Minnesota state Committees

A way to have students' voices heard, is through having students serving on Minnesota State councils and committees. Minnesota State has four councils under Student and Academic Affairs: Technology, Student Affairs, Policy, and Academic Affairs Counsel. There are various workgroups and/or committees under each of these councils. Also, there are various committees that serve for other departments or areas within Minnesota State. To ensure students are heard by the system, we must ensure students are sitting at the table when issues and decisions are being discussed. We are searching for students who have a passion for representing their fellow students and improving higher education for all of Minnesota State students. 

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academic & student affairs

Technology Council | This council advises and makes recommendations on academic technologies including instructional related tools, online learning technologies, instructional media delivery, library technologies, and other instructional academic technologies. 

technology council's workgroups:

  • Learning Environment Workgroup | Its purpose it to evaluate the online learning environments (ex: D2L) on our college and university campuses. 
  • Next Gen Learning Environment Workgroup | Is an ad hoc committee from the LE Committee, its purpose is to focus on Minnesota State system moving to D2L's cloud system within its current contract. 

Student Affairs Council | This council focuses on student services such as advising, health services, diversity, financial aid, retention and recruitment, and issues students face while enrolled at their institution. [apply here]

Policy Council | This council develops system wide academic and student affairs policies and procedures. 

Academic Affairs Council | This council reviews issues related to undergraduate and graduate teaching and learning, including: development, accountability framework, student readiness and college transitions, career and technical education and preparation and workforce development, and inter-campus collaboration. 

academic affairs' committees:

  • Transfer Oversight Committee | Its purpose is to review course and credit and student transfer issues and information and to provide recommendations for enhancement of course and credit transfer to the Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs. This includes oversight of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum originally developed and amended by the faculty collaborative process and legislation. The committee’s oversight assures appropriate, high-quality education for students who transfer within the Minnesota State system.
  • Graduate Education Committee | Is a group responsible for advising on graduate education systemwide.
  • Faculty Development Committee | Is a group responsible for advising the Academic Affairs Council on issues relative to faculty professional development initiatives and programs systemwide.
  • Global Education | Is a group responsible for advising the Academic Affairs Council on issues relative to global education initiatives
  • Academic Equity Subcommittee | Is a group responsible for advising the Academic Affairs Council on academic priorities relative to eliminating gaps in educational opportunity and achievement systemwide.

additional committees

  • Enrollment Management Affinity Group | Its purpose of the Enrollment Management Affinity Group is to proactively explore and discuss issues related to enrollment such as recruitment, marketing, retention, student success, academic programming, strategic planning, technology, and educational, workforce, and community partnerships.  Members share ideas, identify best practices, and discuss policy and process roadblocks that inhibit enrollment.
  • Assessment for Course Placement | Is a group periodically review national assessment instruments and submit recommendations to the vice chancellor on the following:  the instrument to be designated as the system-endorsed placement instrument, the minimum scores on the system-endorsed placement instrument for placement into courses at the developmental or college level, changes to board policy and system procedure related to assessment, and other items as needed to address consistency of assessment and placement practices at system colleges and universities.
  • Developmental Education Workgroup | Is a group that advises the Academic Affairs Council on issues regarding developmental education at colleges and universities.
  • Transfer Pathways Coordinating Team | Is charged to coordinate the development of transfer pathways for associate in arts, associate in science, and associate in fine arts and to plan for campus advisor training, communication plans, assessment, accountability measures, agreements, and long term sustainability of the processes developed.

Office of Equity and Inclusion

Student Diversity Taskforce | This taskforce will work with the MN State Chief Diversity Officer and Office of Equity and Inclusion and advise on important diversity issues.


  • Project advisory group for tuition and fee policy review | Review and recommend changes to the tuition and fees policy based on the data and recommendations found in national research of emerging best practices, Board guidance, college, university, and student feedback, and other analysis.
  • Adult Promise/Returning Scholars | Minnesota State, in collaboration with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, is involved in a grant program funded by the Lumina Foundation designed to encourage students with some college credit but no credential to return to a college and complete a degree.  The Minnesota State Returning Scholars Program will include targeted outreach to the population defined, navigation and support in the re-enrollment process, and targeted financial assistance and student services to support returning students.


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