What Minnesota college students need from lawmakers

  • Article by: Moriah Miles and Steve Sabin
  • Updated: March 31, 2013 - 6:01 PM

Invest in MnSCU — and adjust the State Grant Program to accommodate part-timers.

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elmore1Mar. 31, 13 8:40 PM

What students need from the colleges is a sincere movement towards reform and fiscal management. If the taxpayers are going to spend more money on grants the colleges need to step up and do their part to make money available. Secondary education is a personal choice not a government entitlement.

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pumiceApr. 1, 13 7:07 AM

What Minnesota college students need from lawmakers begins before they reach college age. Long before they reach college age.... If the problem is that the US doesn't have enough high-skill postsecondary degree-earners in science, technology, engineering and math fields, the solution--at minimum--for lawmakers to provide equitable opportunity for the best and brightest Minnesota students to learn the requisite literacy and numeracy skills so they can succeed in science, technology, engineering and math fields. Lawmakers also have a role in encouraging and enabling Minnesota's best and brightest students to pursue postsecondary degrees in science, technology, engineering and math fields.

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bormimernApr. 1, 13 2:24 PM

Question: Why do you say this is govt's role?>>>>> "If the problem is that the US doesn't have enough high-skill postsecondary degree-earners in science, technology, engineering and math fields, the solution--at minimum--for lawmakers to provide equitable opportunity for the best and brightest Minnesota students to learn the requisite literacy and numeracy skills so they can succeed in science, technology, engineering and math fields. Lawmakers also have a role in encouraging and enabling Minnesota's best and brightest students to pursue postsecondary degrees in science, technology, engineering and math fields." That is the parents role and all the money sucked up by Education Minnesota to prepare students to commence life after graduation. MORE GOVT INTERVENTION WILL NOT SOLVE YOUR PROBLEMS!!!!

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tedpadamsApr. 1, 13 3:12 PM

MnSCU should cull out all the curricula that are virtually useless WRT the job market. I think the demand for philosophers and art appreciators, for example, doesn't warrant the expense of continuing these curricula. There are dozens more examples that come to mind. How about using those savings to beef up the engineering, math and sciences curricula? MnSCU tries to be all things for everyone. We just plain can't afford that anymore.

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bormimernApr. 1, 13 3:52 PM

When the schools in Minnesota started awarding multiple (watering or dumbing down) Valedictorians in each graduating class, well, what outcome did you expect? When you eliminate the academic honor of being selected valedictorian then it is no longer an academic honor. It was a crashed ice course to the current state of students unable to achieve success in science and technology. Just what did people expect by removing recognition for academic excellence?

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