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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Strategic Outcome 1

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Strategic Outcome 1:

High–teaching and high–impact learning opportunities for the educational and career success of our students. (2011–2014 Enhance Student Preparation)


High–quality teaching: High–quality teaching includes the mastery of technical and supportive content as well as the development of the skills, values, and mind–set required for successful professional careers. (American Accounting Association)

High–impact learning (real world leaning experiences): An investment of time and energy over an extended period that has unusually positive effects on student engagement in educationally purposeful behavior. Based upon research, the top ten high–impact educational practices include first–year seminars and experiences, common intellectual experiences, learning communities, writing–intensive courses, collaborative assignments and projects, undergraduate research, diversity/global learning, service learning/community–based learning, internships, and capstone courses and projects.

Educational Success: Outcomes include high–impact learning, academic success, quality and quantity of real world learning experiences, and graduation.

Career Success: Primary outcome is career planning leading to a successful career path.

Action Items

All College of Business undergrad and graduate students have one (1) high–impact learning opportunity per academic year.

  • Update the undergraduate curriculum to include high–impact learning opportunities
  • Increase undergraduate student participation in internship and global experiences
  • Redesign the MBA core curriculum, concentrations and credit limits to align with high–impact learning expectations and educational success
  • Enhance the MSA offerings to include high–impact learning opportunities
  • Design and implement an assessment and curriculum management process for measuring high–impact learning opportunities

Develop and implement specific student learning opportunities with emphasis on professional skill development

  • Increase the integration of business ethics into all curriculum
  • Increase the integration of entrepreneurial thinking and action into curriculum
  • Create and implement curriculum for developing professional communications skills in all College of Business students
  • Increase the integration of business technology tools into curriculum
  • Increase the integration of critical thinking into curriculum through research, data analysis, determining options, making a quality decision, and reassessing decisions

Design and implement opportunities for College of Business students to prepare for and acquire professional certifications in their field of study

  • At a minimum, those which are externally established, e.g. CPA, SHRM and Microsoft
  • Create professional certifications in high demand areas, e.g. Entrepreneurship, IT, and HR/Law