Giancarlo Casale: Deeper cuts by state will cripple the U

  • Article by: GIANCARLO CASALE
  • Updated: March 26, 2011 - 3:01 PM

Minnesota seems to be abandoning its commitment to flagship university. Is it really the case that we Minnesotans now value college education less than the rest of the country?

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drpanglossMar. 26, 11 3:34 PM

Although I certainly share Professor Casale's frustration, I place a large part of the blame on the current administration. I direct Professor Casale to a recent post that contains data from the Chronicle of Higher Education: "State Subsidy for Education and Related Expenses - 2008 Data for 50 Flagship State Universities" Link: http://bit.ly/fJci6N From that post: Minnesota/$13,616 Michigan/$13,309 Ohio State/$10,614 Iowa/$9,220 Wisconsin/$8,661 Illinois/$6,053 Indiana/$5,953 Penn State/$2,373. Professor Casale, there is something very wrong here. I hope that the next president will help us to sort this out - it is very disturbing. "I am not an expert on state finances or budgetary policy." It behooves some of their heads out of the sand. Whining without justification simply isn't going to work any more. And trying to blame it on the citizens because they don't properly value education is also a losing strategy.

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doubledipperMar. 26, 11 3:56 PM

After lowering taxes for the last sixty years all governments have an "income problem" and because we choose to pay less into our government we will move in the direction of Alabama and Georgia and then foreign manufacturers will come here for cheap labor and low taxes...unless Alabama keeps beating us to the next cut!

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codger_56Mar. 26, 11 5:44 PM

cost of education has soared.Why has it soard? my paycheck hasn't I now make what I was making in 1983.

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smallergovtMar. 26, 11 5:57 PM

The U receives the 8th largest amount per student in subsidies for all state colleges. We, as citizens, are taxed the 8th most in the entire US. Perhaps this history prof should have consulted an economics prof before publishing this article. It is a spending and managing of that spend problem-period.

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pvb005Mar. 26, 11 7:36 PM

I would request that we focus on educating the people that attend the U of M --- and make research a secondary activity. The U spends huge dollars on research that does nothin but stroke the Profs egos. Have them focus on teaching courses and the U of M could increase the grad rate, decrease costs and also require less funding from the state. Continuing the 'we need more money' approach will not work. It's not the issue.

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patrickjdMar. 26, 11 7:46 PM

While it is difficult to find out the annual amount taxpayers spend on the UofM, it is quite doubtful that there have been any actual "cuts" over the past few years. Tenure, union salaries and cost overruns with building projects are just three fiscal items that should be considered when making claims of the UofM's decline in prestige.

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justthetruthMar. 26, 11 8:59 PM

The University is a land grant institution. That means its charter is educating the people of Minnesota. Wanting to be a research university like Stanford requires greater $ and greater use of resources, many of them not compatible with teaching students. The problem isn't that the taxpayers and the State are not supporting the University. The problem is the University trying to be something other than what it was developed and designed for. Get back to teaching your citizens!

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buthead2Mar. 26, 11 9:13 PM

As an alumus of the University of Minnesota there are two fundamental reasons Minnesota citizens are not rushing to pour more money into the U's coffers-the first is that many of their children can't get accepted to the esteemend University (the U has become addicted to the out of state tuition paid by non-residents) the second is the waste of money being poured down the rat hole that is University athletics.

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daveemenMar. 26, 11 9:16 PM

Assuming all of the people commenting here are Minnesotans, I think the author has had his question answered. Minnesotans do value higher education less than the rest of the country. They'll make excuses and quote political talking points, but it all boils down to a fundamental belief that higher education (and education, in general) isn't important. How this fundamental belief effects the future of the state has yet to be seen, but I'm not looking forward to finding out. As we applaud ignorance and deride facts and research more and more each day, we're heading down a dark path. Whoever decided that beginning the destruction of the educational system in America was the solution to all of our economic problems must have had a great advertising campaign, because people have bought in wholeheartedly to a huge mistake.

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minn12Mar. 26, 11 9:28 PM

Typical 'sky is falling' rubbish. Time for the U to put its fiscal house in order. Too many overpaid administrators, professors, assistants etc. Go back to education basics and stop the wasteful spending.

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