WDAY.com

WDAZ: Your Home Team

Published April 30, 2012, 07:02 PM

Students, Faculty Working to Keep UND 'Exceptional'

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - UND students and faculty are working on a five-point plan to improve the quality of life at the University.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - UND students and faculty are working on a five-point plan to improve the quality of life at the University.

The "Exceptional UND" vision started nearly one year ago and a lot is already happening on campus to make sure UND is moving in the right direction.

There were 25 displays at the Memorial Union on Monday where people not only had the chance to hear about what's new on campus, but give their feedback as well.

"This is the sort of thing that colleges across the country are doing more and more of," assistant professor of mathematics Ryan Zerr said.

"In general, it was just to get more students involved in the process, to gather together and share their input on what we were doing as student government," UND Student Body President Kylie Oversen said.

Oversen is one of 25 people presenting initiatives started in the past year to make an "Exceptional UND."

"This is the first time we've really had the chance to showcase all of the wonderful things already happening on campus that are connecting all these points of the Exceptional UND plan," Oversen said.

The plan was started nearly one year ago by UND President Robert Kelley. There are five priorities for the future: to enrich student learning, facilitate collaboration, expand presence, encourage gathering and enhance the quality of life.

"These five central tenets of our Exceptional UND are starting to be manifested by the innovative and creative work of our faculty, our students, our staff, our facilities on our campus and how we put creative uses to some of the programs and buildings in which they are housed," Kelley said.

New intitiatives include a program which added seven new classes to help freshmen adjust to college life and an active classroom with team-based learning.

"I think it really shows a very strong willingness to be very student-centered in our approach," Director of Instructional Development Anne Kelsch said.

"Any way they can find more unorthodox ways of teaching and fun and exciting ideas to really connect to students is wonderful," Oversen said.

Tags: