Trying to liveblog – Dayton's higher-ed roundtable at 10

Talking higher education this morning

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:

(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)