Charting the Future for a Prosperous Minnesota
“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” – Alan Kay
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities is Minnesota’s largest higher education provider and one of the nation’s largest higher education systems. Fully 58 percent of the state’s undergraduates study at a MnSCU college or university. Eighty-eight percent of our students are residents, and 80 percent of our graduates stay in Minnesota to pursue careers or continue their education. Our alumni actively contribute to communities across Minnesota and are key to the social and economic vitality of local, regional, and state economies.
Our core value
Provide an opportunity for all Minnesotans to create a better future for themselves, for their families, and for their communities.
Our 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
Our system comprises 24 community and technical colleges and seven state universities, operating on 54 campuses in 47 communities. Our campuses are cultural centers in the communities we serve and places that give all students a sense of belonging. We educate more than 400,000 learners every year and are proud of the more than 10,000 outstanding faculty and 7,600 talented staff who support their success. We educate Minnesota’s future leaders, the future entrepreneurs of new businesses that drive local economic development, and the innovators who position Minnesota to thrive in the years ahead. Our graduates are the skilled workforce of Minnesota.
We serve more students of color – nearly 62,000 – and more low-income students – nearly 103,000 – than all of the other higher education providers in Minnesota combined. The diversity of our student body is one of our greatest assets and provides all students with the real life experiences of learning side-by-side with students who mirror the global society we aim to prepare them for.
Each year, our colleges and universities award more than 40,000 certificates, diplomas, undergraduate and graduate degrees. More than 120,000 Minnesotans take non-credit courses and participate in customized training programs. Clearly, we are the driver of Minnesota’s workforce – today and into the future.
Our outstanding educational institutions have deep roots in Minnesota’s history and strong connections to communities in every corner of the state. They have contributed significantly to Minnesota’s prosperity for more than 150 years and will continue to create extraordinary educational opportunities for future generations of Minnesotans.
Letter on behalf of the strategic workgroups
View the letter to Chancellor Rosenstone from Joe Opatz, President of Normandale Community College and Scott Olson, President of Winona State University on behalf of the strategic workgroups whose recommendations are reflected in the Charting the Future for a Prosperous Minnesota report. The strategic workgroups were charged to provide a series of recommendations and strategies to ensure our colleges’ and universities’ ability to deliver on our commitments to students and Minnesota as outlined in the Strategic Framework. Between the initial release of the draft report in June, the workgroups received input from our broader constituencies in over 100 feedback sessions held throughout the state. This feedback was used to shape the final recommendations and strategies in this report.