Regional Academic Planning

Primary goal of creating a Regional Academic Plan:
Creating a framework understood by the majority of college faculty, staff, and stakeholders that supports a sustainable future for our campuses in northeastern Minnesota.


What will be the outcomes of having a Regional Academic Plan?
A regional academic plan will help us move forward as a collection of five colleges by:

  • Laying out a future vision with short-term and long-term goals and objectives
  • Ensuring we are meeting the workforce and economic development of the NE region
  • Having clearer direction on what internal district college collaborations will be pursued
    over the next five years
  • Using it as the backbone for other master planning that needs to occur such as facilities
    and enrollment management planning
  • Using it to drive any changes in institutional structure of the five colleges


Regionally-Oriented Strategic Academic Planning Principles
(Summarized and adapted from Minnesota State June 29, 2018 report from SW Regional
Planning Workgroup)

  1. Work from a strong foundation and acknowledgement of campus academic planning
  2. Advance and sustain quality academic programs and campuses
  3. Provide a consistent and strategic forum to address the key challenges within our region
  4. Place a primary focus on student access, transitions, and success
  5. Align with and place priority on regional needs