Sharp strategy for MnSCU. One catch ...

  • Article by: LORI STURDEVANT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 14, 2012 - 5:01 PM

The Legislature isn't at the table, and there are questions about whether it's even willing to be.

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erikj3Apr. 14, 12 5:52 PM

I'm all for a remodel of the education system into something like K-14, but that costs money. I'm taking 3 classes in the MNscu system this year, and it cost me about $2000 (between tuition and books)! Of course, I had to take out loans for it. How about some tuition relief (don't even get me started on books: one of them cost me $115 and didn't even come with a binding, it was all loose pages!).

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BigPeteApr. 15, 12 7:34 AM

MNSCU needs to adjust faculity wages first. When a Spanish teacher at MCTC is getting paid over $90K/yr, something is seriously wrong

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luzhishenApr. 15, 12 8:45 AM

"When a Spanish teacher at MCTC is getting paid over $90K/yr, something is seriously wrong" It's not like we need people who speak and understand Spanish and Hispanic culture - unless you are any firm with a national or international presence. Sure, any one off the streets who speaks the lingo will do just fine teaching Minnesota kids who've been insulated from the demographic changes in the rest of the USA - sure thing! No special skill is involved...I'm sure of that.

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checkfactsApr. 15, 12 2:01 PM

A good start by Sturdevant on introducing the problem. However she needs to recognize that the MEDIA is also missing from the table. Opposite the print version of this Op-Ed is a weak editorial about the "do-nothing" legislature. Even though the GOP says they want to adjourn, the paper states, "We consider the (do-nothing) indictment premature". The editorial goes on to articulate un-addressed, yet important, issues such as bonding and stadium that have irreversible consequences. The editorial makes no mention of time wasted on social issues and attempting partisan legislation by constitutional amendment. Meanwhile, Sturdevant rightly praises MnSCU attempts to reverse the destruction of our education infrastructure. But she fails to note that the destruction of Minnesota's education status, the ineffective, "do-nothing" legislature and the anti-government attitude are the direct intent of election and lobby spending on Republicans by the Chamber of Commerce. The inability of the GOP to effect compromises is a well known historical fact and the fiscal mess we are in has been building for ten years. I would say that it is the media, not legislative, chair that has been empty at the table. Today's GOP legislature simply takes their orders from the Chamber, perhaps reporters do too.

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speedgibsonApr. 15, 12 9:43 PM

Before spending still more, let's admit and address the obvious duplication and over-capacity within MnScu. The 2012 Bonding Bill makes it worse, what with two facilities ten miles apart wanting new "Bio-Science" buildings. We also have the U of M trying to be all things to all students, creating further overlaps with MnScu. And then we have North Hennepin offering four year degrees on the cheap, both in terms of tuition and academics. I hate to say we need another commission or study, but as long as there are votes in them thar community college hills, the bloat will continue even as students are ultimately underserved by worthless degrees.

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allhailfsmApr. 22, 12 7:46 AM

Sturdevant uses the standard journalists copout by blaming both sides. The fact is that it is todays GOP who operates a scorched earth policy and wants nothing more than to see government fail, gays off the streets, and women pregnant and in the kitchen.

How do dems compromise with that?

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