February 05, 2004
Governor Announces New League Higher Education Project
Today Governor Pawlenty announced in his State of the State speech today that he has asked the Citizens League to do an assessment of higher education in the State of Minnesota!
This work will focus on three issues:
* An assessment of our current higher education system in Minnesota. This includes public and private higher education institutions throughout the State. What is the relevant and objective data about the state of our current system?
* Developing a vision for higher education in Minnesota. What do we need from higher education in this economy, this new century, and with the rapidly-changing demographic dynamics we face?
* Developing an agenda that will begin to connect these two points. What are the priority issues and actions that need to be taken to ensure a world-class system of higher education. How do we align our current capacity with what we know we need for the future?
This project will focus on what is in the State's interest, so it will include representation from throughout the State. It will be 'owned' by the Citizens League and governed by our Board of Directors.
As you have all heard (multiple times!), the League is, and will be, about great ideas. We're thrilled by the opportunity to tackle one of the most important public policy issues facing the State right now. Higher education is critical to the common interest of all Minnesotans now, and for generations to come.
* We are in the process of selecting co-chairs.
* Only after that will we refine the agenda and begin assembling a committee.
* To learn more about what will happen, and how to participate, please sign up for the Weblog on the upper right of this page. You can also join the Citizens League here!
See "Extended Entry", and the SOTS link above, for the exact text of the speech.
Exact text from the speech:
"It's also high time to strategically re-think the future of Higher Education in Minnesota. We need to make sure the system is structured, managed and governed in an optimal way to meet future needs. We've asked the Citizens League to lead a state-wide effort addressing the alignment and capabilities of our higher education programs."
Posted by Sean Kershaw at February 5, 2004 12:28 PM
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