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									Innovation Grant 
Funding Proposals




               2009 
Results: 
The following innovation grant proposals were prioritized by the Institutional Effectiveness Committee at the 
April 18, 2008 meeting and approved for funding in Fiscal Year 2009. 

                              Proposals Ranked in Prioritized Order 
                           Click on the title to go to description and cost detail. 

  Prioritized Order  Proposal Title                                                    Funding Amount 

  1                      Realizing Grant Potential                                              $16,200 

  2                      Campus Wellness Program                                                $12,950 

  3                      Workforce Development Flex Lab                                         $35,000 
  4                      MediaSite On­Demand Training                                           $26,995 
  5                      Parent Orientation                                                       $4,900 
  6                      Career Success                                                           $1,500 

                                                  Total Funding Approved                        $97,545 

The following proposals were not approved:
Online Employment Software
Campus Fax Server

Links to review for ranking purposes:

       Rubric                AQIP Categories                College Priorities            System Targets

Grant Proposal Summaries – Click project title to link to full description and cost detail.
   1. Technology Unit:                       Computer Services
      Author:                                Minor Miller
      Administrative Sponsor:                Minor Miller and Tim Fellman
      Project Title:                         “Campus Fax Server”
      Objective:                             Remove fax machines and eliminate the paper waste they generate.
      Request:                               $ 19,000       Software
                                                3,948       On-site install, training, support
                                             $ 22,948

   2. Academic Unit and Human
              Resources Unit                 Human Resources and Allied Health & Nursing
      Author:                                Mary Nienaber and Lorrie Fox
      Administrative Sponsor:                Mary Nienaber
      Project Title:                         “Campus Wellness Program”


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   Objective:                Based upon the results of the Campus Wellness survey collected
                             during the Spring Health Fair, we plan to provide students and
                             employees with opportunities to improve and maintain healthy
                             food and activity choices.
   Request:                  $ 1,000         Health Consultants
                                  450        Promotional Materials
                                5,000        Picnic Tables
                                  500        Volleyball set-ups
                                2,000        Basketball set-ups
                                4,000        Health Monitoring Equipment
                             $ 12,950

3. Student Affairs Unit:     Student Services
   Author:                   Paula Young
   Administrative Sponsor:   Peter Wielinski
   Project Title:            “Career Success”
   Objective:                Enhance career support services.
   Request:                  $ 1,000          Software
                                1,000         Library materials
                                1,000         Video cameras
                                  500         Signage
                             $ 3,500

4. Technology Unit:          Web and Information Services
   Author:                   Bill Berg
   Administrative Sponsor:   Barry Dahl
   Project Title:            “MediaSite On-Demand Training”
   Objective:                Enhance student learning and provide staff with multi-media
                             technology.
   Request:                  $ 2,000        Training
                                24,995      MediaSite Portable System
                             $ 26,995

5. Human Resources Unit:     Human Resources
   Author:                   Mary Nienaber
   Administrative Sponsor:   Mary Nienaber
   Project Title:            “Online Employment Software”
   Objective:                Evaluate and recommend the purchase of an employment and
                             applicant tracking system. The software would be used for all
                             unclassified searches (faculty, administrators, unclassified MAPE)
                             which make up 75% of the employee base on campus.
   Request:                  $ 10,000        Software
                             $ 10,000

6. Student Affairs Unit:     Student Services
   Author:                   Jean Pehl
   Administrative Sponsor:   Beth Adams
   Project Title:            “Parent Orientation”
   Objective:                Improve retention.
   Request:                  $    300         Resource Guide
                                  500         Giveaway
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                                            2,500        Lunch
                                              300        LSC Videos
                                            1,000        Decorations/Miscellaneous
                                              300        Entertainment
                                          $ 4,900

   7. Quality & Strategic
              Development Unit:           Grants
      Author:                             Kaelene Arvidson-Hicks
      Administrative Sponsor:             Sue Stenerson
      Project Title:                      “Realizing Grant Potentials”
      Objective:                          Enhance grant writing and planning skills of staff and faculty in
                                          Humanities, Sciences, Business and Industry, Allied Health and
                                          Continuing Education.
        Request:                          $ 14,000        Faculty Stipends
                                             1,000        External Evaluator Presentation
                                               700        Resource Binders
                                               500        Refreshments
                                          $ 16,200

   8. Academic Affairs and Workforce
      & Community Development Unit:       Business & Industry and Workforce Development
      Author:                             Tom Tonkin and Steve Wagner
      Administrative Sponsor:             Candace Barnack and Steve Wagner
      Project Title:                      “Workforce Development Flex Lab”
      Objective:                          Provide customized training in a flexible learning lab to meet short-
                                          term training needs and redesign the Construction and Residential
                                          Wiring lab to provide a safe and functional learning environment
                                          for students and faculty.
        Request:                          $ 15,000        Renovation
                                            10,000        Construction
                                            10,000        Furniture
                                          $ 35,000


Grant Proposal Cost Summary
One            $ 22,948           Five              $ 10,000
Two            $ 12,950           Six               $   4,900                Total           $132,493
Three          $   3,500          Seven             $ 16,200
Four           $ 26,995           Eight             $ 35,000




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                            Innovation Grant Funding Proposal One
                                           FY2009

Proposed by: Computer Services

Project Manager: Minor I Miller and Tim Fellman

Responsible Administrator: Barry Dahl

Primary Objective? Remove fax machines and eliminate the paper waste they generate.

Project Length:            X Short-term request – project completed in less than one year

                                Long-term request – project completed in 1-2 years

Project Title and Description of proposal: “Campus Fax Serv er”

1. What are the goals and intended outcomes of the project? **
 Goal                                                           Intended Outcome/Measurement of Success
 Implement a fax server solution on campus to allow              Increased security (no documents in fax trays)
 staff to send and receive faxes via their email account.
                                                                Cost savings (reduction in consumables cost)
                                                                Increased employee productivity
                                                                Environmental benefits (reduction in consumables)

2. How does the project reinforce any or all of the following:

   a) AQIP Categories?
      AODO = Accomplishing Other Distinctive Objectives – This technology will address objectives such as
      increased security, reduced waste, and improved efficiency over our current fax machines.
      VP = Valuing People – The ability to send and receive faxes from your email should easily be seen as an
      example of valuing people by making their jobs just a little easier.
      SIO = Supporting Institutional Operations – Sending and receiving faxes is a day to day activity here at
      LSC, and the ability to streamline this process definitely supports Institutional Operations.
   b) LSC College Priorities?
      3. Engage and Embrace Technology – This is a new technology that will greatly improve efficiency in
      transferring information. It is measurable in reduced idle time as well as reduced consumables and
      operating costs.
   c) System Targets?

3. Describe any collaboration that will occur with this project. Does the project support
   the goals of other units or divisions of the college? **
   This project would affect every unit or division that currently uses outdated paper fax machines.

4. What is the long-range impact of the project? Describe how it will be sustained over
   time.
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   Long range impact would include, reduced security risk caused by paper fax machines, reduced costs
   associated with paper usage, toner, fax machine maintenance, and increased productivity of workers, not
   needing to print documents just to walk them to a fax machine.

5. Itemize the resources requested
    Line Item                                                                                  $ Request
      Software                                                                                     19,000
      On site Install/Training/Support                                                              3,948
    Total Request                                                                                 $22,948

6. Describe who will carry out the project over the long term?
   The hardware/software would be maintained by the Computer Services Department, and anyone wishing to
   send or receive a fax would use it.

7. Define the time lines of activities for the project.
   The install would take two days.
   Setting up users and transitioning from the old analog fax machines to the new system could be done in as
   little as two weeks, but would be more easily accepted if it were done gradually over a month or two.

8. Describe the evaluation process and the follow-up activities.
   Evaluation process could include surveys and cost comparisons of current consumables expenses against
   future support contract prices.

9. What other funding sources of revenue have been researched and/or are available for
   this project?
   The already thin Computer Services budget is the only other funding source I am aware of.

**Indicates areas that will weigh most heavily in evaluation and prioritization.

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                           Innovation Grant Funding Proposal Two
                                          FY2009

Proposed by: Academics and Human Resources

Project Manager: Mary Nienaber and Lorrie Fox

Responsible Administrator: Mary Nienaber

Primary Objective? Based upon the results of the Campus Wellness survey collected during the Spring
Health Fair, we plan to provide students and employees with opportunities to improve and maintain healthy food
and activity choices.                                                                     .

Project Length:           X Short-term request – project completed in less than one year

                              Long-term request – project completed in 1-2 years

Project Title and Description of proposal: “Campus Wellness Program”

1. What are the goals and intended outcomes of the project? **
 Goal                                                    Intended Outcome/Measurement of Success
 To develop and obtain resources that will educate        75% of the college community participating in the
 students and employees about their basic health status. wellness program will use the monitoring equipment
                                                          and 50% will report that they anticipate continued
                                                          monitoring while participating in the wellness
                                                          programs.
 To purchase exercise and wellness related equipment.     50% of the college community will participate in
                                                          some aspect of wellness related activity that will be
                                                          tracked by usage and follow up surveys.
 To engage wellness professionals, e.g., speakers and     50% of the college community will participate in
 consultants, to provide educational information and      educational opportunities, and healthy food choices
 support to the wellness program.                         are made available based upon information obtained
                                                          from dietitian consultant.

2. How does the project reinforce any or all of the following:
   a) AQIP Categories?
      1. Valuing People as demonstrated by asking for preferences through the Health Fair Survey, and by
         assisting participants to develop healthy lifelong patterns and behaviors.
      2. Helping Students Learn through the hands-on experience gained by the health and PE program
         students who will be involved in this project.
      3. Understanding Student and Stakeholder Needs are supported by the sense of community that will
         evolve from shared activities.
   b) LSC College Priorities?
   c) System Targets?

3. Describe any collaboration that will occur with this project. Does the project support
   the goals of other units or divisions of the college? **
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   ·   The project will include collaboration with Student Life, the Wellness Center, health and PE students and
       faculty, and the HR office staff.
   ·   Retention is a goal for both students and employees, and this proposal is designed to serve as a student
       and employee retention tool.

4. What is the long-range impact of the project? Describe how it will be sustained over
   time.
   The campus wellness program will improve awareness of the health status of students and employees through
   integrating wellness activities into the LSC culture. As a result, there will be a stronger sense of community
   established through those wellness activities. The current Wellness Center will be expanded beyond exercise
   to include easy access to health monitoring and information services. LSC health division students will benefit
   from the hands-on learning obtained right here on campus.
   The program will be sustained by working with student and employee organizations and related departments,
   i.e., the Wellness Center and HR.

5. Itemize the resources requested
    Line Item                                                                                    $ Request
      Health Professional Consultants                                                                 1000
      Promotional Materials                                                                            450
      Picnic Tables (10)                                                                              5000
      Volleyball set-ups (2)                                                                           500
      Permanent Basketball set-ups (2) with concrete slabs                                            2000
      Health Monitoring Equipment                                                                     4000
          (blood pressure, bone density, body fat, lab supplies)
    Total Request                                                                                   $12,950

6. Describe who will carry out the project over the long term?
   The program will be sustained by working with student and employee organizations and related departments.

7. Define the time lines of activities for the project.
   Purchase equipment after 7/1/08 and have it in place for fall semester 2008.

8. Describe the evaluation process and the follow-up activities.
   ·   We will evaluate the program by monitoring participation at activities, workshops, equipment use, and the
       consumption of healthy food choices in the cafeteria.
   ·   Monitor course evaluations by health program students.
   ·   Administer a follow-up survey during the spring 2009 Health Fair to evaluate student and employee
       satisfaction with the campus wellness program.

9. What other funding sources of revenue have been researched and/or are available for
   this project?
   We are working in conjunction with Student Life to acquire additional equipment. We will approach the
   employee unions to see if additional funding is available.

**Indicates areas that will weigh most heavily in evaluation and prioritization.

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                         Innovation Grant Funding Proposal Three
                                         FY2009
Proposed by: Student Services

Project Manager: Paula Young (with Kelly Bakk, Betsy Jacobson, and Bernadette Savage)

Responsible Administrator: Peter Wielinski

Primary Objective? Enhance career support services.

Project Length:          X Short-term request – project completed in less than one year

                              Long-term request – project completed in 1-2 years

Project Title and Description of proposal: “Career Success”
Assist students in progressing toward related employment and/or continuing education.

1. What are the goals and intended outcomes of the project? **
 Goal                                                       Intended Outcome/Measurement of Success
 Undecided students will identify a career objective        100 students will complete career assessment and
 (Paula & Bernadette).                                      counseling in FY09, identifying a career objective.
 Occupational program students will strengthen their        100 students will create cover letters and résumés,
 job search skills (Paula & Betsy).                         complete mock interviews, and receive feedback on
                                                            each.
 AA students will identify a major and an intended          50 students will be assigned a faculty mentor and
 transfer institution (Paula & Kelly).                      connect with their intended transfer institution.

2. How does the project reinforce any or all of the following: **
   a) AQIP Categories?
      This is about “Helping Students Learn” in that students need to develop the plans and skills necessary to
      successfully meet their academic goals, be they job placement or transfer to a four-year institution. This is
      also about “Building Collaborative Relationships” as students will be assisted by, and partnered with, LSC
      faculty and staff in the pursuit of career success.
   b) LSC College Priorities?
      This project is most connected to “Leading Lifelong Learning” in developing those career-focused skills
      which may serve our students in preparing for life in a changing global community.
   c) System Targets?
      Indirectly, this may aid in increasing retention (Target #1), as studies show that the more connected a
      student feels to her/his academic goals, the more persistent and successful they are likely to be.

3. Describe any collaboration that will occur with this project. Does the project support
   the goals of other units or divisions of the college? **




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   This project supports academic goals (both occupational and LAS), in accelerating the student’s development
   of skills that will lead to success job placement or transfer. Faculty program advisors and LAS faculty will be
   encouraged to become involved with this project. Student service personnel will have regular days/times of
   the week which will be spent in the Success Center (formerly the Learning center).

4. What is the long-range impact of the project? Describe how it will be sustained over
   time.
   The long-range impact will be that best practices and lines of communication regarding career support
   services will be established and promoted to the campus community. Given that the initial costs are one-time
   expenditures pertaining to software, hard resources and signage, the upkeep will be a minimal cost covered
   through existing budgets. No additional personnel or release time is requested to make this project a reality.

5. Itemize the resources requested
    Line Item                                                                                       $ Request
    Career assessment & job search skill software (site licenses)                                       1,000
    Career resource library and handouts                                                                1,000
    2 video cameras for recording mock interviews                                                       1,000
    Signage for Success Center                                                                            500
    Itemize Equipment needs:
    Total:                                                                                               $3,500

6. Describe who will carry out the project over the long term?
   This will be led by Paula Young, and supported by the additional guidance of the Career Counselor and
   Placement Director.

7. Define the time lines of activities for the project.
   Pre-fall 2008    Research and purchase software, cameras and related resource materials.
   Fall 2008        Establish career assessment/counseling advisory board.
                    Establish job placement skills advisory board.
                    Promote career success activities to students and campus.
   Spring 2009      Continue promotion of career success activities until targets are met.
                    Draft plan for FY10.

8. Describe the evaluation process and the follow-up activities.
   Student traffic, activity involvement and completion will be tracked on each of the three goals, with results
   reported back to advisory boards. FY09 accomplishments will be reviewed and a plan will be drafted for
   FY10.

9. What other funding sources of revenue have been researched and/or are available for
   this project?
   The Placement budget will supply for continuing costs and updates/upgrades as needed. Future efforts may
   be fundable under Perkins.

**Indicates areas that will weigh most heavily in evaluation and prioritization.

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                           Innovation Grant Funding Proposal Four
                                          FY2009
Proposed by: Web and Information Services

Project Manager: Bill Berg

Responsible Administrator: Barry Dahl

Primary Objective? Enhance student learning and provide staff with multi-media technology.

Project Length:           X Short-term request – project completed in less than one year

                              Long-term request – project completed in 1-2 years

Project Title and Description of proposal: “MediaSite On-Demand Training”
This hardware and software solution would enable presenters to capture audio/video, and PowerPoint
presentations and make the presentation web accessible. This system records your instruction and webcasts it live
over the Internet, automatically. Learners can then watch in real-time, later on-demand, or listen on-the-go with
podcasting.

1. What are the goals and intended outcomes of the project? **
 Goal                                                     Intended Outcome/Measurement of Success
 Faculty presentations for students                       Student satisfaction gathered though surveys
 Live Webcasting                                          Live content delivered to remote students and other
                                                          stakeholders
 Presentations created for in-house HR training           Training videos available online for viewing. # of
                                                          viewings

2. How does the project reinforce any or all of the following: **
   a) AQIP Categories?
      Helping Students Learn and Leading & Communicating
   b) LSC College Priorities?
      3. Embrace & Engage Technology through use of cutting-edge technology
   c) System Targets?
      4. Increase e-learning enrollments through greater student satisfaction

3. Describe any collaboration that will occur with this project. Does the project support
   the goals of other units or divisions of the college? **
   This equipment and service would be available college-wide. Initial identified uses include:
      · Posting lecture material on the Internet for student viewing, for example:
          o Candy Melde in Surgical Tech
          o Cheryl Jost in Nursing Assistant
          o Sue Doering in Communications
          o Natalie Bothwell in Communications
          o Jocelyn Pihlaja in English and FYE
      · Posting training materials for staff members and students:
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          o Mary Nienaber in Human Resources
          o Technology help desk info and tutorials

4. What is the long-range impact of the project? Describe how it will be sustained over
   time.
   This project would be long-term in nature, without any expected termination date. Most of these technology
   solutions gain additional participants and users over time as they become more familiar to the college
   community.

   This system is in use by Minnesota Power (Allete). Steve Beck, CIO of Allete says: “Our implementation last
   year of Mediasite has been helpful. Mediasite records audio, video and supportive materials (PowerPoint) of a
   presentation into one ‘package.’ These are then stored on a company server and can be accessed via our
   intranet site anywhere on our network. We have 48 presentations/training programs available at this time.
   The Human Resources, Safety, Legal and Environmental departments are heavy users of this technology.”

5. Itemize the resources requested
    Line Item                                                                                 $ Request
    Training                                                                                       2,000
    MediaSite Portable System                                                                     24,995
    Total Request                                                                                $26,995

6. Describe who will carry out the project over the long term?
   Staff from the Technology Division (both Audio/Visual and Web/Info Services) will train all interested staff
   and faculty. The Technology Division staff will also be responsible for maintenance and upkeep of the system.

7. Define the time lines of activities for the project.
   ·   System is purchased when funds become available.
   ·   Installation and training would begin in summer 2008.
   ·   Users could begin viewing content at the start of fall 2008 semester.

8. Describe the evaluation process and the follow-up activities.
   ·   Student feedback would be solicited through surveys.
   ·   User (creator) satisfaction would be gathered through a targeted survey.

9. What other funding sources of revenue have been researched and/or are available for
   this project?
   There are currently no other identified funding sources.

**Indicates areas that will weigh most heavily in evaluation and prioritization.

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                           Innovation Grant Funding Proposal Five
                                          FY2009

Proposed by: Human Resources (HR)

Project Manager: Mary Nienaber

Responsible Administrator: Mary Nienaber

Primary Objective? The HR Office is participating in a system-level task force to evaluate and recommend
purchase of an employment and applicant tracking system. By participating in the work of the task force we hope
to achieve the best possible pricing and product selection to meet the needs of campuses.

Project Length:           X Short-term request – project completed in less than one year

                              Long-term request – project completed in 1-2 years

Project Title and Description of proposal: “Online Employment Software Acquisition
and Implementation”
The software would be used for all unclassified searches (faculty, administrators, unclassified MAPE) that make
up 75% of the employee base on campus.

1. What are the goals and intended outcomes of the project? **
 Goal                                                         Intended Outcome/Measurement of Success
 Increase efficiency of search committees by providing        Search committee satisfaction surveys to document
 online access for review of applicants.                      time and convenience of use.
 Increase efficiency and accuracy of process by               Increase efficiency of hiring departments’ staff time
 providing electronic requisition process for                 and accuracy of data by being able to route
 documenting approval and information about each              requisitions through an electronic approval process.
 vacancy.                                                     (yellow form now).
 Decrease the amount of paper being used.                     Decrease paper budget in President’s office.
 Increase efficient of HR office staff by providing           Comparative office staff time indicators and speed of
 electronic approaches to communications with                 communication with applicants.
 applicants.
 Increase effectiveness of the search process with pre-       Number screened out, thereby not processed or
 application screening questions.                             reviewed.

2. How does the project reinforce any or all of the following: **
   a) AQIP Categories?
      Planning Continuous (operational) Improvement
   a) LSC College Priorities?
      Engage and Embrace Technology
   b) System Targets?

3. Describe any collaboration that will occur with this project. Does the project support
   the goals of other units or divisions of the college? **
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   Collaboration will include the work with search chairs and committee members every time they are engaged in
   a search. It supports the goals in providing improved methodology for efficiently and effectively recruiting
   the most qualified employees.
4. What is the long-range impact of the project? Describe how it will be sustained over
   time.
   The positive impact on HR staff labor and search committee members’ time by using the software will more
   than make up for any non-personnel budget impact for annual maintenance fees of the software.

5. Itemize the resources requested
    Line Item                                                                                $ Request
    Software                                                                                     10,000
    Total Request                                                                               $10,000

6. Describe who will carry out the project over the long term?
   Human Resources Office Staff

7. Define the time lines of activities for the project.
   Spring 08 – research and RFP and selection
   Summer 08 – implementation
   Fall 08 – fully in use!

8. Describe the evaluation process and the follow-up activities.
   Search committee member survey, applicant feedback and modifications to areas affected by process change
   as each search is completed. User group participation will be included to provider vendor feedback.

9. What other funding sources of revenue have been researched and/or are available for
   this project?
   O & M funds have been considered and will be used for annual maintenance fees.

**Indicates areas that will weigh most heavily in evaluation and prioritization.

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                            Innovation Grant Funding Proposal Six
                                           FY2009

Proposed by: Student Services

Project Manager: Jean Pehl

Responsible Administrator: Beth Adams 

Primary Objective?  Improve retention.

Project Length:           X Short-term request – project completed in less than one year

                               Long-term request – project completed in 1-2 years

Project Title and Description of proposal: “Parent Orientation”
Implement and Pilot Parent Orientation specifically targeted to parents of high school seniors.

1. What are the goals and intended outcomes of the project? **
 Goal                                                     Intended Outcome/Measurement of Success
 Inform parents of college policies.                      Reduce confusion related to refund, payment, SAP,
                                                          FA, attendance polices, etc. Phone calls and petitions
                                                          related to these policies are reduced. Customer
                                                          relations are improved.
 Provide parent tips to help student succeed.             Help parents with transition and tools to help student
                                                          navigate college without parent intervention with
                                                          college staff. Calls from parents trying to handle
                                                          student business matters are reduced. Student is
                                                          more engaged in his/her college business matters.
 Educate parents regarding FERPA.                         Protect student record/increase awareness of laws
                                                          protecting the record. Reduce frustration resulting
                                                          from inability to disclose confidential information.
                                                          Parent calls are reduced.
 Familiarize parents with campus activities.              Provide sense of community outside the classroom.
                                                          Parents and students display increased awareness of
                                                          campus activities

2. How does the project reinforce any or all of the following: **
   a) AQIP Categories?
      USSN: Understanding Student and Stakeholder Needs, VP: Valuing people, SIO: Supporting
      Institutional Operations, PCI: Planning Continuous Improvement, BCR: Building Collaborative
      Relationships
   c) LSC College Priorities?
      Enhance our regional presence
   d) System Targets?
      Increase retention of students, Build Alumni relations

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3. Describe any collaboration that will occur with this project. Does the project support
   the goals of other units or divisions of the college? **
   Parent Orientation will be a joint project with Student Services, particularly Admissions, Student Life, Alumni,
   and some involvement from Faculty.

4. What is the long-range impact of the project? Describe how it will be sustained over
   time.
   Parents will be better equipped with understanding college policies and procedures and the changes that occur
   from the secondary education level to higher education.

5. Itemize the resources requested
    Line Item                                                                                    $ Request
    Quick resource guide with magnet to attach to refrigerator                                         300
    Giveaway with LSC logo (possibly a write off board)                                                500
    Lunch                                                                                            2,500
    LSC video for each participant                                                                     300
    Decorations/ handouts/invitations/ miscellaneous                                                 1,000
    Entertainment during lunch                                                                         300
    Total Request                                                                                   $4,900

6. Describe who will carry out the project over the long term?
   Jean Pehl and the Student Service Staff

7. Define the time lines of activities for the project.
   Implement pilot for fall 2008
   Expected date: August 23, 2008 (Saturday before start of classes) – 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

8. Describe the evaluation process and the follow-up activities.
   Attendees will evaluate and provide feedback at the end of the day.
   Participating staff will review and evaluate to continuously improve.

9. What other funding sources of revenue have been researched and/or are available for
   this project?
   FYE Budget
   Student Life support
   Fee based charge to parents or assessed fee for parent orientation as part of admission

**Indicates areas that will weigh most heavily in evaluation and prioritization.

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                          Innovation Grant Funding Proposal Seven
                                          FY2009

Proposed by: Grants

Project Manager: Kaelene Arvidson-Hicks

Responsible Administrator: Dr. Susan Stenerson

Primary Objective? Enhance grant writing and planning skills of staff and faculty in Humanities, Sciences,
Business and Industry, Allied Health, and Continuing Education.

Project Length:               Short-term request – project completed in less than one year

                          X Long-term request – project completed in 1-2 years

Project Title and Description of proposal: “Realizing Grant Potentials: A Workshop
Series for Proposal Planning and Design” (hereinafter “Realizing Grant Potentials”)

Overview: “Realizing Grant Potentials” will increase the grant writing capacities of LSC academic/
continuing education faculty and staff.
Context: LSC faculty and teaching staff have a strong desire to develop their teaching abilities, enhance their
research potential, and support student achievement. Among the faculty is an endowment of ideas, which need
both time and monetary resources to bring to fruition.
Project Description: Participants with this Innovations project will learn how to translate their innovative ideas
into a well-crafted project proposal. A series of workshops will cover all aspects of successful proposal writing
from needs assessment and proposal planning to evaluation design and how to select the most promising funders.
Workshops will be designed to be “hands-on” and interactive format. A combination of presentations, problem-
solving exercises, outside speakers, and group feedback sessions will be utilized in the workshops.
Each participant will bring to the workshop a grant writing (or proposal writing) task approved by their Academic
Administrative Team or Continuing Education Director. By the end of the semester, each faculty will have a fully
developed proposal ready for submission to a present (or prospective) funding source. (A stipend allowance will
support the hours required to complete the research, planning and drafting needed to translate their innovative
ideas to a full grant proposal.)
Note: This project envisions two cohorts of faculty who will become department leaders in proposal planning and
design: one cohort in 2009 and one in 2010 for a total of fourteen faculty/staff members.
Outcomes: The immediate outcome of this project is up to fourteen completed grant proposals. Through this
project each department will have one or more quality grant (or project) proposals ready for submission to a
funder.
The long-term goal of this Innovations project is to ignite faculty to faculty interaction and mutual support for
innovation. Activities introduced in the workshops will enhance cohort learning and create a foundation for on-
going exchange and planning across campus units/departments. Faculty leaders chosen to participate with
“Realizing Grant Potentials” will assist in developing a department fund development plan. Their knowledge and
experience will resource their departments’ on-going need to translate innovation into concrete funded projects
far into the future.
Focus will be given to grant writing that supports faculty’s own innovation and at the same time reinforces the
departments 2008 and 2009 IE plans. Participating faculty will be selected by the Academic Administrative Team,

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the Vice President of Workforce Development/Director of Continuing Education, and the Grants Development
Office.

1. What are the goals and intended outcomes of the project? **
 Goal                                                     Intended Outcome/Measurement of Success
 Increased Grant writing Activity for Academic Affairs     · At least two grant writing projects will be
 and Continuing Education                                     developed to support the new faculty “Center
                                                              for Academic Innovation.” These grant writing
                                                              initiatives will be led by department
                                                              administration or faculty.
                                                           · At least two grants will be submitted by
                                                              Continuing Education to support K-12
                                                              curriculum alignment and/or career path
                                                              development.
                                                           · At least one of the grants will be developed to
                                                              support STEM initiatives.
 Increase overall confidence and familiarity with the      · Administration, faculty and staff will increase
 grant writing process and steps required to prepare          their ability to gauge the amount of time and
 persuasively written and well-researched proposals.          shared planning needed to prepare grant
                                                              proposals to various funders.
                                                           · Administration, faculty and staff will become
                                                              aware of the allocation of time and shared
                                                              planning needed to prepare grant proposals and
                                                              will stake out fund development plan to support
                                                              on-going faculty innovation.

2. How does the project reinforce any or all of the following: **
   a) AQIP Categories
      1) Helping Students Learn – Participating faculty will use the skills from the Workshop Series to develop
      grants that enhance their ability as faculty to help students learn.
      2) Accomplishing Distinctive Objectives – Department objectives and unique innovation coming from
      faculty and staff will be advanced by learning how to develop project planning and design and transform
      those into quality funding proposals that support their vision/objectives as a division/department.
      3) Understanding Students and Other Stakeholders’ Needs – An essential element of the grant writing
      process is assessing stakeholder interests. Successful proposals outline a well-discerned understanding of
      benefits to students, the institution and broader community/region. This workshop series will offer
      faculty and staff ways to enhance their description and assessment of stake holding interests.
      4) Valuing People – Our faculty and staff are highly motivated, hard working and committed individuals
      who have an endowment of ideas to advance student learning and achievement. To see their ideas come
      to full expression they need to be supported in learning how to plan, develop, and ultimately fund their
      ideas. “Realizing Grant Potential” workshops are an investment in our highly valued faculty and staff.
      5) Leading and Communicating – A long-term outcome of the “Realizing Grant Potentials” project is 1)
      development of faculty leadership and 2) faculty to faculty engagement in planning and shared visioning.
      Competitive grant proposals start with dynamic exchange of ideas that are transported into fully
      developed plans for impact. Grant writing and planning skills will help faculty gain confidence and
      familiarity with this process.
      6) Supporting Institutional Operations – Institutional operations will be supported by increased funding
      of department-led grant writing.


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      7) Measuring Effectiveness – Implicit in the grant writing process is the ability to discern whether the
      activities proposed for funding actually address the problem presented. Learning how to 1) identify
      indicators for success and 2) measure those indicators (or benchmarks or success) takes practice.
      “Realizing Grant Potentials” will provide faculty resources to discern how to measure effectiveness in
      teaching, learning and curriculum redesign utilizing their existing knowledge of the subject matter. An
      external evaluation expert will present and give direct feedback on faculty proposals.
      8) Planning Continuous Improvement – “Realizing Grant Potential” opens the subject of “user-friendly”
      evaluation methods and will help faculty embrace an evaluation mentality for reaching for continuous
      improvement (rather than being “evaluated” in an either/or dialectic of success or failure). Participatory
      evaluation methods will be discussed with the assistance of an external evaluation expert.
      9) Building Collaborative Relationships – Compressed planning is an early-step in proposal development.
      An introduction to “compressed planning,” will help departments and divisions move through the
      proposal design phase more efficiently. An important outcome of “compressed planning” will be
      collaboration within and between departments.
   b) LSC College Priorities?
      "Engage and Embrace Technology" – Participants with the “Realizing Grants Potentials” workshops will
      gain familiarity with using subscription and non-subscription grant finding resources. This use of web-
      based technology will enhance the capacity of all Academic departments looking to seek external dollars
      for a specific need.
      "Enhance Our Regional Presence and Impact" – Fund development expands our ability as an institution
      to advance our mission in broad and specific ways. When LSC demonstrates capacity to market its ideas
      in the private and public funding arenas, it gains important recognition and respect from other higher
      education facilities, potential students, industry partners, and the community at large.
      "Leading Lifelong Learning" – All participating faculty and staff who participate in the workshop series
      will gain expanded skills learning and awareness about what it takes to develop a completed funding
      proposal.
   c) System Targets? LSC and MnSCU system targets include a target by 2010 of increased
      institution/foundation support from private and public sources.
      “Realizing Grants Potential” will make a significant contribution towards this systems target by increasing
      the number of grants written at the department level and by increasing the effectiveness of the grant
      writing process. All other targets may be indirectly advanced through improved grant writing and
      planning skills.

3. Describe any collaboration that will occur with this project. Does the project support
   the goals of other units or divisions of the college? **
   The collaboration that will occur with this project is substantial. The Academic Affairs team, Continuing
   Education Director, Grants Development Office for Institutional Advancement and the Vice President for
   Quality and Strategic Development will all share in the successful implementation and evaluation of this
   project.
   The Grant Development Office for Institutional Advancement will assume the primary role of designing the
   workshop components to meet the needs identified by Academic Deans and the Continuing Education
   Director.
   The series of workshops is intended to advance faculty to faculty engagement and shared planning/
   visioning, both within and between departments. (See project description.)
   As previously stated, participating faculty and staff will be selected by the Academic Administrative Team and
   the Director of Continuing Education to achieve the desired impact for IE goals of the unit. Criteria for
   selecting faculty will be set by the Academic Administrative Team. Faculty led proposal writing projects that
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4. What is the long-range impact of the project? Describe how it will be sustained over
   time.
   a) This project has potential to advance many IE goals for both Academic Affairs and Continuing Education.
       The capacity of many Academic units may be increased through this project as they learn how to: write
       grant proposals, find appropriate vehicles for funding and develop appreciation for compressed planning,
       a facilitated planning tool.
       Ultimately the project is intended to secure new funding dollars. Expanded funding means expanded
       capacity to achieve our mission for students and for the broader community/region.
       The project is also ultimately a way to sustain innovation. Innovative ideas take flight or stay grounded
       based on whether funds are “found.” With such a large endowment of faculty innovation coming forward
       on campus, this project will increase the chances that more innovation will take flight. For Academic
       Affairs and Continuing Education to move forward with their priorities, their department leaders need to
       be resourced with skills that can support innovation.
   b) Impact of this project will continue far into the future. Knowledge and skills obtained by faculty leaders
       attending a cohort in 2009 or 2010 will bring sustained benefits to the respective departments and cross-
       department project planning, proposal planning and fund development.
       Finally, the common knowledge and skills obtained by faculty and staff attending the cohort will build
       shared language and experience that can enhance committee efforts and the efforts of planning groups
       charged with specific outcomes in the future (including community engagement, service learning, K-
       12/college curriculum alignment, etc.).
       Over time, the proposal planning and design workshops could be institutionalized into a course offered
       through Customized Training or could be offered to staff/faculty again with specific outcomes.
       Alternatively, refresher courses or intermediate support can be arranged with the Grants Development
       Office.

5. Itemize the resources requested
    Line Item                                                                                           $ Request
       Faculty Stipends per Completed Grant Development (capped amount)*                                   14,000
       Presentation by External Evaluator (up to) **                                                        1,000
    Itemize Equipment needs:
       Resource Binders for Cohort Participants $50 per person                                                  700
       Beverages and Refreshments for workshops and seminar on compression                                      500
       planning
    Total Request                                                                                          $16,200
     * “Realizing Grant Potentials” is an investment in faculty/staff innovation. Each comprehensive grant
       completed by faculty will be payable at a stipend rate up to $35.00 per hour. This fee is payable to faculty
       for hours spent writing grants outside of hours they spend teaching and attending “Realizing Grant
       Potentials” Workshops. Each faculty cohort will consist of up to seven participants for a total of fourteen
       persons over the duration of the project.
       A completed grant will be a fully developed proposal with project description, evidence-based strategies,
       multiple-year implementation plan, evaluation design, budget, letters of recommendation and collection of
       abstracts (as needed).
     ** Evaluation Planning and Assessment Seminar will be given by a higher education Evaluation Specialist.
       This seminar will be made available to LSC employees and staff. Written feedback and scoring of four or
       more completed project proposals will provided by the Evaluation Specialist during her day on the LSC
       campus.

6. Describe who will carry out the project over the long term?
   The Grants Development Office for Institutional Advancement and the Vice President of Quality and
   Strategic Development will carry out the project.
7. Define the time lines of activities for the project.
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   Cohort #1 – August 2008 – May 2009
       May-June 2008 -Faculty and staff for first cohort selected
       August 2008            -Workshop 1
       Mid-term               -Workshop 2
       Mid-semester -         -Workshop 3
       End of semester        -Workshop 4 (completed grant revised and sent to potential funder)
       Cohort #1 – Continued Application – January – May 2009
       Individual support and assistance to institutionalize the benefits into identified planning and grant
       development efforts.
   Cohort #2 – August 2009 – May 2010
       May-June 2009 - Faculty and staff for first cohort selected
       August 2009            - Workshop 1
       Mid-term               - Workshop 2
       Mid-semester           - Workshop 3
       End of semester        - Workshop 4 (completed grant revised and sent to potential funder)
       Cohort #2 – Continued Application – January – May 2010
       Individual support and assistance to institutionalize the benefits into identified planning and grant
       development efforts.
   Alternative Brief Course
       An alternative “short – course” offering may be offered in the winter semesters and would be limited to
       one or two workshops. This offering would cover very general information as opposed to intensive skill
       building outcomes that are expected from the cohorts.

8. Describe the evaluation process and the follow-up activities.
   A pre-test/post-test indicator will provide information about the overall effect of “Realizing Grant Potentials”
   for the individual faculty member.
   A brief feedback (evaluation) form will be distributed at the close of each workshop to give the Project
   Manager feedback on what was useful or meaningful about the presentation/workshop activities.
   An evaluation of the workshops themselves will be summarized in a report at the close of each cohort section.
   The summative cohort report will incorporate findings from the pre-test, post-test, and post-workshop
   evaluation forms and will assess the strengths and weaknesses of the workshops themselves.
   The cumulative evaluation will look at the impact of the workshop series for project development, increased
   grant writing activity and success in fund development planning. The quality of the grant proposals developed
   by the cohort group will also be evaluated. The institution-wide and department-wide evaluation of
   “Realizing Your Grant Potentials” will be evaluated after all cohorts have completed the workshop series.
   Measures of success in the cumulative evaluation will include:
       1) Increased grant writing activity in general
           · Increased number of submittals to external funding sources led by faculty or departments
           · Number of successful proposals generated before and within the two years following the
                “Realizing Grants Potential” Workshop series; and
       2) Institutionalization of grant writing and fund developing planning in Academic units
           · Number and quality of activities by faculty leaders to transfer knowledge and skills to colleagues
                and departmental units
           · Frequency and quality of long-term fund development planning being developed at the
                departmental or unit level that participated in the workshop series




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8. What other funding sources of revenue have been researched and/or are available for
   this project?
   None identified.

**Indicates areas that will weigh most heavily in evaluation and prioritization.

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                           Innovation Grant Funding Proposal Eight
                                           FY2009

Proposed by: Business & Industry and Workforce Development

Project Manager: Gary Adams, Tom Tonkin, and Steve Wagner

Responsible Administrator: Candace Barnack and Steve Wagner

Primary Objective? To provide customized training in a flexible learning lab to meet short-term training
needs and redesign the Construction and Residential Wiring lab to provide a safe and functional learning
environment for students and faculty.

Project Length:            X Short-term request – project completed in less than one year

                                Long-term request – project completed in 1-2 years

Project Title and Description of proposal: “Workforce Dev elopment Flex Lab”

1. What are the goals and intended outcomes of the project? **
 Goal                                                         Intended Outcome/Measurement of Success
 Redesign space adjacent to the C&R Wiring Lab to              · Increased Workforce Development training
 support Workforce Development lab-based                          opportunities and activities.
 instructional activities.
 Redesign the Commercial and Residential Wiring Lab.           ·    Improve the learning environment for C&R
                                                                    students.
                                                               ·    Improve the safety and functionality concerns in
                                                                    the C&R Wiring Lab.
  Note: Currently, the Sheet Metal Apprenticeship program is housed in the C&R lab which severely limits the ability
  to provide the students with a safe and functional learning lab. This is a very important and popular program that is
  functioning in very poor conditions.

2. How does the project reinforce any or all of the following: **
   a) AQIP Categories?
      Helping Students Learn, Accomplish Other Distinctive Objectives, Supporting Institutional Operations,
      Building Collaborative Relationships
   b) LSC College Priorities?
      Lead Lifelong Learning, Enhance Our Regional Presence
   c) System Targets?
      The number of unduplicated students enrolled in customized training courses increased 6% between
      FY05-09.

3. Describe any collaboration that will occur with this project. Does the project support
   the goals of other units or divisions of the college? **
   This is a collaboration between Academic Affairs and Customized Training to improve quality, safety, and
   functionality of the C&R Wiring lab while providing Workforce Development (WD) with an area for lab-
   based training. Sheet Metal Apprenticeship training will be moved from the wiring lab to the WD flex lab.
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   Sheet Metal training will continue to occur on Fridays and Saturdays while other WD training, such as
   Commercial Sewing, will occur at other times. The classroom and computer labs currently housed in the
   proposed flex-lab area will be moved to other locations. These areas have been identified.

4. What is the long-range impact of the project? Describe how it will be sustained over
   time.
   The work will be completed this summer. The long-range impact can be easily sustained. When the
   remodeling is completed, credit-based training opportunities will increase in the C&R Wiring lab. WD will
   have a space to provide increased hour- and credit-based short-term training in this area.

5. Itemize the resources requested
    Line Item                                                                                 $ Request
      Remove and replace walls, doors, windows, and ceilings                                     15,000
      Construct learning modules in C&R Wiring lab (e.g., kitchen module)                        10,000
    Itemize Equipment needs:
       Heavy-duty industrial furniture on castors for flex lab                                    10,000
    Total Request:                                                                               $35,000

6. Describe who will carry out the project over the long term?
   Tom Tonkin, Steve Wagner, and Gary Adams

7. Define the time lines of activities for the project.
   §   May 20-23, 2008:                 Remove tables, chairs, and computers from future WD flex lab.
   §   May 27-August 1, 2008:           Construct WD flex lab.
   §   May 27-August 1, 2008:           Construct redesigned C&R Wiring lab.

8. Describe the evaluation process and the follow-up activities.
   Labs will be inspected and approved for use by Gary Adams, Steve Wagner, and Tom Tonkin.

9. What other funding sources of revenue have been researched and/or are available for
   this project?
   §   Physical Plant: $25,000 for electrical upgrade in Construction and WD flex labs
   §   Academic Affairs: $7,000 for C&R Wiring curriculum-supported student projects
   §   Workforce and Community Development: $8,000

**Indicates areas that will weigh most heavily in evaluation and prioritization.

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                           RUBRIC FOR LSC INNOVATION GRANT

Innovation
Innovation will be considered as the process of making improvement(s) by introducing some new
and useful idea, method, process or device to solve a problem. The implementation will result in a
new way of doing something across the college, or within a unit or department. The change will
create a new dimension of performance, and may be linked to performance and growth through
improvements in efficiency, productivity, quality, competitive positioning, or market share.


Weak                                Good                                Strong
Proposal does not introduce a       The new idea, method, process,      The new idea, method, process,
new idea, method, process or        or device proposed is weakly        or device proposed is strongly
device, or does not identify any    linked to a change, or the          linked to one or more changes
change as a result of               change is not easily identifiable   in performance, efficiency,
implementation.                     or documented.                      productivity, quality,
                                                                        positioning, or market share.
                                                                        The change is easily identifiable
                                                                        and documented.


Quality
It is evident that the goals of the proposal aim for increases in quality in the course, program, office,
or institution.


Weak                                Good                                Strong
Little information is provided      Information provided                Information provided
to demonstrate the extent of        demonstrates that the               demonstrates that the
quality or continuous               innovation will result in some      innovation will result in
improvement in the course,          quality improvements within         significant quality
program, office, or institution.    the course, program, office or      improvements within the
Goals are weak and little           institution. Targets are            course, program, office or
reference is made to                minimally identified.               institution. Baseline data
benchmarks or target                                                    provides benchmarks and
improvements.                                                           targets identify specific
                                                                        improvements.


Efficiency
It is evident that the goals of the innovation will contribute to producing an improved way of doing
things.


Weak                                Good                                Strong
Information is brief and            Information provided                Information provided
demonstrates the innovation         demonstrates that the               demonstrates that the
may result in a limited             innovation will result in some      innovation will result in
improved efficiency within the      efficiency within the course,       significant efficiencies within
course, program, office or          program, office or institution.     the course, program, office or

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      institution. Data documents       Data documents the probability        institution. Data documents
      the probability of a small degree of a moderate degree of               the probability of a high degree
      of improved efficiency.           improved efficiency.                  of improved efficiency.


      Cost Effectiveness
      It is evident that the goals of the innovation will add a value to the institution while at the same time
      containing or reducing costs.


      Weak                                Good                                Strong
      Little information is provided      Information provided                Information provided
      that demonstrates the degree to     demonstrates that the               demonstrates that the
      which value may be added.           innovation will result in some      innovation will result in
      Little or no cost reduction data    value added. Moderate cost          significant value added and cost
      is provided or reductions may       reductions will occur and data      reductions will occur across
      occur in only one office.           provided crosses more than one      courses in many departments,
                                          course, office or department, or    programs in more than one
                                          program within a major unit.        division, major units or the
                                                                              institution as a whole. Data
                                                                              documents a high degree of
                                                                              probable improved cost
                                                                              effectiveness.


      Collaboration
      It is evident that the innovation successfully demonstrates collaboration, teamwork, and cooperation
      to ensure continuous improvement efforts.


      Weak                                Good                                Strong
      Information provided                Information provided                Information provided
      demonstrates that                   demonstrates that the               demonstrates that the
      cooperation/collaboration is        innovation will result in           innovation will result in
      lacking or is within a single       cooperation/collaboration           cooperation/collaboration
      department or office within the     across major units within the       within the institution as well as
      institution.                        institution.                        with an agency or other group
                                                                              with whom the institution is
                                                                              not usually connected.


Quality – improving the essential character of; improving an inherent feature of; increasing the capacity of;
increasing ~ compared to baseline or peer data; improving a distinguishing characteristic of.

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AQIP Categories:
     HSL = Helping Students Learn
     AODO = Accomplishing Other Distinctive Objectives
     USSN = Understanding Student and Stakeholder Needs
     VP = Valuing People
     LC = Leading and Communicating
     SIO = Supporting Institutional Operations
     ME = Measuring Effectiveness
     PCI = Planning Continuous Improvement
     BCR = Building Collaborative Relationships
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College Priorities:
1.   Lead Lifelong Learning -- Lake Superior College will engage, enrich and serve the community by
     expanding access while providing a high quality, affordable higher education to prepare learners for life in a
     changing global community.

2.   Enhance our regional presence -- Lake Superior College's vision is o be an area leader of higher education,
     excelling in student development and community responsiveness. To achieve the vision, LSV will expand
     the college's service area to increase enrollment, improve the college image, and provide more educational
     opportunities to the region.
3.   Engage and Embrace Technology -- To remain competitive, Lake Superior College must improve
     efficiencies and train quality graduates. Lake Superior College students and employees will use appropriate
     technology to connect, to explore, to achieve.

System Targets:
1.   The fall 2007 retention rate for fall 2006 entering students will be 32.4%.

2.   The fall 2007 success rate for fall 2006 entering students of color will be 47.3%.

3.   The percentage of students enrolled in one or more college level science, technology, engineering or math
     courses will exceed base level by data by 4%, reaching 53.5%.

4.   The number of unduplicated students enrolled in online courses between 2005 and 2009, will increase 4%
     from 3100 to 3224.

5.   The number of unduplicated students enrolled in customized training courses between fiscal 2005 and 2009
     will increase 6% from 3320 to 3519.

6.   The number of unduplicated students enrolled in continuing education between fiscal 2005 and 2009 will
     increase 6% from 2042 to 2296.

8.   Institutional support from public sources will increase from $580,919 in 2006 to $1,205,400.

9.  Institution/Foundation support from private sources will increase from $219,588 in fiscal 2006 to $1,050,636
    in fiscal 2010.
10. The alumni participation rate will increase from 0% to 1.2% by fiscal 2010.
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