University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler used his first State of the University address Thursday to propose "new ways to work smarter" -- including switching to a year-round academic calendar.
That "remarkably revised" calendar might include three terms of equal length, making it possible for a full-time student to earn the 120 credits needed for a bachelor's degree in less than three years, he said.
Kaler also urged more robust state support as a way to minimize or eliminate tuition increases, previewed his upcoming budget and pointed out processes that ought to be speeded up and places where things can be cut. Among them: ridding the U of "extremely stupid procedures" and eliminating outdated, ineffective academic centers.
"I was surprised to find out -- and you may be surprised, too -- that we have 265 academic centers and institutes," he said, "and they have budgets totaling more than $200 million."