Since 1997, the Thank a Teacher program has provided a way for University of Minnesota students to formally recognize instructors who challenge and inspire them. Through Thank a Teacher, the Center for Educational Innovation (CEI) connects students to instructors and learning to teaching.
Thank a Teacher Process
Throughout the year, students submit a short note of gratitude to instructors, teaching assistants, or staff who have made a difference in their education. CEI screens the notes and some light edits may be made to fix typos or for length and clarity. At the end of each term after course grades have been entered, the letter(s) and a certificate of appreciation are sent to the recipient.