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information for staff

Staff are at the front lines of the University of Minnesota, working with faculty and serving students. You know the scope and reach of the U, from teaching and research, to outreach that extends to all 87 Minnesota counties. And you are aware of the importance of state funding to support the workforce we need to keep at top level.

In addition to being advocates, many staff at the U of M are responsible for helping to reach out to other advocates and for spreading the U’s messages to other audiences. Are you a U communications staff member or outreach/engagement relations officer who participates in U advocacy efforts? Explore advocacy communications assets.

Common Misperceptions About the U

Myth: The U's graduation rates are way below those of peer institutions.

Fact: The Twin Cities graduation rates are higher than many other public Big Ten schools, and are competitive among our peer group, which includes the very best public research universities in the country. The graduation rate story is similar for our coordinate campuses; in particular, Morris' 67% six-year rate is competitive with several elite schools.

Myth: The U is too big and inefficient.

Fact: The University operates efficiently and constantly seeks creative ways to deliver excellence with fewer resources.

Myth: Faculty don't teach. They just focus on their research.

Fact: Faculty teach, and do much more. They teach courses like our Freshman Seminars, designed to enhance the first-year experience and limited to 20 students. Faculty also advise undergraduate students outside of class. And mentor graduate students. And provide leadership to their academic units. And serve on committees or other governance groups. And lend their expertise to serve the state. And yes, conduct outstanding research and then bring their passion for their fields and excitement over new discoveries into the classroom.