- Ensuring access to an extraordinary education for all Minnesotans;
- Being the partner of choice to meet Minnesota’s workforce and community needs; and
- Delivering to students, employers, communities and taxpayers the highest value, most affordable higher education option
1. What is Charting the Future?
Charting the Future is a strategic effort to help Minnesota realize a prosperous future through three commitments:
Expand the innovative use of technology to deliver high quality online courses, strengthen classroom instruction and student services, and provide more individualized learning and advising.
- Involving all faculty, students, staff, and the broader community in the process
- Identifying how to meet the team’s goals and objectives
- Determining how to stage and sequence the work, e.g. recommending changes to policy and procedures, launching pilots
- Providing leadership, coordination, and tracking of project implementation
- Monitoring and reporting progress to the Steering Committee (see description of the Steering Committee below)
5. What are the implementation teams responsible for?
Each team is responsible for translating the recommendations into an action plan, which includes:
Communicating the work of the implementation teams is a high priority. There will be regular updates on the progress of the teams so that everyone is informed and involved in the process.
The implementation teams are not intended in any way to supplant or circumvent existing consultation processes (e.g., ASA’s Policy Council or statewide meet and confers).
We encourage 1) your questions, concerns, ideas, and suggestions and 2) your personal examples of success stories via the email MyIdeas@so.mnscu.edu.
- The presidents of St. Cloud State University and St. Cloud Technical and Community College over the past few years have worked together bringing their teams together and sharing ideas and resources, including telephone services and campus cards, purchasing of hardware and software, sports facilities and library materials, safety and emergency services. Now they are collaborating around academic programs and allowing students to easily transfer between the university and community college so each student develops the necessary skill set to succeed. St. Cloud State was facing a significant challenge: some students who were being admitted to the university were not prepared for success in a 4-year program. They were giving up, dropping out, and often never returning. St. Cloud State provided an innovative solution – what President Joyce Helens calls “a well-lighted path,” also known as the Community College Connection Program. Students are admitted to St. Cloud State, where they live in the residence halls, and they take courses on the university campus. But students that need help to succeed take courses taught by St. Cloud Technical and Community College faculty who provide the foundational skills need for success at the university. All courses are prerequisite courses and fully transfer to St. Cloud State.
Charting the Future builds on pockets of collaboration experienced throughout the system. Here is a representative example:
We need more stories like this.