MnSCU Chancellor Looks To Future Of Higher Education

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With news of increasing student loan debt, high rates of unemployment and budget cuts across the board for government entities, public higher education in Minnesota is aimed at adapting to a new world, connecting education with emerging jobs and creating innovative ways to draw down costs, according to Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) Chancellor Steven Rosenstone.

Rosenstone visited Winona State University (WSU) and Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical last week, learning more about the recent $830,000 National Science Foundation nanotechnology grant for Southeast Tech, then exploring the WSU Composite Materials Technology Center.

Rosenstone said that both the nanotechnology grant plans and the composite technology center were great examples of higher education institutions reaching out and partnering with outside industries, with those partnerships aimed at connecting education with the workforce needs of the future.

MnSCU’s Chancellor, appointed earlier this year, sat down with the Winona Post during his visit, and discussed with candor the challenges faced by higher education today, as well as what to expect from the future.

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