Strategy D

Strengthen our Capacity to Provide an Education of Enduring Worth

Student success (completion, placement, meaningful engagement in society) is a collaborative effort.

Goals & Initiatives
1. Inputs (internal university capacities/resources)


  • Organize existing ongoing data collection
    • Graduate income
    • Graduation rates
    • Student employment
    • Accountability: Office of Institutional Research & Effectiveness
  • Major capstone experience
    • Students required to demonstrate learning appropriate to their major
    • Departments decide how to accomplish this (c.f., internship, capstone, etc.)
    • Accountability: Major Programs
  • Alumni Survey
    • General and specific question concerning classroom experiences and non-classroom experiences
    • Accountability: Alumni Association
  • Advisory Boards
    • Developed and administered by major programs
    • Accountability: Academic Affairs
2. Outputs (external perception of BSU graduates)


  • Perceptions of graduates collected from internship supervisors
    • Are BSU programs preparing students appropriately
    • Is the communication process with BSU during student placement effective and valuable
    • Accountability: Academic Affairs
  • Perceptions of a BSU education from Alums and their families
    • Was the experience at BSU of enduring worth
    • Can a longitudinal or career-span perspective be constructed
    • Accountability: Office of Institutional Research & Effective plus Alumni Association
3. Bemidji State University as a Residential Campus: What is the Future?


  • Online Tutoring
    • The Advising Success Center has peer tutors for on-campus sections. This proposal would create the staff and software to support peer tutors for online sections. This would require access to some infrastructure like Adobe’s Connect Classrooms and staffing a peer panel.
    • Accountability: Advising Success Center plus Major Programs as relevant
  • Office Campus & Community Office
    • Since the majority of BSU students live off-campus an office location on campus that would facilitate finding and managing an off-campus lifestyle should be created. This might be staffed in part by the BSU student government and in part by the Bemidji Chamber of Commerce.
    • Information sharing might include:
      • Rental possibilities
      • Utilities information
      • Transportation options
      • Civic regulations
    • Accountability: Office of Student Development and Enrollment
  • Board of Entertainment
    • We need to develop new ways to attract students back to campus during the evenings and weekends. Whereas the library and computer labs used to attract student visits to campus, online resources (i.e., used by both off-campus and residential students) reduce or eliminate those reasons for visits.
    • Athletics, both intramural and intercollegiate provide activities and social events for students but we need more event planning. The reduction of musical and theatrical performances on campus further emphasizes this new need.
    • The students themselves (i.e., student government) and university staff should explore offering films, TV accessible concerts, and live music or DJ led dances on campus. This adds to our justification of facilities outside of strict classroom instruction.
    • Accountability: Office of Student Development and Enrollment and BSU Student Government
  • Assessment of Change in the student body
    • Percent of student credit hours taken online
    • Percent of residential students taking online credit
    • Dorm room occupancy rate
    • Residence life program participation
    • Student campus seat time
    • PSEO credit hours
    • Number of reduced time (3 year) baccalaureate degrees
    • Accountability: Office of Institutional Research & Effectiveness plus Office of Residential and Student Life
  • MnSCU’s Recommended Priorities: “Charting the Future”
    • Develop and implement a statewide academic plan and a statewide master facilities plan
    • Certify the competencies our graduates have mastered
    • Increase access to our colleges and universities and accelerate the educational success of diverse students
    • Create a comprehensive, statewide e-education strategy
    • Deliver leading edhge3 continuing education and customized training to students and employers through statewide collaboration
    • Enable recommended strategic priorities to be realized by redesigning the system’s financial and governance model