About Minnesota State
Minnesota State is the most powerful and effective resource that the state has to ensure opportunity and prosperity for its citizens and communities. Across our great state, the 54 campuses of the Minnesota State system - containing nearly 22.5 million square feet of academic buildings - serve Minnesotans by providing hope and opportunity through higher education. Our 26 colleges and 7 universities contribute to an engaged, equitable, and productive society and serve as catalysts for social and economic vibrancy. They are places of hope and opportunity for Minnesotans who strive to create a better future for themselves, their families, and their communities.
In FY2017, the colleges and universities of Minnesota State generated an economic impact of $8 billion in the state: $4.1 billion direct and $3.9 billion indirect and induced. This impact is the result of operational spending, capital spending (10-year average), payroll and benefits paid to employees, student spending, and visitor spending. Based upon this impact, $1 out of every $42 in the Minnesota economy is supported by Minnesota State.
And in June 2019, we set a critical goal that by 2030 Minnesota State will eliminate the educational equity gaps at every Minnesota State college and university. Equity 2030 will require both intentional systems and culture change and innovation, as well as advocacy and leadership with partners and stakeholders across the state to accomplish, including legislative support from local and state government.
Most of all, Minnesota State is proud of its students and their success stories.
Our 2022 Capital Request
We seek $292.9 million in funding in the 2022 legislative session for a capital program for:
- Asset preservation: $150 million
- Campus-specific capital projects: $142.9 million
Asset Preservation (HEAPR funding):
- Provides for nearly 100 campus projects across the state addressing the most basic needs for updated roofs, windows, and exterior walls, as well as efficient and effective mechanical and utility systems.
Major capital project funding:
- Funding for 20 major, campus-specific capital projects. Some of these projects are ready to begin construction, having received design funding in prior legislative sessions; the other projects will execute design and construction together or embark on the design process for construction to be funded in the future.
Together, the requested HEAPR and major capital project funding will:
- Improve campus teaching and learning environments and improve student outcomes
- Reduce operating expenses and ease pressure on campus operating budgets
- Enhance science, technology, engineering, math, allied health, technical, business, and education classrooms and labs
- Streamline student support services to increase student success
Our 2022 Supplemental Budget Request
We seek $60 million in funding in the 2022 legislative session for supplemental budget support:
- $30 million to support increases in campus expenses resulting from compensation and other cost increases over the biennium
- $25 million to protect access and affordability by not increasing undergraduate tuition while providing the base funding needed to meet ongoing operating costs
- $2 million to address the workforce gap through programming serving business and industry
- $2 million to fund student mental health resources
- $1 million to fund student basic needs
We join our students, faculty, and staff in thanking you for your past support of the colleges and universities of Minnesota State. Your thoughtful engagement and steadfast support allow us to provide all Minnesotans with access to high quality, affordable educational programs that prepare our students to thrive. Thank you for your consideration and support.
Other Reference Materials:
Chancellor Devinder Malhotra embarked on a series of Partnership Tours throughout Minnesota during 2018 and 2019 in support of our legislative requests. During these stops the chancellor and college and university leadership met with local business leaders, employer partners, legislators, K-12 leaders, and community partners. They discussed developing the region’s talent pipeline and how current college or university efforts are achieving results and how further partnerships can be developed. Below are some media stories:
- Northland officials talk boosting hiring (Duluth News Tribune, 10/4/18)
- Working together to meet pressing workforce needs (SC Times, 10/19/18)
- Commentary: Working Together to Meet Pressing Workforce Needs (Hutchinson Leader, 11/21/18)
- Two area colleges highlight partnership program with local businesses that ensure students are career-ready (KTTC, 11/27/18)
- Minnesota State Chancellor Visits RCTC to Talk About Workforce Shortages (KIMT3, 11/27/18)
- Column: Working together to meet pressing workforce needs (Red Wing Republican Eagle, 12/27/18)
- Universities, business must collaborate on workforce needs (Free Press, 1/1/19)
- Working together to meet pressing workforce needs (Austin Daily Herald, 1/15/19)