|Approved by the:
||Student Senate - March 3, 2005|
Administration - no action required
Board of Regents - no action required
Resolution on Program Closures Due to Budget
WHEREAS, the core of the University of Minnesota’s proposed
mission is to “prepare graduate, professional, and undergraduate
students...” as well as to “generate and preserve knowledge...by
conducting high-quality research.”
WHEREAS, as stated on the
University’s website, “In all its activities, the University strives
to sustain an open exchange of ideas in an environment that embodies the values
of academic freedom, responsibility, integrity, and
WHEREAS, many graduate programs at the University add
strength and depth to the mission and also represent unique opportunities that
Minnesota residents will not have access to via other local
WHEREAS, the University has been facing financial
challenges; the administration has been and will likely continue to base
critical decisions, in part, according to budgetary concerns.
the proposed mission statement, the Report from the Task Force on the Future of
Funding Graduate Students as well as Provost Sullivan and President Bruininks in
public forums have warned that graduate programs and departments are under
consideration for cuts or closures in response to the University’s need to
reorient its decreased funding.
WHEREAS, the Department of Occupational
Therapy has been the first department to face closure, as they have been
informed to suspend all new enrollment of graduate students. In addition, this
decision was made without a formal and open hearing procedure or a sense of
transparency to that decision.
WHEREAS, compassion and concern for our
fellow students in Occupational Therapy as well as concern for the future of our
own departments and programs has caused University students to react to this
process of cutting OT with alarm.
BE IT RESOLVED, the Student Senate
Consultative Committee urges the University Administration to be
straightforward, clear, compassionate, flexible, cautious and transparent when
deciding the future of programs and to include public discussions of all parties
involved in that decision including student government representation.
IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Student Senate Consultative Committee asks the
University Administration to release the list of programs being considered for
closure to the public, thereby assisting in the transparency of the process and
allowing facilitation of public discussions.