CSE Dean’s State of the College 2019

Good afternoon everybody.
We need a new building. (laughs at how crowded it is in the room.) Well, no we the College of Science and
Engineering. For just just four events like this. (laughs) Well, thank you all for for coming today. It’s such a special occasion every time we
have a state of the college gathering and address. Really appreciate everyone coming. I’m really sorry that we don’t have enough chairs right now but
we’ll try to make this as quick as possible so you can move on. But let me
before we start acknowledge and our former dean, Dean Emeritus Steve Crouch, is here with us. (clapping) Vice President for Research Chris Cramer. (clapping) We happen to have two former presidents in our college. I don’t
think they’re here but but anyway we certainly welcome again President Kaler
fully back into the College of Science and Engineering and, of course, President
Emeritus Keller who’s who is the namesake of the building we are in today. Oh, the other thing is as you’ve seen from the announcements for this talk we happen to
be fortunate to have President Gabel joining us. My understanding is that
she will join us in about 15 minutes and and so we will get going, and then stop,
and then listen to President Gabel and then pick up again. Oh, of course
first of all, thanks to all my colleagues in the Dean’s Office who have made these
slides possible, and thanks to you all the things that you do for the college and
for our students so please join me in thanking yourself and giving
yourself a round of applause. (clapping) So this is the agenda. We’re again going
to follow what we did last year, which is look at some numbers. There are too many
slides so I’ll be going through them very quickly. The slides will be posted
as will be a video of this session so not to worry about the details. I’ll
point out a few issues. We’ll go again through what’s been happening on the
personnel side, students, research, finance, facilities, recent developments, and
initiatives in the college. And what’s happened with the plan that we talked
about last time in growing the college once again. Then hopefully we’ll have
some time for Q&A. Alright, by the numbers again things haven’t changed a
whole lot. What I can tell you is the takeaway is that the number of faculty
this this fall is has grown a little bit. It’s grown by about 2.5 percent. It’s as
far as I know, it’s the largest size but these things oscillate as people come
and go. The other number that perhaps we’ve had significant growth is number
of research assistants, which is a very good sign. So that’s grown by about 6 percent this year. Staff have gone down a little bit. The student worker numbers are down.
So the change is really not very much in terms of the total personnel. So
that’s that’s the story in terms of the overall numbers. This is again how
things have evolved. As you can see the the staff numbers going down a little bit, the instructional staff going up and to a large extent really as a result of
the increase in instructional needs within computer science and engineering, and, of course, the RAs, the graduate assistants. A lot has happened the past
few months as you know in terms of leadership change—both within the
University and the college. So President Gabel started her term July 1st of this year and last week we heard that we have a
new incoming Executive Vice President and provost Rachel Croson, who you, Steve, I think knows her and I’ve met her before coming here. She’s a Dean of
Social Sciences at Michigan State and economist and she’s expected to
come on campus in March. I expect we’ll hear more from President Gable
about those changes. Within the College of Science and Engineering we’ve had
following transitions with Joe Konstan. Last time when we met we did not have an
Associate Dean for Research and Joe joined us subsequently, so a belated
welcome to Joe. We’ve had three department head transitions. Sue Mantell
started in last January as the head of mechanical engineering. Paul Crowell is the head of Physics and Astronomy as of July 1st and Brenda Ogle similarly as of July as
head of Biomedical Engineering. I want to again give my appreciation the
appreciation of the College and respective departments to Uwe Kortshagen
for over ten years as head of mechanical engineering and Ron Poling
as head of school of Physics and Astronomy similarly for two terms and
Bob Tranquillo who was the founding head of biomedical engineering and served for
nearly 20 years. So, thank you again to those colleagues. (clapping) We’ve had faculty, of course, and I’ll
be going through a lot of photos very quickly. I’m not
going to be spending time on names, but but you can read them and you can read
them later when you have access to the slides. Four in Industrial Systems
Engineering, one in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine and
Electrical and Computer Engineering Earth and Environmental Sciences, and as you can see Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, and Physics and Astronomy. So, a good group of colleagues who joined us and we welcomed them at a Dean’s
Reception earlier in the fall. Welcome. Faculty Awards, I know David is here.
David, where are you? David Pui, I don’t know if Ned is here, but we have
two new Regents professors in the College very proud of that. Two PECASE award winners in the College, a significant award. A Vannevar Bush faculty fellowship
by Richard James. Similarly, six new Career Award recipients as you can see
a couple of major early career awards from Department of Energy and and AFOSR.
our colleagues in Chemistry and Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics. A new McKnight Presidential Chair with Laura Gagliardi as you can see for distinguished
McKnight University Professors and McKnight Land-Grant Professors and the list goes
on. More University Awards in our College and we are, of course, very proud of these accomplishments. Morse-Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education, Post-baccalaureate, Graduate and Professional Education and of course
Maria Gini for service. Congratulations to these colleagues. In terms of
Collegiate Awards we had two George Taylor research award recipients
service, Edgar Arriaga, and we’ll talk about Edgar later in the presentation and the
Distinguished Teaching Award by Doug Ernie more Awards from from the college as you can see. The Bowers Faculty Teaching
Award, the George Taylor and the Borja Award as well. All right, a few words
about what’s happened with students. Enrollment is now, this is undergraduate
and graduate, total stands at about 8,130 to be exact. We’ll come back to this at
the end when we talk about the growth of the college, so the undergraduate numbers
are around 5,500 as you can see and about over 28 percent
of the undergraduates are women and graduates over 2,500 with again
twenty-eight percent roughly being women and you can see the number of degrees
and so forth. Going back to their freshman class because this obviously is
what’s created by the plans for the growth of the college again and this says fall 2018 (laughing) but these are
the numbers for this fall and about 32 percent. So let me stop here
and welcome our president, the 17th President of the University of Minnesota Dean Kaveh: Sorry for rushing you over. President Gabel: No, that’s okay, I’m gonna sing my favorite Cher tunes (laughing)
So, hello everybody, thank You moss for having me colleagues for being such
great partners and doing so much wonderful work. It’s a real pleasure to
be here I’m very honored to be a part of the State of the College Address. I’ll
keep it short and then maybe we’ll have time for some questions, but I started
officially on July 1st, so it hasn’t actually been that long, (audience claps) thank you.
Only the 17th and 170 years so I think that says a lot about the institution
some of the stability legacy, and also the fact that people who are in this
role like it and have found it to be a fulfilling experience which is not the
case everywhere, so I’m very honored to be in this position. It’s been really
it’s a lot of work to go through the learning curve in transition for
something like this, but it’s also been a lot of fun, there have been some really
wonderful moments along the way and we’ll talk about some of them, but one of
the things I want to start with and I think you all know this but I think
it’s a reminder when you see statistics like that and all these thousands of
students who come in and come out and the millions of dollars of research that
our faculty do and all of the aggregate impact that you’re seeing
reflected in that you’ll hear more about is when I’m out and about people come up
to you know with tears in their eyes saying
I’m a fifth-generation Gopher or you invented something that saved my farm
you invented something that saved my life I mean literally everywhere I go
that’s what I hear and that’s person-by- person impact or family-by-family impact
and so there’s a lot of humanity in this work that is an honor
to be a part of and I’m just there shaking their hand and thanking
them, I didn’t do a thing of it you all did that
and so I’m very grateful for what that means both for the legacy of what I’m
entering into personally, but also what it means and the optimism it gives me
about the future and what the University is continuing to do and how you know 170
years from now and the 34th President might be describing this era in the
University’s life and the impact that the University’s been doing so that’s
been a really wonderful experience. There are a couple of people who
come up to me and complain about things too but we won’t talk about that (laughing) so it’s not as much fun. We have been very actively doing system-level strategic
planning which is a very interesting- I’ll call it an exercise but although
exercise makes it sound hypothetical, but it’s very real, but it’s an exercise
largely because as a system we’re an incredibly chaotic thing right so we’re
five campuses we have over a dozen colleges, Duluth has three, there
are different departments on the other campuses, Rochester has 500 students we
have 55,000 it is a very strange thing to find a directional correctness an
aspirational set of targets that make sense for all of that, but I’m lucky
because I’m the beneficiary of a couple of years of really good consultative
work that happened before I got here done by Rebecca Ropers who many of you
know as vice provost Provost’s and Steven Lehmkuhl who was the Chancellor
at Rochester at the time and they did literally thousands of
interviews to retreats and came up with what they were calling strategic
intentions but were by many vocabularies, values, statements, things that were around
our systemness that were unique and interesting and maybe perhaps executed
upon in different ways within different units of the system but
were shared in the desire for them to be, or to occur, or to improve, and that was
brought to the board who said okay this is great, but now what are the action steps
and how will we measure it in the way that boards like to do. So now my chat
task is to take those values and turn them into action. The intersection
between values and action across the system we’re calling those commitments,
and the commitments are in some ways pretty obvious. We commit to students and
their success, we commit to discovery and innovation and the impact of that
discovery and innovation, we commit to being inclusive and creating a sense of
welcoming and belonging, we commit to being good stewards of our money as a
public institution. So, students, research, inclusion, and money are the first four
and they’re kind of obvious and if you put your hand over the logo, every
University has those commitments in one form or another. There will be some
distinction in the execution, but the real distinction and what we were really
charged to do and I think many of you can relate to this, particularly , in the
areas of excellence represented in this College is that we wanted to do things
that would only happen at the University of Minnesota or things that represent
our distinction and that was very interesting to try and articulate
across the system where each campus is itself distinct and so we were looking
at things that really were inspired by the state of Minnesota that are of depth
or robustness here either because of the industries that are here or the
topography or some of the legacy events of the state and where we have depth of
strength in the faculty across the system, or in student interest to amplify,
accelerate, mitigate, solve, as the case may be these robust issues that emerge
out of Minnesota and we’re calling that intersection MInntersections. I’m looking
for the eye rolls. (audience laughs) So, in questions inspired by the state
that we are uniquely positioned to answer at world-class levels, and that
bridge between being in a sense of place as the University of Minnesota and also
being world class. I don’t think anybody does that better than us and or is in a
position to do it better than us. So, for the arc of this strategic plan, which
is five years give or take, and we’re already in year one for all
intents and purposes, we see those MInntersections as orbiting around health,
food, and the environment but not at the expense of other things, obviously, none
of that happens without strength and technology, strength in data and
informatics. We’re still working actively on things
like the attainment gap, which is a uniquely strong, robust problem in the
state of Minnesota, but things that are system-wide that are inspired by the
state that we have unique ability to offer improvement to for this arc
health, food and the environment, so that’s the fifth commitment, the minter-section commitment as a sidecar to the strategic planning process. We’re working
on student mental health many of you have heard about this in the media we
are right in the middle of the national averages with our own student population,
which means a lot of our students have mental health challenges. We meet
students where they are in general, but in particular and things that can affect
their ability to learn and be successful and this is at the top of that list
these days so we’re very focused on being thought
leaders around providing sufficient services ,helping them learn how to be
their own advocate or center of support, and also doing things outside of
clinical care that sometimes can just help with things that are perhaps not at
the level require requiring counseling but can still be a barrier to happiness
and success not the least of which is this is my one of my favorites so one of
my favorite programs is the PAWS program with the dogs, and all
the data around how soothing that is. Do you know we have
therapy chickens? Everyone knew that but me, I just couldn’t believe it but I have
to admit chickens don’t exactly alleviate my stress, but I’m glad they do
for someone else (Responding to an audience member) That’s what I hear! I just need to experience it,
the magical stress chicken. We also have two big searches going, the first is
the provost, which is of course our arguably the biggest hire I will make. We just announced her name is Rachael Croson, and Chris Cramer
co-chaired that search. Thank you Chris for the many things that he does and
that all of you do in making something like this work well. One of the main
things she described when we were interviewing was the engagement when she
was on campus and that’s not always the case, so very grateful for
that. So her name is Rachel Croson, she comes to us from Michigan State, she’s
Dean of Social Sciences there, she is a behavioral economist-Harvard trained
behavioral economist, and a lovely human being with a really good sense of humor,
which is not to be underestimated in some of the long days that we
put in, for me personally anyway, working side by side and I think for all of us
across academic affairs so we’re very delighted to have had such a successful
search and we’re very close on our VP for HR and hopefully I’m
getting over the finish line on that too. So, that’s my news of the day with great
appreciation for all that you do. (Directed to Dean Kaveh) Do you want to do questions for a few
minutes? (Audience Member)As far as I know, the state under governor Wallace is
thinking of a stretch upon which should put Minnesota on to a trajectory to be
cotton free by 2050, so that has a large component of research and development
into energy. Does that include in an environment? (President Gabel) I think so, This is
the beauty of where I sit with this strategic- so I’ve heard the same thing
although they have not formally articulated
this plan but there are rumblings, so I would call it a substantive rumor at
this point but a good rumor I think very few people would disagree with the value
in this kind of initiative and even if it wasn’t formally articulated with a
deadline, there’s no question that the state administration right now wants to
be a better broadly speaking. The
beauty of strategic planning, at least for me personally in my role in it, is
I see my job as developing clay that gets put on the wheel and I
say it generally needs to be a bowl and then we go through the consultative
process right and so I’m you know there’s a lot that I articulate as the
starting point for the conversation, but where we get into exact points of
execution, or what we would choose to measure as an outcome of a successful
planning process will loop through that. But, it’s hard to imagine if the governor
did something like that and put resources behind that that with
everything that we have going on on this campus that we wouldn’t be the first in
line to be the thought partners on what that might look like and I can think of
a variety of structures, even if we had nothing about the environment in
a strategic plan we would still all do that. Those of us who work in that
area either in policy, the science or in leadership, so thank you. (Audience member) As a College,
we’re remarkably proud of the strengths of the students were able to bring in here (President Gabel) As you should be, yes. (Audience member) We’re selective as a University, we have an amazing diversity
of programs that are highly accessible at a variety of levels, programs that are
highly selective. How do we in the context of a system-wide strategic
direction make sure that that’s a strength and not a weakness that leads
to internal lack of cohesion or competition? (President Gabel) That’s a really good
question, I would say that’s right on the line between challenge and
opportunity, sort of like people say hate and love is kind of the same
thing because we have that challenge across the Twin Cities campus, but let’s
roll in the system campuses which are experiencing the national trend on system
campus enrollment which means they’re down, except for Rochester which is only
500 students, but if they if they go down four or five students it’s very high
impact for them and we have quite a bit of variance, most of you know this but I
will just say it as part of the response, across this campus with enrollment and
demand, this College of course having tremendous demand for very good reasons
and other programs that are in cycles and you all who’ve been doing this long
enough have experienced some of those cycles over the years, so it varies
according to time and demand and what’s going on in society and in the world. I was a Business School Dean myself and I remember when one of the
Wall Street bubbles came and went no one majored in finance because there were no
jobs on Wall Street and now Finance is out the door and that will be the case
for a cycle and it will come and go. System enrollment strategy-enrollment
management strategy is one of the least scintillating things that we do and talk
about but it is so critically important and it is something that we have-I don’t
want to say struggled with- but it’s not like we have it coming either and part
of the problem with that is that the number of high school graduates is
declining so there are certain things you can do in a market place where there
is sufficient demand, and I hate to think of students as demand, but just for the
purposes of the conversation and then it changes entirely when your head
count is simply going down nationally and what that means. So, I think there
is a combination of just simply good storytelling, so that the the advantages
of programs is done well we’ve gotten a lot better at that
we still have some work to do. There is some strategy around how to engage using
data in attracting students and then there’s probably some right sizing, which
is one of the hardest things that we talk about, which is to think about where
the number of students is really likely to be and getting to that size where
appropriate in ways that aren’t overly painful or fundamentally change who you
are and everyone will be doing some version of that across the country,
that’s how you keep from being one of the schools that closes, which would be
the worst possible outcome so it’s a multi-faceted approach. (Dean Kaveh) President Gabel, thank you very much. (President Gabel) Thank you all
very much, very glad to be here. (clapping) (Dean Kaveh) The demand for this college is high as
we were talking about and we’ve tried to respond to that and we’ll come to back
to that issue with the growth plan towards the end of the presentation. This
Again is just an updated graph that shows over the years how the number
of applicants who’ve completed applications has grown, there’s some
oscillations around here because of the way applications are done now, because of
the way particularly that out-of-state tuition has evolved in this
university now not being as as good a buy for some of our out-of-state
students so that goes on, but of course the
number of new freshmen, or I’ll call them new first-year students continues to go
up and this year of course at the highest level it has been.
The mix of the incoming students, of course, has been changing has been
changing and fairly dramatically recently as you can see that the white
student population is dropping and has been dropping for a while and dropping
more significantly, the number of women has come up significantly roughly about
32 percent and in terms of absolute numbers the largest sort of flattened a little bit
in terms of percentages, but as I said in in terms of absolute numbers, growing and
the number of students of color growing significantly now. What we have
celebrated over a number of years certainly while Steve was Dean was how
things have changed with respect to retention and graduation rates for
students and these have continued to grow, as you can see the four-year
graduation rate is now quite high. Think about it, the difference between here and
here, it’s a huge difference as you can see on five year graduation. I
understand we have the second highest graduation rate
in engineering, for example, in the public Big Ten schools after Michigan, so it’s
it’s a huge change in terms of how things have happened at the University of Minnesota. So
another great sign. Career outcomes, not much has changed since a year ago it
still continues to be extremely strong. Our students are in big demand or go to
graduate school and on occasion some of them want to explore the world or the
country so they take a little bit of time off. Graduate trends roughly has
continued to go the direction we were going at year ago. Total enrollment is
down a bit and it’s highly affected particularly by number of master
students going down in the number of specialties, like electrical
engineering. International enrollments are down similarly, those go hand-in-hand
together. The women are up slightly going in the
right direction in that respect and underrepresented minorities have been
going slightly up recently as well, as you can see. Research, the takeaway is that things have been continued to go in the
right direction, so research expenditures this past year were up by about three and a half
percent and the indirect costs were up even higher which is really good news (laughs)
and that has to do with the mix of research grants that come
through whether they’re from state or not or they’re multi-institutional and a
lot of the funds have to go out and so forth and there’s some data about
the number of proposals that were submitted during the years, but those
aren’t quite as informative until we get the money in a particular year
and Chris will be putting out the latest numbers in terms of their annual intake
of research very soon so we will be able to publicize that all I can say
is that that’s good – that’s good news indeed. Likewise, in terms of technology transfer a lot of activities by our faculty and
students and startups happening and continuing to happen so that’s
again a good direction that has continued in the college. Just to
give you a couple of research examples, you can imagine a college like
ours we could spend maybe half a day or a day talking about all the great
research that goes on in a college like that, so I had to pick just a couple of
unusual examples and so I’m showing you two from Grand Challenges. So, we have
colleagues who have been involved in these multidisciplinary Grand Challenge
projects one as you can see led by Crystal Ng and in Cara Santelli in
earth and environmental sciences together on the tribal side and looking at environmental issues related to and using wild rice – Manami – to say it
right know me as as a way of measuring the environmental impact in lakes and
rivers and places well wild rice grows so it’s a very important project
and it’s one that really is important in our relationship with the young with our
tribal partners they’re very critical. Similarly again with indigenous
populations, as you can see, the work that Dan Keefe in Computer Science and
Engineering has been doing with a number of other colleagues in using technology
basically we are, and other types of technologies, to look back and in
the future in terms of the history of these indigenous populations and where
they have been and where they will be going in the future, which is my
understanding. You notice that both of these slides that I showed you had
president Gabel in them because during her inauguration these
were two projects that she actually participated in
so that’s great news. A few of our nature grants that have come in, again
just to show the diversity of the grants it’s not obviously anything like
being even close to being inclusive and comprehensive. Congratulations to Marc
Hillmyer and his colleagues, this is difficult to have a very large
Research Center and have it funded again. Center for Sustainable Polymers was
funded once again and a very critical subject and a very
critical part of strategic plans on
the environmental issues that are discussed. Another one related to energy
is the ARPA-E grant that is listed here by Murti Salapaka and colleagues.
Very interesting training grant involving many investigators from across
the college as you can see from multiple colleges related to essentially using
data science in the context of the multi- messenger astrophysics project, so we’re
really very excited about this one coming through. Another one, collaboration
Mitchell Luskin and Ke Wang in Physics on superconductors and hypersonics is very hot right now in the government, all you have to do is look at how much money the government keeps talking about investing into hypersonics, and
we’re fortunate to have, what I think, to be the strongest computational hypersonics
program in the country, and so these are a couple of the research grants that are
related to that area. Getting in to finances, not much is really different in terms of how things have changed over the year.
The amount has changed slightly up from last year, but the different slices
of the pie haven’t changed much, they’re basically changed by a percent between
for example sponsored research and tuition and so forth and we can look at
that and what comes from the state so not much new there. Similarly in
terms of allocations our cost pool went up a little bit, as it turns out, but
otherwise things are more or less similar from last year. So if we
look at the way the trajectory of these different sources of funds are, you can
see that the tuition again has been going up rather steeply and
research has been going roughly up at a slower rate recently. It had gone up a
lot more significantly before, and the two sort of play out here. Last year
one was below the other ones slightly and this year it’s the opposite, so
research has picked up. We’re in the final year and a half roughly of
the Driven campaign, I’m sure you’ve gotten a lot of notices about that,
the plan for the University has been four billion that’s the
university’s campaign plan and the College’s goal has been 250 million
dollars. (Sound of drum roll plays)Thank You Kim (audience laughs) Over about a year and a half before
the end of the campaign, we’re already over the the goal so that’s great
news and as you can see where the money has gone has been significantly to
student support scholarships, faculty support as you can see and other
areas. What I do want to point out significantly and thank you for so many
of you who are in this audience for having contributed to this is over, again,
nearly 900 faculty and staff have contributed over 15 million dollars to
the campaign, so thank you again, another round of applause for yourselves (Audience clapping). You
can see what has come from our alumni and corporations and foundations and
and so forth, so we’re extremely grateful. (Audience chuckles at “new goal” slide) Once you go up
beyond what you had planned, you get your committees together – we have a
campaign committee for the College of Science and Engineering – and the decision
was made to up the amount now to 285, so we have work to do and
hopefully we’ll beat this easily. Some updates about facilities. The big
story, and we talked about this briefly last year, but now things are becoming a
lot more real because our big project is a capital project is the phrase Frazier
project which is a chemistry instructional laboratory. The cost is
huge, it’s 98 million dollars roughly with about 65 million of that would be
coming from a from the state through a bonding request and where we are with
this Dave, Chuck, and their colleagues and in Chemistry have been working very hard
on this. The university is collaborating with us obviously. We’ve had a number of visits by members of the legislature, senate, house, the governor’s office coming through Smith Hall looking at the old
lab, and we’ll look at some of those pictures shortly, and we’re
talking making a case that this is really an absolutely necessary investment
by the University and the state and of course the College has to pay its
debt service to as part of this. So, stay tuned, we’re going to be getting into a
full campaign mode with with our advocates and so forth for this project.
The other project that has been getting a lot of time and planning is plans for
Lind Hall once the English department moves out of Lind Hall and a couple of floors become free
is for that part of Lind to become the future home of Industrial and
Systems Engineering and for some instructional facilities and offices for
Computer Science and Engineering and of course an upgrade of the institute for
Math and its Applications (IMA) which we hope will be funded very soon, I’ll keep my
fingers crossed, and some updates to our our student services in Lind
Hall. The planning has been underway, Dave Pappone has been spending a lot
of time on this project, thank you Dave, along with of course the heads and other
members of the faculty in Industrial and Systems Engineering and Computer Science
and Engineering. This one is planned to basically be
covered by the college, so this will be a combination roughly about $33 million
, so this will be covered by some existing funds plus an internal loan
from the University. This is going through its various approval chain
processes. We’re waiting for additional HEAPR (Higher Education Asset Preservation and Replacement) funding
finish up the Mechanical Engineering. A project and continue to work on Vincent,
and then in the future if we can come up with additional funds, which we should, is to
continue to fix the rest of Shepherd Labs or the College. Just a few pictures about
Chemistry, you can see not much has changed, (audience laughs) it’s the same lab 1930 to 2019 and David carries these pictures and shows it to all the legislators and some
of them say “yeah I remember going to that lab” (audience laughs) and their
plan is to take Fraser which is across from Walter unpleasant and turn it into
a 21st century chemistry instructional laboratory with the labs all together and
collaboration space. As David explains, we don’t teach chemistry like we did
hundred years ago, it’s very very different the way the students do
chemistry now in these labs, so these are some of their drawings for the proposed
lab. We’re coming to the end, so let me summarize a few updates.
First, happy birthday to a couple of our programs. We have been celebrating the
centennial of chemical engineering program, the Jubilee of Material Science
program, and just in a couple of days we will have a big celebration of Computer
Science’s Jubilee, so 50 years so again happy birthday to those programs.
Congratulations to Department School of Earth Science, which is now
Earth and Environmental science, so that took some doing, but it happened rightly
so and associated with some of those developments are some new programs
because now we have a both a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degree in
Environmental Geoscience and then the BS in Data Science, which I
mentioned before, is moving through the University. This obviously involves
multiple units, both in the College of Science and Engineering as well as for
example School of Statistics which is in CLA, and the proposal for the program
is currently under review by the Campus Curriculum Committee, so we should know
soon hopefully where this is going. We wanted to show up at the Board of
Regents, if possible, in December, I don’t know if it’ll happen or not. In July, we
launched a new institute the Minnesota Robotics Institute. Nikos Papanikolopoulos
is the founding director of the Institute the core budget for the
Institute comes from the MnDRIVE and the Robotic Sensors and Advanced
Manufacturing. The main facility is in Shepperd, in the Gemini-Huntley laboratory and associated with the Institute, there is a
multidisciplinary M.S. in Robotics, which is working its way through University
approvals, so we hope it will be approved in December again by the board. Last year
I mentioned grassroots effort by some of our
colleagues and students in creating this group, this alliance CSE Diversity and Inclusivity Alliance to improve the climate and sense of
inclusion for the college and equity of course. The Alliance has been
amazing in what it’s done in the one year that we’ve together. As you can see, there was a strategic planning retreat for the Alliance in
February and then there was a major planning presentation and workshop this
past October that president Gabel opened, so critical. Among other
things that the Alliance is doing, there is a committee
that is working on a mission statement for the College that has embedded in it
diversity, equity, and inclusion as well, so stay tuned because that has
to come to the college as a whole eventually. There’s so many of you who are here who are involved in the Alliance, so it’s been led by
Edgar, I mentioned Edgar received the Service Award and Cara Santelli in
Earth and Environmental Sciences as you can see, every department is engaged and
the engagement – and this is why I’m so proud of this program – the engagement is
by everybody, it’s students, faculty postdocs, graduates, graduate students and
staff and administrators. Many department heads who are here are heavily engaged in
the effort. So, overall I expect that the number is over
211 but the last I had was 211 champions for the program, so this is
really a very exciting development as well. Coming back to the growth of the
College, you remember that we talked about growing the incoming class by
about a hundred in each of the next three years. This is what we said last
year, and this is what happened. So we proposed this growth to the University and
they agreed to the plan and but we needed to expand the capacity. I
mentioned to you $33 million just for the Lind fix-up if you wish. So,
we needed we needed resources so last year we proposed $1,000 per semester
tuition surcharge for undergraduate students
coming into the college starting this fall. It was approved in February of 2019
by the Board of Regents and the first group came in increased by 137, so it was
more than we had planned. We had planned about 100,
we went over that and what’s interesting, and this is why I called
them first-year students as opposed to freshmen, is because about 46 percent of
them have advanced standing, so they’re either sophomores, juniors and in fact
three of them are seniors already, so that’s changing the dynamics and the
mix of what we do in the College and the Load that is on the College. While the
numbers have gone up like this even with the incoming student, the overall
enrollment in the College actually hasn’t gone up much, so the total is
about 41, which brings us again to what pays the bills, which is the tuition. This year, at least, this fall our tuition picked up a little bit from last
year, but but not much as you can see we’re now at a level which is similar
to 2014. So, we’re a bigger college, where there are bigger
expenses and everything else, but we’re actually not teaching in terms of
student credit hours as much as we did in 2014-2015. Obviously, it varies
across departments, some departments like Computer Science, obviously they’re
teaching a lot more and some have reduced. This is something that it’s
going to inform how this College is going to go forward in the future,
because this is really critical in terms of finances of the College, now we
do have the surcharge, which is helpful, but that surcharge is supposed to help
us actually grow capacity, so fix laboratories, increase laboratories, give
more experiential learning to the students, get some faculty and so forth
but it’s something, so stay tuned it’s something that we’re going to have to
plan around. Thank you again for your
attention today, as you can see the slides, if you want to look at details, are going
to be posted at cse.umn.edu/dean apparently there will be a
video as well in case you’re interested. So, thank you again for your attention.
I have time if any of you who want to ask some questions, I’d be happy to do it. (Audience claps) (audience member)
So when you say a student comes in as a senior, I assume that your statement is really that they come in
with 90 credits or whatever, not that they’re gonna be able to graduate in a
year because you have to take all of these specific courses that we offer, right? (Dean Kaveh) Right, that is correct. Well, I mean we’ve had students
who have come in at age 11 (laughs) and they’ve been taking courses while
they’re supposedly in high school all the way through even senior level Electrical Engineering classes, coming with a parent
into the class, so on occasion it does happen. (Audience member) With an increase in enrollment, do you anticipate an increase in faculty as well? (Dean Kaveh) You saw that very last slide
obviously an increase in the faculty in programs that have demand, that’s
the way it’s going to happen. Overall, it has to be balanced with
respect to the over arching credit hours. If that doesn’t
pick up so we can bring in the tuition to support it. I mean
MnDRIVE helped us in a big way by bringing in something outside of
the tuition side to add faculty, so things like that would
certainly be helpful. I expect there will be an increase,
but we have to see how this one plays out terms of student
credit hours. Thank you all again, thanks for being here (audience claps).

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