Higher Education in Review

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Jessica Medearis, MSCSA Associate Director
This session will build a foundation of knowledge about the state of Minnesota’s higher education system. Topics will include the structure of higher education systems, especially MnSCU, student involvement in decision-making, and the role of the state legislature.

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Higher Education in Review

  1. 1. Higher Education in Review Jessica Medearis Associate Director, MSCSA
  2. 2.  Minnesota has two public higher education systems. Higher Education in Minnesota
  3. 3.  Minnesota also has a variety of private higher education institutions  Coordination by the Office of Higher Education Higher Education in Minnesota
  4. 4.  MnSCU system was created in 1995  Merged all public schools, except the University of Minnesota  Efficiency, centralized services, oversight Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
  5. 5.  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 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
  6. 6.  Five campuses and 65,000 students  Split focus between education and research  Less legislative oversight University of Minnesota
  7. 7. A “Land Grant” School
  8. 8.  Non-profit and for-profit  No direct state aid, BUT  Students are eligible for financial aid  Institutions almost free from state oversight Private Colleges
  9. 9.  MnSCU received $102 million in new money for 2014 and 2015  Tuition freeze  Change to state grant formula to benefit MnSCU’s part-time students ◦ Two-year pilot The legislative landscape…
  10. 10.  Bonding for facilities  Policy initiatives  Supplemental budget? The legislative landscape…
  11. 11.  Over 95,000 full-time two-year students  Educates 63% of the state’s undergraduates  2013-2014 Tuition Average: $5,370 The MnSCU System:
  12. 12.  Who? ◦ Legislature ◦ Board of Trustees ◦ Chancellor ◦ Vice Chancellors ◦ Presidents/Leadership Council ◦ Provosts ◦ Students, Faculty, Staff Shared Governance
  13. 13.  Federal and State Statute  System Strategic Framework  Board Policy and Procedures  System Guidelines  Campus Policy and Procedure  Committee Bylaws Guiding Documents:
  14. 14.  15-member Board  6 year terms: 8 representing regions, 3 at-large, one labor  2 year terms: 3 students Board of Trustees
  15. 15.  Vice Chancellors  Associate Vice Chancellors  Other Staff  Students  MSCF, IFO, MAPE, MSUAASF, AFSCME, MMA  Lawmakers  Media Other Decision-Makers
  16. 16.  Legislature ◦ Bargaining units (contract approval)  Media  Public  Students  Bargaining units (organizations)  Board of Trustees ◦ Chancellor  System Staff  Presidents  Campus Faculty and Staff (individually) Governance in Action!
  17. 17. Governance in Action!

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