The President’s Message

The President’s Message

February 06, 2024

Kent HansonGreetings from Anoka-Ramsey Community College! 2024 brings a fresh start to classes, athletics and activities — our campuses are buzzing with the start of a new semester. I’m happy to report an increase in enrollment at Anoka-Ramsey this year, which is both exciting and a testament to our student-centered culture at the college. As educational needs continue to evolve, I’m proud of the work our faculty and staff do to stay ahead of the curve and provide new and innovative opportunities to our students.

Innovation is a foundational piece of what we do at Anoka-Ramsey, and in how we serve our communities.

Across disciplines, the college offers new and personalized opportunities for our students to explore and learn. From ensuring greater access to college education, to co-curricular experiences that challenge our students to think beyond the classroom walls, to engaging students in activities that create inclusive communities, we’re creating new avenues for students to succeed. Our students are published researchers, talented artists and performers, emerging leaders and effective advocates. Every semester I am amazed by the diverse array of their accomplishments.

In this edition of the Anoka-Ramsey newsletter, we highlight some of our more recent innovations at the college, including support to make college more affordable and meet student basic needs, advances in scientific research by our faculty and students, and updates to our athletics offerings. You’ll also hear from alumni whose experiences at the college led them to successful and purposeful careers and learn how you can support current and future Anoka-Ramsey students at our upcoming Rhythm of the Rapids event later this year.

We are also looking ahead to the future of Anoka-Ramsey, as the college embarks on a strategic planning process later this spring. This process will bring a variety of stakeholders together for feedback on advancing the mission of the college through a new strategic plan. I am looking forward to hearing from students, faculty, staff, and community partners and to unveil the new plan next year.

Thank you for your ongoing support for Anoka-Ramsey, and for your partnership in the success of our students.


This feature appeared in the 2024 Anoka-Ramsey Community Newsletter. View a full PDF version of this story and additional pieces

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