MnSCU offers Legislature a deal for $97M

  • Article by: JENNA ROSS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 14, 2012 - 8:32 PM

College system vows to cut costs, cap tuition and match tech funds.

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fjbarrowsNov. 14, 12 4:31 PM

Gee, shocker. Actually, I'm surprised the request is only an increase of 8.9%. I figured that with the DFL getting a super majority the spending requests would be 15% or more increases across the board, per Dayton's last budget request. Household income goes up 2%, goverment spending requests are double that or more. Does it ever end?

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ranger78Nov. 14, 12 6:06 PM

I never would have guessed MNSCU would ever ask for more money. What a joke. Is there anyone at this organization that knows anything about efficiency and reducing costs? I guess not.

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kirkjaNov. 14, 12 6:47 PM

MnSCU definitely needs to make serious cuts to middle and upper management. Too many overpaid bureaucrats who do little more than shuffle paperwork. Here’s a place to start: Have the Minnesota State Auditor’s Office investigate why the Business Manager and Human Resources Manager at Saint Cloud Technical and Community College are paid much more than other state employers in similar jobs and with similar responsibilities. Maybe SCTCC has a good old boy or network that needs some investigating.

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dltonkaNov. 14, 1210:29 PM

Get your wallets out MN

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jim2011beamNov. 14, 1211:39 PM

I want to know where MnSCU could make 4% on endowment money without taking unnecessary risks. Impossible! The Bernanke/Obama team has made it impossible for any of us to make more than 1% on a five-year CD. ... If you want to cut costs, look into MOOCs. It may be possible to get credit for these online classes soon.

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elmore1Nov. 15, 1212:08 AM

This sounds like a bargain compared to the U. At least they plan to take 40mm out of their expenses structure. Kaler and the U don't plan to reduce expenses and want the state to give them 90mm to hold tuition flat. Sounds like the state schools are more serious about making education affordable for students. Post secondary education needs major reform.

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upnorth85Nov. 15, 12 3:39 AM

I am a faculty in a Mnscu institution. I think the state should make 2% budget cut each year for next 5 years and tuition increases should be no more than the inflation rate. There is too much waste in the system. Mnscu itself if a giant bureaucracy that sucks a lot of funds. News programs, changes all go through this monstrous system office that acts like an innovation killer. The state must allow non core activities to be outsourced to small businesses. No need to have permanent staff for cleaning services. All institutions must be asked to cut 10% of VP level non teaching administrative positions. They add no value. Affirmative action office has grown in every institution. They have added layers of paperwork for even hiring adjuncts! Every new state workers increases the processes such that it guarantees their jobs for their life time. It usually begins by saying we are not in "compliance" so we need to follow a new process!

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kingtutskyNov. 15, 12 6:15 AM

Pop the higher education bubble by cutting government funding. Get the Feds out completely.

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thatisright1Nov. 15, 12 9:26 AM

Higher education is a flawed system in Minnesota and across America. The problem is that we've sold this notion that everybody must go to college in order to be successful. As an incentive, we offer free and cheap government money to make the college dream attainable. Enrollment balloons and now MNSCU has almost 500,000 students and they're asking for more money from the state and from families (i.e., slightly higher tuition and growing enrollment even more). Of course with increased enrollment there will be future requests for more money to handle the students. The problem is most students don't belong in college and would be better served learning a trade or trying to enter the workforce. Many skimp by with C-level grades or worse, which looks pretty bad coming from a MNSCU school even if you happen to graduate. Worse yet, many students fail a suite of classes and try to retake them at,continued tax payer expense in a flawed system. There are some extremely talented professors in this system but they're getting bogged down by students that don't belong in college. Something needs to give because we are starting to dedicate too much money to the failing cause of educating all of these students. Lets face it, the best and brightest students in America can earn a great education with far fewer resources than what we are now using, even if you define "best" as the top 25% of high school students.

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jackpine091Nov. 15, 12 1:03 PM

Actually, over the past 2 years, the 2 year colleges have had cuts of over 20% in state funding. These are the institutions that train MN workers for the jobs of tomorrow. How can we complain about a skills gap, and not doing anything about it.

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