forward with new projects that we hope to share with new and current students in the Fall. So, stay tuned!

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Written by School of Graduate Studies

June 4, 2010 at 1:51 pm

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  1. […] has spent a good deal of time reviewing and updating information in My GradSpace. As I mentioned in a previous post, this means looking at the program descriptions and images for more than 100 graduate programs, […]


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