Minnesota State, aka MnSCU, has requested a budget increase of $178,000,000 over the next biennium. The higher education committees should reject that request if it isn’t tied to significant reforms. MnSCU is run by a chancellor who’s in way over his head. MnSCU’s Board of Trustees is, at least theoretically, supposed to provide oversight over the system. They’ve failed in that assignment.
The Department of Higher Education, which is run by former Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller, hasn’t lifted a finger, either. The shop of cronies continues without interruption. No interventions are anticipated because, frankly, nobody wants to deal with the unpleasantness of doing what’s right for the taxpayers who support the system or the students who are attending MnSCU.
If you think that’s all, think again. The House and Senate Higher Education committees, chaired by Bud Nornes and Michelle Fischbach respectively, haven’t lifted a finger on oversight or proposed any reforms. This morning, I sent this email to Chairman Nornes:
I could’ve written a much longer letter if I’d wanted to but I’m confident Chairman Nornes got my point. The question now is whether he’ll act on this. I’m not confident about that. Large-scale reform of Minnesota State, aka MnSCU, is required. As I wrote in my email to Chairman Nornes, more Minnesota students have left for North Dakota and Wisconsin than students from North Dakota and Wisconsin have come here. That’s been happening for years. It’s time that stopped.
The mismanagement has been apparent to anyone who’s paid attention. It’s cheating taxpayers and students. It’s time to stop.