Academic Affairs


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Projects and Initiatives

The Office of the Provost develops programs, encourages collaborations, and supports initiatives across colleges and schools that advance the university's academic and research profile.

The Provost’s Action Grants fund projects that departments identify as developing and supporting an extraordinary education. The Provost’s Action Grants allow SCSU faculty and staff to pursue new, high-impact practices to better serve our students.

The American Democracy Project for Civic Engagement (ADP)  is a national, multi-campus initiative that seeks to foster informed American civic engagement. The AASCU and New York Times sponsor this project and provide opportunities for participating campuses to engage in activities and projects designed to increase the number of students committed to meaningful civic actions.

The Husky Compact seeks to identify the attributes we strive to develop and strengthen in SCSU students. Through campus-wide reflection and evaluation, the University will articulate a set of outcomes that will guide all members of the University Community in thinking proactively about their curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular choices and how these choices enhance success and learning.

Charting the Future is an initiative spanning all 31 colleges and universities in Minnesota State Colleges and Universities intended to enable fundamental change so that the system can meet the significant challenges facing all of higher education and continue to fulfill our three fundamental commitments:

  • Ensuring access to an extraordinary education for all Minnesotans;
  • Being the partner of choice to meet Minnesota’s workforce and community needs;
  • Delivering to students, employers, communities and taxpayers the highest value, most affordable higher education option.

The Multi-State Collaborative to Advance Learning Outcomes Assessment ­is an initiative designed to provide meaningful evidence about how well students are achieving important learning outcomes. Instead of producing reports about average scores on tests, the project is piloting the use of common rubrics applied by teams of faculty to student’ authentic college work—including such things as projects, papers, and research. The primary goal of the initiative is to provide assessment data that will allow faculty and institution leaders to assess—and improve—the levels of student achievement on a set of cross-cutting outcomes important for all disciplines.