- CAMPAIGN PRIORITIES
- CAMPAIGN SUCCESSES
- WAYS TO GIVE
Advances in technology have revolutionized approaches to teaching, learning and working in recent decades. St. Cloud State continues to make prudent and forward-thinking investments in technology, favoring those that will serve our students and faculty long-term. Our ongoing investments in software, hardware, "smart" classrooms, wired labs, remote learning and infrastructure improvements are essential if we are to realize our vision of becoming a new kind of regional comprehensive university. Additional funds for acquiring technologies and training students and faculty in their use is vital to the University's future.
Our students' ability to succeed in tomorrow's world depends, in part, on offering them an education that anticipates the future. But keeping up on the latest trends, research, and technologies often requires St. Cloud State faculty to step away from the classroom and immerse themselves in industry, government, or the nonprofit sector. Such community engagement - a key element of St. Cloud State's goal of building a community of teacher/scholars - allows faculty to return to the classroom with relevant examples and up-to-date perspectives. Funds will provide the resources necessary for involvement in faculty internships and externships, to cover travel and related expenses, and, in some cases, to hire temporary instructors to handle participants' course loads.
Finding solutions to contemporary problems often requires cross - fertilization of ideas. By collaborating with colleagues in other disciplines, St. Cloud State faculty members broaden their understanding of complex issues, experiment with new intellectual perspectives, learn new technologies, and often return to the classroom with fresh energy. Such collaborations also mirror partnership in contemporary industry and business - enhancing student learning. To stimulate such interdisciplinary collaborations, financial assistance is needed to fund departmental collaborations and reward researchers who connect with colleagues across the University.