Why are Bemidji State and Northwest Technical retooling?

Bemidji State University

“We are in kind of uncharted territory, and that’s why campuses are trying to be as careful as they can, and why you do hear words like recalibration, re-engineering and so on. We’re really having to re-imagine the work we’re doing.”

Scott Olson, interim vice chancellor for academic and student affairs for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, on the budget-cut-driven transformation of colleges and universities such as Bemidji State and Northwest Technical. The two institutions are cutting some programs and beefing up more promising ones to cope with a two-year, $5 million budget shortfall.

Read the full story by MPR’s Tom Robertson and listen to the audio here.