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Many initiatives at the College are planned and performed through the work of the councils and task forces that provide advice, counsel, and recommendations to the President and other administrators.

  1. A council is a permanent entity with broadly representative membership established to deliberate on and provide recommendations about a broad spectrum of topics affecting the general interests of the College and its employees and students. The President must authorize the formation of a council.
  2. A task force is a workgroup assigned to a specific project and given a specific charge. A task force will be discontinued after its specific assignment is completed. The President must establish a task force.
  3. College Process


Co-Chairs: Shannon Thomas and Dr. Leanne Rogstad

Assessment Task Force outcomes:

  1. developed a model and process using Explorance Blue for measuring and monitoring HTC Learning Outcomes to support student success;
  2. mapped HTC Learning Outcomes for courses and programs to support student success; and
  3. integrated technology tools (Simple Syllabus, D2L, and Explorance Blue).


Chair: Stephen Harper

Commencement Charter - 2021

The Commencement Task Force assists with the planning and implementation of the annual Commencement ceremony. The goal is to make commencement a memorable and celebratory event for students and their families.

Hunger Free

Chair: Cara Garrett

Hunger Free Charter - 2021

Hunger-Free Task Force outcomes:centers their work on the outcomes laid out in the Hunger Free Campus Minnesota legislation and includes creating a partnership with a local food bank for on-campus food distribution to meet the basic needs of students. As of April 24, 2 of the 4 planned monthly food distribution events for Spring 2020 have taken place with over 2,600 pounds of food distributed supporting 24 students (78 people including family members) in March and 38 students (107 people including family members) in April.


Student Members:

  • Val Acosta
  • Guadalupe Lira-Jimenez

Integrated Planning

Co-Chairs: Alison Leintz

Integrated Planning Charter - 2021

The Integrated Planning Task Force will focus on:

  • Assisting the College in continuously documenting processes and collecting evidence

  • Validating the strength of evidence in alignment with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) criterion

    • HLC is a regional accreditor of post-secondary institutions in the United States

  • Identifying quality improvement projects that advance the College's mission, vision, values, and strategic outcomes.

  • Leading College efforts for HLC assurance arguments and preparation for re-affirmation visits from HLC

  • Consulting with the President on HLC related matters in accreditation

Integrated Planning Task Force outcomes: created to continuously look at college-wide process integration and continuous quality improvement for accreditation by

  1. documenting processes and collecting evidence;
  2. validating the strength of the evidence in alignment with HLC criteria; and
  3. leading college efforts for writing and submitting the HLC Open pathway Assurance Argument (due November 2020).


Co-Chair: Cherika DeJesus

Persistence Charter - 2021

The Persistence Task Force is charged with completing the following:

  • AWARENESS - Assessing the current retention and persistence rates including a review by demographics, programs, and full/part-time status, and build college-wide awareness of the data
  • HOLDS - Reviewing current student holds by demographics and developing specific recommendations to reduce the number of holds used and communication regarding holds to students
  • SUMMER - Developing recommendations for improving retention and persistence strategies through summer term efforts

Persistence Task Force outcomes: created to look at disparities in persistence between students of color and white students building college-wide awareness of persistence and retention data. FY20 outcomes include developing an action plan to address holds, which included a review of all holds, process mapping of all holds to ensure equity, consistency, and clarity, and editing the language that students see in eServices about what to do when they have a hold.