ASA Strategic Iniatives Update, April 25, 2012

Academic and Student Affairs

Status Report on Strategic Initiatives to Support the Strategic Framework

April 15, 2012 – Updated April 24, 2012

Ensuring Access to Extraordinary Education for All Minnesotans

  1. 1.       Metro plan to increase access to baccalaureate degrees
    1. ASA continues to support discussions by the Presidents of the Colleges and Universities

i.      Accessing and providing data to address the questions first posed in Dec.2011

  1. First sets of data prepared for presentation to the Leadership Council on April 17, 2012 including data from the Student Survey of Interest at the Metro Colleges
  2. ASA will continue to support the discussions by provision of data or information awaiting development of plan by the Presidents
  3. University presidents have outlined a proposal to set a framework for the delivery of additional baccalaureate degree’s in the metro area. A draft of a proposal outline was developed by VC Knowlton and sent back to university presidents for their review. President Davenport is collecting input from the university presidents and updating the principles outline sent by VC Knowlton.  Plans are to present this document to the college presidents for their input and discussion a the May 1, 2012 LC Metro Plan meeting. Goal is to have an initial draft of guidelines for future development to the Chancellor by the May 25th deadline.
  4. 2.       Partner with communities traditionally underserved by higher education to improve college readiness, recruitment, and student success
    1. Group composed of Whitney Harris, Sue Hammersmith, Rassoul Dastmozd, Mike Lopez and Doug Knowlton overseeing the discussion of a plan
    2. White papers written and reviewed by the group presented to Chancellor Rosenstone.  Recommendations for revision have been provided by Nancy Joyer and will be discussed with staff and the presidents leading this initiative
    3. Group will reconvene for consideration of recommendations and final report development.
    4. Anticipating presentation to the LC at the May meeting
    5. 3.       Extraordinary Education though – signature learning experiences, learning outcomes, collaboration among faculty
      1. Discussions took place at May 17,2012 LC regarding any observations the presidents had about the “faculty forums” being held at various campuses.  ASA has now received guidance from the college and university president’s  on how this information can be shared so that we can use the examples of activities currently being utilized on campus and support any new developments that might be able to utilize system resources to support the campuses (eg faculty training, facilitation of academic discipline meetings.
      2. Discussions being held by the system CAO’s regarding any implementation activities that will be necessary follow specific directions for delivery

Be the Partner of Choice to meet Minnesota’s Workforce and Community Needs

1.Better align P-12 with post-secondary education

a. ASA supported K-12 Collaboration conference in March

b. Need to coordinate with Chancellor Rosenstone any new directions or support needed for the communication taking place with the Minnesota Education Department etc.  Need to fill or designate staff to fill the current P-20 open position.

2. Dramatically increase retention (persistence) and completion and reduce time to completion

a. ASA is developing data that could support any metrics that would be established for campuses in the system

b. President Dick Hanson  presented information and led a discussion on this completion agenda at the LC meeting on April 17, 2011. This was the first open discussion with the presidents on concepts that will be included in the system and institution metrics that will focus on persistence and completion.

c. CAO/CSAO/Dean’s conference at the end of May 2012 will focus on success initiatives and support activities that institutions are utilizing or considering (see Developmental Ed  below)

3. Developmental Education

a. Data and information from the system wide conference in Feb is being distributed regarding activities and best practices.

b. ASA supporting work at the Math Faculty meeting in Duluth in May to look at Carnegie model for delivering beginning level college math curriculum.

c.  At the system wide meeting of the CAO’s/CSAO’s and the Deans will have chance to view presentations by multiple vendors of material developed to improve developmental education and success issues  e.g. Strengthsquest, Smartthinking,  Starfish,  Pearsons

4. Transfer

a. ASA has supported development of the smart transfer plan and the new Student’s Rights and Responsibilities Policy (moving toward final adoption)

b. Utilizing the new ASA consultation model (councils) a review of articulation process, procedure and outcomes is being initiated with recommendations to be developed for analysis, discussion and policy process during Fall 2012.

c. Budgeting to support academic discipline faculty meetings that could promote more discussion on transfer solutions and developmental ed approaches is in progress

5. Workforce and Customized Training

  1. As of 4/20/12, 19 of the 45 meetings have been conducted.   All six statewide labor market studies, for select occupations in each of the six industries, are complete and available at
  2. Sector leads are providing a report of each meeting and the reports will be posted on the same website.  A follow-up protocol with all business participants is complete and underway, including a survey for those unable to attend in person.
  3. Planning has begun for workforce assessment meetings this summer in agri-business, mining, and financial services.
  4. A survey of continuing education/customized training administrators is underway.  The survey asks administrators for their views of current and future market opportunities to expand the system’s workforce solutions.  The survey will be completed by April 30, 2012.  Additional information on other state systems and the national market for workforce training is being conducted by Hanover Research.


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