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Charting the Future
MnSCU's Charting the Future is a strategic effort to help Minnesota realize a prosperous future through three commitments:
- Ensuring access to an extraordinary education for all Minnesotans;
- Being the partner of choice to meet Minnesota’s workforce and community needs; and
- Delivering to students, employers, communities and taxpayers the highest value, most affordable higher education option
Charting the Future is about changing how we work. Currently, our colleges and universities are working very hard, but they are working in siloes. Charting the Future is about encouraging collaboration among existing schools to better prepare our students for success and achieving a more prosperous Minnesota.
Charting the Future is not about opening or closing any campuses. Charting the Future is about encouraging collaboration among existing schools to better prepare our students for success and achieving a more prosperous Minnesota.
Charting the Future is not about centralization, making the system office bigger or more powerful, or becoming metro-centric. Charting the Future is an effort outlined in the recommendations and strategies for helping the entire state of Minnesota.
Charting the Future is not about offering more online courses at the detriment of existing courses, and is not the priority of our recommendations. Charting the Future is about expanding the innovative use of technology not simply expanding the number of online courses. Innovative technology can be creatively and effectively used to expand
Charting the Future is not about devaluing traditional academic degrees. Charting the Future is about exploring alternate ways to earn college credit, such as competency based credit. However, failure to consider new options may drive students to other institutions once third parties start to certify competency degrees that are recognized nationally.
Charting the Future proposes six recommendations that will be implemented throughout MnSCU’s 30 colleges and universities. In order to ensure a more prosperous future, we must:
Dramatically increase the success of all learners, especially those in diverse populations traditionally underserved by higher education.
- Develop a collaborative and coordinated academic planning process that advances affordability, transferability and access to our programs and services across the state.
- Certify student competencies and capabilities, expand pathways to accelerate degree completion through credit for prior learning, and foster the award of competency-based credit and degrees.
- Expand the innovative use of technology to deliver high quality online courses, strengthen classroom instruction and student services, and provide more individualized learning and advising.
- Work together under new models to be the preferred provider of comprehensive workplace solutions through programs and services that build employee skills and solve real-world problems for communities and businesses across the state.
- Redesign our financial and administrative models to reward collaboration, drive efficiencies, and strengthen our ability to provide access to an extraordinary education for all Minnesotans.
The recommendations will be translated into action plans by eight implementation teams. Each implementation team is a campus-led group that will outline and prioritize what work needs to be done to execute these strategies and determine when and how to start rolling out new ideas.
Each team is responsible for translating the recommendations into an action plan, which includes:
Involving all faculty, students, staff, and the broader community in the process
- Identifying how to meet the team’s goals and objectives
- Determining how to stage and sequence the work, e.g. recommending changes to policy and procedures, launching pilots
- Providing leadership, coordination, and tracking of project implementation
- Monitoring and reporting progress to the Steering Committee (see description of the Steering Committee below)
Communicating the work of the implementation teams is a high priority. There will be regular updates on the progress of the teams so that everyone is informed and involved in the process.
The implementation teams are not intended in any way to supplant or circumvent existing consultation processes (e.g., ASA’s Policy Council or statewide meet and confers).
Each implementation team is convened by a college or university president (with the one exception of the Systems Design team) and includes campus representation of students, faculty, staff and members of the Charting the Future Organizational Capability team (see detail below).
The conveners for the four teams launching in spring 2014 are:
Student Success: Connie Gores, Southwest Minnesota State University
- Diversity: Scott Olson, Winona State University
- Comprehensive Workplace Solutions: Sue Collins, Northeast Higher Education District
- System Incentives and Rewards: Phil Davis, Campus Service Cooperative
The conveners for the four teams launching in fall 2014 are:
Academic Planning and Collaboration: Dick Hanson, Bemidji State University
- Competency Certification & Credit for Prior Learning: Annette Parker, South Central College
- Education Technology: Ron Anderson, Century College
- Information Technology Systems Design: Ramon Padilla, Chief Information Officer
Students, faculty, and staff were involved in drafting and finalizing the Charting the Future strategic plan and recommendations, which led to the formation of implementation teams. Each team is planned with a variety of considerations, including faculty and student availability. Bargaining units will appoint representatives for each team.
The teams will be comprised of members from each internal stakeholder group. Teams will number up to 18 members, with about three quarters of the members from our college and university campuses and one quarter from the system office, as follows.
- Students: MSUSA and MSCSA (2)
- Faculty: IFO, MSCF, MSUAASF (3)
- Staff: MMA, MAPE and AFSCME (3)
- Presidents (2)
- Additional campus staff (up to 4)
- System office staff (up to 4)
For more information about Charting the Future please visit http://www.mnscu.edu/chartingthefuture/
JANUARY 6, 2015 -- EZ ENROLLMENT DAY
EZ Enrollment Day – January 6 – 10am – 6 pm
Deuces Wild Dueling Pianos Nov. 25
Deuces Wild Dueling Pianos makes their return to the HCC Theatre on November 25. They will once again have two shows, with the 2:00 PM show "What a Wonderful World" taking a trip back in time to the music of the 40's, 50's and 60's. The evening show at 7:00 p.m. kicks up the rowdy fun. Deuces Wild Dueling Pianos are back by popular demand and are sure to bring back the laughter filled fun they brought to their previous show at HCC. Tickets are now available at the HCC Bookstore and at Grandma's In The Park. HCC Student tickets are FREE for the 7:00 PM Show. General Admission tickets for each show are $10.
SPRING SEMESTER EVENING CLASSES
Now offering EVENING classes for Spring Semester!
Ceramics - Wheel Throwing
IMPORTANT FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION
Important Financial Aid & Business Office Dates/Deadlines
FALL SEMESTER, 2014
August 25 – December 19, 2014
August 5, 2014 First Registration Guarantee Date – students registered
through August 4, 2014, must meet minimum payment
requirements for tuition and fees by this date to stay
enrolled. Students who meet minimum payment
requirements for Fall Semester will be protected from
Registration Cancellation For Nonpayment and will not have
their courses administratively dropped.
August 18 – 29, 2014 Charge books against Financial Aid in bookstore.
August 25, 2014 FALL SEMESTER BEGINS
August 26, 2014 Automatic Payment Plan Option
Last day to enroll online: 15% down, 3 monthly
installments beginning Sept. 5th through Nelnet
(non-refundable $21 fee charged upon enrollment)
Invoices are not mailed out – check your e-Services
August 29, 2014 Final Registration Guarantee Date – all registered students
must meet minimum requirements for tuition and fees by
this date to stay enrolled.
August 29, 2014 Final Date to drop/add classes. Final date to drop classes
with 100% refund.
August 29, 2014 Last day to return books for REFUND in original packaging.
September 2, 2014 Students classes cancelled for nonpayment.
September 2, 2014 Automatic Payment Plan Option
Last day to enroll online: 15% or $300.00 down, 3
monthly installments beginning Oct 5th or 20th
through Nelnet (non-refundable $21 fee charged
upon enrollment) OR
September 2, 2014 Last day to enroll online: 30% down, 2 monthly
installments, Oct & Nov. 5th, through
Nelnet (non-refundable $21 fee charged upon
September 8, 2014 Last day for official withdrawal with 75% refund/credit of
September 10, 2014 DIRECT DEPOSIT FINANCIAL AID DISBURSEMENT
DATE – Reminder: New students will have to wait 30
Days for their loans.
September 12, 2014 Checks will be distributed to students who do not have
September 15, 2014 Last day for official withdrawal with 50% refund/credit of
September 22, 2014 Last day for official withdrawal with 25% refund/credit of
tuition/fee charges. (Zero Refund After This Date).
September 26, 2014 Loan disbursement for NEW STUDENTS.
October 22, 2014 Automatic Payment Plan Option
FINAL day to enroll online: 30% down, 2 monthly
installments, Nov & Dec. 5th, Or FULL
payment through Nelnet ($2.00 fee)
November 10, 2014 Accounts with Fall semester balances not covered by
Nelnet payment plan subject to unpaid balance
HOLD and $25.00 late payment fee.
December 16 – 19, 2014 Book Buyback
December 19, 2014 Accounts with Fall semester balances subject to referral
for collection to Minnesota Department Of Revenue.