U is making progress, but ‘we will do more,’ Kaler pledges

  • Article by: Jenna Ross , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 14, 2013 - 11:40 AM

In his second State of the U address, the president called for “bold ideas,” but rejected some fads as “nonsense.”

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kkjerFeb. 28, 13 4:10 PM

They also need to hire local businesses, rather than New York companies. Keep the money in state.

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guth54Feb. 28, 13 4:18 PM

"Kaler said the university has boosted funding for graduate students fellowships by $750,000..." Gee Eric, $750k may sound like a lot, but Jerry can burn thru that without blinking an eye.

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kenw1952wFeb. 28, 13 4:47 PM

How is raising $750,000.00 considered a lot of money when Kaler talks about the money raised to increase graduate students fellowships but yet says it's peanuts when buying their way out of a game with a football opponent????? Kaler is one smooth talker for sure. Too bad our regents and legislator's aren't that sharp.

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elmore1Feb. 28, 13 5:52 PM

I am glad hear that Mr Kaler sounds serious about transforming the U. Absent from this article is more detail on how and how much he is "shaving" expenses. I would like to see him talking about consolidation, automation,shared services, partnerships, outsourcing, elimination of redundant and underperforming programs, potentially early retirement packages and a net reduction in tuition for middle class students. Student debt is currently over a trillion dollars and has surpassed credit card debt nationally. We need much more work in reducing the cost.

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william16Feb. 28, 13 7:22 PM

Glad to hear Kaler believes the U is making progress, but the proof will emerge in future years. There's much that's good about the U, but the reality is that in academic reputation, as in athletics, the U could stand improvement. In national academic rankings of top public institutions, the U ranks in the bottom 1/3rd of the Big Ten. That's decent but nonetheless still behind Northwestern, Mich, WI, Penn St., Illinois, Ohio St. and Purdue.

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alansonFeb. 28, 1310:00 PM

Kaler and the pointy headed academics at the U make an easy target. But the truth is that the Legislature has been shortchanging the U for years. Dayton's budget this year puts a bandaid on the problem, but the Legislature is still making Kaler sit up and beg for it. I predict Kaler will jump at the first big job opportunity that comes his way.

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horacedjonesMar. 1, 13 1:49 AM

It's time for a thorough financial audit of the U by an unaffiliaed, independent professional firm.

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elmore1Mar. 1, 13 5:45 AM

alanson, the legislature may be making the U beg for money but the U hasn't done much to deserve more. Rather than responding to reduced funding by changing their model, they just kept passing the expenses on to students through drastically increased tuition while constantly whining. Maybe Kaler will leave but his replacement should be someone who can actually do a makeover.

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seaclearMar. 1, 13 9:33 AM

Just wondering how a past AD can still be making million dollar contract deals when it is not transparent...

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