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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2013 Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization

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2/26/2013 12:00:00 AM

St. Cloud State was honored with a 2013 Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization from the NAFSA Association of International Educators, the largest professional worldwide education association.

St. Cloud State is one of five U.S. colleges and universities to receive this recognition for overall excellence in internationalization efforts as evidenced in practices, structures, philosophies and policies.

In the 10-year history of the prestigious award for schools that excel in creating an integrated global approach to international education, the University of Minnesota is the only other public institution in the state to receive this recognition.

http://www.stcloudstate.edu/news/newsrelease/default.aspx?storyID=40252

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

Learning Commitments: Global and Cultural Understanding/Accessibility

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AASCU International Education Award

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10/19/2014 12:00:00 AM

The American Association of State Colleges and Universities honored St. Cloud State University with its inaugural International Education Award in October 2014. The award is being featured in the AASCU magazine Public Purpose.

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

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Confucius Institute

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5/6/2014 12:00:00 AM

The Confucius Institute at St. Cloud State is developing cross-cultural understanding and awareness through a partnership with the Jilin Province Department of Education (JPDE) in Changchun, China, and in collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and the Ministry of Education in China.

The St. Cloud State Confucius Institute, which celebrated its grand opening May 6, 2014, is one of only 97 in the country. The St. Cloud institute sets itself apart through its close collaboration with the MDE on the licensing and professional development of teachers, especially those involved with Chinese immersion programs.

The Confucius Institute is housed in the School of Education and includes a resource library, lab and conference room.  Associate Professor Kathy Johnson serves as director.

http://www.stcloudstate.edu/confucius

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University,School of Education

Learning Commitments: Global and Cultural Understanding/Accessibility

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Generation Study Abroad

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St. Cloud State is working to double its students studying abroad by 2019.

SCSU is one of three Minnesota colleges participating in Generation Study Abroad, a five-year initiative that brings leaders in education, business and governments together to double by 2020 the number of U.S. college students studying abroad.  

Managing the initiative is the Institute of International Education.

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

Learning Commitments: Global and Cultural Understanding/Accessibility

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Heiskell Award

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4/11/2013 12:00:00 AM

The Institute of International Education honored St. Cloud State with the 2013 Heiskell Award for "Best Practices in International Partnerships" – recognition of the university’s 11-year-old multidimensional partnership with the Universidad de Concepcion in Concepcion, Chile.

The Heiskell Awards showcase the most innovative and successful models for internationalizing the campus, study abroad, and international programs, particularly initiatives that remove institutional barriers and broaden the base of participation in international teaching and learning on campus.

Read a story about the Concepcion partnership, which owes much to the work of anthropology professor Rob Lavenda.

The other three 2013 top Heiskell Awards went to Susquehanna University in the category of Internationalizing the Campus, Pitt Community College for Internationalizing the Community College and Wake Forest University for Study Abroad.

http://www.stcloudstate.edu/news/newsrelease/default.aspx?storyID=40048

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University,College of Liberal Arts,Center for International Studies

Learning Commitments: Global and Cultural Understanding/Accessibility

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Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award

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10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM

For the third year in a row (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 83 2014 honorees are featured in the publication’s November issue.

http://www.stcloudstate.edu/news/newsrelease/default.aspx?pubID=3&issueID=35465&storyID=43377

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 2015.

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.

“It says a great deal about the university,” said Zac Mangas, interim director for the Veterans Resource Center (VRC). “I’ve had a handful of veterans stop in this semester to visit the VRC because they heard St. Cloud State offered this type of support to students and they wanted to see it firsthand.”

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

 

http://www.stcloudstate.edu/news/newsrelease/default.aspx?pubID=3&issueID=35479&storyID=43395

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University

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Police partners target student safety

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9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM

St. Cloud State and St. Cloud Police Department are partnering to improve safety in the southside neighborhood with the new Campus Area Police Services (CAPS) team of three veteran city police officers assigned to prevent and enforce crime near campus. St. Cloud State is contributing $240,000 annually to the city to offset the cost of officers who will concentrate their efforts on student and neighborhood safety. Two of the CAPS team members and the team supervisor are St. Cloud State alumni.

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University

Learning Commitments: Community Engagement

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The Jed & Clinton Health Matters Campus Program seal

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10/1/2014 12:00:00 AM

St. Cloud State University has joined The Jed & Clinton Health Matters Campus Program, a nationwide initiative designed to help colleges and universities promote emotional wellbeing and mental health programming, reduce substance abuse and prevent suicide among their students.

St. Cloud State is one of 55 colleges and universities across the nation, and the only school in Minnesota, to have signed on to participate in the program. The list of schools include elite and Ivy League universities, state schools and others.

http://www.stcloudstate.edu/news/newsrelease/default.aspx?pubID=3&issueID=35511&storyID=43475

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University,School of Health and Human Services,Multicultural Student Services,Student Life and Development,General information

Learning Commitments: Global and Cultural Understanding/Accessibility

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Top 3 percent of Forbes' most affordable colleges, 2014

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8/1/2014 12:00:00 AM

According to Forbes, a New York-based 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' 2014 analysis, only 20 of "America's Top Colleges" have lower tuition than St. Cloud State. Five schools, including four service academies, did not release tuition information. That puts St. Cloud State in the top 3 percent most affordable, on the Forbes list.

The U.S. has 2,870 four-year colleges, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, an agency of the U.S. Department of Education. 

By virtue of its 566th ranking, St. Cloud State is among the elite 23 percent of colleges and universities based on student satisfaction, post-graduate success, student debt, graduation rate and academic success. View the Forbes magazine methodology.

http://www.stcloudstate.edu/news/newsrelease/default.aspx?pubID=3&issueID=35366&storyID=43141

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University

Learning Commitments: Active and Applied Learning,Community Engagement

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