University of Iowa

End of the Fall Semester Message

To: 
Deans, Directors, and Departmental Executive Officers
From: 
Lon Moeller, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education
Date: 
November 30, 2016
Subject: 
End of the Fall Semester Message

Thank you all for supporting the success of our undergraduate students this fall, and for welcoming our first-year undergraduate students to campus.  As we get closer to the end of the fall semester, I would like to bring three things to your attention:

  1. Spring Textbook Orders:  The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) requires titles, ISBN, and retail pricing of all required and recommended course materials be published for students’ review no later than four weeks prior to the start of the semester.  Course materials include textbooks, access codes, e-books, course packets, clickers and other course supplies.  Compliance with the HEOA requirements is a condition of the UI receiving federal funding. 

The Course Lib-Courses Missing Textbook Report at Course Lib- Courses Missing Textbook in MAUI provides a full listing of courses by academic department that are missing course material/textbook information. 

The University Bookstore (now part of the Iowa Hawk Shop) encourages early textbook adoption by UI faculty in order for students to obtain better textbook prices.  Faculty should be encouraged to get their textbook course material orders in as soon as possible, and certainly well before the HEOA spring 2017 deadline of December 17, 2016.  Textbook information can be entered by faculty or administrative staff via MAUI at https://wiki.uiowa.edu/display/mauihelp/Assign+Textbooks.

  1. Classroom Scheduling/Utilization:  As part of the TIER initiative, a campus-wide classroom scheduling/utilization committee identified additional classroom space that could be included in the University’s General Assignment Classroom (GAC) pool to better match (1) teaching pedagogy with available classroom space, and (2) scheduled classes with available classrooms.  A newly-formed Scheduling Refinement Committee is now working on scheduling policies for classroom space being added to the pool of available UI classrooms that will be scheduled and managed by the Office of the Registrar.  Within the upcoming weeks, staff members from the Office of the Registrar will begin scheduling meetings with DEOs and administrative assistants involved with classroom scheduling to review these new scheduling and operational policies.     
     
  2. First-Generation Task Force:  The University’s Quality Initiative, part of our Higher Learning Commission accreditation, is focused on increasing opportunities for high impact activities (first-year seminars, study abroad, service learning, experiential learning, internships, and undergraduate research opportunities) for first-generation undergraduate students.  Improving first-year retention and graduation rates for first-generation students are focus areas of the University’s 2016-2021 strategic plan.  As a result, I am looking for faculty and staff to be a part of a First-Generation Task Force that will further explore ways to improve the experience of UI first-generation students, both in and outside of the classroom.  If you are aware of faculty and staff who would be interested in serving on this Task Force, please let me know.  I can be reached by email at lon-moeller@uiowa.edu) and by telephone at 335-0148.
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