November 2007 MSSA NewsletterPage address: http://www.mnsu.edu/mssa/newsletter/6/
On Tuesday November 27, 2007 President Richard Davenport , Minnesota State Student Association President Christopher Frederick, MSSA Vice President Casey Carmody and Reporter Editor Bronson Pettitt hosted an open forum regarding enrollment management.
A major topic covered was how Minnesota State University, Mankato will be able to increase enrollment at a time when the level of high school graduates is at a low. Also addressed was where parking will be available when there are discussions of building residential halls and academic buildings on existing parking areas.
President Davenport answered they are currently working on a marketing plan in the Twin Cities metropolitan area in concerns to the low level of high school graduates. This involves numerous advertisements using the University's name throughout the metropolitan area in order to achieve name recognition and persuade prospective students to consider Minnesota State Mankato as a potential university in which they could continue their education. Another demographic that Minnesota State Mankato will be looking to draw from is transfer students. With this in mind, President Davenport is visiting all two-year colleges to increase Minnesota State Mankato's visibility.
Vice President of Finance and Administration Rick Straka commented on the issues of parking on campus and is further looking in resolutions. One option discussed was the possibility of parking ramps to deal with extra students. However, it is an extremely expensive option.
Other concerns addressed were how student-faculty ratios would be balanced so the university will maintain the proper academic standards needed to facilitate the best educational environment as possible. The university is working on ensuring that every student will be able to get a valuable education with an increased student population.
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This year the state gave an increase of 12.8 percent in their allocation to higher education. With this increase in allocation Minnesota State, Mankato was given $497,500 to invest in IT. With this funding, there were six initiatives that were funded. There will be three new positions created with the intent to expand and enhance the online learning at Minnesota State, Mankato. Another initiative will be to set up a much needed IT optic redundancy network. This will help to ensure that Minnesota State, Mankato will continue to operate when something goes down. Also, be looking for a new website in the near future. The last two initiatives will be used to enhance the web experience. There is an application software that will be use to help with the recruitment and the application process for admission. Lastly, Minnesota State, Mankato will be looking at hiring an outside consultant to look at how to make the universities home page more user friendly.
There is good news for students in terms of tuition increases. Minnesota State Colleges and Universities has still been looking at a three percent capped increase. This will end up saving students about 60 dollars over the originally expected four percent increase.
Students can expect to see an increase in residence hall room and board base rates beginning Fall 2008. The increase from the previous year will range between 5.67 percent to 8.45 percent, depending on room type and meal plan choice. Other changes under student consideration include increased dining hall hours and residence hall amenities.
For the month of October, Senator Nathan Madden was chosen as the senator of the month. He has gone above and beyond his senate duties, has been active in making motions and was voted vice chair of student affairs
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