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Charting the Future for a Prosperous Minnesota

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Core value

Provide an opportunity for all Minnesotans to create a better future for themselves, for their families, and for their communities.

Core commitments

The Strategic Framework for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities play an essential role in growing Minnesota’s economy and opening the doors of educational opportunity to all Minnesotans. To that end, we will:

  • Ensure access to an extraordinary education for all Minnesotans
  • Be the partner of choice to meet Minnesota’s workforce and community needs
  • Deliver to students, employers, communities and taxpayers the highest value/most affordable higher education option

We are imagining a better world for our students, our colleges and universities, and our communities across the state.

When we consider student success, preparing critical thinkers with skills for successful careers, and being good partners to business and industry, we are talking about some of the amazing things that are already happening on some of our campuses. Imagine if our institutions had a repository of best practices that have been implemented at other campuses to help solve problems we all face, but don’t have to face alone.

Consider how the work of teams could make things better for students.

  • What if 3 out of 4 university students completed their degrees in 6 years… instead of only 2 out of 4 who do so now? What if 3 out of 4 of our college students completed their degrees in 3 years… instead of 2 out of 4 who do so now? That would be better for students.
  • What if we cut in half the 30% achievement gap in completion at our colleges and the 20% gap at our universities? That would be better for students.
  • What if a student who was registering for courses at Central Lakes College found out a course was full – but was then alerted by the registration system about similar courses available at another one of our affordable college options? That would be better for students.
  • What if a student who wanted a baccalaureate degree was admitted to North Hennepin Community College and Winona – a four-year package with a clear pathway to that baccalaureate degree, with a single advisor all the way through? That would be better for students.
  • What if we could go collectively to some of Minnesota’s biggest employers and say, “Here’s what we can do to help your company. We bring the talents of 18,000 faculty and staff across Minnesota to help you with your continuing education and customized training needs.” And what if that opened doors that right now we never get to walk through? That would be better for students.
  • What if we had a financial model that rewarded our colleges and universities for doing great work, as opposed to rewarding them for stealing students from each other? That would be better for students.
  • What if students who came to our campuses with a wealth of life experience could more efficiently receive credit for prior learning? That would be better for students.

Charting the Future is not easy or simple, but the complexity and difficulty of change should not distract us from the important work that needs to be done. It’s time to come together.

“We do these things not because they are easy, but because they are hard. We do these things because the goal of completing them will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills.” – John F. Kennedy

Moving into 2015 there is a renewed commitment to an open process for ideas to surface from the Charting the Future teams. By working together with empathy, with trust, and with a spirit of generosity, we can move forward.