ST. PAUL, Minn., May 31, 2013 –The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities presented the Academic and Student Affairs awards and Diversity awards at its annual joint meeting of chief academic and student affairs officers – college and university deans held May 30-31 at Normandale Community College. For a complete list of the Awards, click here.
Diversity awards recognize programs and individuals for fostering a diverse faculty, staff and student body and providing quality services and support. Whitney Harris, MnSCU chief diversity officer, said, “We take pride providing an extraordinary education for Minnesotans from all backgrounds, and that requires diversity on campus. Our colleges and universities serve more students of color than any other provider of higher education in Minnesota, and we serve more low income students than all of the state’s other higher education options combined. It gives me great pleasure to recognize the outstanding work being done throughout the system that allows us to fulfill this vital role.”
Academic and Student Affairs awards are presented to recognize innovation in partnership and collaboration, innovative programs, and excellence in programming. Doug Knowlton, MnSCU vice chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs, said, “The MnSCU Strategic Framework calls for our colleges and universities to ensure access to an extraordinary education for all Minnesotans, and that requires innovation and excellence in everything we do – from the classroom throughout every service we provide for our students. Although tremendous work is going on at every one of the 31 MnSCU colleges and universities, I am especially pleased to recognize the distinguished examples being honored today.”
The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system includes 24 two-year community and technical colleges and seven state universities serving more than 430,000 students. It is the fifth-largest higher education system of its kind in the United States.
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