Regents to focus on enrollment planning across the system


What: University of Minnesota Board of Regents meeting
When: Thursday, Feb. 7 and Friday, Feb. 8, 2019
Where: Sixth floor, McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak St. S.E., Minneapolis

At its February meeting, the University of Minnesota Board of Regents will discuss enrollment planning across the University system, with more detailed updates from the Twin Cities and Rochester campuses.

In March 2016, the Board approved a five-year enrollment plan for the Twin Cities campus, outlining ten priorities to guide enrollment strategy. Next week, the Board will receive an update on that plan, which will include new data on student enrollment, retention and graduation rates, insights into those metrics and recommended strategies to advance student success.

Following Board approval of the Twin Cities enrollment plan in 2016, the Board directed other campuses to develop similar enrollment plans. The Board discussed enrollment planning on the Morris campus in December 2017, the Crookston campus in February 2018 and the Duluth campus in December 2018. The Regents are expected to review the enrollment plans for the Morris, Crookston, Duluth and Rochester campuses in March and take action to endorse those plans at their May meeting.

Next week, the Board will discuss enrollment planning on the Rochester campus. The presentation will include a discussion of Minnesota’s growing healthcare workforce needs and strategies to grow UMR’s enrollment with continued focus on health sciences.

Understanding student financial burdens

The Board will receive an overview of the financial burdens facing University students. The discussion will provide information on the range of factors affecting access and affordability, including the University’s financial aid principles, a comparison of loan debt across institutions in Minnesota, loan debt at graduation, financial literacy and debt awareness, as well as college savings.

Public hearing on amendments to traffic regulation ordinances

On Thursday morning, the Board will hold a public hearing on amendments to the Regents of the University of Minnesota Traffic Regulation Ordinances to address new modes of transportation such as electric scooters, as well as changes in traffic patterns and the evolving needs of University communities across the state.

The hearing will be at 7:45 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7 in the Board Room on the 6th floor of the McNamara Alumni Center. Individuals wishing to provide public comment in person must sign-up in the lobby outside the Board Room from 7-7:45 a.m. Sign-up will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Speakers are asked to limit comments to two minutes and will be called on in the order they signed up. Public comment may also be submitted in writing on or before Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, to the

following postal or email address: Board of Regents, 600 McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak Street Southeast, Minneapolis MN 55455 or

The Board is also expected to:

  • Take action on the amendments to the Regents of the University of Minnesota Traffic Regulation Ordinances following the public hearing. The Board reviewed the amendments at its December meeting.
  • Discuss high-level budget planning assumptions for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2019 in advance of the presentation of the President’s Recommended Operating Budget for FY 2020 at the June 13, 2019 meeting.

Committee meetings begin at 7:45 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7. Committee work continues Friday, Feb. 8 at 7:45 a.m., followed by the full Board meeting expected at approximately 9:30 a.m. For more information, including meeting times and locations, visit the Regents website at

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