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

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

Internationalization, diversity, awards

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Center for Continuing Studies

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6/2/2014 12:00:00 AM

The Center for Continuing Studies provides global, accessible, rigorous, workforce-relevant and technologically-innovative lifelong learning opportunities. The five major divisions are SCSU Online, Corporate Education and Outreach, Senior to Sophomore Program, Summer      Session/Evening classes and the Minnesota Highway Safety and Research Center. While we program for part-time, distance and adult learners, our programs serve every student on campus for whom flexibility is a reality of life. www.stcloudstate.edu/continuingstudies

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University

Learning Commitments: Active and Applied Learning,Community Engagement

Continuing Studies

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Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

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6/2/2014 12:00:00 AM

The Cente for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) supports and sustains a      dynamic and energized teaching and learning community at St. Cloud State University. The mission and vision of CETL focuses on faculty and professional development in the context of the mission and vision of St. Cloud State, the university’s learning commitments, the university’s strategic direction as articulated in the 2009 Community of Scholars document, www.stcloudstate.edu/ospe/planning/actionPlans/documents/CommunityofScholars and the five contractual criteria for faculty professional review. CETL draws on the expertise of St. Cloud State faculty and staff to provide the University community with a variety of faculty and professional development programs ranging from one-on-one consulting and mentoring to workshops, seminars, learning communities of practice and grants.  We create opportunities for probationary, tenured, fixed term and adjunct faculty to talk, network, and learn from trusted colleagues. Additionally, CETL sponsors campus visits by national experts on issues and ideas of interest and importance to SCSU faculty, staff, and students. CETL strives to promote a culture of inquiry and empowered critical engagement by providing opportunities for the University community to explore and debate issues central to excellence in teaching and learning, and to the professoriate.  www.stcloudstate.edu/teaching

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University

Learning Commitments:

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Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education

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6/2/2014 12:00:00 AM

The primary role of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education (CHGE) is to serve as a program of academic support for students, faculty, staff and the community. Its function is to create education about the Holocaust and other genocides through programming, material resources, consultation, and curricular design. Additionally, CHGE seeks to increase awareness and knowledge of multidisciplinary approaches, (e.g., history, literature, and social sciences) to the student of the Holocaust and other genocides. CHGE works to develop sensitivity to and understanding of anti-Semitism, racism, sexism, hatred, oppression and other ideological constructs and forms of attitudes, values, beliefs and behaviors that create human suffering. www.stcloudstate.edu/chge

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University

Learning Commitments: Global and Cultural Understanding/Accessibility

Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education

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Center for International Studies

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6/2/2014 12:00:00 AM

The Center for International Studies (CIS) is the primary department for connecting our campus to the global community. CIS is comprised of International Admissions and Recruitment, International Student and Scholar Services and Education Abroad. CIS collaborates with departments in the strategic development and implementation of international agreements and partnerships that support the commitment to globalization. www.stcloudstate.edu/internationalstudies St. Cloud State was recognized for our success with two prestigious national awards. NAFSA-Association of International Educators honored SCSU for our excellence in integrating international education across all aspects of the campus with a 2013 Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization. We also received the 2013 Heiskell Award for our innovative partnership with Universidad de Concepcion, Chile.  

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University

Learning Commitments: Global and Cultural Understanding/Accessibility

Center for International Studies

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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

confucius

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Frozen Four

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4/11/2013 12:00:00 AM

St. Cloud State’s men’s hockey team celebrated a season of firsts in 2012-13, winning the NCAA regional championship and WCHA regular season championship/MacNaughton Cup, followed by capturing a coveted slot as part of the 2013 NCAA Division I Frozen Four tournament.

Thousands of Huskies fans gathered in the Atwood Center Ballroom and in the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh to cheer them on in the first-day contest and disappointing loss to top-seeded Quinnipiac.

http://outlook.stcloudstate.edu/tag/frozenfour/

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University,Huskies Athletics

Learning Commitments:

Husky Athletics

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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

international,global,abroad,diversity,awards

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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 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. St. Cloud State was recognized in the magazine's November 2013 edition as one of just 56 colleges and universities to receive the award and in the December 2012 edition when just 48 colleges and university recieved the award.

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

awards, diversity

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Husky American Marketing Association chapter honored

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5/13/2014 12:00:00 AM
5/13/2015 12:00:00 AM

St. Cloud State's Husky American Marketing Association chapter was named the Silver Collegiate Chapter at the organization's 36th International Collegiate Conference in New Orleans. The student-run group was one of the Top 10 chapters among the 140-plus collegiate chapters participating and was recognized for outstanding performance in all six functional categories: chapter planning, membership, professional development, communications, community service and fundraising. Chapter leaders for the 2013-14 academic year were: Dan Brink, president; Rick Johnson, vice president; Crystal Kanduth, vice president of professional development; Ashley Arhart, vice president of community service; Halle Weisman, vice president of market research; Mike Fruchtl, vice president of membership; Cody Dietrich, vice president of fundraising;Katie Banken, vice president of communications; Micah Bank, vice president of administration; and Tyler Bird, vice president of finance.

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

Learning Commitments: Active and Applied Learning

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ISELF

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8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM

The four-level, $45 million Integrated Science and Engineering Laboratory Facility (ISELF) hosts cross-disciplinary teams working on short- and medium-term projects. The 100,000 square-foot facility serves mostly upper-level and graduate science, technology, engineering, mathematics, medical technology and radiology students. Central Minnesota businesses, including more than 50 precision manufacturing companies, are able to prototype new processes using ISELF space and student-faculty ingenuity. The largest construction project in Minnesota State Colleges and Universitie history, ISELF was dedicated Aug. 21, 2013.

http://www.stcloudstate.edu/news/newsrelease/default.aspx?pubID=3&issueID=34588&storyID=41000

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

Learning Commitments: Active and Applied Learning,Community Engagement,Sustainability

interdisciplinary, DeGroote

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JedCampus Seal

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1/1/2014 12:00:00 AM

The Jed Foundation has honored St. Cloud State University with the JedCampus Seal, a designation shared by only 37 colleges and universities nationwide that exhibit excellence in comprehensive mental health promotion and suicide prevention programming.

This is recognition of the univrsity's commitment to the emotional wellbeing of its students. It’s based on evaluation of the school’s voluntary responses to an extensive survey. The survey results are compared with the Jed Foundation’s recommended practices in mental health programming.

The Jed Foundation is the nation's leading organization in the work of promoting protection of the emotional health of America's 20 million college students. Its proven model and award-winning programs are changing the way campuses, communities and families promote mental health and prevent suicide. The foundation's mission is to promote emotional health and prevent suicide among college and university students.

http://www.stcloudstate.edu/news/newsrelease/default.aspx?pubID=3&issueID=34947&storyID=41952

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

Learning Commitments:

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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

Learning Commitments:

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Multicultural Resource Center

Distinction

6/2/2014 12:00:00 AM

Multicultural Resource Center provides services, academic programming and resources for faculty, staff and students and community members who are learning, researching or      teaching about the experiences of people of color in the United States.      www.stcloudstate.edu/mrc  

 

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University

Learning Commitments: Global and Cultural Understanding/Accessibility

Multicultural Resource Center

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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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Research and Sponsored Programs

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6/2/2014 12:00:00 AM

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs provides support to faculty, staff and students in the development of research funds and grants and short and long term faculty and staff improvement grants. The Community of Scholars Plan recognizes and fosters scholarships. www.stcloudstate.edu/osp

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University

Learning Commitments:

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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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University College

Distinction

6/2/2014 12:00:00 AM

University College includes an array of programs and services aimed at improving student access, success and retention including: Academic Appeals and Probation Office, Academic Learning Center, Undergraduate Admissions, Advising Center, First-Year in Transition Programs, Financial Aid, Math Skills Center, Orientation, University Placement Testing, the University Honors Program, Academic Collegiate Excellence (ACE), and the Community      College Connections Program. www.stcloudstate.edu/universitycollege     

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University

Learning Commitments:

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Graduate Studies

Fact

6/2/2014 12:00:00 AM

The School of Graduate Studies serves more than 1,600 students each term and offers 60 graduate programs leading to graduate certificates, master’s and doctoral degrees. Our graduate programs are led by experienced graduate educators and offer a mix of traditional graduate disciplines, accredited professional programs and innovative industry specific programs.

Nearly 20 percent of the graduate student population is international students. About 60 percent of the graduate student body is female.

St. Cloud State has a robust assistantship program. Nearly 20 percent of graduate students having a graduate assistantship each year.  

http://www.stcloudstate.edu/graduatestudies

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University

Learning Commitments:

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Records and Registration

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6/2/2014 12:00:00 AM

Office of Records and Registration is the source for information about undergraduate admissions processing, student records, enrollment and degree verifications, diplomas, course schedule information, course registration, transfer credit evaluation, veterans educational benefits, athletic eligibility, teacher licensure  application processing and the interactive degree audit. www.stcloudstate.edu/registrar 

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University

Learning Commitments:

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