"The Minnesota State system of public universities and community colleges has lost nearly 20,000 students over the past two years, a troubling sign that the pandemic is exacerbating an enrollment decline that has spanned the past decade."
LeadMN made recommendations to the Board of Trustees about the Supplemental Budget request to prioritize a tuition freeze, mental health support, and basic needs resources.
The Star Tribune quoted LeadMN's executive director about the need for Minnesota State Colleges to do more to support students in getting vaccinated for COVID.
Eric is the new Director of Communications and Marketing! You can contact him at ewilson@leadmn.org
Each month the cabinet shares some of the work they accomplished.
LeadMN proposed changes to Minnesota State policies for tuition refunds. We advocated that to the Chancellor to make the policy more clear and inclusive for the challenges that students face so that students that are dealing with a significant crisis. A few weeks ago, the system office released their draft policy and are seeking comment. LeadMN submitted the letter below applauding the creation of the policy and two ways that the policy could be made better:
LeadMN joined a coalition of 62 colleges, student groups, civil rights and higher education organizations delivered a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer urging Congress to pass America’s College Promise through budget reconciliation.
Lake Superior College held their second annual flu shot clinic Tuesday morning. The organization Lead MN partnered with Hennepin Healthcare to get students the flu vaccine at the college. Roughly 80-100 students had registered to receive the shot helping to minimize the hospital intake because of the virus.
Read about all the work that LeadMN has done over the past month.
LeadMN President Axel Kylander wrote to the Minnesota State BOT about policies that would improve the experiences of Minnesota community and technical college students.