MnSCU system office entrance, St. Paul

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The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system is one of two systems of public higher education in the state of Minnesota (the other is the University of Minnesota). The MnSCU system has 31 institutions with 54 campuses conveniently located in 47 Minnesota communities that serve more than 430,000 students. The law creating the system was passed by the Minnesota Legislature in 1991 and went into effect July 1, 1995. The law merged the state's community colleges, technical colleges and state universities into one system.

System governance

Board of Trustees - The system is governed by a 15-member Board of Trustees. Trustees are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate.

System Chancellor - The present chancellor of the system is Steven J. Rosenstone, who began his term with Minnesota State Colleges and Universities on Aug. 1, 2011.

System Resources

Accountability Dashboard - The Accountability Dashboard for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is designed to track progress in reaching the system's strategic goals and to encourage continuous improvement of system institutions.

Directories - Contact information for the Board of Trustees, college and university presidents, Office of the Chancellor staff, state legislators and higher education organizations affiliated with the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.

Divisions and Offices
MnSCU business divisions and offices.

Emergency procedures (system office, St. Paul) - An overview of plans and procedures for emergency evacuation, tornado and severe weather, fire, medical emergencies, elevator emergencies, harassment/threatening phone calls and bomb threats.

Job opportunities - A searchable database of job postings from around the Minnesota State system.

MnSCU Foundation - The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves as an integral partner with institutional foundations to advocate for the system, and to raise and distribute funds for the benefit of students, faculty, staff, programs and communities.

System news releases - News releases from the MnSCU system office from 1996 to the present.

System publications - A complete list of links to the system's most recent publications.

System websites - A list of MnSCU system websites and online services.

System Presidents - Each college and university is headed by a president who serves as the chief executive officer. The presidents report to the system's chancellor.

System policies and procedures - A complete list of the policies and procedures approved by the system's Board of Trustees.

System budget

The system has a budget of about $1.9 billion a year. About $837 million comes from tuition, and the remainder from state appropriations and other sources.

Fiscal Year 2014 Operating Budget (PDF)
MnSCU system legislative budget requests

System planning

Charting the Future For a Prosperous Minnesota (November 2013)
Final Report of the Strategic Workgroups 

Strategic Framework for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (January 2012)

Legislative oversight

Both the Minnesota Senate and the House of Representatives have higher education committees that oversee the system's operations and finances.

System Mission

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system of distinct and collaborative institutions offers higher education that meets the personal and career goals of a wide range of individual learners, enhances the quality of life for all Minnesotans and sustains vibrant economies throughout the state.

System Vision

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system will enable the people of Minnesota to succeed by providing the most accessible, highest value education in the nation.