ASA Strategic Iniatives Update, May 14, 2012

Academic and Student Affairs
Status Report on Strategic Initiatives to Support the Strategic Framework
Updated May 14, 2012

Ensuring Access to Extraordinary Education for All Minnesotans
1.       Metro plan to increase access to baccalaureate degrees
a.  ASA continues to support discussions by the Presidents of the Colleges and Universities
b.  Accessing and providing data to address the questions first posed in December 2011
c. A first set of data was presented to the Leadership Council on April 17, 2012 including data from the Student Survey of Interest at the Metro Colleges. Additional data is being collected to support future decision making.
d. University presidents have outlined a proposal or a set of principles to help establish a  framework for the delivery of additional baccalaureate degree’s in the metro area. These principles were shared by President Davenport with the group of Metro College presidents and the University presidents at their Leadership Council meeting on May 1, 2012.
e.  At the Metro Alliance meeting of the College presidents and CAOs on May 4, there was a reaffirmation of the need for good partnerships with state universities providing baccalaureate education to college students.  Colleges affirmed that baccalaureate education is primarily the work of the state universities, but clearly stated their preference for a business plan from the universities.
f. President Cervantes and President Davis will be drafting a framework of principles that will represent the Metro Colleges position.
g. Following the receipt of the Metro Colleges document, Vice Chancellor Knowlton will attempt to provide a condensed version that would represent the key points from each of the two groups.
h. Vice Chancellor Knowlton will chair a session at the CAO-CSAO meeting on May 23 of the provosts and college CAOs.  The “recommended principles” documents from the state university presidents and the metro college presidents will be discussed as well as possible next steps.
i. Vice Chancellor Knowlton will discuss the appropriate next steps and presentation to Leadership council of any documents with Chancellor Rosenstone.

2.       Partner with communities traditionally underserved by higher education to improve college readiness, recruitment, and student success
a.  President Dastmozd presented a preliminary proposal for a series of pilot forums with the underrepresented communities to explore issues and barriers. These pilots could set the stage for other forums at various locations around the state.
b. After a group discussion the consensus of the group was to wait until this next Fall 2012 to initiate any activity (pending the completion of all the business/industry/workforce forums currently be conducted.
c. During the summer of 2012 the leadership group in this area will reconvene to outline

3.       Extraordinary Education– signature learning experiences, learning outcomes, collaboration among faculty

a.  Discussions took place at the 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 presidents on how this information can be collected and 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 (e.g., faculty training, facilitation of academic discipline meetings).
b. In conference calls in April and May, CAOs and CSAOs also shared their ideas about how best to summarize and aggregate the outcomes of the faculty forums.
c. At a May 8 meeting of 7 faculty and a dean with leadership responsibility for campus faculty development, Lynda Milne received additional feedback on the results of the forums and faculty expectations regarding next steps.
d. Lynda Milne is utilizing the feedback and information from all of these discussions to provide suggested methods for collecting and for sharing the information from the forums as well as projects planned for the coming year.
e. Discussions will be held at the CAO/CSAO meeting at the end of May on next steps and planning for any support activities to be delivered.

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. Chancellor Rosenstone presented an outline and work plan that is being developed during meetings with Minnesota department of Education and Karen Hynick is the staff person supporting this effort

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. President Ramaley presented a paper and her insights on issues of completion, access and quality to the Leadership Council on May 1, 2012.
c. President Anderson,  President Potter and Vice Chancellor Knowlton will be attending a SHEO meeting in Colorado on the topic of Assessment
d. Associate Vice Chancellor Mercer and Vice Chancellor Knowlton will be attending a meeting on the topic of “Student Access to Success”  sponsored by the National Association of System Heads in Washington DC May 9-11, 2012
e. CAO/CSAO/Dean’s conference at the end of May 2012 will provide several opportunities to focus  on success initiatives and support activities that institutions are utilizing or considering  to promote persistence and completion

3. Developmental Education
a. Data and information from the system wide conference in Feb has been distributed regarding activities and best practices.
b. The “CAO Task Force on Remedial/Developmental Education Structural and Policy Questions” shared its draft recommendations with two-year CAOs on May 1.  CAOs have an opportunity to give feedback to co-chairs Jane Reinke or Louis Bollman by May 14th.  A final draft of the recommendations will be presented and discussed in conjunction with the joint CAO/CSAO/Dean spring meeting on May 23-24, 2012.
c.   On April 26 Bernadine Fong, Senior Management Partner for Community College Programs at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, invited the MnSCU College Presidents and their institutions to become members of the Carnegie Network Improvement Community focused on developmental mathematics -“Statway” and “Quantway.”  A representative of Carnegie, Rebecca Hartzler, presented detailed information to MnSCU College faculty at MinnMATYC on “Statway’ and “Quantway”, as well as to Metro Alliance Presidents and CAOs, on May 4 – May 5
d.  At the system wide meeting of the CAO’s/CSAO’s and Deans will have chance to view presentations by multiple vendors of material developed to improve developmental education and success issues  e.g. Strengths quest, Smart  thinking,  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) Scheduled for last reading at the Board of Trustee’s meeting on May 15, 2012
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. Budget requests to support academic discipline faculty meetings that could promote more discussion on transfer solutions and developmental ed approaches have been submitted.

5. Workforce and Customized Training
a.  As of 5 /7/2012 40 of the 43 the regional/sectors business and industry forums have been completed.  Mary Rothchild has a brief summary report available
b. Planning has begun for workforce assessment meetings this summer in agri-business, mining, and financial services.
c. 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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