Councils and Commission

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 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.

Gary Hunter
System Director for Policy and Procedures

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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.

Brent Glass
Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

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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.

Kim Lynch, Ph.D.
Senior System Director for Educational Innovations

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Commission Charter

The Coordinating Commission (ASA-CC) is responsible for advising the Senior Vice Chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs on issues brought before and considered by four advisory councils:  Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Policy, and Technology.  The ASA – CC is comprised of one chair from each council and, along with system office ASA senior leaders, serves as a venue for communication and sharing of information between or among Councils to avoid a duplication of effort and to review major council activities.
Information on the four Councils, including a “charter” document, council memberships, and other information, can be found in the tabs below.

Nate Hallanger
Special Assistant to the Senior Vice Chancellor

ASA Connect

Employees can access the internal ASA SharePoint/Connect using your and password.

ASA Newsletter

The ASA Newsletter is used as the primary communication tool delivering ASA news to Minnesota State faculty and staff, Senior Academic and Student Affairs Officers, Deans, Quality Matters Coordinators, system office staff, and others. Information is posted about current projects, upcoming events, meetings, conferences, division news, and deadline alerts. Subscribe to receive email notifications.