The Academic and Student Affairs (ASA) Councils and Commission were created with the purpose of reducing the historic number of system-level task forces. The result allows Academic and Student Affairs to provide venues where issues of mutual interest might be addressed, improve our ability to communicate with our constituents, and allow our faculty, student, and professional staff leadership to work in ways that are solution-oriented.

In addition, we have a shared interest in working to assure greater efficiencies in how we communicate ASA work plans. In the respective advisory roles, each of the councils plays an important part in helping staff identify and refine policies and procedures as well as work with the Academic and Student Affairs division to address system wide issues in ways that positively impact learner experiences.

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The Academic Affairs Council is an ongoing council with an advisory role to the senior vice chancellor for academic and student affairs and the Academic and Student Affairs Coordinating Commission.

The council will be the principal group responsible for advising the senior vice chancellor for academic and student affairs on academic initiatives and programs that are planned, piloted, adopted, and/or implemented for systemwide benefit.

Undergraduate and graduate teaching and learning, including:  instructional development, professional development, accountability framework, student readiness and college transitions, career and technical education, career preparation and workforce development, program alignment and effectiveness, and inter-campus collaboration.

Contact:
Kim Lynch, Ph.D.
Interim Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs
651-201-1655

Committees and Ad-hocs

The Academic Affairs Council has the following committees and ah hoc's:

  • Faculty Development Committee
  • Ad Hoc Group on Open Education Resources
  • Ad Hoc Group on College Completion (with Student Affairs Council)
  • Graduate Education Committee
  • Transfer Oversight Committee

Faculty Development Committee

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The Faculty Development Committee is a standing committee of the Academic Affairs Council.

The Committee is responsible for advising the Academic Affairs Council on issues relative to faculty professional development initiatives and programs systemwide.  The scope includes faculty professional development needs and interests related to teaching and learning, instructional development, scholarly and professional expertise, e-learning, student learning outcomes assessment, and inter-campus collaboration.

Responsibilities:

  1. Act as a forum to facilitate communication among faculty, administrators, and system office staff.
  2. Act in an advisory role to the Academic Affairs Council on systemwide faculty development issues.
  3. Make recommendations to the Academic Affairs Council that result from a process of discovery, planning, adoption, and analysis.

Contact:
Kimberly Johnson, Ph.D
Director for Faculty & Instructional Development
651-201-1443

Transfer Oversight Committee

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The Minnesota State Colleges & Universities Transfer Oversight Committee is a sub group of the Academic Affairs Council and meets a minimum of three times per year to review implementation of transfer including the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum. The committee’s purpose is to review course and credit and student transfer issues and information and to provide recommendations for enhancement of course and credit transfer to the Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs. This includes oversight of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum originally developed and amended by the faculty collaborative process and legislation. The committee’s oversight assures appropriate, high-quality education for students who transfer within the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.

Responsibilities:

  • Development of criteria to evaluate the functioning of the MnTC.
  • Monitoring of data on transfer students.
  • Identification and discussion of student, faculty and staff issues and concerns relating to transfer and the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).

The Committee will review and report to the Academic Affairs Council and the Student Affairs Council about the functioning of transfer, including the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).

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The Academic and Student Affairs Policy Council provides constituent advice and consultation on proposed Board of Trustees academic and student affairs policies and chancellor's procedures.

The work of this council supports Strategic Direction:

  1. To increase access and opportunity; Strategic Direction
  2. To promote and measure high-quality learning programs and services; and Strategic Direction
  3. To provide programs and services integral for state and regional economic needs.

Contact:
Gary Hunter
System Director for Policy and Procedures, Student Affairs
651-201-1659

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The Student Affairs Council provides advice and consultation to the vice chancellor for academic and student affairs on emerging student affairs issues as they are received from its related subcommittees and user groups.

Contact:
Brent Glass
Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
651-201-1673

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The Academic and Student Affairs Technology Council is an ongoing council with an advisory role to the vice chancellor of academic and student affairs and the Academic and Student Affairs Coordinating Commission.

The council will be the principal group responsible for advising the vice chancellor of academic affairs on all academic technologies that are piloted, adopted, and/or licensed for systemwide use.

They will advise and make recommendations on academic technologies including instructional related tools, online learning technologies, instructional media delivery, library technologies, and other instructional academic technologies that have systemwide application.

Contact:
Scott Wojtanowski, Ph.D.
System Director for Innovative Teaching and Learning
651-201-1751