Minnesota State Colleges and Universities to continue operating if a state government shutdown occurs
June 30, 2005
Contact: Melinda Voss, (651) 296-9443, firstname.lastname@example.org
Classes at the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities will be in session and all other system functions will continue as usual in the event of a partial state government shutdown.
This is possible because the Legislature approved and Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed a bill to fund higher education. The bill, appropriating an additional $107.5 million to the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities for the biennium beginning July 1, became law when the governor signed it on May 26.
The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system comprises 32 state universities and community and technical colleges serving the higher education needs of Minnesota. The system serves about 240,000 students per year in credit-based courses and an additional 130,000 students in non-credit courses.