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Minnesota State University, Mankato
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Common Bell

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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 register for 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 workgroup of 31 appointed representatives convened.  The work group determined the first area of work was the development of a common bell course framework.  Following nine months of development and consultation, a [PDF] Common Bell Course Framework (302 KiB) was adopted in May 2019.

A second area of work launched in Fall 2019, with a focus on recommneding actions for space management, room scheduling and course offerings in support of common bell and coordinated scheduling.  The workgroup is now bringing forward [PDF] recommendations for space management, room scheduling and course offerings (262 KiB) ([PDF] appendix A (150 KiB) and [PDF] appendix B (385 KiB)) for campus feedback and consultation.

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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)