Our commitment to an extraordinary education is confirmed in Board of Trustees Policy 3.36:

“The academic programs of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities should prepare graduates for work, life, and citizenship. Academic programs should create graduates who are creative, innovative, and able to respond with agility to new ideas, new technologies, and new global relationships. Graduates should be able to lead their professions and adapt to the multiple careers they will have over their lifetimes. Graduates should have the ability to think independently and critically; be able to resourcefully apply knowledge to new problems; proactively expect the unexpected, embrace change, and be comfortable with ambiguity; and be able to communicate and work effectively across cultural and geographic boundaries.”

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Our promise to Minnesota and our students

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities are essential to Minnesota’s economic success and social fabric and have been since the Minnesota Legislature authorized Winona Normal School (now Winona State University) in 1858. We fulfill our promise to Minnesota by being places of hope and opportunity where all Minnesotans can create better futures for themselves, their families and their communities. We believe every Minnesotan – regardless of age, economic status, cultural background, disability, immigrant status, or place of residence – deserves the opportunity for an excellent education.

It is our collective commitment to this promise that makes us who we are. It is what binds our colleges and universities together and makes us different from other higher education providers. We pride ourselves on the number of Minnesotans we serve by creating pathways for them to fulfill their dreams of the future. We measure ourselves by the quality of our graduates, not by the number of applicants we turn away.

We fulfill our promise to Minnesota by being places of hope and opportunity where all Minnesotans can create better futures for themselves, their families, and their communities. We believe every Minnesotan – regardless of age, economic status, cultural background, disability, immigrant status, or place of residence – deserves the opportunity for an excellent education.

To deliver on this promise, our energies and resources are focused on the core commitments articulated in our Strategic Framework:

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