Heading over to Metropolitan State to try to liveblog the governor’s roundtable discussion on higher education.
Because of the short notice, I’ll have to wing it. I hope technical conditions will allow me to cover it live, so please check in around then to see whether it works.
Otherwise, I’ll post notes later.
Here’s the agenda I got:
What: Governor Dayton Roundtable Discussion: State Higher Education Appropriations
When: Wednesday, April 13, 2011
10:00 a.m. (expected duration 1 – 1 ½ hours)
Where: Ecolab Community Room
Metropolitan State University
Campus map: https://db.metrostate.edu/webapps/drep/SP1.pdf
(Ecolab Community Room is located in the red building on the map)
Participants include: Governor Dayton
Representatives from: Minnesota Office of Higher Education
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
University of Minnesota
Private College Council
Minnesota Career Colleges
Format: Roundtable format with initial comments and discussion between Governor Dayton and participants. Additional comments from others.
Participants are expected to provide variety of comments around topics, including:
• How the proposed cuts impact real people – real lives
• Job loss (faculty, staff, administration)
• Affordability; tuition impact/consequences
• Magnitude of cuts on programs/services (loss of programs, courses, course sections; student service loss; impact on time to complete a diploma/degree, lost opportunities, etc.)
• Economic impact (workforce, economic growth potential, etc.)
• Impact on research mission of the University of Minnesota
• Importance of revenue (decline of state share)
• Need for increased revenue
• (Okay to provide handouts – anticipate audience of around 50)
Participants are asked to keep statements brief and focused and representative of the constituent group representing (so as not to be too duplicative)