In the wake of the Higher Learning Commission site visit, as well as the State of the College event, and a brief Bonding Tour visit from our State Senators, we find ourselves looking around and wondering what are we going to do with all our free time? Ha! That’s never actually been, nor will it ever be the case at Northland. Every single position at our college is loaded with work and our respective daily responsibilities and activities keep us all more than busy doing the good work expected by our students. Nonetheless, this college didn’t get to be where it is without continuously looking for ways to improve and with an ever-focused eye on the future! So we’re moving forward and here are a few of the initiatives that we are in various stages of planning, development and/or implementation:
Re-purposing Manufacturing for Competency-based Delivery
With the help of federal grant dollars, we are sending a group to Michigan early next week to observe a competency-based delivery program used to serve employer-sponsored students. Our intent is to replicate that delivery system to the greatest extent possible, enabling us to better serve employer-sponsored students.
The Strategic Planning Committee was successful at culling down the massive list of great suggestions to support our strategic planning priority of increasing enrollment to five ideas. President’s Council was then able to identify key employees to provide leadership for each idea, as well as determine the resources necessary for implementation. Stay tuned, as you may be asked to help serve on a sub-committee to work on one or more of these initiatives. A more complete report will be made at the January in-service.
NCAT Grant Staffing
There are many aspects of the NSF grant that will impact our college and perhaps none more important than staffing. We are currently in the process of identifying and selecting people for several NCAT positions and it appears that several will be filled with internal candidates. This, of course, means that in turn, this will generate further Northland openings, meaning there will continue to be some disruption in our workforce. It’s all good though, with every personnel change, we view it as an opportunity for people to grow and for us to continue to improve.
As you are aware, the new brand rolled out for the first time this fall and has been seen by students, instructors, administrators, as well as community members. This year’s State of the College address, We Are Go, showcased the new brand and gave the East Grand Forks and Grand Forks communities an opportunity to experience it first hand. The positive reaction to our new brand has been overwhelming. There is a lot of excitement surrounding Northland’s new look! The bold colors and contemporary design really sets us apart from our competitors. We appreciate your patience as our Marketing and Communications team continues to implement the new branding throughout all aspects of Northland. In addition, we look forward to a complete overhaul of our website. Watch for communication from our Marketing and Communications director Chad Sperling, as he seeks your input in the structure and functionality of the new website!
These are just a few of the big rock things we are working on. I encourage you to watch for more in forthcoming newsletters. In the meantime, the cooler weather has arrived and please take time to prepare personally and professionally for all that means. Like snow days, oh I forgot, WE ALREADY HAD ONE!!!! Just a fun fact, Oct 11 was the earliest a college has ever closed due to weather in Minnesota State’s History! Once again, Northland is a leader!!