Incoming MnSCU chancellor studies up

  • Article by: JENNA ROSS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 31, 2011 - 9:31 PM

Steven Rosenstone hit the road to learn how to lead the system's complex blend of schools.

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fwallenAug. 1, 11 5:56 AM

In rural MN the community and technical colleges can be a driving force in the regions economy. They can be much more nimble than 4 year colleges, and as an entity in touch with the host community it can provide different solutions. Success over the long term must include adequate funding and leadership that provides latitude for the local leadership to listen to their students and local business people to ascess their needs.

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enonormanAug. 1, 11 7:24 AM

What I see year after year, administrator after administrator is no focus on results, rather sell the credits and lots of numbers of students with no real results as the goal. If you continue to hire individuals from the same pool of applicants, you will get the same results. Good old boy/girl network providing the same applicants with the same set of credentials required to be admitted to the club. ........What I see as a result of the large increase in Technical College enrollment is a larger number of degree/certificate holding UNEMPLOYED individuals. There is no accountability within the system, and tenure is one of the main causes of the failure of the system to graduate qualified employable individuals.

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evenmorejustAug. 1, 11 8:23 AM

So he was unqualified for the job but still got the job???? They need to close 50% of the campuses!

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jansanityAug. 1, 1111:32 AM

I hope he talks to staffers and various employee groups too. There is a need to look at some of the leadership in a new way. Weed out the buddy system of filling senior positions. And students today have greater needs for support, counseling and advising. Would make sense for the universities, community colleges, and technical schools to have more aligned job titles and positions for similar jobs.

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upnorth85Aug. 1, 11 1:56 PM

I would like him to be forthright in insisting that a pathway is built for students progressing from 2 year community colleges to Universities. Students MUST get full credit transfer. It is ludicrous for tax payers to subsidize education at 2 year colleges if these credits have to be repeated at Universities. The Universities and Colleges MUST work together. This is one thing the system office is capable of doing but has never forced it. Secondly the state maximum credits for any degree is 120 credits. Many programs get waivers for up to 128 credits. These additional credits should not be funded by tax payers or charged at higher credits. Universities will quickly adapt to the new environment if shown the stick.

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