Posted: April 24, 2007

Contact: Doug Anderson,, 651-201-1426

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities honored faculty and staff last week for outstanding achievements in educational programs and student services.

Selected by a panel of academic and student affairs administrators from various campuses, recipients were given awards in four categories for work they did in the 2006-2007 academic year.

"These awards recognize the outstanding work by many individuals and various institutions to raise the bar on delivering high-quality programs to the people of Minnesota," said Chancellor James H. McCormick. "They are excellent examples of the Board of Trustees' desire to encourage and reward innovation on our campuses."

The awards and winners are:

Outstanding Academic and Student Affairs Administrator Award - John Frey, dean of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology, Minnesota State University, Mankato. This award goes to an administrator who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and made a significant contribution to developing academic or student affairs programming at their institutions.

Excellence in Curriculum Programming Award - The Manufacturing Engineering Technology program at Minnesota State University, Mankato was recognized for developing an online manufacturing, engineering and technology bachelor and master degree programs that allow students to complete the program at their own pace. This program serves the Minnesota Center of Manufacturing and Engineering Excellence goal of enhancing manufacturing in Minnesota through innovative and flexible curricular programming.

Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical in Red Wing received an honorable mention for fully integrating technology, simulation and virtual reality experiences in redesigning its practical nursing and associate degree nursing program.

Innovative Partnering and Collaboration Award - Metropolitan State University in St. Paul received the award for its collaboration with the U.S. Peace Corps in establishing the Peace Corps baccalaureate program, the only program of its kind in the United States.

In addition, the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, the Minnesota Department of Military Affairs and the 32 institutions that make up the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system were recognized for effective and collaborative services to veterans who participate in higher education. One of the hallmarks of this effort has been to reach out to organizations and agencies that can be partners in serving the needs of returning veterans and their families.

This award was created to recognize curricular and program or service efforts that reflect the changing nature of the educational landscape through use and integration of new technologies, creative approaches to critical workforce needs and better preparing underrepresented students or newly enrolled students to succeed in their higher education experience.

Innovation in Student Affairs Programming Award - Inver Hills Community College received the award for its program that increases the success of underrepresented students through improved study skills. This award is for programs that use new ideas, methods or techniques resulting in improved educational or developmental activities, services or management for a college or university community. They must have been in operation for at least two years and be adaptable to other institutions. Saint Paul College received an honorable mention for re-engineering its student development and services division.

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