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March 20: Charting the Future Gallery Walk

Event set from 1-3 p.m. in Hearth Lounge. All are invited to provide feedback and enjoy refreshments.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 3-13-2015

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato will host a “Charting the Future” Gallery Walk on campus from 1-3 p.m. Friday, March 20 in the Centennial Student Union’s Hearth Lounge.

Minnesota State Mankato President Richard Davenport invites the general public to join students, faculty and staff at the open-house style event.

“We look forward to campus-wide participation in Charting the Future in the months ahead, as we engage the entire community in the next stages,” said Davenport.

Free refreshments will be served, and attendees are invited to stop by anytime to review and provide input on concepts and themes proposed by four Charting the Future implementation teams, which launched in the fall and have been meeting over the past few months.

Charting the Future is a Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system initiative intended to be a collaborative process for developing specific actions to better serve the system’s 435,000 students and communities and strengthen its colleges and universities while protecting institutions’ unique character and autonomy.

To move Charting the Future forward, six recommendations developed with input from more than 5,000 students, faculty and staff were adopted by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees in November 2013. To act on the recommendations and translate them into specific actions, eight implementation teams convened by campus presidents and comprised of students, faculty, and staff were launched.

Four of those implementation teams presented their work during fall Gallery Walks at each of MnSCU’s 31 institutions, and the remaining four implementation teams are presenting their work this spring. Eleven Minnesota State Mankato employees have served on nearly all of the implementation teams.

In the Mankato area, in addition to the Gallery Walk on March 20 at Minnesota State Mankato, there will also be a Gallery Walk on April 2 at South Central College.

The teams whose work will be presented in spring Gallery Walks include:

Academic Planning and Collaboration, Convened by President Richard Hanson, Bemidji State University
Competency Certification and Credit for Prior Learning, Convened by President Annette Parker, South Central College
Education Technology, Convened by President Ron Anderson, Century College
Information Technology Systems Design, Convened by Vice Chancellor Ramon Padilla

The implementation teams that presented their recommendations in fall 2014 Gallery Walks included:
Student Success, Convened by President Connie Gores, Southwest Minnesota State University
Diversity, Convened by President Scott Olson, Winona State University
Comprehensive Workplace Solutions, Convened by President Sue Collins, Northeast Higher Education District
System Incentives and Rewards, Convened by Associate Vice Chancellor Phil Davis

A number of resources exist for students, faculty, staff, and the community to engage with the Charting the Future process.

• Check the Charting the Future blog for updated news and information
• Visit the FAQ found on the Minnesota State Charting the Future website
• Share ideas, concerns and feedback at
• Follow @mnscu and tweet using #ChartingTheFuture

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,376 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

About the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) include 24 two-year community, technical and comprehensive colleges and seven state universities serving more than 430,000 students. It is the fifth-largest higher education system of its kind in the United States.

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