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MnSCU faculty withdraw from overhaul

Two faculty unions have thrown a wrench into plans to reform the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. The unions, representing faculty at all 31 colleges and universities in the system, including several in the Northland, announced T...

Two faculty unions have thrown a wrench into plans to reform the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.
The unions, representing faculty at all 31 colleges and universities in the system, including several in the Northland, announced Thursday that they will no longer take part in the planning process known as “Charting the Future,” which has been underway since 2012.
But Chancellor Steven Rosenstone said the move won’t slow down the project, which is designed to improve collaboration and modernize academic programs throughout the system, which includes seven state universities and 24 two-year colleges.
Faculty leaders have complained for more than a year that their members have been given short shrift in the planning process. On Thursday, the two union presidents released a letter to Rosenstone, saying that they were pulling out because of concerns about “trust and transparency.”
Some of the first innovations, including ways to improve collaboration among the schools, are expected to roll out in the spring.
In the Northland, MnSCU includes Lake Superior College in Duluth; Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet; Hibbing Community College; Itasca Community College in Grand Rapids; Mesabi Range College in Eveleth and Virginia; Vermilion Community College in Ely; and Rainy River Community College in International Falls.

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