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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

October 2009 MSSA Newsletter

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/mssa/newsletter/2009-2/

Summary

Meeting senator

On September 16th, Minnesota State Student Association hosted its annual "meeting your senator" event. Students had a perfect opportunity to meet senators from different academic areas and residence and share the issues they wanted to discuss. MSSA would pay attention to students' issues and concerns.


College of Business Survey

COB

MSSA passed a motion created by the Academic Affairs committee to partner with the College of Business Technology Advisory Committee to draft, develop and administer a survey to all students enrolled in the College of Business. This survey would address the laptop/IT usage, feasibility and user opinion. The goal of this survey is to evaluate the student interest of the program in order to serve the interest of students.


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College of Business Printing

MSSA passed a recommendation that the College of Business monitor student printing activity. Where students have "unlimited" printing access, a select group of students has been printing an unreasonable volume. The amount of printing has increased drastically this semester in that it is to a point of budgetary crisis. The MSSA recommended that the College of Business notify those students who abuse the program that their printing will continued to be monitored. The goal of this recommendation is that the College of Business remains the ability to provide "unlimited" printing to students and not reduce the use for all students


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Pie a Senator

A group of students in the Principles of Management 330 course has arranged a "Pie a Senator" event. This event would take place on November 3rd in the lower level of the CSU from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm. All students are encouraged to purchase "pies," pans full of whip cream to throw at various student senators including the MSSA President and Vice President. Pies are 2 for $5 and 1 for $3. All proceeds will go to the Greater Mankato Area United Way.


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Academic Advising

The goal of this Task Force would be to gather information on the strengths and weaknesses of the current academic advising system on campus. Areas of consideration include Admissions, Registration, Financial Aid, Career Development, General Education and Diversity requirements. Their report may also include threats due to budget cuts and opportunities that can be generated from their reviews of current practices.


Program Matrix

The goal of this Task Force would be to gather information on the strengths and weaknesses of the current academic advising system on campus. Areas of consideration include Admissions, Registration, Financial Aid, Career Development, General Education and Diversity requirements. Their report may also include threats due to budget cuts and opportunities that can be generated from their reviews of current practices.

1. Mission-Centrality

2. Quality

3. Cost

4. Enrollment

5. Employability

Student First Initiative

The following link provides information about the concept of the Student First Initiative. It looks at six key areas that will hopefully "demonstrate our commitment to students. They expect improved interactivity in our online systems and are increasingly interested in taking occasional courses from colleges or universities other than the one they consider their academic home. (John O'Brien, Students First Director. Also look for an upcoming forum held by John O'Brien coming to campus in the future.)