We are pleased to announce that MCTC and all state colleges and universities will stay open if the state government shuts down this summer.
The official MnSCU news release:
June 15, 2011
The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system will remain open
this summer even if other parts of state government shut down July 1,
system officials announced today.
Officials were notified Wednesday by Gov. Mark Dayton’s office that
the system will receive the support needed from Minnesota Management and
Budget to continue operations on July 1, even if other parts of state
government shut down.
The governor’s petition to the state district court said that
“operations of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities will
continue based on its statutory and practical financial autonomy and its
balance carry-over authority.”
Chancellor James H. McCormick thanked all officials who worked to
assure the system’s continued operation. “We are deeply appreciative
of the governor’s action to support uninterrupted instruction and
services at the state colleges and universities,” McCormick said.
“This is a critical time for the 67,000 students taking summer
session courses at our schools and for the tens of thousands of students
preparing to enroll in the fall term.”
The action means that Management and Budget will provide payroll and
other payment processing for the system. The higher education
appropriations bill awaits resolution with other state operating
budgets. The system already has statutory authority to use existing
tuition and other receipts in the new fiscal year that starts on July 1.
Once the agreement is reached, it is expected that layoff notices that
were sent to 6,000 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities employees
will be rescinded and salaries and benefits to employees will continue.
The system’s continued operation through the summer term will be
funded through tuition receipts and fund balances at each of the
colleges and universities.
“Both the governor and Legislature have recognized the critical role
that higher education has in fueling the state’s economy and improving
the lives of all Minnesotans, and this will be welcome news for our
students and our campuses” said Scott Thiss, chair of the system’s
Board of Trustees.
The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system comprises 32 state
universities and community and technical colleges serving the higher
education needs of Minnesota. The system serves about 277,000 students
per year in credit-based courses and an additional 157,000 students in