Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System
|Type||Public university system.|
|Students||400,000 (credit and non-credit)|
|Location||St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.|
|Colors||Black and Gold
The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, previously abbreviated as MNSCU, comprises 37 colleges and universities, including 30 two-year colleges and seven state universities, on 54 campuses in 47 communities in the US state of Minnesota. The system is the largest higher education system in Minnesota and is separate from the University of Minnesota system. It is the fifth largest higher education system in the United States, educating over 400,000 students annually. The MnSCU system is led by the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system whom provide policy direction for statewide initiatives. The headquarters of the system are located in the Wells Fargo Place building in St. Paul, Minnesota.
In 1991, the Minnesota Legislature issued legislation which founded the creation of the MnSCU system. Through this process the then-existing Minnesota state university system, community college system and technical college system were combined into a single higher education system. This initially was to be accomplished by 1995 but due to statewide opposition it wasn't until 1997 that a Central Office was formed and individual institutions began to operate under centralized direction.
The members of the University of Minnesota could not be compelled by the legislature to be part of MnSCU system because it had sued for independence in the form of constitutional autonomy from legislative oversight. This autonomy was affirmed by the Minnesota Supreme Court after the State of Minnesota was formed and was a response to lobbying demands from a newly formed Alumni Association of the University of Minnesota in the early 19th century.
This difference in independence and power has led to significant differences in the way MnSCU operates and educates students. Through this legislation MnSCU was given the ad-hoc role of educating all students outside of the doctoral research role that the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus provides. In addition, individual university and college members have, by comparison, significantly smaller endowments, and receive less funding from the state government of Minnesota than comparable members of the University of Minnesota system. An appropriation by the state of Minnesota was supposed to cover 66% of the cost to educate students, and as of 2014 the state provides about 50%.
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities offer a wide range of collegiate programs from associates degrees to applied doctorates. All of the system's two-year community and technical colleges have an open admissions policy, which means that anyone with either a high school diploma or equivalent degree may enroll. The system also runs an online collaborative called Minnesota Online, which is a gateway to the online course offerings of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. More than 150 academic programs are available completely or predominantly online. About 93,300 students took online courses during the 2009-2010 academic year.
Tuition at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities is lower than tuition at the University of Minnesota, private universities, or private trade schools. More than 80 percent of graduates stay in Minnesota to work or continue their education. The job-placement rate based on the last available data at two-year colleges is 88.0 percent in 2006, meaning that 88.0 percent of graduates find jobs in their chosen fields.
The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system has not designated an official flagship institution, however, Minnesota State University, Mankato and Saint Cloud State University have been referred to as the system flagship at various points in time.
Member universities and colleges
4-Year State Universities, formerly part by the Minnesota State University system:
- Bemidji State University
- Metropolitan State University
- Minnesota State University, Mankato
- Minnesota State University Moorhead
- Southwest Minnesota State University
- St. Cloud State University
- Winona State University
- Alexandria Technical and Community College
- Anoka Technical College
- Anoka-Ramsey Community College
- Central Lakes College
- Century College
- White Bear Lake Campus
- Dakota County Technical College
- Rosemount Campus
- Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
- Cloquet Campus
- Hennepin Technical College
- Inver Hills Community College
- Inver Grove Heights Campus
- Lake Superior College
- Duluth Campus
- Minnesota State Community & Technical College
- Minnesota State College – Southeast Technical
- Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC)
- Minnesota West Community and Technical College
- Normandale Community College
- Bloomington Campus
- North Hennepin Community College
- Brooklyn Park Campus
- Northeast Higher Education District
- Northland Community & Technical College
- Northwest Technical College
- Bemidji Campus
- Pine Technical College
- Pine City Campus
- Ridgewater College
- Riverland Community College
- Rochester Community & Technical College (University Center Rochester)
- St. Cloud Technical and Community College
- Saint Paul College
- South Central College
- Vermilion Community College
- Ely Campus
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