Registration for fall courses is in full swing at the College. We had the largest student orientation for fall semester yesterday. Many thanks to our students for giving us the opportunity to serve you.
Here’s a short recap of some of my activities – many taking place off campus, as well as special items of note on educational collaborations and initiatives:
- Charting the Future - Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Leadership Council met to discuss the next steps for Minnesota’s prosperity initiative Charting the Future. Saint Paul College has formed a 4-member College Engagement Team who will attend a Change Management Training in August 2015. Our College Engagement Team members are influential leaders on campus, possess excellent communication skills, have the ability to motivate others, and can harness the existing networks, and engage our college community and connect with peers to move forward the Charting the Future initiative at Saint Paul College.
- College Presidents and the Civic Purposes of Higher Education - I attended the Kettering Foundation Deliberative Democracy Exchange workshop consisting of college presidents from two- and four-year colleges and universities from across the U.S. who were invited to offer fresh perspectives on higher education and involvement in the life of local and regional communities, working collaboratively for civic, social, educational and economic development.
- Workforce system strategies – I discussed strategies with a major construction firm from Minneapolis and how we can provide skilled trades talents for the construction occupation pipeline.
Of special note:
- The College hosted a delegation from China. The Chinese delegation is visiting several MnSCU institutions and is investigating the feasibility of developing partnerships in three areas: 1) faculty exchanges 2) student exchanges, and 3) sending students from China to study at the partnering U.S. colleges. I am grateful to our team of faculty, staff, academic deans and our VP of Academic Affairs who all contributed to the success of the visit and presentation of Saint Paul College, its programs and educational opportunities. Special thanks to Culinary Arts chefs for the delicious luncheon served to our guests.
- For the first time, Saint Paul College received the highly sought after TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The award of $1.1 million will fund five years of comprehensive support for a cohort of 140 nontraditional students per year, ages 25 and older, who are underrepresented in higher education, including low-income, first generation and students with disabilities.
- The College is partnering with Anoka Technical College to offer the Sterile Processing Certificate program for Saint Paul College students. This intentional partnership is another means of promoting access to a quality program for our students. You can read more about this collaboration on page 10 in our Saint Paul College Magazine Fall 2015 issue and in the local ABC Newspaper article: Anoka Tech, St. Paul College join to offer sterile processing certificate
As we wind down from Summer Term and start winding up for Fall Semester, remember to unwind in your spare time and enjoy this great summer in Minnesota.