Regents Roundup

From Minnesota Alumni Magazine Winter 2017

W2017_RegentsRoundup_Inline300 The Board of Regents approved the U’s fiscal year 2018-19 budget request of $126.2 million at its October meeting. The request focuses on four areas:

Student success. Growing the admissions pipeline for underrepresented Minnesota students; advancing the long-term success of students by improving retention and graduation rates, thus making college more affordable; and increasing access to high-demand science, technology, engineering, and math fields.
Funding Minnesota’s Discovery, Research, and InnoVation Economy Initiative (MNDrive)by supporting research in clean and abundant water; eliminating disparities; cancer care and treatment; and big data.
Core mission support to ensure academic and operational excellence across all system campuses.
NRRI Applied Research for Economic Development. Enhancing strategic research programs at Duluth’s Natural Resources Research Institute.

The Board also took action on a $1.6 billion, six-year capital improvement plan and 2017 state capital request. The capital plan advances strategic goals such as repositioning libraries for the 21st century; improving educational and clinical research space for the Medical School and other Academic Health Center colleges; and maintaining and extending the life of the U’s 29 million square feet of infrastructure.

The $317.6 million 2017 state capital request consists largely of projects carried over from the 2016 legislative session, which failed to pass a bonding bill.

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