By Linda Beer, Dean of Studenta Affairs

During the first several days of Fall Semester 2012 there is strong evidence of SCC's commitment to connect with students this year. Thank you to the greeters who met students in the hallways the first week of school. Thank you to the folks who answered many questions and pointed folks in the right direction. These and more strategies all along the Student Enrollment Management Spectrum – from recruiting to admission to registration to completion and placement – are underway.

Last spring we announced our new Ask Anyone Campus Campaign to the college faculty and staff. Of course, the goal is to encourage students to ask questions – of anyone on campus – and SCC community members make the commitment to help the student access the appropriate resource. This past summer during STAR Orientation sessions and at New Faculty Orientation, new students and faculty have been encouraged to watch for the lime green buttons, posters and to feel comfortable asking anyone their questions. Many SCC community members have indicated their willingness to support our students, but are requesting some additional resources. It is a challenge to locate the correct information or person to answer questions. Therefore, we are currently working on assembling resources on the new Faculty/ Staff portal. Check out the new look and information at:

• Want to have your photo taken with the "Ask Anyone" background? The photo booth will be back on campus:
September 4th in Faribault, September 5th in North Mankato….for details ask Heidi Beske
• Interested in an "Ask Me?" lime green t-shirt? First come, first served…ask Linda Beer
• Need an "Ask Anyone" button? We've got more…ask Kayla Sandersfeld

As promised at the faculty inservice in August, the Student Engagement Committee will be sponsoring several student success forums. The dates and specific topics will be released soon – watch for more!

Another major student success strategy we talked about at fall faculty inservice is the new Advising Model being rolled out for fall 2012. By creating teams of faculty and student affairs advisors, we hope to customize our advising strategies to meet specific student needs and program nuances. This planful approach will help ensure that all students will know who their advisor is, how to contact them, have a clearly defined pathway to success, and have clear goals regarding completion of their educational plan. I encourage you to get together soon with your team to strategize how best to connect with our students.

Summer 2012 was a busy one! Four SCC faculty and staff members attended the Noel Levitz Conference on student retention in Chicago. Along with some great ideas about student success initiatives, they brought back an affirmation of the great things that SCC is already doing. The student-centered philosophy listed here really is a great match to how we hope to keep students in the forefront at SCC:

SCC's Student Centered Philosophy
• Because our students have a need, we have a job.
• Because our students have a choice, we must be the best option.
• Because our students care, we must be considerate.
• Because we value our students time, we must be quick.
• Because our students are unique, we must be flexible.
• Because our students have high expectations, we must excel.
• Because our students have influence, we have the hope of more students.
• Because of our students, we exist.