Policy Brainstorm
Extravaganza!!
MnSCU System Policy
Work
Credit Transfer
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Student Transfer Survey
Appeals Tracking
MnTC Certification
Affordability
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Tuition set for 2014-2015
Fees increase up to 3%
Credit for Prior Learning
Four-year degrees on ...
College Readiness
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Increasing credit opportunities in high
school
Aligning high school assessments with
college place...
Meeting Workforce Needs
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Statewide academic planning
Increasing internship opportunities
State Legislative
Landscape
State Budget Outlook
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FY 2014-2015 projected $627 million
shortfall, however $2.1billion in
revenue increases duri...
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
State Appropriation vs. Tuition Relationship
Fiscal Years 2002-2015
100.0%
90.0%...
Legislative Basics
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Biennial cycle: first year is a
budget/appropriations year, second
year is bonding bill
67 Sena...
What’s next at the Capitol?
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Bonding
◦ MnSCU will be asking for:
 $130.6 million in HEAPR and demolition
 $155.9 milli...
What’s next at the Capitol?
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The Unsession
◦ Governor Dayton has named the 2014
session as the “Unsession”
◦ The goal is...
Current Legislative
Composition
 House

of Representatives
• DFL: 73
• R: 61
 Senate
• DFL: 39
• R: 28
 DFL Governor
Federal Legislative
Landscape
Federal Budget Challenges
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Federal Government Shutdown
◦ Deal to end shutdown funds federal
government until January 15,...
Federal Budget Challenges
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Sequestration Cuts
◦ First round occurred last year
◦ Reduced funding for
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Suppleme...
Divided Government
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U.S. Senate
◦ 51 Democrats
◦ 47 Republicans
◦ 2 Independents

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U.S. House
◦ 242 Republicans
◦ 193 ...
Time to Brainstorm!


Regional discussions

 What

are the most
important policy issues
facing students?
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  • Big picture- we faced a lot of financial challenges lately, deficit, things are looking better, higher ed received largest investment in decades, campuses still facing cuts, costs still going upMinnesota management and budget prepare a “forecast” or preview, of the state’s revenue. Nov and Feb. Governor will wait until Feb forecast to make a recommendation. Projected balance is 1.086 billion.
  • Small increase 13-15
  • Operate under biennial cycle Bonding- civic centers, transit, higher ed buildings Capital investment commitee
  • Total that is likely based on what we’ve heard, governor’s proposal on jan 15th.
  • Unsessionas “cleaning up” state government and statute
  • Influences decisions
  • Part-time grant pilot
  • Kayley* So, pretty much no new funding for higher education programs
  • JessEvery department gets cuts
  • KayleyIndependentscaucus with democrats
  • Legislative landscape presentation for policy brainstorming

    1. 1. Policy Brainstorm Extravaganza!!
    2. 2. MnSCU System Policy Work
    3. 3. Credit Transfer    Student Transfer Survey Appeals Tracking MnTC Certification
    4. 4. Affordability      Tuition set for 2014-2015 Fees increase up to 3% Credit for Prior Learning Four-year degrees on two-year campuses Scholarship campaigns
    5. 5. College Readiness   Increasing credit opportunities in high school Aligning high school assessments with college placement exams
    6. 6. Meeting Workforce Needs   Statewide academic planning Increasing internship opportunities
    7. 7. State Legislative Landscape
    8. 8. State Budget Outlook    FY 2014-2015 projected $627 million shortfall, however $2.1billion in revenue increases during legislative session will cover the deficit MN’s economy ranked 5th fastest growing in 2012 November Forecast – Surplus of $825 million after K-12 school shifts are paid back
    9. 9. Minnesota State Colleges and Universities State Appropriation vs. Tuition Relationship Fiscal Years 2002-2015 100.0% 90.0% 80.0% 66.3% 55.3% 70.0% 60.0% 50.0% 33.7% 44.7% 40.0% 30.0% 20.0% 10.0% 0.0% 60.1% 52.6% 51.4% 55.2% 47.4% 48.6% 44.8% 39.9% Tuition Appropriation 58.8% 58.1% 41.2% 41.9%
    10. 10. Legislative Basics    Biennial cycle: first year is a budget/appropriations year, second year is bonding bill 67 Senators, 134 Representatives Higher Education committee members in House and Senate are the main focus of our work, Capital Investment committee is also important, especially in bonding years
    11. 11. What’s next at the Capitol?  Bonding ◦ MnSCU will be asking for:  $130.6 million in HEAPR and demolition  $155.9 million for capital projects and design  The request relies on $58.8 of System financing and $227.7 million in General Obligation financing  If fully funded, this request reduces total MnSCU square footage by 257,360 feet  Bonding bill will likely be between $800 and $900 million if passed
    12. 12. What’s next at the Capitol?  The Unsession ◦ Governor Dayton has named the 2014 session as the “Unsession” ◦ The goal is to repeal outdated legislation, streamline and improve government
    13. 13. Current Legislative Composition  House of Representatives • DFL: 73 • R: 61  Senate • DFL: 39 • R: 28  DFL Governor
    14. 14. Federal Legislative Landscape
    15. 15. Federal Budget Challenges  Federal Government Shutdown ◦ Deal to end shutdown funds federal government until January 15, 2014 and raises debt ceiling through February 7, 2014 ◦ Relatively minor impact on higher education, did not impact federal financial aid
    16. 16. Federal Budget Challenges  Sequestration Cuts ◦ First round occurred last year ◦ Reduced funding for      Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants TRiO Federal work study Suspension of military tuition assistance Pell Grant was not impacted ◦ Second round of cuts scheduled for next year which will be larger than the 2013 cuts
    17. 17. Divided Government  U.S. Senate ◦ 51 Democrats ◦ 47 Republicans ◦ 2 Independents  U.S. House ◦ 242 Republicans ◦ 193 Democrats  White House ◦ President Obama, Democrat
    18. 18. Time to Brainstorm!  Regional discussions  What are the most important policy issues facing students?
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