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Charting the Future

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Charting the Future

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MnSCU's core value
Provide an opportunity for all Minnesotans to create a better future for themselves, for their families, and for their communities.

MnSCU's core commitments
The Strategic Framework for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities play an essential role in growing Minnesota's economy and opening the doors of educational opportunity to all Minnesotans. To that end, we will:

  • Ensure access to an extraordinary education for all Minnesotans
  • Be the partner of choice to meet Minnesota's workforce and community needs
  • Deliver to students, employers, communities and taxpayers the highest value/most affordable higher education option.

Saint Paul College and other Minnesota State Colleges and Universities are undergoing a collaborative strategic planning process called Charting the Future, designed to provide us the opportunity to imagine a better world for our students, our colleges and universities, and our communities throughout the state.

Next Steps, Charting the Future
To help prepare for the implementation of the Charting the Future recommendations, over 170 students, faculty, and staff from across our colleges and universities participated in a leadership workshop on August 4-5, 2015, at North Hennepin Community College. Leadership of all bargaining units and the student associations also attended this meeting. Laura King, Edward Schones, Emily Batres, and Roxanne Anderson represented the Saint Paul College team.

The sessions provided each campus team with tools that will improve engagement and the disciplined implementation of the work plan that the Executive Committee is working on for discussion with the Leadership Council at its September retreat and with the Board of Trustees a week later. Attendees had an opportunity to work together as a campus team and to interact with colleagues from across the system. Teams also had a chance to debrief at the end of the workshop, to share key take-aways, and to identify the key learnings they will be sharing with campus colleagues and leadership.

MnSCU Presidents made four commitments to support campus-based implementation from the July 2015 Leadership Council meeting as the Charting the Future moves forward:

  • ​Identified leaders to attend the Change Leadership Workshop.
  • Compiled high-impact campus projects that support the CTF Initiatives.
  • Must identify a campus team that will help move campus initiatives forward and support campus communication. This group will include representatives from all bargaining groups and students.
  • Will convene campus conversations between mid-September to mid-October to discuss next steps. The Leadership Council work plan that will be discussed at the September Retreat will provide a framework for these discussions


2015 Spring Gallery Walk

On March 24, 2015 our community had the opportunity to provide feedback on the initial ideas and concepts from the following Charting the Future implementation teams:

In the fall of 2014, our campus reviewed work from the Student Success, Diversity, Comprehensive Workplace Solutions and System Incentives and Rewards Charting the Future implementation teams. The feedback from that Gallery Walk can be found at

Tell Us What You Think About Charting the Future

We want to make sure the voices of Saint Paul College are heard. Please consider providing feedback about the ideas presented by the four teams in any of the following ways:

Learn More about Charting the Future

Eight implementation teams comprised of students, faculty and staff from across the state have been formed to act on six recommendations adopted by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees and translate them into specific actions. The eight implementation teams are as follows:

News and Reports

Please consider actively participating in shaping this effort using the resources below: