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Charting the Future
MnSCU's Charting the Future is a strategic effort to help Minnesota realize a prosperous future through three commitments:
- Ensuring access to an extraordinary education for all Minnesotans;
- Being the partner of choice to meet Minnesota’s workforce and community needs; and
- Delivering to students, employers, communities and taxpayers the highest value, most affordable higher education option
Charting the Future is about changing how we work. Currently, our colleges and universities are working very hard, but they are working in siloes. Charting the Future is about encouraging collaboration among existing schools to better prepare our students for success and achieving a more prosperous Minnesota.
Charting the Future is not about opening or closing any campuses. Charting the Future is about encouraging collaboration among existing schools to better prepare our students for success and achieving a more prosperous Minnesota.
Charting the Future is not about centralization, making the system office bigger or more powerful, or becoming metro-centric. Charting the Future is an effort outlined in the recommendations and strategies for helping the entire state of Minnesota.
Charting the Future is not about offering more online courses at the detriment of existing courses, and is not the priority of our recommendations. Charting the Future is about expanding the innovative use of technology not simply expanding the number of online courses. Innovative technology can be creatively and effectively used to expand
Charting the Future is not about devaluing traditional academic degrees. Charting the Future is about exploring alternate ways to earn college credit, such as competency based credit. However, failure to consider new options may drive students to other institutions once third parties start to certify competency degrees that are recognized nationally.
Charting the Future proposes six recommendations that will be implemented throughout MnSCU’s 30 colleges and universities. In order to ensure a more prosperous future, we must:
Dramatically increase the success of all learners, especially those in diverse populations traditionally underserved by higher education.
- Develop a collaborative and coordinated academic planning process that advances affordability, transferability and access to our programs and services across the state.
- Certify student competencies and capabilities, expand pathways to accelerate degree completion through credit for prior learning, and foster the award of competency-based credit and degrees.
- Expand the innovative use of technology to deliver high quality online courses, strengthen classroom instruction and student services, and provide more individualized learning and advising.
- Work together under new models to be the preferred provider of comprehensive workplace solutions through programs and services that build employee skills and solve real-world problems for communities and businesses across the state.
- Redesign our financial and administrative models to reward collaboration, drive efficiencies, and strengthen our ability to provide access to an extraordinary education for all Minnesotans.
The recommendations will be translated into action plans by eight implementation teams. Each implementation team is a campus-led group that will outline and prioritize what work needs to be done to execute these strategies and determine when and how to start rolling out new ideas.
Each team is responsible for translating the recommendations into an action plan, which includes:
Involving all faculty, students, staff, and the broader community in the process
- Identifying how to meet the team’s goals and objectives
- Determining how to stage and sequence the work, e.g. recommending changes to policy and procedures, launching pilots
- Providing leadership, coordination, and tracking of project implementation
- Monitoring and reporting progress to the Steering Committee (see description of the Steering Committee below)
Communicating the work of the implementation teams is a high priority. There will be regular updates on the progress of the teams so that everyone is informed and involved in the process.
The implementation teams are not intended in any way to supplant or circumvent existing consultation processes (e.g., ASA’s Policy Council or statewide meet and confers).
Each implementation team is convened by a college or university president (with the one exception of the Systems Design team) and includes campus representation of students, faculty, staff and members of the Charting the Future Organizational Capability team (see detail below).
The conveners for the four teams launching in spring 2014 are:
Student Success: Connie Gores, Southwest Minnesota State University
- Diversity: Scott Olson, Winona State University
- Comprehensive Workplace Solutions: Sue Collins, Northeast Higher Education District
- System Incentives and Rewards: Phil Davis, Campus Service Cooperative
The conveners for the four teams launching in fall 2014 are:
Academic Planning and Collaboration: Dick Hanson, Bemidji State University
- Competency Certification & Credit for Prior Learning: Annette Parker, South Central College
- Education Technology: Ron Anderson, Century College
- Information Technology Systems Design: Ramon Padilla, Chief Information Officer
Students, faculty, and staff were involved in drafting and finalizing the Charting the Future strategic plan and recommendations, which led to the formation of implementation teams. Each team is planned with a variety of considerations, including faculty and student availability. Bargaining units will appoint representatives for each team.
The teams will be comprised of members from each internal stakeholder group. Teams will number up to 18 members, with about three quarters of the members from our college and university campuses and one quarter from the system office, as follows.
- Students: MSUSA and MSCSA (2)
- Faculty: IFO, MSCF, MSUAASF (3)
- Staff: MMA, MAPE and AFSCME (3)
- Presidents (2)
- Additional campus staff (up to 4)
- System office staff (up to 4)
For more information about Charting the Future please visit http://www.mnscu.edu/chartingthefuture/
HCC Scholarship Applications Available
The HCC Foundation Scholarship applications are now available. Current HCC Students should check their student email accounts for more information and a current application. Applications may also be picked up at the HCC Financial Aid Office or they can be printed from the HCC website at http://www.hibbing.edu/assets/files/doc/FinAidForms/General%20Scholarship%20Application%202014.pdf
Completed scholarship applications are due back to the FA Office by April 1st. For questions, please contact Ann Johnston, Director of Financial Aid, at email@example.com
HCC Music Series Concludes with Mason Jennings
The HCC Music Series will presents its last music production on Thursday, March 26th at 7:00 PM in the HCC Theatre when we welcome singer/song writer, Mason Jennings. General Admission tickets are $15 and HCC Student tickets are $5 each. With a recent performance this past fall at the Reif Center in Grand Rapids, Mason returns to the northland for an even more intimate acoustic performance at the HCC Theatre. Well-known for his simple yet catchy melodies, intimate lyrics, and distinctive voice, Mason could easily be described as one of the most popular artists on the contemporary music scene in Minnesota. The Minnesota-based singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist just released his 12th album, Always Been, from which the song, "Just Try" was featured on the last season of How I Met Your Mother. Tickets will be available at Grandma's In The Park Restaurant and at the HCC Bookstore. Tickets may be purchased over the phone, by credit card, by calling the HCC Bookstore at (218) 262-6706. For more information on this performance, please contact Jennifer Boben at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (218) 262-7363.
HCC Open House April 9th
Hibbing Community College's Open House will take place on Thursday, April 9, 2015, from 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM. Faculty, staff, and students representing academic programs, admission, student services, disability services and financial aid will be available to talk about programs and career options. There will also be campus tours, prize drawings, and a light dinner for prospective students and families. For more information, contact Sarah Merhar, HCC Admissions Representative at (218) 262-6713.
Micorosoft Office 365 Available to Students - Free
Good news, Office 365 is now available to students! Just follow these instructions:
Once you have these in, click on Sign In. The next screen you will see will have an “Install now” button just click on it to begin the installation. Once it has installed go to your Start Menu and find Microsoft Office 365. (You will need to have at least Windows 7 to be able to download Office 365.)
You will have access to Office 365 for the school year and will have to reactivate your account sometime during the summer, the program will notify you when it needs to be reactivated so PLEASE do not ignore the warning, and you will not be able to do anything once it is deactivated.
If you do have issues email email@example.com and we will try to help you. In the email please include a detail message about what the issue is and your contact information.