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Minnesota State University, Mankato
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Common Bell and Coordinated Scheduling

In Fall 2018, the University launched an "optimizing learning spaces and student success:  common bell and coordinated scheduling" initiative.  The initiative is focused on ensuring that our students can enroll in the courses they need, when they need them, and in high-quality spaces.

To move the conversation surrounding the development of a common bell schedule, course offering practices, and room scheduling procedures forward, a work group of 31 appointed representatives jointly led by Rick Straka, Vice President for Finance and Administration and Lynn Akey, Vice President for Student Success, Analytics, and Integrated Planning convened.  The work group determined the first area of work was the development of a common bell course framework.  After six months of effort, and proposal revision following the collection of campus feedback, a [PDF] Common Bell Framework Proposal (302 KiB) was adopted in May 2019 for implementation.

Common Bell Exception Form

If you are seeking a course exception from the Common Bell Course Framework please complete a Common Bell Course Framework Exception Form and submit to your College Dean for consideration.

Questions About Common Bell?

Do you have questions about the Common Bell Course Framework adopted for implementation?  Workshop sessions can be requested by contacting, Donna Marzolf, Associate Registrar.

[PDF] Common Bell Course Framework Workshop Presentation (416 KiB)