Board of Regents Summary – July 28, 2022

The Board of Regents met for its quarterly meeting on July 28. At the meeting, the Board received a report from President Brian Friedrich detailing a number of items, including a review of the theme for the 2022-23 academic year (“God so Loved the World”), a recap and discussion about the Kanahoma project, and updates on the work of the LCMS 7-03 Task Force and Concordia University System institutions.

President Friedrich, along with Drs. Eric LaMott and Michael Dorner, presented the findings from the Higher Learning Commission assurance process, which demonstrated CSP’s strengths as an institution. Dr. LaMott was joined by Ann Voda of Bentz Thompson Rietow, Inc. for a presentation on CSP’s master facility plan for the St. Paul campus.

Chief Diversity Officer Mychal Thom shared about the work he has done during his first year at CSP and how CSP seeks to fulfill its mission and live out its promise through the diversity strategic plan.

The Board received updates from the Executive, Academic, Advancement, and Finance Committees. Finally, the Board took the following actions:

  • Approved Jacob Trippel as a tenure track faculty and chair of MBA program
  • Reappointed Dr. David Bell as a Regent (2022-2025)
  • Disbanded the Advancement Committee
  • Established a Governance Committee
  • Endorsed the revised President’s Advisory Council Charter (which will carry the functions of the Advancement Committee moving forward)

The Board meets again on September 30, 2022.

CSP Strategic Plan: Progress Update, June 2022

Even though we’re just beginning to feel the first heat waves of summer, CSP continues its daily focus on our near- and long-term strategic plans. We want to provide an early summer high level update about the ongoing work.

Early indicators for Fall enrollment at CSP continue to show overall positive signs. Our growth in recent years has happened largely in our online and graduate programming, which comes out of regional and national demographic trends in higher education. CSP sees growth potential, despite the fact we face the same types of headwinds confronting virtually all higher education institutions today. Many of our counterparts at other private universities and state colleges and universities are not as fortunate, as they face continued staggering declines.

CSP is never immune to these challenges. However, by holding to our strategic plans, providing valuable career-relevant academic offerings, and maintaining our standing as the most affordable private university in the state, we continue to attract a strong pool of prospective and committed students across our academic tracks, including traditional, non-traditional undergraduate, and our graduate programming.

Toward the end of the 2021-22 traditional academic year, we shared updates regarding long-term plans to solidify and maintain enrollment levels in our traditional programming while setting aggressive growth goals for our non-traditional and graduate programming. These plans include augmented branding of the CSP online programs, combined with adjustments to organizational structures to best support our colleges and program offerings.

Teams continue working through the summer months specifically focusing on areas such as:
Brand identity for CSP’s non-traditional offerings;
Better understanding of the structural realignments and operational efficiencies that will be required for long-term success, which led to the formation of operational readiness work teams;
Alignment of academic programs, affirming clear pedagogical best practices to support those programs, and early budget planning

Internally, we’ve shared the branding/naming construct of “CSP Global” to encompass the higher growth non-traditional online and graduate programming. Our internal CSP marketing and enrollment teams are working closely with trusted and highly credible third parties to develop the final recommendations on naming conventions, branding, public rollout, and many other aspects of this essential growth strategy.

Exact timing and the details are still being worked out, and those leading the process will be tapping expertise and insight from members of the CSP community across our six colleges. We anticipate launching these initiatives more formally at some point in the coming academic year, but much work remains to be done before we finalize timelines.

CSP is blessed to be in a position to be talking about growth – at a time when so many institutions are trying to ease rapid declines in enrollment. The opportunities that lie ahead are a testament to the hard work and dedication of the entire CSP family. The pathway to serving more and more students over the past decade has required a lot of hard work across our faculty and staff, which ultimately led to greater value for CSP students of all types. The real career value we provide is essential to our growth.

Meanwhile, the internal planning and process improvements underway will serve to put CSP in an even stronger position as we gain greater momentum and relevance in the higher education landscape.

We’ll continue to share updates as these projects progress in the weeks ahead prior to the Fall term. Please also remember that discussions about the CSP Global concept are still in early stages and not yet public. So we ask that everyone keeps this information private within CSP.

In the meantime, we all wish you a blessed summer.

CSP Promotes Nick Schroepfer as the University’s Director of Marketing

CSP staff member Nick Schroepfer

We are pleased to announce the promotion of Nick Schroepfer to the role of Director of Marketing for CSP. Nick has been with the marketing department for four years, most recently heading up digital strategy and social media. He has also been deeply involved in all digital touchpoints that our students, prospects, and the public have with CSP.

Nick describes himself as a “Double CSP Alum” with his undergraduate degree and MBA both emblazoned with the CSP logo. In this new role he will lead the internal team of four marketing specialists and outside vendors and OPM partners that work the spectrum of marketing initiatives for CSP.

Nick has many successes under his marketing belt during his time at CSP. He has led initiatives to transform digital media campaigns and advancing the paid social media, search engine marketing, and programmatic advertising. His work has been essential to expand CSP’s reach and generate interest in our traditional and non-traditional academic offerings.

“Nick’s skills and his leadership style align well with the needs of the departments we support. He also has an innate, keen sense for the students we hope to attract to CSP,” said Dr. Kimberly Craig, vice president of enrollment management for CSP. “He is also a proven collaborator and will work well with all of our stakeholders and partners to do even more to help us reach our audiences across media channels.”

“It’s particularly gratifying to apply the skills I’ve gained as a CSP student and member of the marketing team to advance our brand and let the market know the value of a CSP degree,” Nick noted. “I’m particularly eager to deploy more analytics and data-driven marketing principles within our marketing tools to help us make the most out of every dollar allocated for marketing.”

Nick’s MBA thesis focused specifically on marketing and how it applies to the higher education landscape. His in-depth study of the intersection of marketing with the needs of higher ed will no doubt come into play as a foundational element in CSP’s marketing programs for 2022 and beyond.

Fire Near CSP Campus Saturday Aug. 21

Colleagues:

Many blessings on this day the Lord has made. I pray your rest and worship have refreshed you this weekend.

Saturday night, as some of you may be aware, a three-alarm fire occurred just north of the Selby Avenue bridge immediately west of our Kohler Building (west of the baseball field. The blaze totally destroyed the building to our west. It was used as a storage facility for tires and a host of other items. The Kohler building was spare complete destruction. However, two new vehicles used by our Sodexo partners were destroyed as were some of the other contents. We do not yet have a full estimate of the damage. The Kohler building has been used by CSP for decades as the location of our building department’s shop.

The Fire Marshall has launched an investigation into the cause of the fire and our assessment and clean-up efforts begin in earnest tomorrow. We are grateful for the tremendous work done by St. Paul Fire and Rescue and Police Departments to battle the blaze, secure the area and divert onlookers from the fire. The blaze began about 6:00 pm last night. The crews worked through the night and Sunday morning one of the fire department “towers” was still pouring water onto the burn site. Saturday night there were 5 towers battling the blaze at one point. Overall there were 16 fire crews and a total of 86 emergency service personnel on-site.

The property destroyed is one that we have worked to acquire over the years without success. Perhaps the owner will now be more open to selling the property to us. Because it is adjacent to both the baseball and softball complex and Parking Lot D it would be an ideal location to acquire and would provide several options for expansion to the southwest side of the campus.

As additional information is available, I will communicate it with you. Our Critical Incident and Sodexo teams did a great job supporting the work of the fire department. Our RAs, who are on campus for training, also did an excellent job of helping to secure the area and to bring water to the firefighters.

God is so good and continues to bless CSP abundantly. His Guardian Angels attended many last evening.

God’s peace be with you,

Brian

KSTP Story HERE
Fox story HERE

Snap a Selfie: CSP Reads Goes Virtual for 2021

CSP Reads

As has so much during the 2020-21 Academic Year, our annual CSP READS promotion is going to look a bit different. For this seventh year of showcasing our campus community on READ posters during the month of April in celebration of National Library Week we are asking you to reflect on how quarantine restrictions or reading in the time of COVID-19 impacted your habits – did you read more, did you avoid or gravitate to a certain genre, did binge-watching a show on Netflix or Hulu lead you to a book (Hello, Bridgerton! Hello Little Fires Everywhere!)?
If you agree to take part in this fun event promoting literacy and the library – and we sincerely hope you do – we invite you to snap a selfie (no photoshoots in the library this year) and fill out this Google Form. Your participation as a poster model, showcasing a favorite book, is a necessary ingredient for making this a success! As in the past, the READ posters will be highlighted both in the Library and online.

Please consider taking part in this fun event promoting literacy and the CSP Library, and encourage a colleague or classmate to join in the fun! We love the enthusiasm that people from all across campus have shown toward the Library and this project in the past and can’t wait to showcase this year’s posters, and we’d like YOU to be a part of it!

We look forward to hearing from you by the submission deadline on Friday, April 9!

If you have any questions, please reach out to CSP Library’s Jeanine Gatzke and Megan Johnson-Saylor.