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Thursday, April 29, 2021

Extraordinary efforts during an extraordinary year

As we near the end of the semester, I want to take this opportunity to thank each of you for your outstanding and extraordinary efforts this academic year. 

It has been a time like no other in our college’s history, a time of challenges that we couldn’t have imagined a couple of years ago. I think back to the beginning of the pandemic, when we went from the occasional video conference to holding over 40,000 Zoom meetings per week. When instructors converted their in-person instruction in massive numbers to remote and online courses. When CLA’s academic advisors and career counselors had to switch on a dime and began conducting hundreds of virtual meetings per day with students. When LATIS helped convert hundreds of classes to an online format in a matter of days and weeks. When we all adjusted to a work from home experience with no clear sense of how long it would last.

Friday, April 23, 2021

Fiscal year 2021 recap and fiscal year 2022 projections

 As we head toward the end of the academic and fiscal years, I wanted to provide you with an update on fiscal and budgetary matters. You can find previous fiscal messages by scrolling to the bottom of the CLA COVID-19 page. 

For the current fiscal year (FY21), by the University’s estimates the U’s budgetary shortfall, including all colleges, campuses, and units, is $170 million. That gap is expected to be met through various spending reductions across units, including the hiring and merit freezes; use of budgetary reserves; the pay reduction and furlough program; a loan to Gopher Athletics; and assistance through the federal relief programs which are to be used for FY21 only.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Statement regarding Chauvin trial and verdict

(Message sent to CLA students, staff, and faculty on April 20, 2021.)

Dear CLA community,

On May 25, 2020, George Floyd was killed a few miles from campus. The killing was appalling and outrageous. It shocked the conscience of millions throughout our state, across the country, and around the world. Today, former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of 2nd and 3rd degree murder and manslaughter in Mr. Floyd’s death.

The time in between has been a time of grief, of action, of anxiety and concern. It has underlined the stark inequities faced by Black and Indigenous communities and communities of color in Minnesota and across the country. And it has seen a powerful call for reform, not just surrounding matters of policing, but across all sectors of society.