MnSCU: Overhaul plan getting a show of support

Leaders of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU system) are responding to criticism over their “Charting the Future” overhaul plan by emphasizing the input they’re receiving on campuses around the state.

In a news release Thursday, MnSCU spokesman Doug Anderson writes that more than 1,200 faculty, staff, students, and members of the public have attended five days of “Gallery Walks” or feedback sessions on the plan.

He writes:

The initial success of the Gallery Walks is in contrast to recent university faculty votes of “no confidence.”

He adds that system leaders said in a recent statement:

“We are disappointed that the faculty union leaders are employing this tactic to further their goal of stopping the critical conversations that make up Charting the Future, and we encourage everyone to attend one of the Gallery Walks taking place throughout the state that showcase the outstanding work of our campus-based implementation teams. We will continue to seek broad input on the ideas produced over the last two years and welcome the faculty back to the table any time they chose to return.”

Anderson writes that other unions “remain engaged in the process, and says the plan has the backing of both the Board of Trustees and the system’s 30 campus presidents.

  • Beverly

    I find the comments of “system leaders” unrepresentative of the many hundreds of thousands of students, faculty, and staff who make up MnSCU. Too frequently, “system leaders” hide behind spokespersons who serve up half truths and lies instead of addressing specific concerns raised by faculty and students. Perhaps the Chancellor, who was a professor of political science, has forgotten that “union leaders” are elected representatives empowered to act for the membership. Instead of calling into question the legitimacy of democratically elected leaders, why not step forward and address the criticisms that have been raised. For example, why did the Chancellor and President Potter drive a student leader to tears in a CtF steering committee meeting?

  • Alex

    Why indeed did they drive a student to tears? That is but one of a long series of questions such as: “Why did MNSCU spend two-million dollars on a proposal from the McKinsey consulting group that we cannot even see when Accenture (whose bid was made publicly available) bid a million dollars less?” Why would they hire a consulting group (McKinsey) with a track record of increasing class sizes, undermining minority achievement, and eroding the liberal arts?” “Why do the work groups for CTF contain so few minorities, especially when they are charged with planning to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse student body?” “Why does CTF not include a working group on maintaining the integrity of the liberal arts curriculum?” “Why do the working groups include so few students and faculty?” And we could go on…

  • John

    “The plan has the backing of … the system’s 30 campus presidents.” No kidding. The 30 campus presidents are “at will” employees who report to Rosenstone (the Chancellor). Public disagreement at this stage would probably be equated with insubordination and wouldn’t leave a person with much job security…