President's Staff Update
Volume 6 - April 2011
President's Staff

Student financial literacy
It’s never been more important for our students to know how to handle their money. An online financial literacy program will be implemented by Dory Pohl for Student Support Services; the literacy program will be part of the OneStop shop and will be available to any student who wants to use it. We’re also considering other approaches, including training student leaders to help educate their peers.

A hundred years old – imagine that…
Plans continue for Centennial. We have settled upon a budget for FY12 and the main programs and deliverables are being finalized by the Centennial Steering Committee.

Core competencies articulated
Our new performance management system for staff will go live soon, essentially moving the annual performance appraisal process online. Core competencies for staff used in the performance appraisal process were updated via a survey sent out to the whole community. They are: Job Knowledge, Decision Making, Communication / Interpersonal skills, Quality, Integrity and Ethics, and Customer Focus. The President’s Leadership Group recently met in small groups to discuss which additional competencies should be expected of all leaders.

BlueStone? Meet the foundation
We’re working with the Duluth-Superior Area Community Foundation to fund developing an Internet-based portal by our BlueStone student marketing agency. The portal will provide information to young professionals in the Twin Ports area, and professional networks will be created offering independent contractors and other freelance professionals the ability to market their products and services to businesses and consumers. Funds will be used to contract two recent BlueStone graduates to project manage the initiative. Current BlueStone students will work under the contracted project leads.

We’re great – but will we get the rating?
We’ve submitted our Great Colleges to Work For survey data, along with a document describing differentiating qualities and elements of the College in our quest to be deemed a Great College to Work For by The Chronicle of Higher Education. Building and fostering community are the focus of our effort to describe our distinctiveness. We’ll learn the results of our efforts in July. The survey findings that are open to the community will be made available to us in mid-May and will be shared by supervisors.

‘B2B’ 2B enlarged
Work continues on the Corporate Connections B2B (“Business to Business”) program through which we are marketing the College nationwide to healthcare employers, whose employees are offered high-level online academic programs at a discounted rate. We have a contact management system established and eight states have been targeted for outreach. We have an agreement in place with War Memorial Hospital in Michigan. For their 800 employees, our programs of interest include RN/BS, Transitional DPT, and DNP.

Get your ‘Cor’ on
We previewed plans for the new portal system, Cor (as in “Cor et Anima” – “cor” is Latin for “heart”). As you know, it will provide single sign-on to Google, Blackboard, and Banner Web Self-Service, consolidate student services into a virtual OneStop shop, provide a customizable space for collaboration and communication, and build community among all campuses and online students, faculty, and staff. Cor will go live this summer prior to the start of the fall semester.

Speaking of…
The virtual OneStop will begin roll-out in May, and be fully functioning in September or October.

The Last Word
President’s Staff starts every meeting with a prayer or spiritual reflection. Our favorite recently is a poetic submission from Eric Berg, “Very Early Spring” by Katherine Mansfield.

The fields are snowbound no longer;
There are little blue lakes and flags of tenderest green.
The snow has been caught up into the sky –
So many white clouds – and the blue of the sky is cold.
Now the sun walks in the forest,
He touches the bows and stems with his golden fingers;
They shiver, and wake from slumber.
Over the barren branches he shakes his yellow curls.
Yet is the forest full of the sound of tears….
A wind dances over the fields.
Shrill and clear the sound of her waking laughter,
Yet the little blue lakes tremble
And the flags of tenderest green bend and quiver.
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What's Ahead
We’re considering becoming a smoke-free campus; this is a grassroots initiative led by students.
The School of Nursing will be bringing its post-bac and grad programs to St. Cloud, with the help of a federal grant to support development of a simulation laboratory there.
   
We’re exploring working with more of Minnesota’s Ojibwe and Sioux bands for on-site and distance learning by non-traditional rural Social Work students.
   
We’re looking into partnerships with community colleges and healthcare providers in the Twin Cities.
   
See you at the Faculty-Staff Appreciation Luncheon on May 11!