Posted: June 2, 2004

Contact: Doug Anderson,, 651-201-1426

Commission issued 11 recommendations in 2002 for system's strategic planning


What: Citizens Advisory Commission appointed by Chancellor James H. McCormick of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities will reconvene to review progress on the commission's 11 recommendations and to identify future actions for the system.

The 33-member commission had been asked to help guide strategic planning for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, which serves 240,000 students annually in credit-based courses and has 32 two-year and four-year institutions across the state.

The commission issued recommendations in April 2002 that addressed access, workforce and economic development, information technology, metro area academic planning and coordination, and accountability. The recommendations included a call for serious consideration of consolidating some or all of the system's institutions in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, June 3, 2004 Where: Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System Board Room, Fourth Floor Wells Fargo Place, 30 E. 7th St., St. Paul, MN

Who: Chancellor James H. McCormick
Commission co-chairs Vance Opperman and Glen Taylor
Commission members and system administrators

Background: See "Designing the Future," the system's strategic plan

Copies of the commission's report, "Access to Success," are available upon request.