State of the U: Kaler suggests a year-round academic calendar

  • Article by: JENNA ROSS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 1, 2012 - 9:51 PM

The president also called for more state support to hold down tuition and a review of places where cuts can be made.

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godiveMar. 1, 12 9:20 PM

As Gomer use to say SUPRISE, SUPRISE. SUPRISE. A state offical wants to taxpayers to support his product because it has issue being sold on it's own. Not a way to hold down costs only a way to hide them.

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fwallenMar. 1, 12 9:45 PM

He will have to earn more money from this alum and contributor. The last few decisions have not demonstrated creativity or innovation, just more status quo. The status quo is a path to further decline. We need new, smarter, more involved Regents and zero based budgeting. Continuing failed or failing programs does not make sense. No money from me and I'd suggest others and the legislature until we see some evidence of reform.

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localguyMar. 1, 1210:01 PM

The U of M already offers courses in the Summer. Few students take them because few students want them. The market has spoken.

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partsunknownMar. 1, 1210:48 PM

Summer is when you foster relationships with your peers as a Freshman and Sophomore, then foster professional relationships and networks as an upper class man with internships. If you still have the same number of credit hour, but virtually no time to work, student debt would do nothing but increase.

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nosimplaMar. 1, 1211:33 PM

Eric Kaler salary: $610,000 Head of IMF Christine Lagarde salary: $550,000 When the U calls me to ask for donations, I tell them that they should be paying me.

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ammunraMar. 2, 1212:07 AM

I enjoyed summer classes when I took them while attending college. However, the things that were best about them was the fact that class sizes were small, and they were done at an accelerated pace of 4 hour days for 2 weeks or 2 hour days for a month and then they were over. I'm pretty sure most people would not sign on for a full summer semester.

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angevgenMar. 2, 12 6:03 AM

What a money pit- I cannot even afford to send my children here but am expected to pay for a bunch of non Minnesotan's educations? Make the students pay and leave me out of it. My nephew with a 4.0 GPA was not even accepted who is this college poised to serve?

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countrygentMar. 2, 12 7:35 AM

The U is a black hole sucking the State of Minnesota dry. Time to fix this cash drain once and for all. Review every position above professor and see what can be reduced or eliminated then cut, cut, cut.

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polatheistMar. 2, 12 7:38 AM

Mr. Kaler you have now proven that you are no different than any other "leader" in the fantasy land of academia where all problems are solved by fleecing taxpayers. Mr. Kaler may I suggest that you shave the crappy beard, take off the bad sport coat, roll up your sleeves and get to work eliminating "discretionary funds" like the one you are using to pay Joel Maturi for the year after he retires. Our son is a junior at a private high school with a cumulative GPA of 3.88 and the University of Minnesota is the ONLY school in the country that we have ruled out for his continuing education.

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jpweisserMar. 2, 12 7:59 AM

Here's some creative financing for you Mr. Kaler. Put Joel Maturi out to pasture, take that "special fund" $500k + you're giving to that clown & put it towards the general fund. Just a start. I won't charge you because this is our initial consultation. I'm sure there are many other examples of wasted spending that should be examined as well.

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