Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday provided no additional funding for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system because of an ongoing dispute between the system's administration and faculty over long-term planning.
The dispute centers over for MnSCU's handling of a controversial strategic plan called “Charting the Future,” which is supposed to overhaul operations at the system’s 24 two-year colleges and seven four-year universities.
The faculty and administration issued a joint statement:
“We take the governor’s decision not to recommend new funding for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) at this time very seriously and we appreciate the governor's commitment to supporting MnSCU and its vital mission of ensuring access to an affordable, high value education for all Minnesotans and meeting the workforce needs of Minnesota.
We understand and share the governor’s concerns and are taking positive steps and having substantive dialogue to resolve our disagreements regarding Charting the Future. We are all committed to continuing our progress and are confident of a positive outcome. ”