President's Staff Update
Volume 7 - June 2011
President's Staff

Mission and values
President Goodwin’s thoughts on the recent Mission and Values survey have been sent to you. With the next issue of President’s Staff Update we’ll use this space and occasional video clips to answer signed questions about the survey’s findings – or any other topic of substance. Click here to send us a question or concern.

Enrollment ins and outs
We’re still within striking distance of reaching goal for fall traditional enrollment, but are seeing a sharp drop among highest-need applicants, which will hamper efforts. Additionally, until the state budget is finalized, we don’t know what the State Grant program looks like for the fall. Some good news includes seeing an increase among the highest-achieving deposits. The Admissions staff continues to work hard with current non-deposited applicants in an attempt to creep closer to goal.

And over in GEO...
Summer numbers are good. We’re on track to meet or exceed budget and since the shortfall in Spring I we have made up enough ground to get close to original aggressive enrollment targets.

It’s tough out there
Jeff Rich suggests that everyone at the College should see a 55-minute PBS “Frontline” special on higher education entitled “College Inc.” It frames the dynamics of the market place and provides insight into strategic issues the College faces as we compete in the new world of online education. Click here to watch.

All hail the five-year academic plan
Academic Affairs recently finalized the College’s 2011-2016 Academic Plan. The plan has seven goals – three related to curriculum, two to faculty, and one each to student services and program development. Have a look at the plan.

Spring commencement review: thumbs up
The new venue – Amsoil Arena at the DECC – worked well. The sound was better than the DECC Arena and the atmosphere was festive. Commencement Mass was very well attended; the Commencement Dinner was not, so next year we’ll coordinate the various afternoon award ceremonies so they end closer to the start time of the dinner.

An update on giving
The Science Initiative is at over $5 million toward the $6 million goal. And a reminder that the fiscal year doesn’t end until June 30, so it’s not too late to send in a gift for the faculty/staff campaign if you missed us last fall. Click here.

LeAnn’s bench
Our gratitude to everyone who helped successfully complete the bench project in honor of our deceased colleague LeAnn Jopke. It should be installed by September.

Tobacco-free follow-up
Are you a smoker? This fall the College will step up its support of cessation programs, and you could be the beneficiary. Stay tuned. Remember, we’ll go tobacco-free (that includes smokeless tobacco) on Jan. 1.

The Last Word
President’s Staff starts every meeting with a prayer or spiritual reflection. Our favorite recently is a poetic submission from Jeff Rich.

Robert Louis Stevenson helped us to understand the true meaning of success:
“To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
To leave the world a better place, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, This is to have succeeded.”
The College of St. Scholastica

Community at St. Scholastica means that we promote a sense of togetherness and shared purpose. In that spirit, we offer a monthly briefing on deliberations and doings of the President’s Staff, along with a glimpse at what’s ahead.

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What's Ahead
We know that some of our traditional undergraduate students already complete their degrees in three years—and given the current economic climate we're looking to show more students how they could shorten the time to degree completion, saving up to $10,000 along the way.
We’re continuing to explore a Physician Assistant program. An initial feasibility study showed strong demand, limited competition and that the program is a good mission fit. But we’ve also registered concerns that the faculty for this program are expensive, clinical sites are scarce, and start-up costs (including space) would be significant. Ongoing work is focused on whether and how the challenges could be managed.