Melinda Voss, spokeswoman for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, forwarded to me this recent editorial from the Fargo Forum.
The crux of the argument:
The system has to have campus leaders who are willing to go beyond their job descriptions to address a very real funding crisis for MnSCU schools. The relatively small bonuses reward good work. … The bonuses, union leaders say, hurt morale. It’s a weak argument. Morale would be far worse without the financial management changes Szymanski and other presidents have developed. Morale would deteriorate further if the financial situation on the campuses was not addressed realistically and with as few layoffs and program cuts as possible.
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Alex Friedrich reports on higher education issues for MPR News. Among the stories he has covered: the fall of the Berlin Wall, aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, 2003 Moscow suicide bombing and 2004 presidential elections in the Republic of Georgia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and a master’s in European political economy from the London School of Economics.