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  • Fact Book

    Saint Paul College Fact Book is a centralized collection of information and data about enrollment, degrees, majors, student demographics and student outcomes.

    The Fact Book is updated annually by the Office of Institutional Research, Planning, and Effectiveness.

  • Strategic Planning at Saint Paul College

    Saint Paul College’s current strategic plan, Strategic Plan 2022, was developed in 2017 using an inclusive process. A twenty-five member Strategic Planning Workgroup was composed of internal and external stakeholders and facilitated by the Dean of Institutional Research, Planning, and Grants.

    Strategic Plan 2018-2022

    Strategic Priorities
    In addition to the Strategic Plan established by the College in 2017, each year the institution identifies Strategic Priorities to guide the annual focus and Work Plan activities of the College. Strategic Priorities are aligned with the Long-Range Strategic Goals and are identified through examining key performance indicator outcomes. Strategic Priorities enable the College to address emerging student and organizational needs while ensuring alignment with the long-range strategic goals.

    Strategic Priorities 2018-2019

    Strategic Plan Key Performance Indicators

    Division and Operational Plans
    Saint Paul College engages in systematic divisional and operational planning. Divisional and operational plans align with the College’s Strategic Plan 2022 and aim to advance the institution’s long-range strategic goals. Each division or operational area has identified key activities to complete and outcomes to measure to assist Saint Paul College in meeting its goals.​

  • Academic Research and Student Outcome

    Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness provides summary research reports several times each year in order to provide a comprehensive and user-friendly resource f or college stakeholders. The summary reports provided each year vary based on frequency of data availability, schedule of survey administration, and local research projects.

    IPEDS Comparison Report
    The IPEDS comparison report is updated on an annual basis and uses the annual IPEDS Data Feedback reports create by the National Center for Education Statistics. IPEDS collects institution-level data related to enrollment and graduation rates, institutional costs and finances, faculty and staff data, and student demographics. Saint Paul College is compared to a comparison group of similar institutions located in Midwestern states for the last 3 years .

    Saint Paul College IPEDS Data Comparisons

    Student Satisfaction and Engagement
    Saint Paul College administers three national surveys on a rotating basis to better understand student engagement and satisfaction. The Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Survey measures student satisfaction in relation to key campus services and student experiences. The Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) and the Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE) look at student engagement related to student experiences and participation in activities or resources that promote student success. The CCSSE survey focuses on all students on campus while the SENSE survey focuses on students earliest experiences at Saint Paul College.

    Student Right-To-Know: Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates
    Student Right-To-Know is a federal law that requires all colleges and universities to disclose certain information to students. A college must provide to students on graduation rates and transfer-out rates for full-time students seeking degrees at Saint Paul College.

    Students Right to Know - Graduation and Transfer-out Rates

  • Budget Plan

    The annual operating budget is an organizational plan stated in monetary terms. Saint Paul College prepares budgets, plans expenses and allocates funds consistent with Board policies and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system procedures.

    The Saint Paul College Finance Department seeks to provide excellent customer service in support of the College’s mission through a budget process that links strategic and financial planning to insure the long-term financial health of the College.

    Budget Planning for 2018 and Beyond
    The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system and Saint Paul College received funding from the legislature and allowed a 1% tuition increase in FY2018 and froze tuition in FY2019. For the most updated version of the FY2018 budget, please view Saint Paul College Financial Projections

    FY2019 Institutional Allocations

    FY18 Budget Calendar

    FY19 Budget Calendar

    Budgeting Planning Principles
    The College will make planning, budgeting, and assessment decisions based on a commitment to the College’s eleven budget planning principles:

    • Principle 1: The annual budget is informed by the annual priorities established by the College. For the budget process to be strategic, decisions related to resource allocation must be grounded in the annual planning process and support the identified college priorities.
    • Principle 2: Budget developement utilizes and prioritizes decision made from a data-informed process. The budget must be balanced. The planning of the annual budget must be done in a way that anticipated expenditures do not exceed anticipated revenue. Annual evaluation of spending patterns including a critical review of past spending decisions and the impact on strategic priorities is considered.
    • Principle 3: All final budget decisions are based on a fair and equitable evaluation of both cost and strategic prioritization. Once budgets are approved, departments are expected to operate within the annual budget, unless unforeseen circumstances arise (e.g., state appropriations reductions, enrollment changes, unfunded mandates etc.) occur during the year. If costs arise that were unplanned and/or unexpected, departments are expected to evaluate how the costs could be absorbed with current, available resources prior to requesting additional funds.
    • Principle 4: Maintain transparent, timely, factual, and honest communication throughout the college community. The College will provide timely information and updates about the budget and planning process including Shared Governance Committees, college-wide town hall discussions and department/division feedback.
    • Principle 5: Focus on long-term strategic outcomes. Budget and planning requires a multi-year perspective on attaining strategic objectives, priorities and goals.
    • Principle 6: Minimize the impact cost to students whenever possible. The budget is planned to limit the additional costs to students that may occur as a result of new initiatives and services/programs. Use of one-time funds to off-set these expenses are made whenever possible.

    Revenue Generation and Cost Savings Strategies Feedback
    The ideas and feedback collected, along with how the feedback will be used and the timeframe it will be used, has been posted below. The budget unit would like to thank the college community for having taken the time to provide feedback.

    Budget Resources
    Please see the following budget resources for more information:

    If you have questions or comments about the Saint Paul College Budget process, please send an email to Scott Mitchell.

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  • Assessment for Student Learning

    Saint Paul College is committed to improving student learning through assessment and evaluation of student learning at the co-curricular, course, program, and college levels.

    Assessment for Student Learning

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