Charting the Future Gallery seeks public opinion about reform

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) took over colleges across Minnesota with a gallery walk for “Charting the Future.” The gallery took place Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Cascade Room at SCSU.

The gallery walk was set up with posters that highlighted key recommendations of changes that will be taking place for the near future. The posters are set up for students, faculty members and the  public to walk through to see what goals they want to see accomplished, and specifically what it’s going to take to get there.

One of the strategies used to get an outlook on ideas were booklets where everyone were able to write in their opinions and answer questions about each recommendation on the posters.

Mary Jacobson, director of marketing and public relations at Anoka-Ramsey Community College and Anoka Technical College, explained that “MnSCU is looking for opinions and how everyone feels about the changes so we can take those opinions and start implementing them into a solid plan.”

There are three main goals MnSCU is looking to address with the gallery walk. The first goal is to ensure access to an extraordinary education for all Minnesotans. Two, be the partner of choice to meet Minnesota’s workforce and community needs. And three, deliver to employers, students, communities and taxpayers the highest value and most affordable education option.

The gallery walk was separated into four main concepts, IT systems design, academic planning and collaboration, competency certification and credit for prior learning, and education technology.

The purpose of IT systems design is to redesign business processes, remove barriers, and leverage information technology to enhance services. For academic planning and collaboration, the goal is to develop a collaborative and coordinated academic planning process. The competency certification and credit for prior learning is to expand pathways to accelerate degree completion through credit for prior learning, and foster the award of competency based credit and degrees. Education technology is to expand the innovative use of technology to deliver high quality online courses, strengthen classroom instruction and student services.

“The main goals for spring 2014 focused on student success, diversity, comprehensive workplace solutions, and system incentives and rewards,” Jacobson said.

Jacobson added how those goals of spring 2014 helped them shape the present goals of spring 2015. The process was a team effort and everyone worked on the specific goals to accomplish the posters with the gallery walk.

She explained how the gallery walk of spring 2014 was  successful and hopes spring 2015 will be the same. MnSCU will implement the ideas and opinions to start making changes. If people are not able to go to the gallery walks on their campuses, they can go online at to give their input.

So far, the gallery walk has been done at 38 different colleges, and there are more to come. Their next college visit for the gallery walk will be scheduled at St. Cloud Technical and Community College on March 27.

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