State Business Execs Seek Closer Ties With Minn. Higher Ed

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Minnesota leaders in business and higher education are trying to work more closely together, arguing that the state’s colleges and universities are its driver of economic growth.

The informally organized Itasca Project, which counts the CEOs of some of the state’s largest corporations among its members, recently released a report called “Higher Education Partnerships for Prosperity” that outlines four goals.

The goals include enhancing the alignment between workforce needs and the courses colleges and universities actually offer, getting corporations to provide more operational expertise to higher education institutions, establishing new research and innovation partnerships between companies and schools, and increasing student graduation rates.

Steven Rosenstone, chancellor of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, said Wednesday that efforts related to the first three goals in the report are already under way.

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