Anoka Tech and Anoka-Ramsey to have one president

Got an announcement just now from the HQ of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.

The crux:

Anoka Technical College and Anoka-Ramsey Community College will realign under one president by next fall. It is, however, not a merger. Both colleges will function separately.

Here’s the press release:

Nov. 4, 2010

Two Twin Cities area colleges in northern suburbs to realign under one president

Search for new president to begin immediately

To better serve students in the northern suburbs and the Cambridge area, Anoka Technical College and Anoka-Ramsey Community College will realign under one president by next fall, James H. McCormick, chancellor of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, said Thursday.

A search for a new president to lead the two aligned colleges will begin immediately and will be led by Keith Stover, president of South Central College. Both Anoka-Ramsey Community College and Anoka Technical College have interim presidents.

“After a careful review, I am convinced that aligning programs and services in Anoka and Isanti counties is in the best interests of our students,” McCormick said. “Restructuring the two colleges will create efficiencies in administration and better coordination of programs for students. Partnerships with business and industry in the area also will be enhanced.”

McCormick said this is not a merger. “The realignment means that each college will retain its own name, mission and accreditation. It is essential that the colleges retain their identity and distinct nature as they serve differing student populations,” McCormick said.

The decision follows several months of discussions with faculty, staff and community members at Anoka-Ramsey’s campuses in Coon Rapids and Cambridge and Anoka Technical College’s campus in Anoka.

  • Nancy Jo Hambleton

    After NO “months of discussions with faculty, staff and community members”, MN West Community & Technical College’s Worthington campus faculty were hastily called into a meeting one week ago to be informed about THE proposed “alignment” between MN West CTC and Southwest State University under one president. While I was not able to attend the meeting, my colleagues and I seem to be equally in the dark over where these re-“alignment” ideas came from and what their REAL purpose is supposed to accomplish. With McCormick on his way out, ever-decreasing fiscal support for higher education, and ever-increasing non-faculty tinkering with curriuculum (e.g. the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum, Minnesota On-line open enrollment, 60/120 credit limitations for degrees, etc.), why the sudden big rush for system-wide re-structuring? And why is this “in the best interest of the students” (who appear to know nothing about this)?