South Central College (SCC) is opening a call for ideas that move the college toward continuous improvement! In an effort to maximize our strengths and improve the college in new and exciting ways, we would like to hear your ideas for Action Projects. These projects are focused initiatives that will help SCC advance and improve. Action Projects can be described generally by the following characteristics:

  • Align with SCC’s Strategic Plan and Mission
  • Accomplishes objectives in less than one year
  • Benefit our students and/or other stakeholders
  • Possess challenging, yet attainable goals
  • Are worked on by a team of staff, faculty, and students

Submit your project ideasat: http://southcentral.edu/aqipactionproject

The due date to be considered in this first round of Action Projects is November 12, 2013.

Need inspiration? Search the Higher Learning Commission’s Action Project Directory to find out what other schools are doing to take ACTION: http://www.ncahlc.org/component/com_apdsearch/Itemid,126/

If you have additional questions, contact Kaycie or myself This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is an AQIP Action Project?
A. Action Projects are focused improvement initiatives that will help South Central College (SCC) advance and improve college processes. Having Action Projects on file with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) demonstrates the college’s commitment to quality improvement efforts. AQIP Action Projects can be described generally by the following characteristics:

  • Align with SCC’s Strategic Plan and Mission
  • Accomplishes objectives in less than one year
  • Benefit our students and/or other stakeholders
  • Possess challenging, yet attainable goals
  • Are worked on by a team of staff, faculty, and students

Q. Where do ideas for AQIP Action Projects come from?
A. Ideas for AQIP Action Projects come from anyone in the SCC community, including staff; faculty; students; alumnae; advisory board members; community members; and groups within the college, such as committees, student senate, and academic departments.

Q. When and how can I submit an idea for an AQIP Action Project?
A. Ideas can be submitted at any time. However, to be considered for this first round of Action Projects, we are requesting suggestions be submitted by November 12, 2013. Suggestions may be submitted via the online suggestion form. (www.southcentral.edu/aqipactionproject)

Q. What happens to my suggestion once I submit it?
A. Suggestions for AQIP Action Projects are reviewed by the AQIP Steering Committee using the SCC Action Project Scoring Rubric. A link to the rubric is also available from the Action Project online suggestion form.

Project suggestions are prioritized based on the criteria provided in the rubric. A subset of the top scored project ideas are then ranked by AQIP Steering Committee members based on the needs of SCC at the time of the call for ideas. The AQIP Steering Committee then submits Action Project ideas to the SCC President and SCC President’s Cabinet for final approval.

Q. Where can I find examples of AQIP Action Projects?
A. Action Projects from all AQIP colleges and universities can be reviewed in the HLC Action Project Directory (www.ncahlc.org/component/com_apdsearch).

Q. Who works on AQIP Action Projects?
A. Any SCC faculty, staff, administrators, and/or students who are interested in the project will work in teams on Action Projects. The AQIP Steering Committee will put out a call for volunteers, and encourage representation and participation from a variety of SCC constituencies.

Q. How many AQIP Action Projects do we work on at one time?
A. SCC is required to commit to, report on, and publically share at least three actions projects at all times. To ensure we can continually work on at least three Action Projects, some projects will be in line, ready to begin as an Action Project is completed.

Q. How long to AQIP Action Projects last?
A. AQIP Action Projects typically last from a few months to one year. In rare instances, an Action Project may last several years. Projects that take several years may be completed in stages.

Q. How do I get involved with working on an Action Project?
A. Contact the AQIP Steering Committee via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or call the Quality Improvement Coordinator, Dr. Kaycie Lawson at 507-389-7471.

South Central College Names New Dean of Workforce Education and Training

South Central College is proud to announce that Barbara Embacher has been chosen as the college’s Dean of Workforce Education and Training.  Ms. Embacher will start employment with SCC on October 21, 2013.  In her new position as Dean of Workforce Education and Training, Barb will be responsible for implementing a newly designed comprehensive plan addressing the career and technical education and workforce development needs of students, the College, and the community.

“Barb’s past experience in both secondary and higher education, along with business development, align well with the college’s mission,” stated SCC President, Dr. Annette Parker.  “We are pleased to have someone of Barb’s caliber joining our leadership team.  Her vast knowledge and experience will be beneficial in this role as we prepare our students to compete locally in a global marketplace.”

Barb holds a B.S. in Vocational Rehabilitation/Special Education from the University of Wisconsin- Stout and a M.S. in Education-Professional Development from the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire.  She is currently the Vice President of Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. and has been in that role since 2007.  Other experiences include School Board Member and Clerk with the St. Clair School District; Career Education Coordinator with Mankato Area Public Schools; and adjunct assistant professor at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

This is a wonderful leadership opportunity for Barb and has tremendous alignment with her previous professional experiences and passion”, stated Jonathon Zierdt, President & CEO of Greater Mankato Growth, Inc.  “Barb’s direct experience in education and her time working with our business community offers SCC a unique perspective that will be beneficial to not only the College but our businesses.”


For more information on this press release or South Central College, contact Jody Bloemke at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (507) 389-7492.