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UMN Undergrad Education Task Force. Kick-Off Meeting 2/27/09 4-5 PM. Agenda. Welcome Introductions Overview Brainstorming. Undergraduate Education. Undergraduates are our most visible product Undergraduates are our most important product. Dept Mission Statement.

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UMN Undergrad Education Task Force

Kick-Off Meeting

2/27/09 4-5 PM

agenda
Agenda
  • Welcome
  • Introductions
  • Overview
  • Brainstorming
undergraduate education
Undergraduate Education
  • Undergraduates are our most visible product
  • Undergraduates are our most important product
dept mission statement
Dept Mission Statement

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota offers undergraduate and graduate education of the highest quality in mechanical engineering, conducts significant basic and applied research in selected areas, and provides professional service to the appropriate constituencies of Minnesota’s land grant university.

introductions
Introductions
  • Name
  • Professional Passions
  • What don’t we know about you?
charge
Charge
  • Identify strategic objectives that will have the greatest impact on our future success in educating undergraduates
  • Develop plans to achieve those objectives
think big
Think BIG!
  • What skills will be of greatest benefit to the mechanical engineering graduate of 2020?
  • What opportunities will place UMN ahead of the competition?
  • We want YOUR IDEAS!
  • We do not intend to identify the strategic objectives at today’s meeting
think creative
Think CREATIVE!

Introduced 1953; 60,000,000 Sold

ug ed swot chart
UG Ed SWOT Chart

Strengths

Opportunities

  • Leading supplier of ME undergrads in MN
  • National energy initiative

Threats

Weaknesses

  • University funding cuts
  • Student/faculty ratio
swot charts
SWOT Charts

Strengths

Opportunities

Threats

Weaknesses

External

Internal

utilizing the swot analysis
Utilizing the SWOT Analysis
  • How can we leverage our strengths?(Match with opportunities?)
  • How can we improve on our weaknesses?
  • How can we exploit our opportunities?
  • How can we mitigate the threats?

How should we restructure our UG curriculum?

deliverables
Deliverables

Document:

  • Strategic issues/grand challenges in ME undergraduate education
  • SWOT analysis results
  • Departmental objectives in UG education
  • Proposed action plan
timeline
Timeline
  • Feb. 27: Kick-off event
  • March-June: Task force meets
  • April 22: ME day (Focus: UG Ed)
  • July 1: Task force reports due
next steps
Next Steps
  • How will we communicate?
  • Next meeting?
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