Office Rearrangement Updates

Tech­nol­ogy Ser­vices is now up and run­ning on sec­ond floor Swen­son hall, but a lot of work still needs to be done to com­plete the office rearrange­ment process that caused con­tro­versy ear­lier this semester.

Enroll­ment has gone down over the last two years. Strate­gic Plan­ning Ini­tia­tive report for research group #1,  wrote “enroll­ments from Supe­rior High School have declined about 40% in the past 10 years. …Enroll­ments from Duluth Den­feld, our #3 feeder school, began a steep decline in the 2010 school year, falling from 15 to 4 in 2011, and are now less than 25% of the sup­ply of stu­dents received in 2003.”

This infor­ma­tion has put increas­ing enroll­ment as the num­ber one pri­or­ity for the admin­is­tra­tion. The school has been work­ing towards this with the Unleash Your Supe­rior Side cam­paign, the reopen­ing and ren­o­va­tion of Ross/Hawkes Hall, and putting the admis­sions office in the most opti­mal spot for prospec­tive students.

The sit­u­a­tion we face today is unprece­dented,” said Chan­cel­lor Watcher. “This is the fis­cal real­ity we are deal­ing with…we either cut expenses or increase revenue.”

Career Ser­vices and First Year Expe­ri­ence will be mov­ing to Swen­son Hall between April 21 and 22. Admis­sions will move into the YU by May 1.

The rearrange­ment was announced offi­cially in an email sent by Provost Faith Hen­srud on Feb­ru­ary 4. “When prospec­tive stu­dents come to visit us in the Office of Admis­sions, their first impres­sion is crit­i­cally impor­tant,” wrote Hen­surd. “Right now, vis­i­tors expe­ri­ence less ideal con­di­tions when they gather on the first floor of Old Main; they walk past a dump­ster and into an out­dated build­ing and office space. This has impacted the crisp, vibrant image that we want to por­tray as a cam­pus, and we need to make a change.  We know that the spirit of our cam­pus, and facil­i­ties are bet­ter than that ini­tial impres­sion imparts. ”

The office rearrange­ment caused con­tro­versy due to the admin­is­tra­tion not going through the Stu­dent Gov­ern­ment Asso­ci­a­tion when they wanted to change an office in the Yel­low­Jacket Union, a build­ing paid for by the students.

John Kro­nen­wet­ter said dur­ing an open forum SGA held in Feb­ru­ary for stu­dents to voice their thoughts on the inter­com­mu­ni­ca­tion “If I knew the admin­is­tra­tion walked all over stu­dent rights I would not have come here.”

There is no doubt in my mind that this was the right deci­sion,” said Direc­tor or Mar­ket­ing and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Lynne Williams.

Tech­nol­ogy Ser­vices has not seen too much dif­fi­culty with the new office, but one staff mem­ber com­plained that it was not struc­tured well, explain­ing that any­one behind the front desk that needs to help some­one on the other side has to go all the way around and through other offices to get to the other side of the front desk.

We went from the length of a pen to the length of the cap,” said the tech­nol­ogy ser­vice staff member.

When the Chan­cel­lor spoke at the SGA open forum, she said  “I want the stu­dents to feel involved and heard.”

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