1 Page 1 of 6 Division Budget Suggestion or Cost Decision Academic Affairs A cross-realignment with medical centers such as Mayo Clinic, Harvard, or John Hopkins and other hospitals outside the metro should be introduced. Children s hospital Respiratory graduates are working in Saudi Arabia starting next month to educate them. Why we are not involved. Critical error since our program is the strength of their department. Global marketing can increase cap sizes which in turn help out college. Another idea for 325 Marshall: move the Cosmet/Esth/Massage Therapy programs there and open a full service salon/spa with appealing signage and strategic advertising to the public. Especially since this is a separate space with designated parking it could be very appealing to the neighborhood. Any pet related (i.e., dog training, pet massage, pet grooming) area. $50 billion per year industry and growing. Not much local to assist people in skill acquisition. As a society we are deeply engaged in a virtual environment. By incorporating more hybrid (online/on-site) classes, and service learning opportunities, we can not only increase student enrollment by engaging younger students who socialize online, all day, everyday (even during school hours), and increase class sizes by offering live-streaming feed from the classrooms thus providing online simulations, lectures, and field trips as a part of the curriculum. Without having a decrease in our teaching staff and not creating an unrealistic environment or over-working the ones we already have. Better utilize classroom space. Some classes have a max cap of 30 or more, but are limited by the number of seats because of the room size. Some of the courses using the largest classrooms are not filling the seats; these classes could be held in a smaller room. Consider new classes in Middle East Immigration Studies - Sustainability - Middle East Politics Political Science, East African History (Possibly an emphasis on Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya), Qur an Philosophy (not sure but you get the idea, Economics of the Middle East (Colonization of Egypt, Shaw of Iran to Present), Sustainable Economics. Create cookbooks - the food here is good! Doula Certification course Expand service offerings by students near graduation: Auto Service & Repair, Technology, Graphics, etc. First off offer discounted cosmetics or hair cuts/styles thru the students, second use current students fields of study towards repairs and or product or installation such as discounted auto repair or installations, third when students enroll and declare a major require a few credits not in their field of study as to test the water and their full interest in a program so they don't become bored or overwhelmed, and fourth the culinary arts program which I had chosen but it was full :( Frankly, if SPC offered more in the way of art related courses, I would be a student here for another two to three years. but I'm just one guy, you'll need to research to find out if there are more like me to make it worth while.
2 Page 2 of 6 Division Budget Suggestion or Cost Decision Hold more weekend (even Sunday) classes in fall and spring. I think that we should 1. take out the classes that aren't very popular and replace them with more higher demand classes. 2. Maybe going paperless 3. spending money on necessities first, before thinking about wants. 4. Maybe set up some fundraisers, they're fun and a good way to raise money. I would say to raise money for the services, but since it's a school you can't do that because of the MN laws. But just by doing those simple things, can help dramatically. I think we should add more arts programs. I would like to join a dance class. In order to create retention revenue gain, more focus and consideration could be provided by comprehensively identifying what our first term students need. A survey mid-way through the first term for entering students could be conducted in order to identify needs. By following up with the entering population on advising and study strategies during the first term and throughout the entire year, students who are likely to need extra help would be identified. Increase massage and similar service prices by 10%. Instead of increasing cap sizes for classes, have some instructors develop a web enhanced problematic course curriculum to increase classes. In order to do this, private industry must be willing to make the effort to bring in staff for training either online or face to face. Lots of certifications require continuing education, such as yoga, massage therapy, personal training, and group fitness. Offer short 1 credit classes that could be used to fulfill these requirements during hours when these people are available to take classes such as evenings and weekends. More actively promote the availability of Fitness memberships and the services. Move Esthetics and Yoga and Massage up to the church. Add hydrotherapy, which might be as easy as a shower, a hydrotub and a vichy shower.this could all be in one wet room. Make Esthetics clinic and massage clinic area more sound proof or at least dim the sound. Aveda makes enough money in their student clinics to support their school on clinic alone. They still charge a huge tuition. Open up on Saturdays and evenings. Personal training and Yoga teachers trainees could all lead classes that would be open to the public. Charge the public for those classes. Nutrition certificate and/or AAS. Also promote classes in this area in Cont. Ed. Offer gift certificates (online) to grill, massage services, continuing ed, bookstore, etc. (Figures vary, but approx. 10% are typically not redeemed. Almost all profit. And, purchases tend to exceed gift card value.) Open the City View Grille early enough in the evening that students can dine there. I have night classes and would eat there but I can't if I want to get to class on time.
3 Page 3 of 6 Division Budget Suggestion or Cost Decision Academic Affairs Our clinics would be full if we could be open when the clientele is more available. We could offer birthday parties, bachelorette parties, couples massage and spa packages etc. Market it just like a spa. The spa business is growing and makes lots of money. I have stats if you'd like. We could also write a Spa Director AAS cored with the Business folks and use some of those students as interns to "run" the spa as scheduled etc. Push to increase online participation - See if we can increase the online participation levels and number of classes in a push to increase enrollment. Reduce the number of magazine and newspaper subscriptions in the library by 75%. I really Cost Savings - See doubt most of those are being read by anyone. Scroll ads at the bottom of the information displays around the building. SPC has done very well since evolving from just being a technical college. Maybe it's time for the next evolutionary step. Offer film, radio broadcast, and fine art courses. There are many careers that are based in the arts, such as: screen printing, curating museums and galleries, film making, teaching and of course creating and producing works of art for sale. Utilize 325 Marshall for a specific program (i.e. Saint Paul College School of Nursing/SPC School of Respiratory Therapy/SPC School of MLT/etc.). Whatever is decided that is in high demand, could fully utilize the space and has jobs in the future economy. Then advertise and market it heavily. This separate space should be billed along the same line as the Carlson School of Mgmt. at the U. Offer a rewards card for eating at the school. Advertise the city grill on group on to bring in customers who live in the neighborhood. For the last 10 years, I have been following the advancement of virtual training in the welding Cost Savings - See trades. SIM's was one of the pioneers in the development of virtual training. Lincoln Electric about 4 years ago bought technology from SIM's and has created a virtual welder that is state-ofthe-art. The early years did not support the data that this technology was effective in training and cost efficiency. There is now sufficient data that shows no only improved performance by students but also an overall cost savings as there is a reduction of consumables in gasses, wire, electrodes, tips, nozzles and so on. It does fall under the category of green technology for this reason. Hennepin Tech & MCTC both have these units and are very pleased with the results, in fact MCTC had published the results last year as to the effectiveness of the trainer. Category #1 Above I have been a student of business at St. Paul college for approximately 2 years and plan to continue my education, eventually earning a degree in business and fine arts. As I near completion of an A.A.S in Entrepreneurship and am starting to focus on my artistic pursuits, I have come to the realization that SPC has a limited portfolio of art classes. While it is true that the classes offered are very good and interesting, there is a lack of selection and depth. Academic Affairs Total
4 Page 4 of 6 Division Budget Suggestion or Cost Decision Development TRIO programs will see an increase in funds, we should also take advantage of these. The College President's background experience can help open this door to us. Development Total Finance and Operations Allow online orders for products that can be prepared, or services that can be performed, by students or faculty. Centralized purchasing for the college. I am paying a premium on supplies because of the small Cost Savings - See dollar amount. If the college negotiated the price, I am confident it would be lower. Determine profit potential of additional hours for the coffee outlet near the cafeteria. If there is Financial Aid that covers for parking, It could be more helpful than paying out of cash. Install solar panels on the roofs of all college buildings. The extra energy produced can be sold Cost Savings - See back to excel energy. Increase recycling awareness at the college. Investing in a solar panel to install in the roof of the school to provide electricity. Cost Savings - See Looking at Financial Aid- make sure that there are enough positions on our campus so each student who was awarded work study can take advantage of it. Mark the closest 50 lot spaces as "Premium" and charge an additional $.50 to $1 per day for their use. Not sure how to administer, perhaps buying a sticker each semester would be easier to administer. New locker system ~ if these lockers are rented out at $20 per semester or $20 per year and they book out fast having smaller thinner ones and more of them would be nice or a variety of sizes at differing costs. A system like the one found at the Mall of America would be nice where you have a digital locker system and maybe pay 25 cents an hour and everyone can buy some sort of refillable locker card that swipes at the locker terminal and or set it up for semester rentals as well. Place aluminum can receptacles in every room. Sell cans directly to salvage. I see a lot of them in the regular garbage. Solar panels and wind generators (see video) might also help reduce cost while improving the Cost Savings - See school's image. Use an online source for students to buy textbooks such as amazon.com. It makes no sense for online students to have to come to campus to buy books. Bookstore hours could be reduced. Finance and Operations Total Foundation Set up a shopping page that pays revenue to the school. Might even be fun if there were gifts or items suggested by faculty or alumni. (The latter ties in with wanting to get alumni more involved with the school.) Foundation Total
5 Page 5 of 6 Division Budget Suggestion or Cost Information Technology Consider a student accessible copy center and increasing student fee supported printing. The limited printing ability on campus and the high cost of home printer ink limits the resources I feel it is appropriate to provide online rather than as hard-copies. Go paperless. Students can print their own syllabus, course handouts, and lab packets Cost Savings - See independently online. This means that teachers don't need to print and distribute things, they can simply put them on d2l. E-readers, ipads, and smartphones are something that are becoming increasingly popular, and should be used to save paper. With course packets, not only do they not take up space in the bookstore and need to be printed on college machines that need to be maintained and by students being paid to run them, but students can simply reprint pages they've lost or only print what they need each time. We did this in Chemistry I, and it worked great. Information Technology Total Student Development I think we could significantly reduce paper usage/costs and administrative time in many ways. A primary one that could result in system wide savings (in addition to our college) is streamlining processes for paperwork and making them electronic. This would be both a cost and time saving mechanism and a much better use of technology and human capital. Implementing and accepting digital signatures on paper work and an automated system for purchasing and contracts. So many of the forms we currently use ask for duplicates of information. More of a stress on using electronic means vs. paper/print in all areas (agendas, minutes, etc.). Very little should need to be actually printed. We should look at the costs of staff/faculty/administrators printing off copies...lots of wasted paper; printing multiple copies of papers, printing in color when not necessary, printing one sided when could be double sided, etc. Another way of increasing profit while sustaining costs is to look to become more Armed Forces friendly. In true honesty, this college does not completely support the Armed Forces and being a member of the Navy, there is no way one can graduate here completely online. If we offer courses completely online and look to market this hidden group, we will increase profit. Boosting enrollment of course would be great. Methods to do this include a marketing team of Saint Paul College students to recruit future students. Go out to the high schools and promote PSEO and starting the college journey at Saint Paul College. We need to network with high school teachers who are in a position to make a recommendation. Business teachers and science teachers mostly. Increase enrollment, by starting with high school students through PSEO. Have admissions representatives visit high schools and promote the program. Cost Savings - See Cost Savings - See Decision
6 Page 6 of 6 Division Budget Suggestion or Cost Student Development More mental health support would help to retain students. Students in crisis who do not have access to help often end up failing or dropping out. Hiring more mental health support does not necessarily mean that more mental health counselors should be hired, but further support for students struggling with stressors could have access to a trained listener when they are in crisis. One avenue to investigate additional cost-efficient counseling help might be to look for graduate students from related fields. PSEO Outreach - Do an outreach with public local high schools. Have a recruiter meet with students and teachers at the high schools with the idea to do more with PSEO. Student Mentors - In online classes and possibly in PSEO outreach have mentor/tutors meet Cost Savings - See students at the high school and help PSEO students navigate the D2L classes. This may be a student mentor meaning a SPC student who may be able to help with this during at least the first part of the semester. Or this task may be part of a retention position. Some PSOE student have difficulty in online classes to get engaged early in the semester. Have a tutor/mentor show up at the high school and work with them in working with the schedule, navigation and understanding how to accomplish the required tasks and event in the online class. Hopefully this could increase PSEO registration and retention of these students when they graduate. Student Development Total Workforce Development Workforce Development Total Decision Create a process whereby there is a coordinated schedule of open labs and classrooms available to Continuing Education to allow for more flexible use of facilities which can therefore generate additional revenue for CE/CT. There is no vehicle currently in place for this to occur. In fact, we are discouraged from using main campus facilities and can't book rooms on the room scheduler Offer wine and cooking classes through Continuing Ed. You've got all the resources and the competition (Byerly's, Cooks of Crocus Hill) make pretty good money doing this. Parenting course through Cont. Ed. This document is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by contacting Caidin Riley, Coordinator of Disability Services at or For TTY Communication, contact the Minnesota Relay Service at or Saint Paul College is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator and a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.