Posted: April 20, 2005
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About 250 volunteers, foundation directors and donors who support the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities were honored Tuesday at the system's Eighth Annual Foundation Recognition.
The event at the Harriet Island Pavilion in St. Paul was sponsored by the system's Board of Trustees and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Foundation. Board of Trustees Chair Robert Hoffman noted, "Every year, your work helps more people recognize and understand that the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities provide access to higher education for more Minnesotans than anyone else. In a very real sense, we educate Minnesota and we make it work."
During the last fiscal year, private support to the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities totaled $85 million, an increase of 10 percent over the previous year.
In acknowledging supporters, Chancellor James H. McCormick said, "Your efforts - financial and otherwise - open doors. More students have access to an affordable and high-quality education. More programs are housed in state-of-the-art facilities, and more faculty members are enriching their teaching skills and generating innovative research.
"But we also know there are more doors to open. Private support for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities has never been more important. For the past four years, our students have had to cope with double-digit tuition increases - a nearly 60 percent increase since fall 2000. Over the same period, our state appropriation per student has slipped by 18 percent," McCormick said.
A recent survey done by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities also found that full-time students work an average of 28 hours a week and part-time students work an average of 36 hours a week. Many students are stopping their academic work or dropping courses so they can work more hours.
Minnesota's 31 state community and technical colleges, and universities serve more than 430,000 students across the state.