Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is a member of Minnesota State.
Minnesota State is the largest single provider of higher education in the state of Minnesota and the fifth largest system of colleges and universities in the United States. The system includes 30 technical and community colleges and seven state universities spanning 54 campuses across 47 Minnesota communities serving more than 396,000 students annually.
Minnesota State is Minnesota’s most affordable higher education option, with tuition costs that are substantially lower than for-profit options, the University of Minnesota, and private colleges. Currently, 58 percent of all Minnesota residents pursuing an undergraduate credential are enrolled at a Minnesota State college or university. The system also serves more than 62,000 students of color (more than any other provider of higher education in Minnesota), 26,636 PSEO students and 10,500 veterans. Minnesota State serves more low-income students than all of the other higher education providers in the state combined.
Minnesota State colleges and universities offer 591 programs and more than 14,000 courses partially or fully online. Minnesota State colleges and universities also deliver 16,000 customized training, occupational and professional classes to businesses and other employers, serving 126,000 workers each year.
The law creating the system was passed by the Minnesota Legislature in 1991 and went into effect July 1, 1995. The law merged the state’s community colleges, technical colleges, and state universities into one system. The system is governed by a 15-member Board of Trustees. Trustees are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate. The board appoints a chancellor for the system, who is responsible for providing academic leadership to the system’s 31 colleges and universities, ensuring effective and efficient management and operation of the system, carrying out board policies, recommending operating and capital budgets to the board, and planning for the current and long-term educational needs of Minnesota.
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Minnesota State Fiscal Year 2018-Fiscal Year 2019 Legislative Request
As a part of the Minnesota State system, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College receive funding via the legislative request submitted by Minnesota State.
Minnesota State is the fifth largest system of colleges and universities in the nation with 30 state colleges and universities across the state that serve as an essential resource to students, business, and industry.
In addition to requesting its operating budget, Minnesota State is requesting $178 million in new funding for fiscal years 2018 and 2019.
- $143 million to support and protect campuses like Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College.
- $25 million for critical technology replacements impacting Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College.
- $10 million for student incentive grants.
Impact of the Minnesota State Legislative Request to Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
- Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College will receive $1.2 million of the $143 million supporting and protecting campuses, and an estimated 176 students will be supported by the funding for incentive grants.
– A fully funded request will allow us to support programming for at-risk students, particularly intrusive advising programs that require hands-on staffing such as our Nandagikendan (Seek to Learn) Academies for high school students entering college, transfer students, and staffing for our learning communities: Weekend College, Degree Me, and the Academic Excellence Academy.
– A not fully funded request will threaten retention and completion initiatives for at-risk college and high school students, including staffing essential to carrying out the work.
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2017 Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Capital Request
Should any portion of the Minnesota State capital request be funded, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College are included for $220,000 in asset preservation (HEAPR).
Extraordinary Reasons To #Fundminnesotastate and Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
- Minnesota State serves 396,000 students annually, and Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College serve 3,389 of those students.
– Minnesota State serves more students of color, first-generation college students, and low-income students, including the 22% of Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College students who are students of color and the 28% who are Pell eligible.
– Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College partners with Sappi Fine Paper, the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, InterFaith Care Center, the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, plus many local employers and public school districts in an effort to make sure we offer the right programs, in the right places, turning out the right number of graduates who are prepared with the necessary knowledge and skills to be successful in the jobs of the future.
– We annually award approximately 400 college degrees, diplomas, and certificates.
– Our annual economic impact to our region is about $38 million in Northeastern Minnesota.
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Learn More About the 2017 Legislative Session and Its Impact on Minnesota State
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– Follow any of these Minnesota State legislative session hashtags: #FundMinnesotaState, #54Campuses54Days, or #HEAPRisCHEAPER
– Visit the Minnesota State Legislative Session information page.