Just got this from the U. Bruininks calls the Senate higher-ed budget bill “backward,” says it “makes no sense,” and refers again to a decade of “state financial mismanagement.” (I’ve put the juicies in bold.) Note, too, his displeasure in the last paragraph over Republicans’ proposed ban on “human cloning” (potentially both reproductive and therapeutic) Read more

Got this from the University of Minnesota this afternoon — President Robert Bruininks’ reaction to Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposed biennial budget, which was released today: “The proposed budget announced this morning by Gov. Dayton is welcome news, particularly as it follows very deep reductions in state funding to the University in the past two years Read more

Rep. Bob Dettmer (R-Forest Lake) recalled University of Minnesota President Bob Bruininks telling the Minnesota Daily student paper in the summer of 2008 that “there’s more administration than we need. We need to simplify the process.” So what has happened since then? Dettmer asked. Bruininks replied (though it’s not a verbatim quote): There’s less than Read more

University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks was asked by reporters after a Senate committee hearing on higher education how the initial legislative funding proposal — which would keep U funding essentially flat over the next two years — would affect the university. Where would the initial funding bill leave the University of Minnesota? “The preliminary Read more