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NEWS IN BRIEF

School of Law feted for student diversity

The National Jurist magazine has ranked the KU School of Law second in rate of increase in student diversity. The list appears in the magazine's March issue.

KU's law school recorded a 201-percent increase in enrollment of minority students between 2000 and 2005, while minority enrollment has declined by at least 5 percent at more than half of the nation's law schools.

Corrections made to employee honors

In the April 23 Oread, the following employees were inadvertently listed as being recognized for 40 years of service, instead of 45: Beverly Boyd, English; Lelon Capps, curriculum and teaching; and Fred McElhenie, student housing.

The following employees were inadvertently omitted from the list: James Budde, Bureau of Child Research, 35 years; and Thomas Kurtz, aerospace engineering, 15 years.

Payroll deduction for parking now available

Payroll deduction for 2007-2008 faculty/staff parking permits is now available through the Kyou portal. Regular faculty and staff members with a .50 or greater appointment are eligible to participate in payroll deduction for parking permits. Employees of affiliated corporations should contact their payroll office with eligibility questions.

Park and Ride permits are also available for faculty and staff members. With the purchase of the permit, employees will also receive a full KU on Wheels bus pass. For more information, go to www.parking.ku.edu†and click on the Park and Ride link.

The deadline for 26 pay period deductions is 5 P.M. June 13.

Those who do not wish to participate in Payroll Deduction may purchase their permits in person beginning July 23.

Faculty reminded to do student evaluations

Mary Lee Hummert, vice provost for faculty support, has sent a reminder to faculty that university policy requires that teaching faculty should be rated each semester by students in all courses with more than 3-4 students.

University policy also requires that the forms be administered andcollected under controlled conditions that ensure students' anonymity.

To meet the requirement, instructors should leave the room during the administration of the student evaluations and ask a student or other departmental representative to collect the evaluations and deliver them to the department office for tabulation.

Departments are reminded that instructors should have access to student evaluations only after final grades have been submitted.

Submissions for KU directory due June 1

University departments are being asked to update their entries in the administrative offices section, or "white pages," of the 2007-08 KU directory by June 1. Department representatives should review relevant sections of the 2006-07 directory and note all references to their department.

Representatives should photocopy all relevant pages and mark updates in red ink. As necessary, add names, office numbers and telephone numbers of staff members and chief administrative assistants.

Name, phone number and e-mail of the department representative making the changes should be included on the pages and sent by campus mail to Evie Rapport at University Relations by 5 p.m. June 1. For more information, contact Rapport at 864-8869 or erapport@ku.edu.

Changes to online grade submission policy approved

University Senate approved changes to policy USRR 2.3.1,†which will enable on-line submission and a more timely processing of grades when KU is programmed for on-line submission. The change will still allow paper submission by those who desire to submit via paper rather than on-line.†

Before the amendment is forwarded to the Provost and Chancellor for final approval, University Senate code provides an opportunity for members of the University community to review the Senate's action. Such a review may be requested by a majority vote of any of the four constituent senates or by a petition of 100 members of the university community.†A request for review must be received in the University Governance Office, 33 Strong Hall, govern@ku.edu, 864-5169, by May 17.

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