University Distinctions

University Distinctions

Explore St. Cloud State Distinctions and Facts

The oak leaf has long been a symbol for life and learning at St. Cloud State, where change is as constant as the flowing waters of the Mississippi River. Here the oak leaf signifies distinctions and facts that set St. Cloud State apart and foster institutional pride.

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Top University Distinctions

$2.78 million cybersecurity award

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1/12/2015 12:00:00 AM

St. Cloud State earned a $2.78 million Scholarship for Service Award for student scholarships to train future cybersecurity professionals.

The award from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Homeland Security certifies that St. Cloud State is a member of the CyberCorps Scholarship for Service Community, which works to educate and train students to be future cybersecurity professionals.

The five-year grant provides two-year scholarships for six students each year of the grant with the first scholarships awarded fall semester 2015.

http://today.stcloudstate.edu/st-cloud-state-earns-scholarship-for-service-award/

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University,College of Science and Engineering,Herberger Business School

Learning Commitments: Active and Applied Learning

CyberCorp, cybersecurity, technology, apply knowledge

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“Best Schools for Education Majors By Salary Potential” 2015-16 ranking

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8/26/2015 12:00:00 AM

St. Cloud State is 10th out of 21 “Best Schools for Education Majors By Salary Potential” 2015-16, according to the "PayScale College Salary Report 2015-16"

Seattle-based PayScale describes itself as the world's leading provider of on-demand compensation data and software.

The rankings measured early- and mid-career pay.

 

 

http://www.payscale.com/college-salary-report/best-schools-by-majors/education?page=2

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University

Learning Commitments: Active and Applied Learning,Community Engagement

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5 Under 40 alumni

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St. Cloud State University graduates made up two of the 5 Under 40 honorees for 2015 named by the St. Cloud Times.

Honored Huskies are Christy Gilleland ’00, who holds a bachelor’s degree in management, and Eunice Adjei-Bosempem ’06 ’10, who holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in social responsibility.

Previous alumni winners

  • 2014 Jamie Henkemeyer ’00, Kris Nelson ’98, Matt Nikodym ’03
  • 2013 John Swanson, former student
  • 2012 Katrina Pierson ’06, Melinda Tamm ’04
  • 2011 Justin Wampach ’95
  • 2010 Mike Meyer ’94
  • 2009 Sandy Hansen ’94, Jennifer Mrozek ’96, Jody Sayre ’98
  • 2007 Eric Brown ’12, Rob Weber ’08
  • 2006 Ryan Weber ’03
  • 2005 Shawn Petersen ’99, Brian Schoenborn ’92

http://today.stcloudstate.edu/two-alumna-among-times-5-under-40-honorees/

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University,Herberger Business School

Learning Commitments: Community Engagement

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AASCU International Education Award

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10/19/2014 12:00:00 AM

In October 2014, St. Cloud State earned the inaugural International Education Award from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). 

AASCU is a Washington-based higher education association of nearly 420 public colleges, universities and systems.

http://www.stcloudstate.edu/news/newsrelease/default.aspx?pubID=3&issueID=35509&storyID=43473

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University,Center for International Studies

Learning Commitments: Global and Cultural Understanding/Accessibility

AASCU, International Education Award, CIS, internationalization

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Alcohol and other drug prevention

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10/2/2014 12:00:00 AM

St. Cloud State University's efforts to empower students to make informed choices about alcohol use has resulted in a dramatic decrease in high-risk drinking.

  • 53% DECLINE in high-risk drinking behavior from 2005-14
  • 17% DECLINE from 2008-14 in student alcohol use during the past 12 months
  • 44% DECREASE in average number of drinks consumed per week
  • 33% DECLINE in repeat violations (recidivism) of the minor-consumption law from 2010-14
  • 1% DECLINE in minor-consumption recidivism from 2011-14 for those who completed IMPACT training (2%-1%)

http://www.stcloudstate.edu/uchoose/

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University,Student Life and Development

Learning Commitments:

alcohol, UChoose, civic responsiblity, think creatively, apply knowledge

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Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award

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9/15/2015 12:00:00 AM

For the fourth year in a row (2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012) St. Cloud State was recognized in INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education, as a recipient of its annual Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award. The HEED Award is the only national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.

The 91 honorees for 2015 are featured in the publication’s November issue.

http://today.stcloudstate.edu/four-peat-st-cloud-state-earns-2015-heed-award/

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University,Center for International Studies

Learning Commitments: Global and Cultural Understanding/Accessibility

awards, diversity, CIS

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International Program Excellence award

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3/27/2015 12:00:00 AM

An international partnership that brought a delegation of Mapuche to St. Cloud State University, received the International Program of Excellence Award for its unique and creative approaches to continuing education between international partners.

The Mapuche project was a joint effort between St. Cloud State and Universidad de Concepcion designed as a cultural exchange for a group of Mapuche artists and leaders. The purpose was to share their culture and crafts with the students at St. Cloud State and the St. Cloud community. In return, St. Cloud State provide training about entrepreneurship and business development.

http://today.stcloudstate.edu/mapuche-project-earns-international-program-excellence-award/

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University,Center for International Studies

Learning Commitments: Global and Cultural Understanding/Accessibility

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Military Friendly Schools list, Victory Media

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9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM

St. Cloud State is again among the nation’s top schools that deliver the best college experience for student veterans, landing on Victory Media’s Military Friendly Schools list for 2016.

The Military Friendly Schools designation is awarded to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students and to dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation.

The University stands apart from others on the list as one of the Top 25 Public Universities and Colleges as well as having one of the Top Online Programs.

St. Cloud State has earned the military-friendly designation each year since 2009.

 

http://today.stcloudstate.edu/st-cloud-state-again-earns-military-friendly-honor/

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University

Learning Commitments:

diversity, civic responsibility, summary, military, veterans

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Moving the Needle initiative

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1/15/2016 12:00:00 AM

In a bid to support the gender parity in higher education leadership, President Earl H. Potter III is among 109 university presidents who have signed on to the American Council on Education’s Moving the Needle: Advancing Women Leaders in Higher Education initiative.

The initiative raises awareness of the gender gap in university leadership at a time when 60 percent of presidents will retire in the next decade. The goal is to achieve gender parity with 50 percent of the chief executives at higher education institutions being women by 2030.

http://today.stcloudstate.edu/president-signs-on-to-moving-the-needle-initiative/

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University

Learning Commitments: Global and Cultural Understanding/Accessibility

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Pharmaceuticals in waterways research

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11/17/2015 12:00:00 AM

Fish may be affected by pharmaceuticals entering rivers, streams and lakes through wastewater treatment plant effluents according to a recent study by the St. Cloud State University Aquatic Toxicology Laboratory and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

The study, which included field and laboratory research, was published in November in a special edition of the scientific journal “Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry."

St. Cloud State Professor Heiko Schoenfuss was the principal investigator of the study titled “Complex mixtures, complex responses: Assessing pharmaceutical mixtures using field and laboratory approaches.”

http://today.stcloudstate.edu/aquatic-toxicology-laboratory-usgs-study-published/

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University,College of Science and Engineering

Learning Commitments: Active and Applied Learning

heiko, COSE

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President Potter earns NAACP award

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1/17/2016 12:00:00 AM

President Earl H. Potter III’s leadership and commitment to social awareness and the community is being recognized in the St. Cloud community.

The St. Cloud NAACP honored Potter with its 2016 Presidential Award at its 33rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Fund Banquet Jan. 17, 2016 at the River’s Edge Convention Center.

The award recognizes Potter’s commitment to service, being socially conscious and community.

http://today.stcloudstate.edu/president-earns-naacp-award/

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University

Learning Commitments: Global and Cultural Understanding/Accessibility

naacp

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Re-Imagining the First Year of College

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2/2/2016 12:00:00 AM

St. Cloud State University is part of a nationwide effort to re-imagine the first-year experience aimed at ensuring success for all students, particularly those who have historically been underserved by higher education.

The university is one of 44 institutions participating in the Re-Imagining the First Year of College initiative launched Feb. 1 by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU).

The 44 institutions will work together for three years to develop a comprehensive institutional transformation that redesigns the first year of college and creates sustainable change for student success. The initiative focuses on especially improving success rates for low income, first generation and students of color.

http://today.stcloudstate.edu/scsu-part-of-effort-to-re-design-first-year-college-experience/

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University

Learning Commitments: Active and Applied Learning

aascu

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St. Cloud ranked as a hockey town

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2/4/2016 12:00:00 AM

The City of St. Cloud is ranked eighth-best hockey town in the country according to SmartAsset, a personal finnce and technology company based in New York. To be considered, a city must have either a college hockey team or professional teams in the ECHL, AHL or NHL.

St. Cloud is one of three Minnesota cities that made the list.

https://smartasset.com/mortgage/americas-best-hockey-towns-2016

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University,Huskies Athletics,City of St. Cloud

Learning Commitments: Community Engagement

Huskies Hockey, hockey, athletics

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Top 3 percent of Forbes' most affordable colleges, 2015

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7/29/2015 12:00:00 AM

According to Forbes, a national business website and bi-weekly, St. Cloud State is among the top 650 colleges in the nation, based on student satisfaction, post-graduate success, student debt, graduation rate and academic success.

Based on Forbes' 2015 analysis, only 18 of "America's Top Colleges" have lower tuition than St. Cloud State. That puts St. Cloud State in the top 3 percent most affordable, on the Forbes list.

The U.S. has 2,968 four-year colleges, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, an agency of the U.S. Department of Education. 

By virtue of its 562nd ranking, St. Cloud State is among the elite 19 percent of colleges and universities.

http://outlook.stcloudstate.edu/forbes-names-scsu-as-a-top-college/

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University

Learning Commitments: Active and Applied Learning,Community Engagement

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