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

Distinction

2/26/2013 12:00:00 AM

St. Cloud State earned 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 was one of five U.S. institutions recognized that year for internationalization, as evidenced in practices, structures, philosophies and policies.

 

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, CIS, internationalization

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8th ranked U.S. university attended by African students

Distinction


In 2010-11, the Institute of International Education Open Doors report ranked St. Cloud State eighth among U.S. colleges and universities attended by African students. St. Cloud State had 228 students from Africa. The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities was the only other Minnesota institution in the listing’s top 25 with 185 African students. St. Cloud State was also in the top 25 schools attended by African students from the regions of East Africa (78) and West Africa (125).

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University

Learning Commitments: Global and Cultural Understanding/Accessibility

Institute for International Education, CIS, diversity, internationalization

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AASCU International Education Award

Distinction

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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Amos Olagunju named Carnegie Fellow

Distinction

11/11/2014 12:00:00 AM

Amos Olagunju is 2014 Carnegie African Dispora Fellow. 

Olagunju, a professor of computer science and information technology, is one of 60 African Diaspora scholars named by the New York City-based Institute of International Education.

The award includes a research opportunity at Caleb University in Lagos, Nigeria.

 

http://www.stcloudstate.edu/news/success/story.aspx?storyID=43812

Organizational Units: College of Science and Engineering,School of Computing,Engineering and Environment

Learning Commitments: Global and Cultural Understanding/Accessibility

Olagunju, Carengie, African Diaspora, CIS, technology, diversity

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Center for International Studies

Fact

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.

St. Cloud State has been recognized with numerous awards for international efforts, including 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.  

http://www.stcloudstate.edu/internationalstudies/

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University

Learning Commitments: Global and Cultural Understanding/Accessibility

Center for International Studies, CIS, diversity, think creatively, apply knowledge, communicate, internationalization

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Confucius Institute

Distinction

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, CIS, diversity, internationalization

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Education abroad opportunities

Fact


St. Cloud State offers 32 semester-long and short-term study-abroad opportunities in more than 20 nations, including the United Kingdom, Australia, Chile, Germany, Japan, South Korea, South Africa.

http://www.stcloudstate.edu/educationabroad/

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

Learning Commitments: Active and Applied Learning,Global and Cultural Understanding/Accessibility

summary, CIS, diversity, apply knowledge, communicate, internationalization

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Education abroad, Alnwick

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St. Cloud State has a semester-long study-abroad program housed in a prestigious castle in northern England. Up to 50 students per semester live and study in Alnwick Castle, one of the largest inhabited castles in Europe. The 700-year-old castle is the ancestral home to the Duke of Northumberland’s Percy family. Quiddich-playing and broom-riding scenes in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone" were filmed there.

St. Cloud State's Center for International Studies manages education abroad programs to more thasn 20 nations.

http://stcloudstate.studioabroad.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=35282

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

Learning Commitments: Global and Cultural Understanding/Accessibility

CIS, diversity, think creatively, internationalization

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Education abroad, Nelson Mandela

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St. Cloud State has an extensive education abroad relationship with Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, including short-term and long-term study opportunities.

St. Cloud State's Center for International Studies manages education abroad programs to more than 20 nations.

http://www.stcloudstate.edu/educationabroad/programs/semester/portelizabeth/default.asp

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

Learning Commitments: Global and Cultural Understanding/Accessibility

study abroad, CIS, think creatively, diversity, internationalization

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Education abroad, short-term programs

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Short-term study abroad programs led and tailored by individual faculty members provide unique opportunities for students to experience new countries and cultures in the context of studying an academic discipline. The learning that takes place during these trips – usually three weeks in duration – is broad and deep. 

An example is Professor Mikhail Blinnikov’s Geography 410 Geography Tour of Russia. The seven class members and Blinnikov were interviewed and featured on the local television station in Biysk. The itinerary included three days in St. Petersburg, four in Moscow and a week in the Altay Mountains of southwest Siberia, where the city of Biysk is located.

Blinnikov led class tours to Russia also in 2007 and 2009. The class introduces students to Russia’s current cultural and environmental geography as well as its history through visits to sites such as the Kremlin and museums.

St. Cloud State's Center for International Studies manages education abroad programs to more than 20 nations.

http://www.stcloudstate.edu/educationabroad/

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University

Learning Commitments: Global and Cultural Understanding/Accessibility

study abroad, CIS, think creatively, diversity, internationalization

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Generation Study Abroad

Distinction


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

CIS, diversity, think creatively, apply knowledge, communicate, internationalization

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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:

CIS

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Heiskell Award

Distinction

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, CIS, diversity, internationalization

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Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award

Distinction

9/4/2016 12:00:00 AM

For the fifth year in a row (2016, 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 83 honorees for 2016 are featured in the publication’s November issue.

http://today.stcloudstate.edu/five-straight-st-cloud-state-earns-2016-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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Hugh Jenkins Award

Distinction

8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM

For nearly three decades of service to St. Cloud State international students, Sue and Paul Westmark are the recipients of the Hugh M. Jenkins Award for Excellence in Community Programming.

The national award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to promoting global understanding and international exchange in the local community.

Given by the National Association of Foreign Student Advisers, the award honors people who exemplify a spirit of volunteerism and a long-term dedication to international exchange.

http://scsu.mn/18ICASU

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

Learning Commitments: Community Engagement,Global and Cultural Understanding/Accessibility

CIS, Westmark, diversity, communicate, internationalization

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International Association of Universities

Distinction


St. Cloud State is a member of the International Association of Universities. Some of the university’s international partners, including Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, also are participants in the organization that supports access and success in higher education throughout the world, promoting together the principles of freedom, justice, human dignity and solidarity. In November President Earl H. Potter III attended the 14th IAU General Conference in Puerto Rico, under the theme "Higher Education and the Global Agenda: Alternate Paths of the Future."

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

Learning Commitments: Global and Cultural Understanding/Accessibility

CIS, internationalization

3

International student ranking 2012

Distinction


U.S News & World Report’s 2012 best colleges listings ranked St. Cloud State 10th among regional universities for its number of international student  1,085 from 85 countries fall 2012, more than 6 percent of all enrolled students.

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University

Learning Commitments: Global and Cultural Understanding/Accessibility

CIS, internationalization

2

International student ranking 2014

Distinction

11/17/2014 12:00:00 AM

The Institute of International Education Open Doors 2014 report lists St. Cloud State 19th nationally among masters’ institutions for its number of international students (1,272). 

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University

Learning Commitments: Global and Cultural Understanding/Accessibility

Institute for International Education, CIS, internationalization

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International students 2009

Fact


Of the 1,157 international students enrolled fall semester 2009, 777 were pursuing an undergraduate degree, 257 were graduate students and 123 were non-degree students.

http://www.stcloudstate.edu/news/scsunow/default.asp?storyID=29874

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University

Learning Commitments: Global and Cultural Understanding/Accessibility

enrollment, CIS, internationalization, internationalenrollment

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International students 2010

Fact

10/14/2010 12:00:00 AM

Of the 1,173 international students enrolled fall semester 2010, 775 were pursuing undergraduate degrees, 258 were graduate students and 143 were non-degree students.

http://www.stcloudstate.edu/news/scsunow/default.asp?storyID=33273

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University

Learning Commitments: Global and Cultural Understanding/Accessibility

enrollment, CIS

2

International students 2011

Fact

11/15/2011 12:00:00 AM

Of the 1,085 international students enrolled fall semester 2011, 737 were pursuing undergraduate degrees, 218 were graduate students and 130 were non-degree students.

http://www.stcloudstate.edu/news/scsunow/default.asp?storyID=36862

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

Learning Commitments: Global and Cultural Understanding/Accessibility

enrollment, CIS

2

International students 2012

Fact


Of the 1,025 international students enrolled fall semester 2012, 694 were undergraduates, 186 were graduate students, 139 were non-degree students and six were pursuing doctoral degrees.

http://www.stcloudstate.edu/news/newsrelease/default.aspx?pubID=3&issueID=34049&storyID=39818

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

Learning Commitments: Global and Cultural Understanding/Accessibility

enrollment, CIS, internationalization, internationalenrollment

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International students 2013

Fact


Of the 1,025 international students enrolled fall semester 2013, 635 are undergraduates, 224 are graduate students, 159 are non-degree students and seven are pursuing doctoral degrees.

 

http://www.stcloudstate.edu/news/newsrelease/default.aspx?pubID=3&issueID=34699&storyID=41285

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

Learning Commitments: Global and Cultural Understanding/Accessibility

enrollment, CIS

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International students 2014

Fact

10/29/2014 12:00:00 AM

Of the 1,117 international students enrolled fall semester 2014, 654 are undergraduates, 287 are graduate students, 167 are non-degree students and nine are pursuing doctoral degrees.

http://www.stcloudstate.edu/news/newsrelease/default.aspx?pubID=3&issueID=35590&storyID=43662

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

Learning Commitments: Global and Cultural Understanding/Accessibility

CIS

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International students 2014

Fact

10/29/2014 12:00:00 AM

Of the 1,117 international students, 654 are undergraduates, 287 are graduate students, 167 are non-degree students and nine are pursuing doctoral degrees.

http://www.stcloudstate.edu/news/newsrelease/default.aspx?pubID=3&issueID=35590&storyID=43662

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

Learning Commitments: Global and Cultural Understanding/Accessibility

enrollment, CIS, internationalenrollment, internationalization

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International students 2015

Fact

10/23/2015 12:00:00 AM

Of the 1,219 international students, 703 are undergraduates, 380 are graduate students, 132 are non-degree students and four are pursuing doctoral degrees.

http://outlook.stcloudstate.edu/the-world-attends-st-cloud-state/

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

Learning Commitments: Global and Cultural Understanding/Accessibility

enrollment, summary, CIS, internationalenrollment, internationalization

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International students 2016

Fact

11/17/2016 12:00:00 AM

Students from 89 nations are attending St. Cloud State fall semester 2016.

Of the 1,374 international students, 915 are undergraduates, 365 are graduate students, five are pursuing doctoral degrees and and 89 are not seeking degrees.

http://today.stcloudstate.edu/the-world-attends-st-cloud-state-2016/

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

Learning Commitments: Community Engagement,Global and Cultural Understanding/Accessibility

CIS, global, internationalization

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International students, scholarships

Fact


Each academic year about 850 international students qualify for in-state tuition via St. Cloud State's Academic and Cultural Sharing Scholarship. Qualifying students promote cross-cultural interaction and understanding through participation in cultural activities.

http://www.stcloudstate.edu/internationalstudents/students/scholarships/ACS.asp

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University

Learning Commitments: Global and Cultural Understanding/Accessibility

CIS, internationalization

2

NAFSA internationalization achievement

Distinction


St. Cloud State received the National Association of Foreign Student Advisers Region IV Internationalization Achievement Award.

This is recognition by the association of international educators for institutions that are making strides, being innovative and committed to comprehensive internationalization of their campuses.

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

Learning Commitments: Global and Cultural Understanding/Accessibility

CIS diversity, thinking creatively, internationalization

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Physics professor John Harlander, NASA collaborator

Distinction

4/15/2013 12:00:00 AM

Physics professor John Harlander is on a team chosen to study Earth's atmosphere. NASA is expected to send a Harlander-designed device into orbit as part of a 2017 Explorer satellite mission.

Called MIGHTI (Michelson Interferometer for Global High-resolution Thermospheric Imaging), the instrument descends from SHIMMER (Spatial Heterodyne Imager for Mesospheric Radicals), an instrument family Harlander helped design. SHIMMER instruments flew on the Shuttle Atlantis in 2002 and orbit in a U.S. Naval Research Laboratory satellite launched in 2007.

http://www.stcloudstate.edu/news/newsrelease/default.aspx?pubID=3&issueID=34410&storyID=40568

Organizational Units: College of Science and Engineering

Learning Commitments: Active and Applied Learning

inventor, physicist

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University profile

Fact

7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM

An award-winning regional public university, St. Cloud State educates more than 15,000 students from about 90 nations.

It is located an hour northwest of Minneapolis, along the oak-crowned west bank of the Mississippi River. The 100-acre campus is between downtown St. Cloud and the Beaver Islands, a group of more than 30 islands that form a natural maze for a two-mile stretch of the river.

The St. Cloud metropolitan area is 24th on Forbes magazine's 2014 “Best Small Places for Businesses and Careers." St. Cloud State is ranked in Forbes magazine's "America's Top Colleges." 

Undergraduate students choose from more than 200 majors, minors and pre-professional programs, including regional rarities such as meteorology and geographic information systems and regionally renowned programs such as accounting and teacher education.

The School of Graduate Studies offers more than 60 programs, including an Ed.D. in higher education administration and a master of business administration from the G.R. Herberger School of Business.

The master's degree in regulatory affairs and services taps a growing demand for professionals who can lead medical device companies through national and international regulatory processes. Minnesota has more than 480 medical device firms registered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

In addition to campus-based and online study, graduate classes are available at the Twin Cities Graduate Center in Maple Grove, a northwest suburb of Minneapolis.

Huskies Athletics is home to NCAA Division I and II teams with rich traditions of success. Women's and men's hockey compete at the NCAA Division I level. The teams skate in the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center, named for former Huskies coach and Olympic hockey legend, the late Herb Brooks.

Nineteen teams compete in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, arguably the nation's best NCAA Division II conference.

St. Cloud State began in 1869 as the state's third normal school. Teachers and students first met in a converted hotel on a bluff above the Beaver Islands. Of the 53 original students, 43 were women.

http://www.stcloudstate.edu/about/glance/default.asp

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University

Learning Commitments:

CIS

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