Supporting community well-being
Monday, December 31, 2012
St. Cloud State embraces a unique role that calls upon the university to help create more livable communities, stronger economies and a more inclusive society. Many of our peers refer to this role as being “a steward of place” — an agent responsible for the well-being of the communities entrusted to our care. On the pages of this Outlook you will read about faculty and staff who take this role seriously. They have become excellent role models of stewardship, i.e., public engagement that has wide-reaching benefits.
Among these benefits is the way in which we prepare our students for life, work and citizenship. We enable and encourage our students to participate in beyond-the-classroom experiences that allow them to apply what they have learned in the classroom in “real-world” settings. Often these experiences have been developed through university/community relationships.
As a vital component of the region’s economic and cultural well-being, St. Cloud State actively pursues external associations with businesses, organizations and other partners that benefit multiple parties, including students. Some examples include:
These and many more examples of St. Cloud State’s commitment to stewardship of place are helping us fulfill our core purpose to graduate people who have developed their potential to succeed in all aspects of work and life.