Live blog — MnSCU chancellor chats on Midday

  • Anonymous

    Rosenstone seems to be quite a stretch for the MNSCU job
    having no relevant experience, unless MNSCU has its heart set on
    becoming one of the top three public research universities in the world.
    Or is in search of a cultural czar.

  • Anonymous

    What about combining Winona and UM Rochester.  Cost per student in Rochester – AND administration – is sky high.  Will U system and MNSCU actually take serious steps or is this just propaganda?  Given the number of students served, does it seem fair that the U system and MNSCU get approximately the same amount of money from the state?

  • Andyhowe

    On the idea of mission creep.
    The University of Minnesota, MNSCU, and the State have drawn a line between the two postsecondary systems: the University does research and MNSCU prepares the workforce. Rosenstone mentioned that MNSCU can’t allow mission creep. This is somewhat concerning. Although finally defined purposes of systems can be beneficial, particularly for cutting down on administrative and fiscal inefficiencies, a deep line between the two systems can stifle innovation and collaboration between them. As the public, state and federal governments, and accreditation bodies increase accountability for all institutions, the indicators of success (e.g., graduation, gainful employment, low student debt, low net price, etc.) will most likely be somewhat standard no matter the mission. Wouldn’t then the University want to focus on workforce development and MNSCU want to focus on research as well…if only to accomplish the measurements of success? In addition, given the downward trend of federal and state funding, institutions will need to rely on corporate dollars to make up the loss. Often these dollars come with strings attached to influence research and curriculum in particular. For example, if a large  corporation offered MNSCU 100 million dollars to start a research park on technology, I highly doubt that MNSCU would turn it down. Thus, mission creep….  Don’t get me wrong, I am not for frivolous redundancies that can occur when mission creep is prevalent. I think, however, trying  to maintain a deep line between missions of the two systems is not realistic in this political and economic environment. We need to open the door widely for innovation and collaboration while reducing inefficiencies. I never thought I would believe this, but mission creep very well might be needed.