Approximate Travel Dates: June 12 - 24, 2014
Application Deadline: November 22, 4 p.m.

South Central College (SCC) has partnered with Carl-Severing Polytechnic in Bielefeld, Germany, to create a student exchange program to build educational, cultural and global awareness. Students from Carl-Severing visit Minnesota in the fall while SCC students visit Bielefeld in early summer. Five SCC students will be selected to participate in this learning opportunity and will receive a Student Ambassador Travel Scholarship that will cover a significant portion of the trip expenses. In return, SCC will ask the students to serve as good will ambassadors when Carl-Severing students visit during fall 2014 and to make several group presentations on both campuses and to several service organizations and business partners.

Students will travel with an SCC instructor, stay with a host family for approximately ten days, spend time at Carl-Severing, and tour Bielefeld and its surrounding communities.

Qualifying students must be enrolled at South Central College full-time and have completed a full semester with a GPA of 3.0 or higher or be enrolled full-time in their first semester and be in good standing as reported by their instructors and intend to enroll at SCC in fall 2014. An application and the names of two references will be required.

The Student Ambassador Travel Scholarship amount for this travel opportunity will cover most of the travel costs including air fare, housing, land travel, most meals, and entrance fees to sites and events. Students who are selected for this scholarship will be expected to contribute $800 plus the cost of a 1-credit travel class (to be taken during summer term).
Students who receive this scholarship will be expected to do the following:

  • Enroll in a 1-credit travel course beginning for summer 2014. (Cost: approximately $190)
  • Pay $800 for costs not covered by the scholarship, of which a non-refundable payment of $250 is due by December 9th, 2013.
  • Participate in the trip from about June 12 -24, 2014.
  • Secure a valid U.S. passport by April 1, 2014.
  • Serve as a good-will ambassador to students who visit from Carl Severing during fall 2014.
  • Present as a group on the North Mankato and Faribault campuses.
  • Present as a group to 3-5 selected service organizations (such as Rotary) and/or industry partners.
  • Provide feedback about the travel program.

Carl-Severing students who visited SCC in October, 2012.Carl-Severing students who visited SCC in October, 2012.Scholarship Requirements

Qualifying students must meet the following criteria:

  • Intend to continue at SCC during fall 2014
  • Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher for returning students
  • Be in "good standing" for students who enrolled fall 2014

Selection will be based on the overall quality of the application.

Deadline for application: November 22, 2013 by 4 p.m.
Student Ambassador Travel Scholarship Application Form  (PDF 943 Kb)  

Students are expected to type their responses and submit a copy of the completed application to:
Dr. Brian Fors at South Central College – Room C167
1920 Lee Boulevard
North Mankato, Minnesota 56003
OR
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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/

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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.