In the 2020-21 academic year, UNI will participate in a 10-year comprehensive review from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). As part of the requirements for accreditation, HLC expects that institutions are engaged in quality improvement, requiring an institution to designate one major effort it is undertaking as its Quality Initiative Project (QIP). UNI's QIP is Enhancing Service Learning at UNI. The QIP has three components. The first component, Designating Service Learning courses, involves steps that build upon one another. The first step in this process is defining service learning at UNI. The QIP committee has developed a definition. Please review the definition and provide feedback.
Faculty & Staff Announcements
Faculty can be paid for their continuing, non-temporary academic year appointment in 10 or 12 equal installments beginning with the Aug. 31 or July 31 payroll, respectively. Faculty members who want to change their salary payments from 10 to 12 months, or vice versa, must complete a Pay Frequency Change form. The completed form must be received in Business Operations-Payroll, mail code 0008, by Tuesday, May 15. Questions can be emailed to Amy Stanbrough or call 273-7049.
Please join us in celebrating the retirement of Jerilyn Marshall, Rod Library, from 2 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, May 2, in the Scholarspace, 301 LIB. There will be comments at 3 p.m.
There will be an open forum with Wendy Hoofnagle, candidate for the director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, May 1, in 301 LIB. She will address the question “Why is it important to have a WGS program and what is your vision for the program moving forward?” For more information, email Susan Hill.
The CETL will have an online seminar from 2 to 3 p.m., Tuesday, May 1, focused on how to create collaborative learning situations where students with mental, emotional and social challenges can be successful. The seminar goes beyond the simple “how-to” of implementing group work and delves into the different challenges faced when creating group experiences for all kinds of students with all kinds of conditions and backgrounds.
Instructors teaching through Continuing and Distance Education are invited to attend an Ally workshop from 3 to 4:15 p.m., Thursday, May 17, or from 3 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, May 23. Ally is a new Blackboard Learn tool that assists faculty and course developers in creating accessible content for online courses. Learn more and RSVP at the workshop webpage.
A TIAA-CREF consultant will be on campus Wednesday and Thursday, April 25-26 and May 2-3, conducting one-on-one counseling sessions. Topics covered include: Am I on track for retirement?, Can I add more to my retirement plan and how do I start this?, Is my current mix of investments appropriate? and How do my TIAA-CREF investments coordinate with my other plans? Register online or call 800-732-8353.
Please join us in celebrating the retirement of Gerald Smith, accounting, from 3 to 5 p.m., Monday, April 30, in 3 CBB. There will be comments at 4 p.m.
The cost for a WRC pass will be reduced to $50 effective Tuesday, May 1. Passes will be good until the week before classes begin in the fall. You can purchase your pass online via MyUNIverse or in person at the Recreation Services office, 101 WRC. Please call Recreation Services at 273-6275 if you have questions.
The Honors Program and Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning will host a design academy for those interested in designing or re-designing a course to be taught as an honors or presidential scholars seminar in an upcoming semester. The workshop will be June 4-7. For more information and workshop application, visit the CETL website. Applications should be submitted to Susan Hill by Friday, May 4.