Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM)
President Edna Mora
I have been learning about this very special place. My data sources include discussions with multiple groups, responses to my initial stakeholder survey, and responses to earlier versions of this document.
Briefly, it seems to me that we provide an extraordinary education at a state university price, or, “affordable excellence.” To support this observation, I will discuss the following key characteristics of our university: student-centered, outstanding faculty and staff, excellent students, outstanding alumni, and caring community.
We provide multiple opportunities for students to enroll. We have the Corrick Center, which provides academic support services. In addition, we are fortunate to be members of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, which provides additional opportunities for enrollment and transfer. Finally, we are part of the Tri-College University.
Through challenging programs and guidance from faculty and
staff with high expectations, we help students to discover and then
reach their potential. We provide opportunities for significant student
research, leadership development, service learning, creative production,
and athletic competition. Further, we have strong, cohesive curricula
that prepare students not only to participate in the workforce of today
but also to create and lead the workforce and society of tomorrow.
Outstanding Faculty and Staff
Most of our classes are small enough for students to know their professors. Faculty members in many disciplines have had good success in securing competitive grants for research and creative activity. Finally, many of our faculty committees actively examine and work to continually improve all aspects of the teaching and learning experience.
Our staff members are similarly highly recognized for their service to the campus, our community, and our state. For example, one staff leader has had the distinction of winning two Chancellor’s awards, and many others have received top recognition in the state for their distinguished performance.
Our students expect to be challenged, and they rise to the occasion. For example, our students graduate with very high success rates in their chosen careers, as well high acceptance rates to graduate and professional schools.
It was very evident during the record 2009 Red River flood, when our faculty and staff members and thousands of students played a major role in the city and county’s flood fighting efforts. The system office took note and decided to move the November Leadership Council meeting from St. Paul to our campus to allow other presidents and emergency responders to learn from our experience.
Students, faculty, and staff work together to promote not only the health and wellbeing of community members but also their enrichment and that of the surrounding community. For example, our renowned Straw Hat Players draw sold out audiences; our students have completed thousands of hours of service learning in the community; our Small Business Development Center has provided consulting to more than 230 west central Minnesota businesses; our Fourth of July Celebration serves as the central celebration for Fargo- Moorhead and the surrounding area; and, our campus hosts a naturalization ceremony during Constitution Week.
Our campus welcomes and celebrates diversity and works actively to
combat racism. Further, the campus and the surrounding community provide
a safe, friendly, and convenient environment—a “small town” atmosphere
with “metropolitan” amenities.
If we look at all of these attributes taken together, it seems to me that we provide an elite private education experience at a state university price. Clearly, we can all be very proud of MSUM. It is a very special place.
The ideas presented here represent a “work in progress” as we clarify our identity and our vision for the future. We welcome your feedback and input. Please send your comments to me at email@example.com. We will continue to revise the draft according to feedback and will post revisions throughout the semester.
To see more detailed information about the accomplishments of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni, visit http://web.mnstate.edu/pointsofpride/
Finally, I want to thank all the faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members who work together to make MSUM a very special place. Thank you!