ST. CLOUD STATE UNIVERSITY (SCSU)
STRATEGIC PLANNING COMMITTEE SURVEY OF LEGISLATORS

Please assist St. Cloud State University by filling out and returning the enclosed survey to

The Strategic Planning Committee,
St. Cloud State University,
AS 200,720 4th Avenue South,
St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498.

Questions may be addressed to either Jim Pehler, telephone: (320) 255-2053, e-mail: jpehler@tigger.stcloudstate.edu or Annette Wilson, telephone: (320) 255-2122, e-mail: arwilson@stc2.stcloudstate.edu.

Please return this survey by October 1, 1996. Thank you.

 

IR ___       DFL ___      Other ___      Senate ___      House ___

Years of Legislative Experience 0-3 years 4-10 years 10 + years

Service on the Education, Higher Education or Finance Committee?
Yes ___ No ___ Years

Have you or any member of your immediate family ever been a student at SCSU?
Yes ___ No ___

If not a student, have you ever visited the SCSU campus? Yes ___ No ___

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For questions 1-4, please answer each question with a number from 1 to 5 or with the letter X based on how you feel.

KEY:
1 = strongly disagree
2 = disagree
3 = neither agree nor disagree
4 = agree
5 = strongly agree
X = not enough information to respond

1. Compared to what SCSU does now, SCSU should give more attention to:

  (Circle one, please)
A. Undergraduate education 1 2 3 4 5 X
B. Graduate education 1 2 3 4 5 X
C. Professional education 1 2 3 4 5 X
D. Honors or accelerated education 1 2 3 4 5 X
E. Research 1 2 3 4 5 X
F. Business/industry partnerships 1 2 3 4 5 X

KEY:
1 = strongly disagree
2 = disagree
3 = neither agree nor disagree
4 = agree
5 = strongly agree
X = not enough information to respond

2. SCSU should develop or expand:

  (Circle one, please)
A. Remedial education 1 2 3 4 5 X
B. Job Training 1 2 3 4 5 X
C. K-12 partnerships education 1 2 3 4 5 X
D. Continuing (life-long learning) education education 1 2 3 4 5 X
E. Distance learning 1 2 3 4 5 X

3. SCSU should develop or expand:

  (Circle one, please)
A. Academic and administrative buildings 1 2 3 4 5 X
B. Student, athletic and recreation facilities 1 2 3 4 5 X
C. Infrastructure (cooling, heating systems etc.) 1 2 3 4 5 X
D. Campus security 1 2 3 4 5 X
E. Electronic technology 1 2 3 4 5 X

For ratings of 4 or 5 for question 3, what specifically should be developed or expanded?

Answer:


KEY:
1 = strongly disagree
2 = disagree
3 = neither agree nor disagree
4 = agree
5 = strongly agree
X = not enough information to respond

4. To meet needs of students who are attending or who will enroll, SCSU should:

  (Circle one, please)
A. Offer guaranteed graduation date programs 1 2 3 4 5 X
B. Institute differential tuition rates to encourage students to graduate in a timely fashion 1 2 3 4 5 X
C. Institute differential tuition rates to accurately reflect the cost of various programs 1 2 3 4 5 X
D. Limit or manage enrollment through higher education 1 2 3 4 5 X
E. Limit or manage enrollment through higher admissions standard 1 2 3 4 5 X
F. Expand or manage enrollment through lower admissions standard 1 2 3 4 5 X
G. Shift general education resources to upperdivision and graduate education 1 2 3 4 5 X
H. Shift resources from undergraduate to graduate education and research 1 2 3 4 5 X
I. Shift resources from graduate education and research to undergraduate instruction 1 2 3 4 5 X
J. Increase tuition to eliminate special course fees 1 2 3 4 5 X
K. Decrease class sizes 1 2 3 4 5 X
L. Increase career counseling and placement services 1 2 3 4 5 X
M. Offer courses in concentrated time periods utilizing evenings and weekend 1 2 3 4 5 X
N. Add more physical and mental health services 1 2 3 4 5 X
O. Expand child care options 1 2 3 4 5 X
P. Provide more services to disabled students 1 2 3 4 5 X
Q. Expand remedial and basic skills programs 1 2 3 4 5 X

5. In recruiting and retaining high potential students, SCSU should seek to increase (mark I) or decrease (mark D):

  1. Economically disadvantaged persons
  2. Culturally diverse persons
  3. International students
  4. The Post Secondary Enrollment Options Act students
  5. Non-traditional persons
  6. Merit scholars
  7. Residents of Minnesota
  8. Residents of the surrounding states (Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota,
    South Dakota and Michigan)
  9. Residents of neighboring provinces (Ontario and Manitoba)
  10. Residents of other feeder states (Alaska, Nebraska, Kansas,
    Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado)
  11. First generation students

For questions 6-8, please mark one which best represents how you feel.

6. The current level of state-assisted funding for SCSU is:

  1. More than adequate to meet current needs
  2. Adequate to meet current needs
  3. Less than adequate to meet current needs
  4. Not enough information to answer/don't know

7. SCSU's reliance on private financial support rather than on the state-assisted allocation is:

  1. Too much
  2. About right
  3. Not enough
  4. Not enough information to answer/don't know

8. Over the next five years, demand for enrollment at SCSU should:

  1. Increase
  2. Stay about the same
  3. Decrease
  4. Not enough information/don't know

Please state why you believe this will occur.

Answer:

 

For question 9-11, please provide a short answer or list of descriptive phases.

9. Over the next five years, the student population at SCSU ideally should be:

          ,000 students

10. What words would you use to describe SCSU?

11. What do you see as the major challenges facing SCSU in the next
five years?

Thank you for providing your valuable input to the St. Cloud State
University Strategic Planning Committee

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