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Anoka-Ramsey Community College. Meeting the Demand for the Baccalaureate in a Rapidly Growing Suburban Region: The Portal Concept March 5, 2005. Anoka-Ramsey Community College. Dr. Patrick M. Johns President Mike Seymour VP for Administrative Services Dr. Susan Tarnowski

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Anoka-Ramsey Community College

Meeting the Demand for the Baccalaureate in a Rapidly Growing Suburban Region:

The Portal Concept

March 5, 2005


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Anoka-Ramsey Community College

Dr. Patrick M. Johns

President

Mike Seymour

VP for Administrative Services

Dr. Susan Tarnowski

VP for Educational Services

Dr. Joe Opatz

State Representative

ARCC Consultant

Evelyn Gedde

Management Analyst


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Today’s Presentation

  • The Higher Education Portal Concept

  • Problem Analysis

  • Market Research

  • Infrastructure Challenges

  • Benefits & Perceptions


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Higher Education Portal Concept

  • Residents in East Central Minnesota and the northern metro counties are:

  • place-bound,

    • classroom oriented, and

      • Under-prepared for the future.


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Higher Education Portal Concept

Residents in ARCC’s service area have limited 4-year higher education choices.


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Higher Education Portal Concept

PORTAL

(from the Latin portare, meaning to carry)

MnSCU aligns system-wide infrastructure

ARCC provides delivery systems, infrastructure, & seamless support services

Increase Access for Place-Bound Learners

Partner institutions deliver faculty & programs





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Problem: Solution

  • Bring other institutions to the customer

  • Offer increased program options:

  • - Additional career programs

  • - Additional two-year programs

  • - Baccalaureate programs

  • - Master’s programs

  • Offer seamless student support services

  • Enhance flexible scheduling

  • Establish Joint Admissions agreements


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Noel-Levitz Market Research

Is there a market

for the Portal?


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Noel-Levitz Market Research

  • 257 Employer Mail Surveys

    • 22% response rate in Coon Rapids area

    • 27% response rate in Cambridge area

  • Key Findings

    • Hiring in administrative, accounting, aides, banker, carpenter, clerical, designer, legal, pharmacist, sales, teacher

    • Significant # of bachelor degree holders will be hired

    • 64% of CR respondents & 50% of Cambridge respondents thought the portal would assist their employees


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Noel-Levitz Market Research

  • HS Counselor & Student Focus Groups

  • Adult Household Telephone Survey

  • Counties: Anoka, Ramsey, Sherburne, Chisago, Isanti

  • 543 participants completed the survey

  • Key Findings:

  • 47% said “yes” to portal concept (78% identified close/location)

  • 47% said “no” to portal concept (38% identified too far/location)

  • Ramsey County, older respondents, & those with master’s were likely to say “no”

  • Approximately 33% of those not considering enrolling for time & convenience issues would enroll IF offered the portal option


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ARCC’s Internal Research

  • Conducted an unscientific student survey in May 2004

  • 313 participants (57 in Cambridge, 256 in Coon Rapids)

  • 66% full-time students, 19% part-time, and 15% PSEO (not representative of general college make-up)

  • 78% said their goal was to take classes & then transfer to complete 4-yr degree

  • 54% said “yes” and 27% said “maybe” when asked if they would consider staying at ARCC if the portal were available

  • Among the “yes” and “maybe,” 60-70% indicated a strong interest in staying at ARCC to earn a 4-yr degree


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Infrastructure: Progress to Date

  • St. Cloud State University

    • Letter of Intent

    • Joint Admission Agreement

  • Accelerated BSN partnership with Metropolitan State U

  • Request for Proposals (based on market research)


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    Infrastructure: RFP

    • ARCC may provide…

    • Lower division courses

    • Advising & access services

    • Registration & financial aid assistance

    • Marketing support

    • Office space & support staff

    • Printer & copier services

    • Computer, library, telephone, & bookstore access

    • Evening access to Smart classrooms

    • Master course schedule

    • University may provide…

    • Upper division courses, degree, & faculty

    • Program liaison

    • Pre-screening of program applicants

    • Advising tools & training

    • Collection & payment plan services

    • Financial aid processing

    • Marketing


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    Infrastructure: Challenges

    • Funding: ARCC

      • Absorbs indirect costs

      • May assess admin fee from partner institution upon sustainability

    • Funding: Partner Institution

      • Incurs cost of instruction and coordination

      • Receives FTE and tuition receipts

    • Seamless Student Support Services

      • Single MnSCU System database still under discussion

      • Common System-wide business practices still in transition

      • Back-office methods slow processing

      • FERPA laws challenge information sharing

    • Marketing for Success & Growth

    • Paradigm Shift


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    Benefits & Perception: The Learner

    • Increases access

    • Expands program & degree options

    • Encourages a cost-savings

    • Encourages faster goal achievement

    • Provides convenience & flexibility

    • Kindles higher aspirations

    • Keeps learners close to home


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    Benefits & Perception: The System

    • May improve graduation and retention rates

    • Increases FTE for both institutions

    • Meets Minnesota State Colleges & Universities strategic directions:

      • Increase access

      • Expand high quality programs & services

      • Strengthen community development & economic vitality

      • Fully integrate the System

    • Demonstrates innovation, flexibility, integration, collaboration

    • Leverages System-wide infrastructure

    • Creates new paradigms

    • Strengthens System’s role in the state


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    Benefits & Perception: The State

    • Benefits taxpayers

    • Increases potential for a more highly educated state

    • Offers potential for more cost-effective use of state funds

    • Moves citizens out of school & into the workforce faster

    • Contributes to state economy and community vitality


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    Implementation Priorities

    Higher Education Portal

    • Launch 4-year programs in Fall 2005

    • Establish Joint Admissions agreements

    • Respond to short-term workforce needs

    ARCC

    Access



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    Contact Information

    • Anoka-Ramsey Community College

    • 11200 Mississippi Blvd. NW

    • Coon Rapids, MN 55433

    • 763-422-2600

    • www.anokaramsey.edu

    • Dr. Patrick M. Johns, President

    • [email protected]

    • Mike Seymour, VP for Administrative Services

    • [email protected]

    • Dr. Susan Tarnowski, VP for Educational Services

    • [email protected]

    • Dr. Joe Opatz, State Representative and ARCC Consultant

    • [email protected]

    • Evelyn Gedde, Management Analyst

    • [email protected]


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