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MnSCU strategic recommendations

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Chancellor Steven J. Rosenstone

Chancellor Steven J. Rosenstone, leads the 31-school, 54-campus Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.

Chancellor Steven J. Rosenstone Alfredo Oliveira President Earl H. Potter III 

Improved credit transfer, enhanced collaboration among schools, greater support for underserved populations, and a focus on helping solve business and community problems are among the strategic recommendations announced Nov. 20 by officials of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system.

Trustees for the 31-school, 430,000-student system approved six recommendations in a strategic white paper called “Charting the Future for a Prosperous Minnesota."

  1. Dramatically increase the success of all learners, especially those in diverse populations traditionally underserved by higher education.
  2. Develop a collaborative and coordinated academic planning process that advances affordability, transferability, and access to our programs and services across the state.
  3. Certify student competencies and capabilities, expand pathways to accelerate degree completion through credit for prior learning, and foster the award of competency-based credit and degrees.
  4. Expand the innovative use of technology to deliver high quality online courses, strengthen classroom instruction and student services, and provide more individualized learning and advising.
  5. Work together under new models to be the preferred provider of comprehensive workplace solutions through programs and services that build employee skills and solve real-world problems for communities and businesses across the state.
  6. Redesign our financial and administrative models to reward collaboration, drive efficiencies, and strengthen our ability to provide access to an extraordinary education for all Minnesotans.

St. Cloud State, founded in 1869 as the state's Third Normal School, is the largest MnSCU member. President Earl H. Potter III and trustee Alfredo Oliveira, a senior political science major from Brazil, were among the St. Cloud State people who helped develop the recommendations.  

"Everything we do, everything we believe in, is focused on providing an opportunity for all Minnesotans to create a better future for themselves, for their families, and for their communities," said Chancellor Steven J. Rosenstone, in a message to MnSCU's 54 camouses. "We make good on our core belief by delivering an extraordinary and affordable education that is tailored to the aspirations and unique needs of each individual student." 

“It’s a call for collaboration and coordination,” Rosenstone told the Minneapolis Star Tribune “in a way, quite frankly, we haven’t been very good at.”

The white paper discusses challenges facing system schools, including an appropriation/tuition crisis. View a line chart that documents declining appropriations and rising tuition (PDF).

The recommendations flesh out the 2011 strategic framework, known as the "MnSCU Promise."

  • Provide access to an extraordinary education for all Minnesotans
  • Be the partner of choice to meet workforce and community needs
  • Deliver the highest value/most cost-effective education in the state

The recommendations, developed by a 46-person workgroup of employees, students and trustees, were presented in draft form to the board in June. Since then, they have been the subject of more than 100 listening sessions involving more than 5,000 employees, students and other constituents, according to Rosenstone. 

Meet the MnSCU Board of Trustees, chaired by Clarence Hightower, St. Paul. 

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