MnSCU Board of Trustees Approve Strategic Framework
The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) Board of Trustees have unanimously approved a strategic framework that will guide the transformation of Minnesota’s largest higher education system. The strategic framework calls on MnSCU leadership and the system’s 31 state colleges and universities to deliver on three commitments to Minnesota citizens, communities and businesses:
“Minnesota needs a substantially better-educated workforce if our state is going to compete successfully in the global economy,” said Scott Thiss, MnSCU board chair. “This strategic framework will ensure that we continue to produce highly skilled graduates who will meet Minnesota’s workforce needs.”
“With today’s approval of our strategic framework, 100 percent of our efforts are focused on implementation of the steps necessary to deliver on our commitments to Minnesota,” said Steven Rosenstone, MnSCU chancellor. “Bold initiatives, with aggressive timelines for completion, are already well underway.
These initiatives will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our operations and increase the capabilities of our graduates so they have the job skills needed by Minnesota businesses today and in the future. ”
Initiatives underway include:
Increasing access to baccalaureate degrees.
Each year, more than 420,000 Minnesotans from all walks of life attend MnSCU colleges and universities for undergraduate and graduate degrees, certificate and diploma programs, training and retraining classes and courses to enrich their lives. MnSCU educates:
These are not only students right out of high school, they are also adult learners, workers and professionals retooling to meet the current and future needs of Minnesota’s businesses. More than 80 percent of MnSCU graduates stay in Minnesota to work or continue their education. Nearly 86 percent of MnSCU graduates get jobs related to their field of study. In addition, MnSCU partners with 6,000 employers throughout the state to provide customized training to 157,000 employees, helping to ensure that these Minnesota companies remain competitive. MnSCU delivers the most affordable and cost effective higher education option in Minnesota.
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:
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