Week Before the Start of Spring Semester 2019
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Week Before the Start of Spring Semester 2019

In anticipation of the start of spring semester 2019, our staff are working diligently to address student needs and facilitate registration. I had an awesome opportunity to attend three student orientation sessions last week and this week. The diversity of our students and their varied experiences truly enriches our college.

It was great to have faculty back on campus for the Spring 2019 Faculty In-Service. The theme was “Charting a Course for Quality Student Learning,” and the facilitators were Terri Johnson, Director of Worldwide Instructional Design System and Dr. Andrew Kubas, Dean of Liberal and Fine Arts. Faculty gathered for two full days of professional development activities.

Faculty in-Service
teachers working hard
teachers smiling
decorative cake

Our work at the College can be summed up in a simple but thoughtful quote that one of our staff members shared with me this week, “We ​collectively create a space that provides more than just an education at a fair price – it is a place where students are given an opportunity to thrive and do things they never thought possible.”

Thank you all for your collaboration as we construct bridges of hope, opportunity and success for our students and our community.

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

Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Workforce Innovation Network

Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Workforce Innovation Network

I attended an MSPWin retreat where we discussed the strategic priorities of MSPWin for 2019 and 2020, as well as a mindful transition plan to support entities who will assist workforce systems improvement after MSPWin sunsets.

Meeting with a Potential Community Advocate/Partner

I along with the dean of Business and Workforce Training and Continuing Education met with an advocate and community member partner who would like to expand their engagement and partnership to increase financial benefit for our students.

Conversation with Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Liaison

Conversation with Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Liaison

I along with members of the Saint Paul College executive leadership team met with the Higher Learning Commission liaison to discuss details of Saint Paul College HLC Continuous Quality Review Report.

Comprehensive Facilities Master Planning

Comprehensive Facilities Master Planning

I along with the VP of Finance & Operations and the director of Facilities, attended the Comprehensive Facilities Master Planning presentation at the Minnesota State System Office. Developing an updated plan will serve as a decision making resource and framework that aligns our institution’s financial, physical and academic resources to best deliver higher education to our students. To produce the most relevant and useful plan, we involved key internal and external stakeholders to assure that a relevant as well as realistic plan is developed.

Generation Next

Generation Next

I attended the Generation Next annual board meeting retreat at the University of Minnesota McNamara Building, where we discussed the strategic plan, annual work plan, and strategic priorities of Generation Next.

All College Staff Meeting and Faculty In-Service

I attended and gave welcome remarks and debriefed faculty and staff about the HLC CQR report and its findings at staff meetings and also at Faculty In-Service.

Agenda Setting Meeting, Faculty Shared Governance Council

Our chief Human Resources officer, VP of Academic Affairs and I met with the president of the faculty bargaining unit to discuss the agenda for the upcoming Faculty Shared Governance Council meeting.

Full Stack Saint Paul Steering Committee Meeting

Full Stack Saint Paul Steering Committee Meeting

I attended the Full Stack Saint Paul meeting, which focused on the strategies we are implementing to grow a culture of innovation and workforce talent needed to keep Saint Paul competitive and vibrant. The meeting also focused on the promotion and branding of Saint Paul, as well as places and spaces which are an integral part of attracting high technology firms. Full Stack Saint Paul is a public/private sector collaboration, co-led by the City of Saint Paul and the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce.

Neighborhood House Board Meeting

Neighborhood House Board Meeting

I met with the president/CEO of Neighborhood House to discuss strategic planning and policy committee’s priorities. We also discussed policies and strategies related to advocacy for immigrants and refugees.

Governor Walz and Lt Governor Inauguration Ceremony

Governor Walz and Lt Governor Inauguration Ceremony

I attended the inauguration ceremony of Governor Walz, Lt. Governor Flanagan, and all constitutional officers. What impressed me the most was how our new governor celebrated teachers and educators. Kudos to all of our teachers and educators who work so hard so their students will be successful.

In the News

Leadership Saint Paul Class o​​f 2019

Leadership Saint Paul Class of 2019

Congratulations to Mary Vang, Director of TRiO Student Support Services, who has been named as one of 55 members of the Saint Paul Chamber of Commerce Leadership Saint Paul Class of 2019. Leadership Saint Paul (LSP) is the premier program in the Twin Cities for emerging and current civic and business leaders that prepares, challenges and engages them to strengthen the Saint Paul/East Metro region.

I want to wish all of you a relaxing weekend! I look forward to the start of Spring Semester on Monday!

Best, Rassoul

Rassoul Dastmozd, PhD
President/CEO
Saint Paul College

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