St. Cloud State University
Strategic Planning Committee Minutes
February 23, 2006

Members (Bold if present):  Addo, Edward; Burgeson, John C.; Burlison, Diana; Carlson, Debra; Condon, Frankie; Day, Annette; DeGroote,David; Dolan, Joseph; Fisher, Theresia; Foss, Lisa Helmin; Grachek Sara; Kasi, Balasubramanian; Kilborn, Judith; Krueger, Patricia; Leigh, Debra; Li, Guihua; Litterst, Judith; Motin Susan; Nook, Mark; Palmer, John; Saffari, Mahmoud; Schoenberger, Annette; Sikes, David; Thorson, Philip; Turkowski, Adelaide; Voelz, Neal; Wentworth, Brenda. (25 – 11 quorum)

Call to order

Convened as a full committee at 10:05 a.m.

Approval of minutes (Jan. 26, Feb. 9)

Motion (Palmer/Condon): To approve Jan. 26 and Feb. 9 minutes. Motion passed.


Approval of Research Assistant for the Office of Institutional Effectiveness
Foss reported that the position description has been approved for the research assistant for the Office of Institutional Effectiveness. It was classified as a MAPE Research Analyst I position. The person will provide administrative support as well as perform basic research and reporting duties. The person will also serve as staff support for the Strategic Planning Committee.

Acceptance of the Membership and Terms document by President
Foss reported that the Strategic Planning Committee Membership & Terms document that was approved by the Strategic Planning Committee at its Nov. 3, 2005 meeting was accepted by the President at FA Meet & Confer.

The committee discussed compared the current membership with the new membership and terms document and identified a number of positions to be filled. The committee discussed how to fill those positions and how to stagger the terms. Some members said that members who have not been attending meetings should not just be dropped of the list. Others said that there were members who had not attended in a long time and that faculty in the colleges are upset because they are not being represented.

It was decided that Foss will contact each of the bargaining units and ask them to nominate representatives to fill the vacant seats. The committee discussed how to stagger the terms. Each college and bargaining unit has two positions to appoint so they should one representative should be elected for a two-year term and one representative should be elected for a three-year term. The terms will begin in Fall 2006.

The issue of electing a co-chair was discussed and whether the person should be elected from this year’s committee or in the fall when there were more members. It was decided that the co-chair should be elected from this year’s committee because the position receives release time. Foss will do a call for nominations to the full committee through email so the election can take place on April 13.

It was asked to schedule an additional meeting on March 16th.

Acceptance of the Academic Distinction Performance Measures by the President
Foss reported that the President accepted the Academic Distinction Performance Measures at the last FA Meet & Confer.

Old Business

Technology Performance Measures
Fisher edited the Technology performance measures based on feedback from the committee at the last meeting. Additional edits were made to the document:

  • Need effectiveness measures that are not based on the number of pedagogical approaches.
  • Use number of sessions offered to faculty by IMS and CETL on technology pedagogy and information literacy
  • Include an evaluation of those sessions

Foss will make the indicated edits and bring them to the next meeting for approval.

University Community Relations Measures
Foss presented the updated University Community Relations measures. A few additional edits were made:
  • The performance indicator under the second objective should include the term “activities”.
  • The objective regarding outreach to communities of color in the central Minnesota region was added. Performance measures for the objective need to be identified. Leigh agreed to assist in writing those measures.

Foss will make the indicated edits and work with Leigh to identify performance measures and bring the updated version to the committee for approval.

Status of Institutional Effectiveness & Accountability plan
Foss reported that she has presented the plan to President’s Council and Academic Affairs Council for their comment.

New Business

President Saigo visit
President Saigo met with the committee to present two initiatives he would like the committee to begin work on.

The first initiative he presented was that he wants SCSU to become the leading international university in the Midwest.

  • Access to international education
  • Opportunity for global understanding

The President said that he has a few ideas that he would like the planning committee to think about in this area. He stressed that these were not set in stone, that he expected the committee to really think creatively about how we could become the leading international university in the Midwest:

1. Starting in 2006 or 2007, every student will have some sort of international experience.  And where’s there is insufficient money then there could be exchanges in Canada or a residential experience in Lawrence Hall.

2. Every faculty will have in international teaching or research experience. This could include working with an international colleague on research, taking students on an international study opportunity.

3. All programs will include international perspectives in their curriculum. There could be a course in each department, or a thread that runs through multiple courses.

President Saigo said this is a logical next more for SCSU because we are already strong in this area. The institution already has largest percentage of international students in upper Midwest, and we in the top 20 in the nation for the number of students who participate in international study opportunities. He has charged Vice President Steve Ludwig with completing a cost estimate for this initiative. He would like the committee to move on this quickly so that we can begin to implement the plan as soon as possible.

Members of the committee felt it was important to recognize what is already being done in this area. There are people on campus who have expertise in this area, so let’s call on that expertise.

The second initiative President Saigo presented was the need to link with two-year institutions and better serve non-traditional students. The number of students graduating from high school is going down. We need to look at other markets to ensure our enrollment. SCSU needs to link up with two-year institutions and increase our transferability with those institutions. He said that has talked with presidents at MnSCU two-year institutions about collaborations that will allow them to help us recruit more students. As part of this we need to provide better services to non-traditional students. We know that the 23-29 year old student population is the least served and least supported. How can we better provide the kind of programs and services they need?

He envisions a time when students will be taking courses from variety of universities. He said that we are already increasing our number of articulation agreements. We were at 30 programs and it has arisen to 50. He said that he would like us to reach 150 agreements or more. Anoka-Ramsey Community College has a portal program that they would like SCSU to be a part of.

The committee felt it will be important to include the university community in the discussion as the committee moves forward. On way to do this would be to include a place on the President’s web site about these efforts and ideas so that university community can begin talking about them. Another idea would be to have a sub-group from SPC hold regular open meetings invite people from campus to share information and then the committee would put a document together.

The committee will need to look at barriers and drawbacks. How can we solve them or go beyond?

Moving forward with these initiatives will be discussed at the next SPC meeting.

Meeting adjourned at 12 p.m.