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Charting the Future for a Prosperous Minnesota

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Charting the Future

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MnSCU's core value
Provide an opportunity for all Minnesotans to create a better future for themselves, for their families, and for their communities.

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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.

In November 2013, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees adopted the six recommendations brought forward in the report Charting the Future for a Prosperous Minnesota (PDF). The six recommendations are designed to increase access, affordability, excellence, and service by forging deeper collaboration and maximizing the collective strengths of MnSCU’s 31 colleges and universities.

Since the November 2013 meeting, attention has begun to shaping a roadmap for staging the implementation needed to deliver on the recommendations. As part of this process, Chancellor Steven Rosenstone reached out to faculty and staff, bargaining unit leadership, student leadership, presidents, trustees and administrative leadership on our campuses to seek their ideas and counsel on the specific projects that should be pursued to accomplish each recommendation and how best to prioritize our work together. Chancellor Rosenstone also shared this input along with his initial thoughts about the implementation plan at the January 2014 meeting of the Board of Trustees.

By taking actions needed to implement six recommendations and 26 strategies noted in Charting the Future for a Prosperous Minnesota (PDF), our system of colleges and universities as a whole will:

  • be better for students,
  • advance our ability to serve communities and businesses across the state,
  • improve our stewardship of scarce resources,
  • fully engage the talents of our faculty and staff, and
  • help us address the challenges we face.

More detailed information can be viewed on the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities website