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  • Fact Book

    Saint Paul College Fact Book is a centralized collection of information and data about enrollment, degrees, majors, student demographics and student outcomes.

    The Fact Book is updated annually by the Office of Institutional Research, Planning, and Effectiveness.

  • Strategic Planning at Saint Paul College

    In January 2012, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system put forth its Strategic Framework for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, and stated that Minnesota State Colleges and Universities play an essential role in growing Minnesota’s economy and opening the doors of educational opportunity to all Minnesotans. Within the Strategic Framework, MnSCU provides three goals, upon which Saint Paul College has developed its long-range strategic goals.

    Saint Paul College’s current strategic plan, Strategic Plan 2022, was developed in 2017 using an inclusive process. A twenty-five member Strategic Planning Workgroup was composed of internal and external stakeholders and facilitated by the Dean of Institutional Research, Planning, and Grants.

    Strategic Plan 2018-2022

    Strategic Framework for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

    Strategic Priorities
    In addition to the Strategic Plan established by the College in 2017, each year the institution identifies Strategic Priorities to guide the annual focus and Work Plan activities of the College. Strategic Priorities are aligned with the Long-Range Strategic Goals and are identified through examining key performance indicator outcomes. Strategic Priorities enable the College to address emerging student and organizational needs while ensuring alignment with the long-range strategic goals.

    Strategic Priorities 2018-2019

    Strategic Plan Key Performance Indicators

    Division and Operational Plans
    Saint Paul College engages in systematic divisional and operational planning. Divisional and operational plans align with the College’s Strategic Plan 2022 and aim to advance the institution’s long-range strategic goals. Each division or operational area has identified key activities to complete and outcomes to measure to assist Saint Paul College in meeting its goals. Below are links to the College’s Division and Operational Plans.

  • Academic Research and Student Outcome

    Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness provides summary research reports several times each year in order to provide a comprehensive and user-friendly resource f or college stakeholders. The summary reports provided each year vary based on frequency of data availability, schedule of survey administration, and local research projects.

    IPEDS Comparison Report
    The IPEDS comparison report is updated on an annual basis and uses the annual IPEDS Data Feedback reports create by the National Center for Education Statistics. IPEDS collects institution-level data related to enrollment and graduation rates, institutional costs and finances, faculty and staff data, and student demographics. Saint Paul College is compared to a comparison group of similar institutions located in Midwestern states for the last 3 years .

    Saint Paul College IPEDS Data Comparisons

    Student Satisfaction and Engagement
    Saint Paul College administers three national surveys on a rotating basis to better understand student engagement and satisfaction. The Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Survey measures student satisfaction in relation to key campus services and student experiences. The Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) and the Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE) look at student engagement related to student experiences and participation in activities or resources that promote student success. The CCSSE survey focuses on all students on campus while the SENSE survey focuses on students earliest experiences at Saint Paul College.

    Student Right-To-Know: Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates
    Student Right-To-Know is a federal law that requires all colleges and universities to disclose certain information to students. A college must provide to students on graduation rates and transfer-out rates for full-time students seeking degrees at Saint Paul College.

    Students Right to Know - Graduation and Transfer-out Rates

  • Charting the Future

    Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Charting the Future

    Get Involved
    Send your ideas, questions, concerns and stories to MnSCU at MyIdeas@so.mnscu.edu

    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 www.chartingthefuturemnscu.com.

    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:

  • Budget Plan

    The annual operating budget is an organizational plan stated in monetary terms. Saint Paul College prepares budgets, plans expenses and allocates funds consistent with Board policies and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system procedures.

    The Saint Paul College Finance Department seeks to provide excellent customer service in support of the College’s mission through a budget process that links strategic and financial planning to insure the long-term financial health of the College.

    Budget Planning for 2018 and Beyond
    The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system and Saint Paul College received funding from the legislature and allowed a 1% tuition increase in FY2018 and froze tuition in FY2019. For the most updated version of the FY2018 budget, please view Saint Paul College Financial Projections

    FY2019 Institutional Allocations

    FY18 Budget Calendar

    FY19 Budget Calendar

    Budgeting Planning Principles
    The College will make planning, budgeting, and assessment decisions based on a commitment to the College’s eleven budget planning principles:

    • Principle 1: The annual budget is informed by the annual priorities established by the College. For the budget process to be strategic, decisions related to resource allocation must be grounded in the annual planning process and support the identified college priorities.
    • Principle 2: Budget developement utilizes and prioritizes decision made from a data-informed process. The budget must be balanced. The planning of the annual budget must be done in a way that anticipated expenditures do not exceed anticipated revenue. Annual evaluation of spending patterns including a critical review of past spending decisions and the impact on strategic priorities is considered.
    • Principle 3: All final budget decisions are based on a fair and equitable evaluation of both cost and strategic prioritization. Once budgets are approved, departments are expected to operate within the annual budget, unless unforeseen circumstances arise (e.g., state appropriations reductions, enrollment changes, unfunded mandates etc.) occur during the year. If costs arise that were unplanned and/or unexpected, departments are expected to evaluate how the costs could be absorbed with current, available resources prior to requesting additional funds.
    • Principle 4: Maintain transparent, timely, factual, and honest communication throughout the college community. The College will provide timely information and updates about the budget and planning process including Shared Governance Committees, college-wide town hall discussions and department/division feedback.
    • Principle 5: Focus on long-term strategic outcomes. Budget and planning requires a multi-year perspective on attaining strategic objectives, priorities and goals.
    • Principle 6: Minimize the impact cost to students whenever possible. The budget is planned to limit the additional costs to students that may occur as a result of new initiatives and services/programs. Use of one-time funds to off-set these expenses are made whenever possible.

    Revenue Generation and Cost Savings Strategies Feedback
    The ideas and feedback collected, along with how the feedback will be used and the timeframe it will be used, has been posted below. The budget unit would like to thank the college community for having taken the time to provide feedback.

    Budget Resources
    Please see the following budget resources for more information:

    If you have questions or comments about the Saint Paul College Budget process, please send an email to Scott Mitchell.

  • Assessment for Student Learning

    Saint Paul College is committed to improving student learning through assessment and evaluation of student learning at the co-curricular, course, program, and college levels.

    Assessment for Student Learning

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