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.

Grammarly Premium Subscription Available Free for the CSP Community

The University recently entered an agreement with Grammarly to make its premium writing assistant services available at no cost to all CSP students, faculty, and staff.  The premium services allow users to proofread, check for plagiarism, adjust formality, and write with more clarity and confidence.  Invitations to join the service will come from the University or Grammarly.  In the meantime, this link provides additional information about Grammarly and its services.


How Can Older Athletes Stay Active?

Summit orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine physician Brian Walters, M.D., discusses some tips for older athletes who want to keep playing the sport they love.

Whether it’s football, hockey, swimming, racquetball, golf, soccer, or any of a hundred other sports, being an athlete takes time and dedication. For many people, their sport becomes part of their identity. Being active is part of what makes them who they are. But as the years go on, playing the sport they love can get more difficult for many people. How can older athletes stay active in their chosen sport?

“I work with many patients for whom participating in their chosen sport is a crucial part of their lives. It’s how they stay healthy. It helps them deal with stress and maintain good mental health, and it’s part of their social lives as well,” said Summit orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist Brian Walters, M.D. “But when an athletic patient gets a bit older — maybe they’re in their 60s — they begin to run into challenges with maintaining their current level of athletic activity,”

Tips to help older athletes stay active

  • Consider your goals

The first and most important thing, Dr. Walters said, is to set realistic expectations and goals. “Sometimes it’s important to sit down and have a frank conversation with patients who are active and older and have injuries,” Dr. Walters said. It may be time to modify the intensity or level of competitiveness, while still enjoying and participating in the sport. “Many of these individuals have continued to do things athletically that most of the population might have stopped doing 20 years ago,” he said.

  • Respect your limits

Patients who have been healthy and active their whole lives may not want to slow down. That’s fine, said Dr. Walters. It’s just a matter of being smart about how you engage in athletic activity and understanding how your body will respond at this age. Armed with that information, you can choose when and how much you push yourself.

“If you use proper form and set realistic training expectations, you can be active a lot longer. That’s only if you don’t push your body beyond the limits,” Dr. Walters said. “Sometimes, it takes a mental shift to realize that doing your chosen sport at 70 percent instead of 100 percent means that you can do it for a lot longer.”

More ideas for older athletes

  • Try innovative treatments

Many older athletes don’t want to have major surgery that will keep them out of the game for a significant period of time. Dr. Walters uses biologic therapies in his practice. “In the shoulder, I use biologic treatment to increase the chance of good success and recovery, especially in the setting of aging tissue,” he said. Biologics are designed to increase the healing environment in the joint, to speed recovery. It can be part of a surgical procedure or can be competed in the office.

  • Think through options

When it comes to staying active as an older athlete, it’s key to evaluate all of your options. “It’s so important to give patients choices, instead of telling them that there is only one treatment that will work best,” Dr. Walters said. By educating patients, and by laying out the top several options, older athletes can make the best decision for their goals and lifestyle.

Board of Regents Meeting Summary

May 6, 2022


The Concordia University, St. Paul Board of Regents held its quarterly meeting on May 6. Meeting highlights included:


  • Quarterly reports of the President and Executive Leadership Team
  • An update on progress toward Strategic Plan 2024
  • A board in-service session with Seth O’Dell, including a presentation and conversation, on the Kanahoma Project. The presentation focused on charting the next phases of enrollment growth, program development, and operational enhancement for CSP as we work to achieve an enrollment of 10,000.
  • A report from the Board Chair on various board activities including the status of the LCMS Convention 7-03 Task Force.
  • Lunch with several members of the undergraduate science faculty and students who presented poster sessions on their research projects.
  • An update on CSP’s successful fundraising efforts
  • Reports from the Board’s Executive, Academic, Advancement, and Finance committees
  • Approved, via consent agenda, the following actions:
    • The proposed FY23 budget of $88,604,000, with a projected surplus of $1,467,000 (1.88%)
    • An endowment investment and spending policy
    • Faculty actions
      • Advancement in rank to associate professor for:

Dr. Jerrod Brown

Dr. Kimberly Craig

Rev. Dr. Michael Dorner

Dr. Matthew Jensen

Rev. Dr. Mark Koschmann

  • Advancement in rank to full professor for:
    Dr. Sue Starks
  • Advancement to Emeritus status:
    Dr. Phyllis Burger (effective June 30, 2022)
    Dr. Frederic (Ric) Dressen (effective December 31, 2022)
  • The Service of Sending, Honorary Awards Dinner, and Commencement ceremonies