Tenth Week of Fall Semester 2018
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Tenth Week of Fall Semester 2018
Higher Learning Commission

For the past several months, Saint Paul College has prepared for our Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Comprehensive Quality Review (CQR) Peer Review Team site visit. On Monday and Tuesday of this week, the Peer Review Team was on campus, learning about all the great work we do at Saint Paul College, and conducting sessions for faculty and staff input. The Cabinet and I had a short exit interview with the Peer Review Team, and received positive feedback for the quality improvement work we have done throughout the College. We will receive a full report of the visit in a few weeks, and I will keep our campus community informed of further developments.

I sincerely thank the College leadership team, faculty, staff and cabinet members who worked with determination and purpose as we prepared for this visit.

Completing the HLC accreditation site visit is a major task and accomplishment. To this end, the members of executive leadership team and I extended an invitation to our college community to join us on Wednesday as a simple and humble means of expressing our gratitude to celebrate this major milestone.

Each and every day, together we work to support our mission to provide “Education for Employment…Education for Life!” while upholding our values of Excellence, Integrity and Respect. This is what sets us apart from other institutions, and allows us to be a student-focused campus.

Here’s a short recap of a few of my activities this week:

Ramsey County Early Voting

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Lead MN

Ramsey County and LeadMN, the student organization representing two-year college students in Minnesota, brought the election to Saint Paul College as an early voting location on October 31. Voting was open to local Ramsey County residents, including our students and employees who reside in Ramsey County. Many thanks to LeadMN, that also partnered with Student Life and our faculty to promote voting in the upcoming election, and thanks also to Saint Paul College employees and students who were able to participate in this early voting event.

I am also proud of our faculty who promoted civic engagement on campus by tabling throughout the week in the cafeteria, and encouraging students to vote and take part in our democratic process. Thank you for going the extra mile. I am reminded of a quote by one of our founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson: "An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people."

The Cookie Cart

The Cookie Cart

I attended the Cookie Cart’s 10th Annual Chefs’ Dinner fundraising event held at Saint Paul College. I am proud of our Culinary Arts students and faculty who prepared delicious varieties of hors d’oeuvres and entrees for this event. Cookie Cart provides teens 15 to 18 years old with lasting and meaningful work, life and leadership skills through experience and training in an urban non-profit bakery. Cookie Cart is an intentional partner of Saint Paul College Culinary Arts program.

Neighborhood House Strategic Planning Session

Neighborhood House Strategic Planning Session

I attended the Neighborhood House Strategic Planning Session. Neighborhood House is an intentional partner of Saint Paul College. The Neighborhood mission is “To help people gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to thrive in diverse communities.”

Hubbard Broadcasting and Hubbard Foundation Tour

Our team and I at the College hosted Mr. Stanley Hubbard and the President/CEO of Hubbard Foundation at Saint Paul College for a tour and meet and greet with our students. Mr. Stanley Stub Hubbard is the chairman and chief executive officer of Hubbard Broadcasting.

Saint Paul Downtown Alliance Meeting

Saint Paul Downtown Alliance Meeting

I attended the Employer Attraction, Retention, and Growth Committee meeting of Saint Paul Downtown Alliance, which will work with partners to assess and fill gaps in downtown property that support job creation; identify and attract resources to enhance downtown property; address challenges to attracting jobs including parking, transit access, and pedestrian way finding; coordinate strategic business retention visits; and champion projects and policies that support business growth.

Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations Governance and Executive Committee Board Meeting

Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations Governance and Executive Committee Board Meeting

I attended the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations Governance Committee and Executive Committee Board Meetings. The common board of the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations governs the Foundations' shared services.

Central Corridor Anchor Partnership

Central Corridor Anchor Partnership

I attended an executive committee meeting of the Central Corridor Anchor Partnership team to discuss the participation and engagement of educational institutions in health and business career pathways, health care and business service providers along with non-profit community based organizations.

Minnesota Construction Industry Workforce Alliance Meeting

I attended the Minnesota Construction Industry Workforce Alliance strategic planning meeting where the 2018-2022 Strategic Plan was unveiled. The mission of the Alliance is to provide an industry driven blue print to enhance the future success of a diverse construction industry workforce in Minnesota. The Minnesota Construction Industry Workforce Alliance initiative was funded by McKnight Foundation, Minneapolis, Saint Paul Workforce Innovation Network, and Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. Saint Paul College has played a critical leadership role by convening meetings of stakeholders, including employers, skilled trades, labor union representatives, and community based organizations.

Student Success Metrics Work Group

Student Success Metrics Work Group

I along with several of my peers from the colleges and universities of Minnesota State attended a meeting to discuss relevant metrics that can be used to measure student success.

Metro Alliance Presidents Meeting

I attended a Metro Alliance presidents meeting via teleconferencing, where we discussed higher education issues and challenges facing our respective institutions.

In the News

Tech Tips: An appeal for an app
In the student newspaper THE METROPOLITAN of Metropolitan State University, in the article Tech Tips: An appeal for an app they lobby for a mobile student app, and our Saint Paul College student mobile app is mentioned as the best college app: “With a sleek interface, this app provides fast access to the campus calendar, plus quick links to D2L and student email.”

I will end this week’s blog by sharing a quote from retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor: “As a citizen, you need to know how to be a part of it, how to express yourself - and not just by voting.” If you haven’t already voted, please remember to vote on Tuesday November 6. Cast your vote and exercise your rights by participating in our democracy.

I thank you for your dedication and commitment to Saint Paul College and our students. When our students and our community do well, we all prosper.

I wish you a relaxing weekend.

Best, Rassoul

Rassoul Dastmozd, PhD
Saint Paul College

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