Higher Education in Minnesota

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This presentation will provide an overview of how higher education systems and funding mechanisms are structured in Minnesota, and give student leaders information on the current climate affecting our colleges. Students new to MSCSA are especially invited to participate.

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Higher Education in Minnesota

  1. 1. Higher Education in Minnesota Jessica Medearis Associate Director, MSCSA
  2. 2. Test Your Knowledge!  What does MnSCU stand for?  How many colleges are part of MnSCU?  Who is the leader of the MnSCU system?
  3. 3. M to the N to S-C-U!!
  4. 4. Higher Education in Minnesota  Minnesota has two public higher education systems.
  5. 5. Higher Education in Minnesota   Minnesota also has a variety of private higher education institutions Coordination by the Office of Higher Education
  6. 6. Minnesota State Colleges and Universities    MnSCU system was created in 1995 Merged all public schools, except the University of Minnesota Efficiency, centralized services, oversight
  7. 7. Minnesota State Colleges and Universities     State and tuition funded System currently gets more than half of its funding from tuition System has over 400,000 students Subject to legislative oversight and direction
  8. 8. Institutional Missions:     Critical Thinking Broad Liberal Arts Education Technical/Career Training Customized Training
  9. 9. University of Minnesota    Five campuses and 65,000 students Split focus between education and research Less legislative oversight
  10. 10. A “Land Grant” School
  11. 11. Private Colleges  Over 25 private four-year colleges and 8 private, for-profit institutions  No direct state aid  Students are eligible for financial aid  Institutions almost free from state oversight
  12. 12. The MnSCU System:     Over 95,000 full-time two-year students Online-intensive: 10,000 courses online Educates 63% of the state’s undergraduates 2013-2014 Tuition Average: $5,370
  13. 13. Who’s in Charge? Shared Governance “means that a decision on a significant issue has been fully, deliberately and inclusively considered by the campus and then communicated. It means every effort has been made to fully inform and provide ample opportunities for participation.”
  14. 14.   Why is shared governance important? How do you see shared governance in action on your campus?
  15. 15. Shared Governance  Who? ◦ Legislature ◦ Board of Trustees ◦ Chancellor ◦ Vice Chancellors ◦ Presidents/Leadership Council ◦ Provosts ◦ Students, Faculty, Staff
  16. 16. Board of Trustees    15-member Board 6 year terms: 8 representing regions, 3 at-large, one labor 2 year terms: 3 students
  17. 17. Other Decision-Makers        Vice Chancellors Associate Vice Chancellors Other Staff Students MSCF, IFO, MAPE, MSUAASF, AFSCME, M MA Lawmakers Media
  18. 18. Summary  Four sectors of higher education  Mission, oversight, history, facts  MnSCU schools and governance

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