Tuesday, October 27, 2009

D2L Unavailable Sunday, November 1 from 5AM to 9AM

The following is an email regarding D2L downtime from from Minnesota State Colleges and Universities:

** High Priority ***

D2L will be unavailable to users during the routine Sunday morning maintenance window of 5AM-9AM when the D2L system will be failed back to the standard D2L Production environment.
Please plan your D2L usage accordingly.

Users can always see updated information about D2L status at http://status.mnscu.edu/desire2learn/

MSUSA Working on Course Transfer Survey

MSUSA is working with the Minnesota State College Student Association (MSCSA) on the issue of course transfer this year. MSCSA began this work last year with a "transfer hotline" where students could call/email about their transfer experiences. They found that some of the most significant problems were difficulty obtaining a syllabus to prove course equivalency, the time it took for the new college or university to receive/evaluate the student's transcript, a lack of awareness of the appeals process, and misinformation about the transfer process.

As part of our work on transfer, the two student associations plan on creating surveys that will go to students who have recently transferred, as well as those who advise them. We plan to use the survey information we get back to move forward with any policy work, best practices, and other changes on the campus and system level that would ease the transfer process for students.

We are also working on a plan to review campus websites to evaluate how easy it is to find transfer information and how much information is available.

In the meantime, MSUSA and MSCSA can be a resource to help you if you are experiencing problems with transfer. If you are having difficulty with the course transfer process, feel free to contact Shannah Moore Mulvihill, MSUSA Director of University and System Relations, at smoore@msusa.org.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

MN Student Leadership Summit Begins Today!

Minnesota State University Student Association (MSUSA), Executive Director, Kelly Asche attended the beginning of the Minnesota Student Leadership Summit today.

Approximately, 230 students from the Minnesota Technical and Community colleges arrived at the Hilton Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota to kick off the event. Beginning tomorrow, they will be joined by students from the seven state universities when the training sessions will officially begin.

This is the first time MSUSA and its sister organization the Minnesota State College Student Association (MSCSA) has held a joint conference. The Minnesota Student Leadership Summit offers student leaders the chance to talk about the big issues facing higher education and to train on how to become tomorrow’s leaders. With over 54 workshops, keynote speakers every night, the opportunity for students from both organizations to share experiences and knowledge, and a special appearance from Senator Al Franken, this weekend should be one for the ages.