President's Staff Update
Volume 9 - December 2011
President's Staff

Nothing's more fundamental…
… than the College's mission statement. Would you like to participate in fine-tuning it? The Board of Trustees feels that the ideas of life-long learning and sending forth and supporting alumni should be included in our mission and vision statements. Go here to weigh in.

Tell it to PLG, your link to leadership
The President's Leadership Group (PLG) is tackling challenges brought to light in the latest faculty-staff survey. The group is looking at ways to more effectively foster
Faculty, administration, and staff being meaningfully involved in institutional planning.
More regular and open communication among faculty, administration, and staff.
Discussing and debating issues respectfully to get better results.
The PLG is crafting plans to improve how well we do in these areas. If you have an opinion you'd like to make known, share it with your representative. Don't know who it is? Go here.

Talking TC, price wars, and Catholic identity
The Board of Trustees did some important strategizing at its fall retreat. Discussion topics included:
What's the most effective presence for the College in the Twin Cities?
How can we compete with other institutions to attract and retain the shrinking pool of 18-year-olds in the midst of existing pricing wars?
What's the shape of the College's Catholic Benedictine identity now and in the future?
In the Twin Cities we're exploring options that could involve a campus move or smaller satellite locations more suited to our instructional needs and more convenient to large numbers of potential students. Nothing is finalized and no schedule has been set. The other important component of our metro presence is that our curriculum stays on the front edge of emerging needs. In future editions of President's Staff Update we'll discuss more of the direction that came out of the Board's discussions.

A funnel is a complex thing
In Graduate, Extended and Online studies (GEO), important work is being done to better synch the academic, admissions and marketing roles in developing, pricing and filling all our programs. The GEO enrollment funnel is highly dynamic, with external market forces constantly reminding us to revisit how we reach and work with prospective students. With newer programs in many markets, we continue to learn what we need to do to be competitive in respective venues with each passing term. Stay tuned.

One 'pomp' per year?
Our fall commencement ceremony is at the point of outgrowing the Reif gymnasium. We may have to move it to the auditorium of the DECC. Another alternative is to go back to having only a single commencement per year, in the spring. The Amsoil Arena could handle the size. We'll be talking with various constituencies to learn what they see as pros and cons of a single ceremony in the spring.

New SBT concentration rolled out
We have high hopes for what we're informally calling the Healthcare Administration program (formally it's the Bachelor of Arts in Management with Healthcare Administration Concentration). The promotion strategy includes a variety of media including cable television, Ad Taxi, Pandora, radio, trade publications and – for information sessions – newspapers. We'll soon be promoting the concentration in Rochester as a mostly online completion degree for individuals with technical degrees who are working in the health science field (it's perfect for Mayo Clinic employees).

Here comes the Holy Writ
One of the Centennial subcommittees is bringing the handcrafted Saint John's Bible to campus on display in late February/early March 2012. Meanwhile, we're trying to find a way we could purchase a Heritage Edition facsimile of the work for our permanent possession. Only 300 have been printed, and 70 have already been sold. It would be a significant boost to our role as a repository of Catholic Benedictine culture. On the other hand, the cost is in six figures even with the non-profit discount.

The Last Word
President's Staff starts every meeting with a prayer or spiritual reflection. Our favorite recently is a submission from Eric Berg. It's called Native American Commandments.

Treat the Earth and all that well thereon with respect.
Remain close to the Great Spirit.
Show great respect for your fellow beings.
Work together for the benefit of all Mankind.
Give assistance and kindness wherever needed.
Do what you know to be right.
Look after the well being of mind and body.
Dedicate a share of your efforts to the greater good.
Be truthful and honest at all times.
Take full responsibility for your actions.
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What's Ahead
The budgeting season is upon us. If you haven't made your FY13 needs clear to your supervisor or VP, hop to it.
On the GEO enrollment front we're seeing a very strong increase from last year to this year in confirmed and enrolled students for Fall Term II. The increase is spread out among the majors and will provide a boost to the fall numbers. Our transfer student strategy took a nice bite out of the shortfall in traditional undergraduate this fall, and spring numbers are on track so far. So all in all, things are looking good.
Students are leading a process to consider stopping the sale of bottled water on campus; last year, approximately 7,000 bottles were sold. The issue is the proliferation of plastic.
We hope to see you at this evening's Advent service and Lighting a Tradition ceremony.