2012 State of the University Address


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BEFORE I START UP, I'LL SHOW THE DEVICE I'M HOLDING.
IT'S A CELL PHONE.
THIS IS THE LITTLE BUTTON THAT CAUSES IT NOT TO RING.
IF YOU HAVE ONE OF THOSE, YOU MIGHT THINK
ABOUT PUSHING THAT LITTLE BUTTON.
IT'S MY PLEASURE TODAY TO WELCOME PRESIDENT KALER
FOR THE STATE OF THE UNIVERSITY ADDRESS
AND WELCOME ALL OF YOU IN ADDRESS.
ERIC W. KALER BECAME THE 16th PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY
OF MINNESOTA ON JULY 1st, 2011.
HE'S ONLY THE SECOND TO ARISE TO THE PRESIDENCY,
HAVING RECEIVED HIS Ph.D. FROM THE UNIVERSITY'S DEPARTMENT
OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERING AND MATERIAL SCIENCE IN 1982.
IN HIS EARLY CAREER, PRESIDENT KALER BECAME ONE
OF THE NATION'S FOREMOST EXPERTS ON COMPLEX FLUIDS,
WHICH ARE USED IN MANY APPLICATIONS,
INCLUDING DRUG DELIVERY, THE BIOTECH INDUSTRY,
FOOD PROCESSING AND MANUFACTURING
OF COATINGS AND PAINTS.
IN -- IN -- TO HIS FIELDS, HE WAS ELECTED TO THE INSTITUTION
OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERING.
HE'S A SPELL LOW FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE
AND THE CHEMICAL SOCIETIES, VERY CLOSE TO MY HEART,
I'M A PROFESSOR OF CHEMISTRY AND JUST THIS YES,
THE NEUTRON SCATTERING SOCIETY OF AMERICA.
THAT IS A SMALL SOCIETY BUT A VERY PROUD ONE.
TO NAME ONE ADDITIONAL ACHIEVEMENT HOT OFF THE PRESSES,
PRESIDENT KALER HAS BEEN NAMED
TO THE U.S. HOMELAND SECURITY ACADEMIC ADVISORY COUNCIL
BY SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY JANET NAPOLITANO,
A LITTLE ANNOYED BY THAT POLICY WHERE I HAVE
TO TAKE OFF MY SHOES BEFORE I GO INTO A CLASSROOM BUT OH WELL.
IMMEDIATELY BEFORE COMING TO THE "U," HE SERVED AS PROVOST
AND SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
AT STONYBROOK UNIVERSITY
IN THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK SYSTEM.
HE ALSO WAS STONYBROOK'S VICE PRESIDENT
FOR BROOKHAVEN NATIONAL LABORATORY AFFAIRS.
PRIOR TO THAT HE WAS DEAN OF THE UNIVERSITIES
OF DELAWARE'S COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING,
AND SO PRESIDENT KALER, THE FLOOR IS YOURS.
[ Applause ]
>> THANK YOU AND GOOD AFTERNOON.
I REALLY AM TEMPTED TO LECTURE ON NEUTRON SCATTERING.
IT IS A NATURING FIELD OF BROAD IMPACT BUT I'VE DECIDED NOT TO.
SO TODAY I WANT TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT BALANCES.
AND NOT ONLY THE BALANCES IN OUR BOOKS OR OUR LAB,
BUT HIMSELF THE BALANCES WE STRIKE FOR THIS UNIVERSITY
AS WE MOVE FORWARD IN A CHALLENGING TIME.
ABOUT PUBLIC SUPPORT, BALANCING THE TUITION SUPPORT PROVIDED
BY STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES.
ABOUT TRAINING FOR A JOB, BALANCING BEING EDUCATED
FOR A LIFE OF LEARNING,
ABOUT BALANCING OUR RESEARCH MISSION AND OUR GOALS.
ABOUT BALANCING OUR RICH HERITAGE AND THE NEED
TO RESPONDS IN NEW WAYS TO GLOBAL CHALLENGE.
>> ABOUT BALANCING THE DESIRE WITH A NEED
FOR PAYING FOR IT NOW.
AND ABOUT BALANCING OUR COMMITMENT TO MINNESOTA
WITH OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO THE WORLD.
AND PERHAPS, MOST IMPORTANTLY,
ABOUT THE BALANCE OF RISK AND REWARD.
I CHOSE THIS THEME AFTER EIGHT MONTHS OF CROSSING THE STATE
AND OUR CAMPUSES AND AFTER MEETING AND LISTENING
TO HUNDREDS, IF NOT THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE.
AND OF COURSE AMONG THOSE STAKEHOLDERS,
CHIEF AMONG THOSE STAKEHOLDERS I'VE MET, LISTENED TO
AND LEARNED FROM ARE YOU, OUR EXCEPTIONAL FACULTY,
OUR TIRELESS STAFF AND OUR INSPIRING STUDENTS
OF THIS GREAT UNIVERSITY.
ONE OF MY FAVORITE REGULAR OUTINGS EACH WEEK IS
TO VISIT A DEPARTMENT ON THE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS
AND TO SEE ALL THE GREAT WORK BEING DONE, FROM THE LABS
IN THE A.H.C. TO THE DESIGN STUDIOS IN St. PAUL.
EACH ONE OF THOSE VISITS INFORMS ME
ABOUT THE ENORMOUS IMPACT WE HAVE
ON STUDENTS AND ON THE PUBLIC.
ANOTHER ONE OF MY FAVORITE EVENTS IS A LUNCH I HAVE NEARLY
EVERY WEEK WITH A DIFFERENT GROUP OF FACULTY, AND THE DEPTH
AND BREADTH OF WHAT YOU DO IS ASTONISHING,
AND I'M PROUD TO BE YOUR COLLEAGUE.
SINCE LAST JULY, SOME OF MY MOST EXHILARATING DATES HAVE BEEN
TO VISITS ON OUR STATEWIDE CAMPUSES,
COMING TO UNDERSTAND THE SPECIAL
AND DISTINCT WORK CONDUCTED THERE.
I'VE SEEN AND HEARD OF THE LIFE-CHANGING RESEARCH YOU DO,
THE ENERGIZED TEACHING YOU OFFER AND I'VE COME
TO KNOW THE SPECTACULAR PROMISE OF OUR STUDENTS.
THEY ARE WHY WE ARE HERE.
WHEREVER I GO, I TELL STORIES ABOUT OUR DANCE
AND PHYSICS STUDENTS, OUR AG AND Ph.D. STUDENTS,
STORIES THAT CONFIRM HOW GREAT AN INSTITUTION
OF HIGHER EDUCATION WE ARE ALL TOGETHER.
NOW, OF COURSE, THE PUSHES AND PULLS
ON OUR GREAT INSTITUTION ARE MANY.
BUT I HAVE FOUND THAT MOST MINNESOTANS LOVE THEIR
UNIVERSITY AND THEY WANT IT TO DO WELL.
STILL, OUR ROLE AS A PUBLIC LAND GRANT RESEARCH UNIVERSITY IS NOT
CLEAR TO MANY.
MANY DO SUPPORT OUR DRIVE TO EXCELLENCE BUT NOT
IF IT MEANS THEIR STUDENT CAN'T GET INTO THE "U."
MANY VALUE WHAT WE PROVIDE TO OUR RURAL TOWNS
AND AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITY IN GREATER MINNESOTA
BUT FEEL WE SHOULD DO MORE.
MANY UNDERSTAND THAT HIGHER EDUCATION IS THE BROADEST
AND BEST PAVED ROAD WE HAVE TO A PROSPEROUS LIFE, BUT, FRANKLY,
AREN'T SURE WE'RE A GOOD VALUE.
THOSE AND OTHER BALANCES REFLECT WHERE WE ARE TODAY.
THEY ARE THE CONSEQUENCES OF PAST DECISIONS
BUT TO ME THEY REPRESENTS THE CONDITIONS
ON WHICH WE WILL BUILD OUR FUTURE TOGETHER.
WHAT WE DO FROM NOW ON MOSTLY IS UP TO US.
BOARD OF REGENTS CHAIR COHEN, CHAIR --
CHAIR COHEN, REGENTS BEESON, BROD, HUNK, McMILLAN, RAMIREZ
AND SIMMONS, THANK YOU ALL FOR BEING HERE,
I REALLY APPRECIATES IT.
WE HAVE ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES HERE WITH US,
THE MAYOR OF St. PAUL, CHRIS COLEMAN, MY LARRY,
LARRY POGEMILLER, COMMISSIONER OF HIGHER EDUCATION.
CHUCK WIGER, STATE SENATOR AND ARDEL BREEZY,
THE MAYOR OF ROCHESTER AND POLICE EXCUSE ME
IF I HAVE MISSED ANYONE.
THE DANGER OF READING NAMES IS LARGE.
BUT THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING, AND FOR YOUR YEARS
OF SUPPORT OF HIGHER EDUCATION
AND YOUR DEDICATED WORK FOR OUR UNIVERSITY.
THANK YOU.
TO EACH OF YOU LISTENING FROM OUR CAMPUSES IN CROOKSTON,
DULUTH, MORSE AND ROCHESTER AND ONLININGS THANK YOU,
ALSO, FOR JOINING US TODAY.
I WANT TO FIRST ACKNOWLEDGE
AND OFFICIALLY WELCOME SOME NEW MEMBERS OF MY TEAM.
WE HAVE RECRUITED PROVOST KAREN HANSON
FROM ANOTHER BIG 10 INSTITUTION AND SHE IS A PHILOSOPHER
WHO BALANCES THE NATURAL LEANINGS OF A CHEMICAL ENGINEER.
[ Laughter ]
WE HAVE A NEW CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER, SCOTT, A NEW LEADERS
IN JASON ROLLOFF AND A NEW COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER
IN DIANA HARVEY.
BY MY FIRST ANNIVERSARY,
I EXPECT WE WILL ALSO HAVE NEW LEADERSHIP
ON OUR CROOKSTON CAMPUS, IN OUR OFFICE FOR EQUITY AND DIVERSITY,
THE CARLSON SCHOOL AND SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY
AND FOR INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS
ON THE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS.
AS AN ASIDE, YOU MIGHT KNOW THAT GOPHER ATHLETICS HAS BEEN
IN THE NEWS LATELY AND LET ME JUST SAY, I AM AS COMMITTED
TO ITS COMPETITIVE SUCCESS AND SURE OF ITS VAULT TO OUR STATE
AS ANYBODY ELSE, ABOUT THE THAT SUCCESS
AS IN ALL WE DO MUST BE BALANCED WITH INTEGRITY.
NOW, IN ALL OF THIS NEW BLOOD OF LEADERSHIP MEANS WE HAVE
TO STRIKE THE BALANCE OF SAYING GOODBYE TO FRIENDS,
COWORKERS AND LEADERS.
SO PLEASE JOIN ME IN THANKING CHANCELLOR CHUCK CASEY,
JOEL MATURI, KATHLEEN O'BRIAN, DONNA PETERSON
AND TOM ACTUAL VAN FOR THEIR COMBINED 97 YEARS OF SERVICE.
THANK YOU.
[ Applause ]
AND I UNDERSTAND THAT KATHLEEN O'BRIAN ACTUALLY CONCEPTUALIZED
THE FIRST STATE
OF THE UNIVERSITY SPEECH A FEW YEARS AGO.
I FREQUENTLY SAY THAT MY GOAL FOR THIS UNIVERSITY IS FOR US
TO BE IN THE CONVERSATION
ABOUT THE GREAT AMERICAN PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES, BERKELEY
AND MICHIGAN, VIRGINIA AND U.C.L.A., AND OTHERS.
WE ARE FORTUNATE THAT IN MANY AREAS, OUR ACHIEVEMENTS FAR,
FAR EXCEED OUR REPUTATION.
PERHAPS A REFLECTION OF MINNESOTANS' RELUCTANCE TO BRAG.
I DO LIKE TO TELL PEOPLE THAT IF TEXANS LIVED HERE,
THIS WOULD BE THE LAND OF 30,000 LAKES.
[ Laughter ]
WE'RE THE ONLY STATE IN THE NATION THAT ROUNDS DOWN.
[ Laughter ]
BUT THANKFULLY, WE ARE MINNESOTA.
WHERE OUR STATEWIDE CAMPUSES OFFER TREMENDOUS OPPORTUNITIES
FOR LIBERAL EDUCATION, SUSTAINABILITY STUD E NEW WAYS
OF LEARNING IN THE HEALTH SCIENCES, AND INNOVATION IN E
AND DISTANCE LEARNING.
THIS IS WHERE OUR CAMPUSES ADDRESS CRITICAL ISSUES FACING
THE STATE, SUCH AS THE FUTURE OF THE MINING INDUSTRY
AND THE HEALTH OF OUR GREAT LAKES.
BUT ADVANCING WHAT WE DO ON ALL OUR CAMPUSES
AND CHANGING HOW WE ARE KNOWN REQUIRE US
TO FOCUS OUR RESOURCES AND DEVELOP NEW WAYS OF TEACHING
AND NEW WAYS OF LEARNING, NEW AVENUES OF RESEARCH
AND NEW KIND OF PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT.
AND I GOOD WANT -- AND I DO WANT TO EMPHASIZE NEW WAYS.
LIT ME DESCRIBE SOME OF THOSE NEW DISTRIBUTIONS
BY REMINDING YOU OF ONE
OF THE FIRST THINGS DIFFICULT AS PRESIDENT.
LAST SUMMER, FOLLOWING THE GOVERNMENT SMUTDOWN
AND RECESSION, THE UNIVERSITY RECEIVED AN ADDITIONAL $25
MILLION AND I HAD TO DECIDE HOW TO ALLOCATE IT.
THAT MONEY WENT LARGELY INTO FOUR AREAS
>> FIRST, WE ALLOCATED $4.1 MILLION FOR STUDENT AID
FOR STUDENTS THIS SEMESTER
AND WE REDUCED THE PLANNED TUITION INCREASE FOR FALL, 2012,
TO 3.5% FOR MINNESOTA RESIDENTS.
THAT RATE OF INCREASE IS THE LOWEST RATE
OF INCREASE THIS CENTRY AND THE SECOND SMALLEST DOLLAR AMOUNT
THIS CENTURY.
SECOND, WE ALLOCATED FUNDS TO CRITICAL NEEDS
IN THE CURRENT YEAR, PRIMARILY TO OFFSET LARGE CUTS
IN MEDICAL EDUCATION FUNDING AND TO HIRE ADDITIONAL FACULTY.
THIRD, WE WERE PRUDENT, WE RESERVED SOME FUNDS
IN CASE OUR ECONOMIC SITUATION WORSTENNED IN FISCAL --
WORSENED IN FISCAL YEAR 2013, AND FOURTH, WE ALLOCATED FUNDS
TO SUPPORT 150 DOCTORAL DISSERTATIONS PER YEAR
FOR THREE YEARS, A 40% INCREASE OVER PREVIOUS YEARS.
THESE FELLOWSHIPS ARE COMPETITIVELY AWARDED
AND THEY ALLOW OUR BEST STUDENTS
TO FINISH THEIR GRADUATE STUDIES IN A TIMELY WAY.
SO WHAT DOES SUCH A FELLOWSHIP DO?
LET ME GIVE YOU JUST ONE EXAMPLE.
A FELLOWSHIP ALLOWED A Ph.D. STUDENT IN OUR COLLEGE
OF EDUCATION AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
TO DEVOTE HERSELF FULL TIME
TO AN INNOVATIVE PROJECT ANALYZING HOW HIGH SCHOOL
STUDENTS USE DIGITAL MEDIA.
IF NOT FOR HER 22,500-DOLLAR FELLOWSHIP AND THE TUITION
AND HEALTH CARE BENEFITS WE PROVIDE OUR GRADUATE STUDENTS,
A MOTHER OF TWO, SHE WOULD HAVE NEEDED ANOTHER YEAR
TO COMPLETE HER DISSERTATION.
SHE SAYS THE FELLOWSHIP ALLOWED HER TO BE IN THE TRENCHES
WITH TEACHERS AND STUDENTS.
IT ALLOWED HER, SHE SAYS,
TO WALK THROUGH AN INTELLECTUAL GARDEN, UNENCUMBERED
WITH OTHER RESPONSIBILITY.
FELLOWSHIPS LIKE THIS ARE A CRITICAL
AND EFFECTIVE WAY WE INVEST IN THE NICKS GENERATION
OF SCHOLARS, TEACHERS, AND CITIZENS
WHO WILL MOLD THE FUTURE.
SHE IS A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE VALUE OF DOCTORAL EDUCATION
AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA.
WOULD YOU PLEASE STAND SO WE CAN ACKNOWLEDGE YOU?
[ Applause ]
>> THANK YOU.
AND THE TWO ARE 3 AND 6 YEARS OLD,
WHICH IS AN ADDITIONAL DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY.
NOW, MANY PEOPLE THINK THE BEST WAY TO UNDERSTAND
WHERE AN INSTITUTION IS HEADED IS TO LOOK
AT ITS STRATEGIC PLAN.
I SAY, LOOK AT THE BUDGET.
AND IF YOU LOOK AT THOSE BUDGET DECISIONS FROM LAST SUMMER,
YOU WILL SEE MY GOALS FOR THIS INSTITUTION CLEARLY REFLECTED,
HOLDING THE LINE ON TUITION INCREASES
TO KEEP THE UNIVERSITY AFFORDABLE.
REBUILDING OUR EXCELLENT FACULTY.
INVESTING IN BOLD SCHOLARSHIP
AND MAINTAINING A PRUDENT BUDGET STRUCTURE.
I THINK THAT'S A PRETTY ROBUST FRAMEWORK.
OUR BUDGET FOR FISCAL 2013 IS STILL TAKING SHAPE BUT I WANT
TO TELL YOU SOME OF THE NOTEWORTHY FEATURES
THAT ARE A WINDOW, ALSO, ON MY PRIORITIES AND AS AN OUTLINE
OF WHAT I WILL RECOMMEND TO THE BOARD OF REGENTS IN MAY.
FIRST, THE INCREASE IN CLASS POOLS IS ZERO PERCENT, ZERO.
OUR BUDGET IS BUILT USING THE IDEA OF COST POOLS,
WHICH PAY FOR SERVICES --
SHARED CENTRAL SERVICES AND ADMINISTRATION.
AND ACCEPT FOR SALARY RAISES AND TUITION AID, IN MY BUDGET,
THE INCREASE IN THE COST POOLS IS ZERO.
WE'RE NOT INCREASING ADMINISTRATION.
I'VE PLEDGED TO HOLD THE LINE ON THIS ADMINISTRATIVE COST
AND THIS BUDGET DOES THAT.
SECOND, WE HAVE BUDGETED A 2.5% COMPENSATION INCREASE
FOR ALL EMPLOYEES.
THIS FOLLOWS THREE YEARS OF SALARY FREEZES
OR MODEST INCREASES IN FURLOUGHS
AND AN INCREASED BURDEN OF HEALTH CARE COST.
THIS REWARDS ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE CARRIED US
THROUGH SOME VERY DIFFICULT BUDGETS.
AND SO I SAY TO OUR STAFF AND OUR FACULTY, THANK YOU.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR HARD WORK AND YOUR SACRIFICES, AND THANK YOU
FOR UNDERSTANDING THE EFFECTS
THAT STATE CUTBACKS HAVE HAD ON OUR OPERATIONS.
THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU DO.
THIRD, IN OUR 2013 BUDGET PLAN, THERE IS A POOL
OF ABOUT $21 MILLION FOR ACADEMIC INVESTMENTS.
THIS SUBSTANTIAL MONEY, POOL
OF MONEY WILL BE AWARDED COMPETITIVELY
THROUGH THE ANNUAL COMPACT BUDGET PROCESS.
I ENCOURAGE YOUR IDEAS, YOUR BEST IDEAS AND THOSE
OF YOUR DEANS AND YOUR CHANCELLORS
TO COMPETE FOR THOSE DOLLARS.
I BELIEVE THIS BUDGET POSITIONS US WELL TO MOVE FORWARD
IN EXCITING AND PRODUCTIVE WAYS AND REFLECTS A PRUDENT BALANCE.
TO BE CLEAR, THE STATE BUDGET CONTINUE TO BE STRAINED
AND THIS MAY EFFECT OUR SUPPORT IN THE FUTURE.
BUT WE CANNOT AFFORD TO PUT OUR ASPIRATIONS
ON HOLD INDEFINITELY.
WE WILL MOVE FORWARD, MAKING RESPONSIBLE HIRES
AND REWARDING OUR PEOPLE NOW.
LET ME NOW TURN TO TUITION AND STUDENT AND FAMILY DEBT.
CRITICAL ISSUES THAT ARE DIRECTLY TIED TO STATE SUPPORT.
SIMPLY PUT, AS THE STATE OF MINNESOTA'S INVESTMENT
IN THE UNIVERSITY HAS DECLINED, OUR NEED FOR TUITION DOLLARS
TO REPLACE THAT PART OF STATE SUPPORT HAS INCREASED.
WE'RE WORKING EVERY DAY TO TELL OUR STORY.
I'VE TESTIFIED SIX TIMES AT THE CAPITOL IN THE PAST MONTH.
I'VE MET FACE TO FACE WITH NEARLY 100
OF OUR 201 STATE LEGISLATORS,
AND WE'RE ACTIVATING OUR 21,000-PERSON-STRONG GRASS
ROOTS NETWORK.
BUT THE FANTASY THAT SOMEHOW THE UNIVERSITY COULD ADVANCE ITS
MISSION AND HOLD THE LINE ON TUITION
AS STATE SUPPORT TWIN ELSE IS JUST -- DWINDLES, IS JUST THAT,
A FANTASY WE CAN'T DO.
FOR STUDENTS AND FAMILIES OF LIMITED MEANS,
TUITION INCREASES CAN DRIVE A PAINFUL INCREASE
IN STUDENTS DEBT.
ABOUT A THIRD
OF OUR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS GRADUATE DEBT-FREE
BUT THE AVERAGE DEBTS OF THE OTHER TWO-THIRDS
OF UNDERGRADUATES ACROSS OUR SYSTEM EXCEEDS $27,000.
IF YOU GRADUATE AND QUICKLY GET A JOB EARNING 40 OR $50,000,
THAT DEBT LEVEL OF $300 A MONTH MAY BE MANAGEABLE
BUT IT CAN BE A REAL CHALLENGE UNDER MANY OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES.
FOR EXAMPLE, IF YOUR DEBTS CAUSES YOU TO DROP OUT
OR EXTEND YOUR TIME TO GRADUATE,
OR IF YOU SIMPLY CAN'T FIND A JOB AFTER GRADUATION,
THOSE ARE SERIOUS CHALLENGES AND CAN CAUSE YOU
TO QUESTION THE VALUE OF YOUR EDUCATION.
WITH HIS STATE OF THE UNION ADIRECTION PRESIDENT OBAMA
STARTED A NATIONAL CONVERSATION ON THE SUBJECT.
IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER ALL
OF WHAT HE SAID, AND I'LL QUOTE.
WE CAN'T JUST KEEP SUBSIDIZING SKYROCKETING TUITION.
WE'LL RUN OUT OF MONEY.
STATES ALSO NEED TO DO THEIR PART
BY MAKING HIGHER EDUCATION A HIGHER PRIORITY
IN THEIR BUDGETS.
AND COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES HAVE TO DO THEIR PART
BY WORKING TO KEEP COSTS DOWN.
WE WILL DO OUR PART BUT, REMEMBER THOSE WORDS,
STATES ALSO NEED TO DO THEIR PART.
MY HOPE IS THAT THE STATE OF MINNESOTA WILL ENGAGE US
IN THE IMPORTANT WORK WE DO AT A LEVEL THAT MINIMIZES
OR ELIMINATES TUITION INCREASES.
BUT IT'S NOT ENOUGH TO WORK FOR OR SIMPLY HOPE
THAT THE STATE WILL INVEST IN ITS FUTURE WITH US.
WE MUST CHART OUR OWN FUTURE.
WE MUST REDUCE COSTS, ELIMINATE COURSE AND PROGRAM DUPLICATION,
IMPROVE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND BE EFFICIENT
AND EFFECTIVE IN ALL THAT WE DO.
WE MUST ACHIEVE EXCELLENCE IN OUR OPERATIONS.
OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE ISN'T A BUZZ WORD
OR A PROJECT OR AN INITIATIVE.
THINK OF IT AS A LONG-TERM COMMITMENT TO WORK SMARTER,
REDUCE COST, ENHANCE SERVICES
AND GENERATE NEW SOURCES OF REVENUE.
IT, TOO, IS ABOUT BALANCING COMPETING INTERESTS AND GOALS.
IT'S ABOUT INNOVATION AND OPERATING DIFFERENTLY,
NOT SIMPLY ABOUT CUTTING COSTS.
IT IS ABOUT FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGING THE CULTURE
OF THIS UNIVERSITY AND HOW WE MANAGE CHANGE.
CULTURE CHANGE IS NOT EASY AND IT'S NOT FAST.
BUT WE ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO MOVE TO A MORE NIMBLE
AND RESPONSIVE WAY OF DOING OUR ADMINISTRATIVE WORK,
AND WE HAVE TO DO IT AT A LOWER COST.
IT'S ABOUT INCREASING OUR EFFECTIVENESS EVEN
AS WE BECOME MORE EFFICIENT.
WHEN I STARTED, THOSE LONG EIGHT MONTHS AGO, I COMMITTED MYSELF
TO REIMAGINING HOW WE AMOUNT AND FUNCTION.
GROUP OF SENIOR LEADERS HAS BEEN MEETING SINCE SEPTEMBER
AND WE'VE ADDED A STAFF WORK GROUP
TO HELP DRIVE INNOVATION AND CHANGE.
IN DECEMBER, OUR FIRST ROUND OF LISTENING SESSIONS WAS HELD
WITH DIVERSE FACULTY AND STAFF FROM ACROSS THE INSTITUTION.
AND FOUR MAIN THEMES EMERGED FROM THOSE LISTENING SESSIONS.
FIRST, WE ARE TOO RISK AVERSE AND TOO REGULATORY.
MORE MIRED IN SAYING "NO" THAN IN FINDING WAYS TO SAY "YES."
SECOND, WE COULD DO MORE
TO UNLEASH ENTREPRENEURIALISM AND INNOVATION.
THIRD, WE CAN IMPROVE OUR CHANGE MANAGEMENT
AND PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILLS.
AND LASTLY, CONSULTATION IS IMPORTANT BUT WE CAN OVERDO IT.
I'VE CHARGED EACH SENIOR LEADER
TO IMPLEMENT A RISK RECALIBRATION INITIATIVE
IN THEIR RESPECTIVE AREA.
THIS WORK IS AIMED SQUARELY
AT ADDRESSING THE UNIVERSITY'S RISK-AVERSE CULTURE
BY ELIMINATING UNNECESSARY
OR REDUNDANT POLICIES AND PROCEDURES.
THE OFFICE OF VICE PRESIDENT
FOR RESEARCH HAS ALREADY BEGUN THIS WORK
AND STREAMLINED PROCEDURES IN SEVERAL AREAS,
RANGING FROM TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER
TO GRANT ADMINISTRATION TO COMPLIANCE.
ONE EXAMPLE IS OUR FIRST
IN THE NATION MINNESOTA INNOVATION PARTNERSHIPS
OR MINIP.
IT WILL MORE SWIFTLY
AND THOUGHTFULLY MOVE OUR DISCOVERIES
AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY FROM THE LABORATORY
INTO IT IS MARKETPLACE BY CUTTING
OUT UNNECESSARY NEGOTIATIONS.
THERE ARE MYRIAD OF OTHER CHANGES THAT WE WILL INTRODUCE
AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE WITH THE GOAL OF REDUCING WORKLOADS
AND GETTING BUREAUCRACY OUT OF THE WAY.
WE HAVE TO DO THIS BECAUSE WE NEED
TO ELIMINATE E.S.P. IN OUR ORGANIZATION.
E.S.P. STANDS FOR EXTREMELY STUPID PROCEDURES.
[ Laughter ]
WE HAVE 'EM AND WE NEED TO ELIMINATE 'EM.
WE HAVE TO WORK HARDER AND WORK SMARTER.
HERE'S AN EXAMPLE OF A CHANGE THAT MAKES SOME SENSE.
WHEN WE PURCHASE EQUIPMENT, IT'S BEEN OUR POLICY
TO CAPITALIZE ANYTHING VALUED AT $2500 OR MORE.
WHEN YOU CAPITALIZE SOMETHING, YOU GET THE FINANCIAL VALUE
OF DEPRECIATION BUT HIMSELF MEANS YOU HAVE TO TRACK
AND OH -- BUT ALSO MEANS YOU HAVE TO TRACK AND INVENTORY
THAT PIECE OF EQUIPMENT.
RIGHT NOW, WE TRACK 69,000 ITEMS EVERY YEAR.
SO, WITH THE LEADERSHIP OF THE OP-EX TEAM, WE'VE DECIDED
TO INCREASE THE EQUIPMENT CAPITALIZATION THRESHOLD
FROM 2500 TO $5,000, CONSISTENT WITH A PEER INSTITUTION
AND IT WILL REDUCE THE NUMBER OF ITEMS WE COUNT BY 31%.
THAT MEANS MORE THAN 20,000 THINGS WILL NO LONGER HAVE
TO BE INVENTORIED AND TRACKED.
HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE HOURS CAN BE REALLOCATED
TO HIGHER AND BETTER USES.
THAT'S ONE GOOD EXAMPLE, AND GOOD BALANCE OF RISK AND REWARD.
WE'VE BEGUN ANOTHER IMPORTANT ACTIVITY
THAT MAY AFFECT MANY OF YOU.
IT CONCERNS OUR ACADEMIC CENTERS AND STATUTES.
AND INSTITUTES.
I WAS SURPRISED TO FIND OUT AND YOU MAY BE SURPRISED, TOO,
THAT WE HAVE 265 ACADEMIC CENTERS AND INSTITUTES,
AND THEY HAVE BUDGETS TOTALING MORE THAN $200 MILLION ANNUALLY.
I'VE DIRECTED ALL OF OUR DEANS TO LOOK AT
AND EXAMINE THE MISSION, CENTRALITY, VALUE AND SCOPE
OF EACH OF THESE CENTERS AND INSTITUTES.
ADMINISTRATIVE CENTERS WILL ALSO BE EXAMINED.
WE MAY FIND THAT SOME, AND MAYBE EVEN MOST,
REMAIN VALUABLE AND RELEVANT.
BUT I'M WILLING TO BET OTHERS ARE NOT.
EXCELLENCE ALSO MEANS ALIGNING OUR STRATEGIES
WITH ECONOMIC REALITIES.
THAT'S ANOTHER COMPONENT OF BALANCING CHANGE.
FOR EXAMPLE, GIVEN THE UNCERTAIN ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT
FOR RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT, THE UMORE PARK L.L.C. BOARDS DECIDED
THAT WE'LL FOCUS IN THE ENGINEER TERM
ON MORE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT,
ACTIVITIES THAT WILL ADD VALUE TO THE PROPERTY.
WHILE WE REMAIN COMMITTED TO LONG-TERM GOALS OF THE PROJECT,
WE'LL USE THIS TIME TO FURTHER DEVELOP A PLAN
TO MITIGATE THE IMPACTS OF GRAVEL MINING
AND OTHER DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITY ON FACULTY
WHO USE UMORE SPACE FOR THEIR RESEARCH.
IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE, EVERYONE HAS A ROLE IN IDENTIFYING
AND IMPLEMENTING NEW WAYS TO WORK, NEW WAYS TO WORK SMARTER,
TO REDUCE COSTS, TO ENHANCE SERVICES
AND TO GENERATE REVENUES.
LOCAL SOLUTIONS ARE AS IMPORTANT AS SYSTEM-WIDE INITIATIVES.
AND WE MUST GET BETTER AT BRINK THOSE FORWARD
AND SCALING THOSE THAT WORK.
I WANT TO REENVISION THE FUNDAMENTAL ROLE
OF AN ADMINISTRATION FROM ONE OF ENFORCER TO ONE
OF PARTNER AND FACILITATOR.
SO THAT WE CAN HELP UNITS
ACROSS THE INSTITUTION RETHINK HOW THEY WORK, WHAT THEY DO
AND HOW WE SOLVE SHARED PROBLEMS TOGETHER.
LET ME NOW TURN TO SOME NEW INITIATIVES AND I'LL START
WITH OUR EDUCATIONAL MISSION.
I'M ASKING TODAY FOR FACULTY, STAFF AND GOVERNANCE
TO ENGAGE WITH ME IN TWO WAYS.
FIRST, I WANT ALL OF OUR CAMPUSES TO BE LEADERS
IN THE STATE AND NATIONALLY IN USING TECHNOLOGY
TO IMPROVE TEACHING AND LEARNING.
OUR COLLEAGUES IN ROCHESTER AND CROOKSTON MAY HAVE A HEAD START
BUT I AM ESTABLISHING A PROCESS TO REQUEST PROPOSALS FROM ALL
OF OUR FACULTY FOR INNOVATIVE, EDUCATIONAL INITIATIVES
THAT WILL ADVANCE TEACHING AND LEARNING.
I WANT OUR BEST THOUGHTS ABOUT HOW TO USE MODERN TOOLS
TO ENABLE STUDENT SUCCESS, I WANT TO PILOT THOSE IDEAS,
ADOPT WHAT WORKS AND SPREAD IT ACROSS OUR CAMPUSES.
I WOULD LIKE TO SEE US HAVE A SPECIAL FOCUS
ON ELECTRONIC TEXTBOOKS, FOR EXAMPLE,
AND I'VE ASKED SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT HANSON
AND JONES TO LEAD THIS EFFORT.
SECOND, I WILL ENGAGE WITH YOU TO DEFINE AND BRING
TO LIFE A REMARKABLY REVISED ACADEMIC CALENDAR.
SPECIFICALLY, BUILDING ON THE REPORT
FROM THE 2011 SEMESTER COMMITTEE,
I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE A SERIOUS AND RIGOROUS LOOK AT MOVING
TO A YEAR-AROUND ACADEMIC CALENDAR.
THIS WOULD INCLUDE THREE 14- OR 15-WEEK PERIODS THAT,
WITH SINCERE APOLOGIES TO MY ENGLISH FACULTY,
I'M GOING TO CALL SEMESTERS EVEN THOUGH THERE ARE THREE OF THEM.
[ Laughter ]
I HAVE LEARNED IN MINNESOTA
THAT THERE ARE TWO IMMOVEABLE CALENDAR EVENTS, HOWEVER.
THE RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS IN DECEMBER
AND THE SECULAR TEN-DAY CELEBRATION
THAT IS THE MINNESOTA STATE FAIR.
[ Laughter ]
WORKING AROUND THEM,
I DO BELIEVE A FULL THREE-SEMESTER CALENDAR CAN BE
CREATED, AND IT OFFERS GREAT OPPORTUNITIES
FOR BOLT STUDENT AND FACULTY.
MY VISION FOR A YEAR-ROUND CALENDAR ALSO WOULD INCORPORATE
AN EXTENDED WINTER SESSION IN JANUARY.
NOW, I THINK THERE ARE SIGNIFICANT ADVANTAGES
TO DOING THIS AND MAKING IT WORK.
FIRST, IT WOULD GIVE STUDENTS A REAL CHANCE --
MORE STUDENTS A REAL CHANCE OF GRADUATING
IN LESS THAN FOUR YEARS.
ON SUCH A CALENDAR, A FULL-TIME,
YEAR-ROUND STUDENT COULD EARN 120-CREDIT DEGREE
IN LESS THAN THREE YEARS.
SECOND, A LONGER WINTER SESSION WOULD GIVE OPPORTUNITY
FOR STUDENTS TO STUDY ABROAD, HAVE MEANINGFUL INTERNSLIP
OR SERVICE LEARNING EXPERIENCES, OR COMPLETE AN HONORS
OR SIGNIFICANT RESEARCH PROJECT DURING THAT TIME.
THIRD, AND VERY IMPORTANTLY,
A YEAR-ROUND SCHEDULE INCREASES USE
OF OUR LABORATORY AND CLASSROOM SPACE.
USING OUR FACILITIES YEAR-ROUND REDUCES BOTTLENECKS
AND COULD REDUCE OUR LONG-TERM NEED
AND COST FOR NEW FACILITIES.
FINALLY, THREE FULL SEMESTERS WOULD INCREASE TUITION REVENUES
ANNUALLY, ALLOWING US TO HIRE MORE FACULTY.
FACULTY WOULD STILL TEACH TWO SEMESTERS A YEAR
BUT COULD HAVE FLEXIBILITY TO ARRANGE THEM
SO THAT TWO CONSECUTIVE SEMESTERS COULD BE DEVOTED
TO RESEARCH IN A GIVEN YEAR.
ALTERNATIVELY, B OR 9-MONTH FACULTY MIGHT CHOOSE
TO TEACH THREE SEMESTERS FROM TIME TO TIME
FOR ADDITIONAL COMPENSATION.
AS IN ALL IDEAS, THERE ARE CHALLENGES.
CHIEF AMONG THEM HERE IS MANAGING THE FINANCIAL AID
FOR OUR STUDENTS.
THERE ARE ALSO VALUABLE PROGRAMS ON OUR CAMPUSES NOTICE SUMMER
THAT WOULD HAVE TO BE ACCOMMODATED
AND WE NEED A TRANSITION TIME TO MOVE TO A NEW MODEL.
BUT ALL IN ALL, IN THE BALANCE,
I THINK BENEFITS COULD OUTWAY THE CHALLENGES,
AND THIS IS AN IDEA WELL WORTH MOVING FORWARD.
WE'LL START THIS CONVERSATION ON THE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS
AND OTHER CAMPUSES CAN JOIN AS THEY WISH.
LET'S TURN NOW TO OUR RESEARCH MISSION.
REMEMBER, WE ARE THE STATE'S ONLY PUBLIC RESEARCH UNIVERSITY,
AND I HAVE THREE INITIATIVES TO MOVE FORWARD.
THE FIRST IS CONSISTENT WITH MY HOPE THAT THIS INSTITUTION,
AND ITS FACULTY, WILL BECOME MORE ENTREPRENEURIAL
IN EVERY SENSE OF THAT WORD.
TO ENABLE FACULTY TO DEVELOP AND LEARN OUTSIDE THE ACADEMY,
WE ARE ADVANCING THROUGH GOVERNANCE A PROCESS FOR TENURED
AND TENURE-TRACK FACULTY TO TAKE WHAT WE'RE CALLING AN
ENTREPRENEURIAL LEAVE.
THAT LEAVE, AT ZERO PERCENT SALARY BUT FULL BENEFITS,
WOULD ALLOW FACULTY TO WORK FULL TIME WITH INDUSTRY, START-UPS
OR N.G.O.s TO DEVELOP IDEAS OR PRODUCTS IN THE MARKETPLACE.
BASICALLY, IF YOU HAVE A COMMERCIAL, ARTISTIC
OR CREATIVE IDEA YOU WOULD LIKE TO EXPLORE,
WE WILL HOLD YOUR PLACE HERE.
ON ITS SURFACE, THIS LOOKS LIKE AN OPPORTUNITY MAINLY FOR THOSE
IN MEDICINE, SCIENCE OR ENGINEERING.
BUT, IN FACT, IT OFFERS AN OPPORTUNITY
FOR EVERY FACULTY MEMBER WHO WANT
TO ENGAGE THE COMMERCIAL OR NONPROFIT SECTORS.
SECOND, TO SUPPORT AND ENABLE OUR RESEARCHERS TO SUCCEED
IN A HIGHLY COMPETITIVE ENVIRONMENT, WE NEED TO DEVELOP
AND MAINTAIN LEADING EDGE RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE,
INCLUDING OUR LIBRARIES.
TO ACCOMPLISH THIS,
I'M ESTABLISHING A FORMAL RECURRING RESEARCH
INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING POOL.
WHILE OUR CAPITAL PLANNING FOR BUILDING PROJECTS IS ROBUST,
WE ENGAGE STAKEHOLDERS ACROSS THE SYSTEM
TO DEVELOP OUR SIX-YEAR CAPITAL PLAN.
WE DO NOT HAVE A SIMILAR STRUCTURE
FOR OUR RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE.
WE NEED ONE.
I'M ASKING THE VICE PRESIDENT FOR RESEARCH
TO DEVELOP A COLLABORATIVE PROCESS FOR REGULARLY ASSESSING
AND IDENTIFYING HIGH-PRIORITY RESEARCH INVESTMENT NEEDS,
AND I'M ASKING THE CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
TO ESTABLISH A RELIABLE BUDGET LINE
IN THE UNIVERSITY'S ANNUAL BUDGET.
WE MUST BUDGET AT A LEVEL
THAT ENSURES APPROPRIATE INVESTMENT SUPPORTING RESEARCH
ACROSS ALL DISCIPLINES AT THE UNIVERSITY.
FINALLY, LET ME ADDRESS OUR ACADEMIC HEALTH SENT.
WE'RE CONFIDENT THAT OUR PARTNERSHIP
WITH FAIRVIEW WILL DEEPEN
AND THAT TOGETHER WE WILL BRING ADDITIONAL REVENUES
TO THE A.H.C. THE EXTERNAL REVIEW THAT I ANNOUNCED
IN JANUARY IS BEING STAFFED AND WILL TAKE PLACE AS SOON
AS POSSIBLE WITHIN THE CONSTRAINTS
OF THE REVIEWER'S SCHEDULES.
I FIRMLY BELIEVE THAT A GREAT ACADEMIC HEALTH CENTER IS
CENTRAL TO THE STRENGTH
AND GLOBAL REPUTATION OF OUR UNIVERSITY.
THE THIRD PART OF OUR MISSION IS OUTREACH AND ENGAGEMENT.
BY THIS TIME, YOU HAVE PROBABLY HEARD COMMITMENT TO PARTNER
WITH KEY STAKEHOLDERS TO REDUCE THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP
IN MINNESOTA.
THAT IS THOSE GAPS IN SCHOOL PERFORMANCE BETWEEN STUDENT
OF COLOR AND WHITE STUDENT, AND BETWEEN STUDENTS
FROM LOW-INCOME FAMILIES AND THEIR MIDDLE
AND UPPER INCOME LAST MATES.
TO -- CLASSMATES.
TO REMAIN COMPETITIVE ECONOMICALLY AND SOCIALLY,
MINNESOTA MUST FIND WAYS TO IMPROVE THE ACADEMIC
AND LIFE COURSE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF ALL OF OUR CITIZENS.
THIS IS NOT A SIMPLE TASK, AND IT'S NOT A TASK
THAT ANY SINGLE SOCIAL INSTITUTION, FAMILY, SCHOOLS,
BUSINESS, COMMUNITIES, NONPROFITS
OR GOVERNMENT CAN DO ALONE.
BUT DRIVEN BY OUR THREE-PART MISSION OF TEACHING, RESEARCH
AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, BRINGING RESEARCH AND EXPERTISE
TO BEAR ON SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCING THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP IS
AN IMPORTANT RESPONSIBILITY FOR THIS UNIVERSITY.
AFTER ALL, WE ARE THE STATE'S MOST POWERFUL RESEARCH ENGINE,
OUR ENGINE OF DISCOVERY AND INNOVATION, AND THE BEST CHOICE
AS THE STATE'S CHIEF CONVENOR ON PRESSING ISSUES.
I PLAN TO DEVOTE MY TIME TO HELP LEAD THIS EFFORT
AND THIS SPRING I WILL HOST A MINI SUMMIT
TO BRING TOGETHER OUR FACULTY EXPERTS TO ENSURE
THAT THEIR EFFORTS ACROSS ALL OUR COMMUNITIES
AND CAMPUSES ARE COORDINATED.
WE AT THE "U" MUST CONTINUE
TO STRENGTHEN THE DIVERSE HUMAN CAPITAL ACROSS OUR STATE.
BEFORE CLOSING, LET ME DISCUSS WITH YOU A PRESSING ISSUE
THAT MUST CONCERN US ALL.
AND THAT IS THE NEED TO BALANCE TRAINING FOR A JOB
WITH BEING EDUCATED FOR LIFE.
THE STRENGTH OF AMERICAN HIGHER EDUCATION,
WHICH IS STILL THE ENVY
OF THE WORLD IS ITS CORE OF THE LIBERAL ARTS.
WHEN I GO TO THE LEGISLATURE OR TO AN AG LEADERS BREAKFAST
OR ROTARY CLUB LUNCHEON, I ALWAYS TALK ABOUT OUR ROLE
AS THE STATE'S ONLY PUBLIC RESEARCH UNIVERSITY.
I TALK ABOUT OUR DEEP AND WIDE ECONOMIC IMPACT.
BUT EMPLOYERS CONTINUALLY AND LOUDLY TELL ME THAT MANY
OF THOSE JOBS DEMAND THE SKILLS OF THE LIBERAL ARTS
AND THE HUMANITIES, WRITING, COMMUNICATING, CRITICAL THINKING
AND ANALYSIS, WORKING IN TEAMS,
WRESTLING WITH AND SOLVING PROBLEMS.
THIS UNIVERSITY IS ABOUT MUCH MORE THAN TRAINING A WORKFORCE
FOR TODAY, ALTHOUGH WE DO A VERY GOOD JOB AT THAT.
IT IS ABOUT CREATING THE IDEAS AND INNOVATIONS, THE THINKERS
AND LEADERS AND THE ECONOMY AND THE CULTURE
THAT WILL ENSURE OUR SUCCESS FOR TOMORROW, FOR THE DAY AFTER THAT
AND THE DAY AFTER THAT.
LET ME CLOSE NOW BY TAKING YOU BACK 150 YEARS, BACK TO 1862.
WE WERE IN THE MIDST OF THE CIVIL WAR.
IT WAS ALSO THE YEAR THAT 38 INDIAN AMERICAN WERE WRONGLY
HANGED IN MINNESOTA, A STAIN ON OUR STATE'S HISTORY.
AMID THOSE DARK TIMES, PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN SIGNED THE
MORAL ACT.
SENATOR JUSTIN MORAL OF VERMONT AUTHORED THE ACT PROMOTING
AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH, THE MECHANICAL ARTS AND ACCESS
TO HIGHER EDUCATION FOR ALL.
WE WILL BE CELEBRATING THE SESQUICENTENNIAL
OF THE ACT ALL YEAR THROUGH OUR LAND GRANT 150 SERIES
AND I WOULD ENCOURAGE TO YOU TAKE PART IN THOSE EVENT.
BUT WE HAVE SOMEONE HERE TODAY WHO CAN REALLY
AND TRULY RELATE TO THE MORAL ACT.
HE IS A GRADUATE OF U.M.D. AND IS NOW A MASTER STUDENT
IN OUR COLLEGE OF DESIGN ON THE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS.
HIS NAME IS PRESCOTT MORAL AND BELIEVE IT OR NOT,
HE IS THE GREAT-GRAND-NEPHEW OF SENATOR MORAL.
PRESCOTT, WOULD YOU PLEASE STAND SO WE CAN APPLAUD YOU
AND YOUR FORWARD-LOOKING UNCLE?
[ Applause ]
>> THANKS.
SO WITH THIS SPECIAL AND DIRECT CONNECTION,
WE CAN MOVE FORWARD THE NEXT 150 YEARS OF OUR LAND GRANT MISSION,
BALANCING THE PROSPERITY OF THE STATE WITH THE ECONOMY
OF THE FLAT AND CONNECTED WORLD IN WHICH WE LIVE.
WE MOVE FORWARD IN A WORLD WHERE HUMAN SUFFERING
AND HUNGER ARE FAR TOO COMMON.
WHERE THE RULE OF LAW IS LACKING AND WHERE INTOLERANCE
AND PREJUDICE STILL THRIVE.
WE MOVE FORWARD AS ONE OF THE FEW INSTITUTIONS IN THE WORLD
WITH THE SCOPE, SPAN OF SKILLS AND THE TALENT NEEDED
TO MAKE THE CHANGES THIS WORLD REQUIRES.
THAT SHOULD BE OUR CALLING FOR THE FUTURE,
BECAUSE FROM PUBLIC HEALTH TO AGRICULTURE, FROM ENGINEERING
TO LAW, FROM PHILOSOPHY TO MEDICINE,
OUR GREAT UNIVERSITY HAS THE ABILITY TO ATTACK
AND SOLVE THE CHALLENGES FACING MINNESOTA,
THE NATION AND THE WORLD.
AND IN THAT FUTURE, I SEE NO COUNTERBALANCE,
I SEE NO OTHER SIDE TO WEIGH AS AN EFFICIENT, EFFECTIVE
AND ENGAGED INSTITUTION,
THIS UNIVERSITY WILL CONTINUE TO CHANGE THE WORLD.
THANK YOU.
[ Applause ]
>> WE DO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY AT THIS POINT FOR THE PRESIDENT
TO ENTERTAIN QUESTIONS.
IF YOU DO HAVE A QUESTION, I WOULD ASK YOU TO MOVE TO ONE
OF THE MICROPHONES IN THE ROOM, IDENTIFY YOURSELF
AND ANY AFFILIATION YOU WOULD LIKE TO OFFER,
AND ASK YOUR QUESTION.
I'LL PROCEED IN THE TWIN CITIES AT THESE TWO MICROPHONES
FOR THE FIRST TWO AND THEN I'LL NAME THE DISEMBODIED VOICES
COMING FROM OTHER COORDINATE CAMPUSES
TO GIVE THEM AN OPPORTUNITY, AS WELL.
ALL RIGHT.
WE'LL REWARD SPEED FIRST.
>> THANKS, I'M SHANNON NICKELSON, AN UNDERGRAD HERE.
I HAVE TWO QUESTIONS FOR YOU.
THE FIRST ONE IS, I AM WONDERING HOW YOUR $150,000 SALARY
INCREASE FROM PRESIDENT BRUININKS, EXIT SALARY,
IS CONSISTENT WITH YOUR GOAL OF HOLDING THE LINE
ON ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS.
SECOND, I'M WONDERING WHEN YOU'LL HOLD THE LINE
ON TUITION COSTS, SINCE SALARY --
I'M SORRY, SINCE TUITION HAS GONE UP EVERY YEAR
IN THE PAST HUNDRED YEARS REGARDLESS OF WHETHER
OR NOT THE STATE IS GIVING US MORE MONEY.
THAT DOESN'T SEEM TO BE THE DEFINING --
THE DEFINITION OF WHY TUITION GOES UP.
THANKS.
>> SO MY SALARY SET BY THE BOARD OF REGENTS.
MY TOTAL COMPENSATION,
SALARY PLUS DEFFERED COMP IS ONLY VERY SLIGHTLY LARGER
THAN PRESIDENT BRUININKS RECEIVED IN HIS LAST YEAR,
AND MY SALARY IS CONSISTENT WITH THE SALARIES OF PRESIDENTS
OF SIMILAR INSTITUTIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.
THE ISSUE OF TUITION IS A SERIOUS QUESTION AND ONE
THAT WE WORK ON ALL THE TIME.
AS I SAID, I'VE BEEN HERE EIGHT MONTHS AND THE TUITION INCREASE
FOR NEXT YEAR IS AS SMALL AS IT'S BEEN IN 13 YEARS.
THAT'S MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.
WE NEED TO DO THREE THINGS TO BRING TUITION UNDER CONTROL.
WE NEED TO ADDRESS THE BALANCE WITH THE STATE
WHICH WE'RE WORKING ON VERY HARD.
WE NEED TO BECOME MORE EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE SO THAT COSTS
THAT GO INTO ADMINISTRATION
OR OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM ARE TAKEN BACK
AND PUT TO BENEFIT STUDENTS.
AND THIRD, WE WORK ON PHILANTHROPY
BECAUSE THE FINANCIAL AID CAN HELP STUDENT WHO STRUGGLE
WITH THOSE TUITION PAYMENTS.
SO I WOULD CLAIM WE ARE HEADED IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION,
AND MY GOAL IS TO GET THOSE INCREASES TO BE
AS SMALL AS POSSIBLE, OR ZERO.
CAN'T DO IT INSTANTLY BUT I THINK WE'RE ON THE RIGHT TRACK.
>> PLEASE.
>> AVA, DEPARTMENT OF CLASSICAL AND ENGINEER EASTERN STUDIES.
AS A FACULTIES MEMBER, I'M VERY HAPPY TO HEAR YOU SPEAK
OF THE NEED FOR BALANCE BETWEEN TRAINING FOR A JOB
AND LIBERAL EDUCATION.
I'M NOT QUITE SO THRILLED WITH THE IDEA
OF A YEAR-ROUND CALENDAR WITH THREE SEMESTERS RUNNING
IN AS MUCH AS YOU ARTICULATE THE REASON BASICALLY BEING SPEED-UP
OF PRODUCTION OF DEGREES.
THIS GETS TO ONE OF MY CORE CONCERNS
THAT I BELIEVE IS SHARED BY MANY OTHER FACULTY AND STUDENT,
WHICH IS THE INTENSE FOCUS ON METRICS
LIKE GRADUATION RATES AND TIME TO DEGREE.
AND ACHIEVEMENT OF A CERTAIN NUMBER OF CREDITS.
IF THE METRICS ARE THE GOAL, THEN EVERYBODY ACTS THOUGH
AS TO HIT THOSE NUMERICAL TARGETS REGARDLESS
OF WHAT SUBSTANCE THEY REPRESENT,
SO YOU GET 120 CREDITS, YOU GET A B.A. NO MATTER WHAT YOU DID
OR DID NOT LEARN AND THIS IS A SYSTEM
THAT DOESN'T READILY TOLERATE FAILURE
OR ERROR OR EXPERIMENTATION.
ONE MUST, OF COURSE, ERR IN ORDER TO LEARN
AND IN A SENSE ONE MUST FAIL IN ORDER TO SUCCEED.
TRUE EDUCATION AS WELL AS GOOD RESEARCH THEREFORE HAS
TO ACCOMMODATE THE OPTIONS OF ERROR AND FAILURE
AS ACCEPTABLE OPTIONS BUT THE PRESENT STRUCTURE
OF ACCOUNTABILITY ACCOMMODATES ONLY SUCCESS NARROWLY DEFINED
IN TERMS OF GRADES, SCORES, CREDITS AND CREDENTIALS,
SO MY QUESTION TO YOU, AS I KNOW YOU SHARE SOME
OF THE VALUES I'VE POINTED TO,
IS HOW WILL YOUR ADMINISTRATION MAKE MORE ROOM
IN THE PRESENT SYSTEM FOR TRUE EDUCATION INSTEAD
OF MERE CREDENTIALING?
>> WELL, I HAVE TO ADMIT I'M TEMPTED
TO GIVE THE FOLLOWING ANSWER AND SO I WILL.
[ Laughter ]
THE FACULTY OWN THE CURRICULUM.
WHAT GOES ON IN THOSE 120 CREDITS IS UP TO YOU.
I THINK THERE ARE PLACES WHERE WE DO A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT
OF EDUCATION AND THAT THERE IS REAL INTELLECTUAL PROGRESS
AS OUR STUDENTS MOVE THROUGH,
BUT I BET IN OTHERS THERE AREN'T,
AND SO I WOULD APPLAUD YOUR ENGAGEMENT WITH THE --
WITH FACULTY COLLEAGUES TO THINK ABOUT WHAT GOES
INTO THAT UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE.
NOW, I WILL SAY, IN OUR WORLD, UNFORTUNATELY,
IF WE DON'T DEFINE SOME METRICS AND MEASURE SOME OUTPUTS,
SOMEBODY ELSE WILL DO THAT FOR US, SO THERE IS A MEASURE
OF ACCOUNTABILITY IN THE REAL POLITICAL WORLD IN WHICH WE LIVE
THAT HOLDS, I THINK, A BOUNDARY,
BUT INSIDE THAT BOUNDARY, GO FOR IT.
>> I'D LIKE TO GIVE DULUTH A CHANCE TO ASK A QUESTION.
>> NO QUESTIONS AT THIS TIME.
THANK YOU.
>> THANK YOU.
LET'S MOVE COUNTERCLOCKWISE, SHALL WE?
CROOKSTON.
>> I HAVE A QUESTION BUT I'M WAITING TO HEAR
IF OTHER PEOPLE WOULD -- NO, I'M NOT GOING TO ASK...
[ Audio Inaudible ]
>> I WANT TO GET THE OKAY OF SOME PEOPLE I'M WORKING WITH.
>> OKAY. MORRIS.
>> NONE AT THIS MOMENT.
>> SOUTHWEST RESEARCH AND OUTREACH CENTER.
>> NOTHING AT THIS TIME.
>> AND ROCHESTER.
[ Laughter ]
>> THEY'RE HAVING A GOOD TIME IN ROCHESTER.
>> DID THE REFRESHMENTS GET BROKEN OUT EARLY IN ROCHESTER?
[ Laughter ]
>> ALL RIGHT.
IN THE ABSENCE OF QUESTIONS FROM COORDINATE CAMPUSES,
LET ME GO BACK TO THIS SIDE.
>> NAOMI SCHUMANN, COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS THIS I THINK IS
IN THE SAME SPIRIT AS AVA'S QUESTION,
THAT A LOT OF WHAT YOU SAID BEING SO INSPIRING
AND REALLY IMPORTANT AND FILLED WITH DEEP
AND IMPORTANT PRINCIPLES, AND THEN LOOKING AT WAYS
IN WHICH THINGS THAT ARE DONE ADMINISTRATIVELY SEEM TO WORK
AGAINST ACCOMPLISHING THOSE GOALS AND ONE MAJOR ONE
THAT MANY OF US FIND ENORMOUSLY FRUSTRATING
AROUND TEACHING MISSION AND RESEARCH IN PARTICULAR,
IS THE BUDGET MODEL, WHETHER INCENTIVES FOR MANAGED GROWTH
OR RESPONSIBILITY-CENTERED MANAGEMENT,
WHATEVER THE CURRENT ACRONYM; THE ONE THAT PUTS COLLEGES
IN COMPETITION WITH EACH OTHER FOR TUITION DOLLARS AND SO ON
AND ON, WITH A NEW ADMINISTRATION,
DARE WE HAVE ANY HOPE THAT WE MIGHT SCRAP THIS MODEL
WHICH IS PROFOUNDLY ANTI-INTELLECTUAL AND STOPS US
FROM BEING THE WELL-INTEGRATED UNIVERSITY
THAT WE WOULD LIKE US TO BE?
[ Applause ]
>> THIS IS A -- THAT'S A GREAT QUESTION.
THIS IS A PROFOUNDLY DECENTRALIZED ORGANIZATION,
AND THAT DECENTRALIZATION, AS YOU POINT OUT, PUTS BARRIERS
IN THE WAY OF DOING THINGS THAT WE WOULD WANT TO DO.
AM I READY TO ANNOUNCE THAT WE'RE FINISHED WITH THAT
AND WE'RE GOING TO DO SOMETHING ELSE STARTING TOMORROW?
NO. BUT I AM IN CONVERSATION WITH DEANS
AND WITH OUR FINANCE PEOPLE PRETTY READILY --
APPROPRIATE' STEADILY ASKING QUESTIONS ABOUT WHY --
WHERE ARE THE BARRIERS AND HOW CAN WE MAKE THIS WORK BETTER.
HAVING COLLEGES COMPETE FOR STUDENTS
AND DUPLICATING COURSES, FOR EXAMPLE, WHY ARE WE DOING THAT?
SO STAY TUNED.
WE WILL MOVE TO GET BARRIERS OUT OF THE WAY,
BECAUSE WHAT I'VE LAID OUT FOR YOU IS MY VISION
FOR WHAT THIS UNIVERSITY SHOULD BE ABOUT AND NOW THE HARD WORK
OF GETTING THOSE PIECES TO WORK HAS TO CONTINUE.
SOME HEAR YOU AND I WILL ENGAGE IN GETTING THOSE BARRIERS
OUT OF THE WAY, WHETHER
THAT MEANS WE SCRAP OUR DECENTRALIZED MODEL,
I DON'T THINK SO BUT IT NEEDS TO WORK BETTER.
>> PLEASE.
>> MISS MESSING FROM THE SCHOOL OF MATHEMATICS.
SO I AGREE WITH WHAT AVA SAID AND WHAT NAOMI SAID.
YOU SAID IN RESPONSE TO AVA THAT THE FACULTY OWNS THE CURRICULUM.
IT WOULD BE FAR BETTER
IF THE FACULTY CONTROLLED THE UNIVERSITY RATHER
THAN HAVING THE ADMINISTRATION CONTROL THE UNIVERSITY.
LAST SATURDAY'S, OR MAYBE IT WAS SUNDAY'S,
"STAR TRIBUNE" HAD A LEAD STORY
ABOUT EXECUTIVES LEAVING THE UNIVERSITY
AND THE GOLDEN PARACHUTES THAT THEY RECEIVED.
IN TODAY'S "STAR TRIBUNE", THERE IS AN EXCELLENT COLUMN WRITTEN
BY A MAN WHO WORKS IN DISABILITY SERVICES POINTING
OUT THE PERVERSITY OF THROWING AWAY MONEY --
IF YOU'LL ALLOW ME, PISSING AWAY MONEY IN THE WAY THAT WAS DONE
BUT PERHAPS MOST OFFENSIVE WAS THE QUOTE FROM BRUININKS,
I ROUNDED UP TO $75,000.
THIS WAS ARROGANCE TAKEN TO AN EXTREME AND I WOULD HOPE
THAT YOU WILL MOVE ENTIRELY AWAY,
IGNORING THE MATURI FIASCO, TOWARDS TREATING THE STUDENTS,
THE STAFF, INCLUDING THOSE WHO CLEAN THE TOILETS,
AS WELL AS THE ADMINISTRATORS ARE TREATED.
[ Applause ]
>> SO, I'M A NEW PRESIDENT AND YOU SHOULD SEE WHAT I DO.
PRESIDENT BRUININKS WAS WITHIN HIS AUTHORITY
TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS WITH ADMINISTRATORS
AS THEY LEFT THE UNIVERSITY.
I EXPECT I WILL ADHERE MORE CLOSELY
TO THE POLICY ON THAT ISSUE.
THERE ARE TIMES, HOWEVER, IN MANAGING PEOPLE
WHERE YOU DO HAVE TO MAKE A SETTLEMENT
IN ORDER TO MOVE THEM OUT.
BUT IN OTHER CASES, YOU DON'T,
AND I THINK YOU SHOULD SIMPLY WATCH WHAT I DO BEFORE YOU JUDGE
HOW I DO IT.
>> THANK YOU.
[ Applause ]
>> I'M GOING TO GIVE CROOKSTON A QUESTION TO ASK
THAT NASCENT QUESTION IF IT'S BETTER MATERIALIZED.
>> APPARENTLY NOT.
>> IN THAT CASE, PLEASE.
>> MY NAME IS SHERENE, CHIEF --
OF AFSCME CLERICAL WORKERS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
AND I WORK AT THE HUMPHREY SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS
AND I HAVE TWO QUESTIONS SIMILAR TO THOSE OF MY COLLEAGUES.
YOU STATED THAT YOU CAN JUDGE -- AND I'M PARAPHRASING,
THAT YOU CAN JUDGE THE VISION GOING FORWARD BY THE BUDGET.
THE PAST ADMINISTRATION SPENT $2.8 MILLION
ON SEVERANCE PACKAGES FOR A HANDFUL OF ADMINISTRATORS.
$2.8 MILLION IS A 2.8% RAISE FOR 1500 CLERICAL WORKERS, AND, YET,
THAT MONEY THE ADMINISTRATION CHOSE TO SPEND ON A HANDFUL
OF ADMINISTRATORS RATHER THAN FRONT-LINE STAFF.
WHAT IS THE VISION GOING FORWARD OF RECOGNIZING THE WORK
AND CONTRIBUTIONS OF ALL OF THE STAFF AT THE UNIVERSITY RATHER
THAN THE ADMINISTRATION?
MY SECOND QUESTION RELATES TO THE COMMITMENT OF THE UNIVERSITY
TO A HIGHER EDUCATION FOR THE WORKING PEOPLE OF THE STATE
OF MINNESOTA AND WITHIN THAT,
I WANT TO KNOW WHAT THE COMMITMENT IS OF THE --
THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION FOR THE REGENT SCHOLARSHIP
WHICH COVERS FRONT-LINE STAFF AT THE UNIVERSITY,
AND WHICH THE LAST ADMINISTRATION MADE CUTS TO,
LIMITING OUR ABILITY TO ACTUALLY GET A HIGHER EDUCATION
AT THE VERY UNIVERSITY WE WORK AT.
AND I AM WONDERING WHAT THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION'S
PHILOSOPHY IS ON THAT AND IF THAT WILL BE RESTORED AS PART
OF ITS COMMITMENT TO A LAND GRANT MISSION
TO EDUCATE THE WORKING PEOPLE OF THIS STATE.
>> SO I BELIEVE I ADDRESSED THE ISSUE OF WHAT I'M GOING TO DO
WITH SALARIES, WE ARE DOING THAT FOR ALL EMPLOYEES.
THE SENATE HAS ADVISED ME OF THEIR DESIRE TO HAVE A PORTION
OF THAT BE AN ACROSS-THE-BOARD LEVEL.
I HAVE NOT YET MADE A FINAL DECISION OF WHAT TO RECOMMEND
TO THE BOARD OF REGENTS BUT I ANTICIPATE
THAT I WILL DO A SECTION OF THAT AS A FIXED AMOUNT
ACROSS THE BOARD WHICH WILL BE DIFFERENTIALLY IMPACTFUL
OBVIOUSLY TO OUR MORE LOWLY PAID EMPLOYEES.
THE REGENTS SCHOLARSHIPS,
ACTUALLY I HAVE ASKED VICE PRESIDENT BROWN TO BRIEF ME
ON THE COSTS OF THOSE AND I WILL TAKE
UNDER ADVISEMENT THE OPPORTUNITY OF RESTORING
AT LEAST PARTIALLY THOSE SCHOLARSHIPS.
MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT THEY WERE REDUCED FROM 100% COVERAGE
TO A FRACTIONAL COVERAGE, WHICH I THINK WAS 75% OF TUITION,
I PERHAPS HAVE THAT NUMBER WRONG.
YOU'RE NODDING, THANK YOU.
COULD WE DO SOMETHING IN THE MIDDLE
OR COULD WE DEVELOP A SCHOLARSHIP POOL TO HELP?
I'M OPEN TO THAT CONVERSATION.
>> JOE FROM THE DEPARTMENT
OF COMPUTER SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING.
PRESIDENT KALER, YOU TALKED ABOUT A BUNCH OF BALANCES.
I DIDN'T HEAR A LOT ABOUT THE BALANCE
BETWEEN BREADTH AND DEPTH.
THIS UNIVERSITIES DOES A LOT OF THINGS IN A LOT OF PLACES.
YOU'VE BEEN HERE, I REALIZE, JUST EIGHT MONTHS ON THE JOB
BUT DO YOU HAVE THOUGHTS ABOUT THE TRADE-OFFS WE HAVE TO MAKE
BETWEEN CONTINUING TO DO AS MUCH AS WE DO WITH LESS SUPPORT
FROM THE STATE AND MAKING DECISIONS TO INVEST IN AREAS
WHERE WE CAN HAVE GREATER EFFICIENCY AND IMPACT
IF WE HAVE A GREATER CONCENTRATION OF EXCELLENCE.
>> YEAH, AND THAT -- THANK YOU FOR THAT QUESTION.
THAT WILL BEGIN TO PLAY ITSELF OUT IN THE CONVERSATIONS
ABOUT HOW WE ALLOCATE THE $21 MILLION THAT WE HAVE
FOR ACADEMIC INVESTMENTS,
AND THE 21 MILLION RECURRING DOLLARS.
IT'S ACTUALLY A PRETTY SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENT.
IN THAT CONVERSATION ABOUT USING SOME OF THAT,
I THINK PROBABLY UNAVOIDABLY, TO FILL GAPS THAT WE NEED
FOR THE GENERAL HEALTH OF THE INSTITUTION, BUT BEGINNING
TO BUILD SPIRES OF THOSE DOLLARS THAT CAN TAKE US FROM GOOD
TO GREAT, THAT CAN LEVERAGE PRIVATE DOLLARS,
OR THEY CAN IN FACT DELIVER AN IMPORTANT THING FOR THE PEOPLE
OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA THAT WE'RE NOT DOING,
SO IT'S IN THAT CONVERSATION
THAT WE'LL BEGIN TO PUSH THAT WAY.
AT THE GRADUATE LEVEL, I THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT FOR US
TO LOOK CAREFULLY AT OUR GRADUATE PROGRAMS
AND BEGIN TO ASSESS THEM.
RIGHT NOW, WE'RE BEGINNING
IN WHAT I THINK IS A FAIRLY CLUMSY WAY,
WHICH IS AS MUCH MY FAULT AS ANYBODY'S, TO DO THAT
BUT I WOULD EXPECT THAT KIND OF INTROSPECTION
TO DRAW FOCUS AS WE MOVE FORWARD.
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE DO WHAT WE DO WELL,
AND IF WE HAVE THINGS THAT WE'RE NOT DOING WELL,
REALLY GOT TO ASK YOURSELF WHY YOU'RE DOING THEM,
AND WE'LL HAVE THAT CONVERSATION.
>> SO, CAROLYN, FORGIVE ME I'M GOING TO ASK DULUTH AGAIN FIRST.
DULUTH? [COUGHING]
>> NOT NOT AT THIS TIME.
>> MORRIS?
>> YEAH, WE DO HAVE A QUESTION.
>> YES. PRESIDENT KALER, MY NAME IS EVAN VOGEL, I'M A BIG MEMBER
IN OUR STUDENT GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE,
I'M AN M.S.L.C. REPRESENTATIVE AS WELL AS A STUDENT SENATOR
AND I'VE MET YOU A FEW TIMES ESPECIALLY
FOR THAT M.S.L.C. LUNCHEON WE HAD,
JUST TO INTRODUCE MYSELF A LITTLE BIT.
IN YOUR STATE OF THE UNIVERSITY ADDRESS, YOU MENTIONED
THAT DISCRIMINATION IS A LARGE PROBLEM
AND I WOULD AGREE WITH THAT.
TODAY, THE STUDENT SENATE PASSED A RESOLUTION OPPOSING THE
MARRIAGE AMENDMENT THAT WILL BE COMING BEFORE --
I GUESS THE STATE LEGISLATURE AND WILL BE
ON THE BALLOT AS A REFERENDUM.
IN THE SENATE TODAY, THIS AMENDMENT DIAGNOSE EXCUSE ME,
THIS PROPOSAL PASSED OVERWHELMINGLY, 23 IN FAVOR,
ONE OPPOSED WITH FOUR ABSTENSIONS.
THE STUDENT SENATE RECOGNIZES THAT THERE'S MULTIPLE SIDES
TO THIS ISSUE AND WOULD JUST LIKE TO SAY
THAT WE'RE NOT ASKING THE ADMINISTRATION TO COME
IN FULL SUPPORT AND GO OUT AND FIGHT THE BATTLE
OF SAME-SEX MARRIAGE, BUT WE ARE ASKING THAT THEY STAND BEHIND
THAT COMMITMENT TO FIGHT DISCRIMINATION,
AND I GUESS I WOULD ASK, WOULD YOU BE WILLING
AND WOULD THE ADMINISTRATION BE WILLING TO SAY
THAT IT'S A NOT OKAY TO PASS INSTITUTIONALIZED DISCRIMINATION
THAT THIS MARRIAGE AMENDMENT COULD BRING ABOUT?
WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO JOIN THE STUDENT SENATE IN OPPOSITION OF
>> THAT'S A VERY GOOD AND TOPICAL QUESTION.
THIS INSTITUTION CLEARLY,
CLEARLY IS AFFIRMING SUPPORTING DIVERSITY.
OUR H.R. POLICIES PROVIDE FULL BENEFITS.
WE ARE COMPLETELY OPEN AS AN INSTITUTION
TO SUPPORTING GAY COUPLES.
THE POLITICS OF MOVING THE INSTITUTIONAL ENDORSEMENT
FOR A PARTICULAR POLITICAL POINT
OF VIEW IS A LITTLE MORE COMPLEX.
I NEED MORE CONVERSATIONS WITH GOVERNANCE,
ACROSS THE INSTITUTION.
I NEED MORE CONVERSATION WITH THE BOARD
OF REGENTS BEFORE WE INSERT THE UNIVERSITY'S NAME
INTO A POLITICAL BATTLE,
SO THOSE ARE CONVERSATIONS I WILL HAVE.
I WAS MADE AWARE OF THE SENATE'S ACTION EARLIER TODAY
AND DISCUSSED HOW THE INSTITUTION ACTUALLY MAKES
THAT STATEMENT, AND WHETHER
OR NOT I CAN HAVE A PERSONAL OPINION ON THAT
AS PRESIDENT OF THE INSTITUTION.
AND THOSE ARE ITEMS THAT WE WILL WORK OUT BUT I CAN TELL YOU
AS AN INSTITUTION, WE ARE OPEN AND SUPPORTIVE,
AND IT'S VERY DIFFICULT IN THIS WORLD
WHERE TALENT IS WHAT MATTERS TO IMAGINE CLOSING DOORS
TO TALENTED INDIVIDUALS BECAUSE OF THEIR SEXUAL ORIENTATION.
>> CAROLYN.
>> SO THE QUESTION -- SO MY NAME IS CAROLINE HAYES
FROM MECHANICAL ENGINEERING,
AND THE QUESTION I HAVE PERTAINS TO QUALITY.
SO I THINK THAT SOME OF THE DISCUSSION ABOUT METRICS,
I THINK SOME OF THE DISCOMFORT THAT PEOPLE FEEL
AROUND THIS ISSUE OF METRICS IS
THAT ONE THING THAT'S EXTREMELY IMPORTANT,
YET EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO MEASURE,
AND I'M NOT SUGGESTING WE TRY TO MEASURE IT, IS QUALITY,
QUALITY AND INTEGRITY.
YET, THESE ARE THE THINGS THAT ARE CENTRAL TO OUR MISSION.
AND QUITE FRANKLY, QUALITY IS WHAT,
YOU KNOW, DRIVES THE STATE.
YOU KNOW, NO INDUSTRIES ARE GOING TO COME TO US AND SAY, HI,
WE'D LIKE TO COME AND HIRE SOME MEDIOCRE GRADUATES.
NO, THEY WANT HIGH-QUALITY GRADUATES
WHO HAVE HAD A HIGH-QUALITY EDUCATION.
SO IN THESE DIFFICULT TIMES,
WHEN EVERYTHING'S BEING MEASURED,
MANY THINGS ARE BEING CUT, AND PERHAPS SOMETIMES WE LOSE SIGHT
OF SOME THINGS LIKE QUALITY, WHAT CAN WE DO
TO HELP PROTECT OUR QUALITY AND OUR INTEGRITY?
I MEAN, BECAUSE AS I FEEL WITHOUT QUALITY, WE'RE LOST,
OUR STUDENTS ARE LOST AND THE FUTURE OF THIS STATE IS LOST.
THANK YOU.
>> AND THE UNIVERSITY WOULD BE LOST.
WE HAVE TO HAVE THOSE DISCUSSIONS
AT EVERY STEP WE MAKE, WHETHER IT'S A HIRING DECISION
FOR A FACULTY MEMBER, WHETHER IT'S A TENURE DECISION
FOR FACULTY MEMBER.
AS WE RECRUIT STUDENTS AND TEACH
AND RECRUIT OUR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS.
AND MAINTAINING THAT FOCUS EVEN
IN DIFFICULT TIMES IS WHAT SEPARATES CHAMPIONSHIP CALIBER
INSTITUTIONS FROM THE OTHERS.
I THINK WE DO THAT IN MANY IMPORTANT AND SIGNIFICANT WAYS
AND INSISTING ON THAT IS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL,
AND I WILL NEVER BE OPPOSED TO A DECISION THAT'S MADE
ON THE BASIS OF QUALITY.
BUT PART OF OUR STORY ALSO IS -- AND YOU VERY WELL KNOW,
IS MOVING THAT -- THE STATEMENT YOU JUST MADE OUT.
THERE WAS AN ARTICLE IN THE "CHICAGO TRIBUNE" NOT LONG AGO
WHICH IS PEOPLE WANT AN EXCELLENT EDUCATION
BUT THEY DON'T WANT TO PAY FOR IT.
AND IT'S A LITTLE BIT LIKE THE '08 STATE
OF GET YOUR GOVERNMENT HANDS OFF MY MEDICARE.
OKAY? THIS IS THE TENSION THAT WE ARE IN,
AND THE PRESSURE THERE CAN SAY, OKAY,
WE'RE GOING TO BECOME A NOT VERY GOOD INSTITUTION
BUT WE'RE GOING TO BE CHEAP.
AND THAT'S NOT MY VISION FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA.
>> I'LL GO LEFT AGAIN IN THIS ROOM.
>> JERRY COHEN, DEPARTMENT OF HORTICULTURAL SCIENCE.
I JUST WANTED TO START BY SAYING THANKS
FOR A VERY INSPIRING SPEECH.
THAT WAS GOOD.
BUT THE ONE THING THAT YOU BROUGHT UP THAT'S KIND OF DEAR
TO MY HEART, IS THIS IS MY SECOND ARREAR, I STARTED IS
IN THE FEDERAL -- MY SECOND CAREER,
I STARTED IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.
ONE OF THE THINGS I UNLESSED SINCE GETTING TO THE UNIVERSITY
OF MINNESOTA WE AS AN INSTITUTION,
WE UNDERSELL OURSELVES AND THAT MEANS UNDERSELLING OURSELVES
IN FEDERAL AGENCIES, ACROSS THE NATION, AND SO YOU TALKED
ABOUT THAT AS ONE THING THAT YOU NOTICED.
SO MY REAL INTEREST IS WHAT DO YOU HAVE
IN MIND FOR CHANGING THAT?
I THINK WE PROBABLY ARE UNDER-LOBBYING IN WASHINGTON,
WE'RE DOING A VARIETY OF THINGS --
I DON'T KNOW ABOUT THE STATE LEVEL BUT AT LEAST
AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL, SO I WOULD REALLY BE INTERESTED
IN HOW YOU ENVISION A BETTER SALES POLICY
FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA.
>> SURE, THANK YOU.
I THINK THERE ARE REALLY TWO ELEMENTS TO THAT.
ONE IS WE CAN DO A BETTER JOB IN TERMS
OF OUR UNIVERSITY RELATIONS IN PLACING STORIES
AND DOING ALL THE THINGS THAT WE ACTUALLY DO.
BUT PART OF IT IS ALSO CULTURE, AND, YOU KNOW,
I JOKE ABOUT THE TEXANS BECAUSE I THINK IT'S KIND OF FUNNY.
[ Laughter ]
AND THE OTHER THING ABOUT MINNESOTANS IS
THAT IF IT'S TRUE, IT'S NOT BRAGGING.
AND SO CULTURALLY, FOR US ALL, 4,000 FACULTY MEMBERS,
TO GO TELL THE STORY ABOUT WHAT WE'RE DOING AND HOW GOOD WE ARE,
INDIVIDUALLY, WHETHER IT'S AT A COCKTAIL PARTY OR CHURCH, IS --
IS SOMETHING WE NEED TO JUST GET MORE COMFORTABLE DOING,
AND I'M TRYING TO LEAD BY EXAMPLE
BUT IT'S A CULTURAL ISSUE HERE THAT DOES NOT WORK IN OUR FAVOR.
WE HAVE TREMENDOUS FACULTY.
VERY UNDERREPRESENTED IN THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES.
VERY UNDERREPRESENTED IN HEALTH SCIENCES
IN HOWARD HUGHES MEDICAL INVESTIGATORS.
WE HAVE PEOPLE WHO ABSOLUTELY SHOULD BE THERE BUT THEY'RE NOT,
AND SO PART OF IT IS, YOU KNOW, I MOVED HERE FROM NEW YORK
BUT -- AND I WASN'T THERE VERY LONG BUT PART OF IT IS GETTING
THAT FOCUS AND BEING A LITTLE MORE AGGRESSIVE
IN OUR MESSAGING, IN MEDIA AND IN LOBBYING,
BUT ALSO IT'S OKAY TO TELL THAT STORY.
>> SO, SENATE STAFF HAS GIVEN ME THE WATCH-TAPPING MOVE
SO I'M GOING TO OFFER THE LAST QUESTION TO PROFESSOR BEEMONDAY.
>> BILL BEEMON, ANTHROPOLOGY DEPARTMENT.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR SPEECH,
WHICH I THINK WAS VERY INSPIRING.
I THINK THAT WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO PICK UP ON IS A COUPLE
OF THEMES THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN UNDERTAKEN,
PLUS SOME OF YOUR REMARKS.
WE TALK ABOUT BALANCE AND WHEN YOU FIRST CAME HERE,
ONE OF THE -- ONE OF YOUR QUOTED STATEMENTS
THAT THE UNIVERSITY NEEDED TO EMPHASIZE STEM DISCIPLINES MORE.
AS A MEMBER OF C.L.A., FIRST OF ALL, I -- WITH ALL MODESTY,
THERE ARE A NUMBER OF STEM DISCIPLINES
IN THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS.
THEY'RE NOT JUST IN ONE COLLEGE.
AND THE LIBERAL ARTS AND OTHER DISCIPLINES
THAT MIGHT NOT BE COUNTED
AS N.S.F. STEM DISCIPLINES ALSO FORM I THINK THE --
THE CORE OF WHAT ARE GOING TO BE THE IMPORTANT SCIENTIFIC
AND INTELLECTUAL DISCOVERIES OF THE FUTURE WHEN COMBINED
WITH STEM DISCIPLINES.
ONE OF THE DIFFICULTIES THAT WE HAVE RIGHT NOW, AGAIN,
GOING BACK TO THE QUESTION OF THE BUDGET MODEL,
IS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT, EXTREMELY DIFFICULT FOR US
TO COMBINE THE HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
WITH THE MORE STEM DISCIPLINE GOOD DEPARTMENT HERE ON CAMPUS,
AND THE DESIRE IS THERE.
WE HAVE COLLABORATIONS BETWEEN, FOR INSTANCE,
THE COLLEGE OF C.S.E. AND, FOR INSTANCE,
THE THEATER DEPARTMENT HERE ON CAMPUS.
OUR OWN DEPARTMENT IN ANTHROPOLOGY HAS COLLABORATION
WITH THE COLLEGE OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES AS WELL AS THE COLLEGE
OF -- AS WELL AS THE GEOLOGY AND ENGINEERING, AND THERE ARE MANY,
MANY, MANY OTHER EXAMPLES.
SO I THINK THAT IT'S RATHER SHORT-SIGHTED TO SAY
THAT WE NEED TO EMPHASIZE THE STEM DISCIPLINES ALONE.
IT IS, I THINK, EXTREMELY IMPORTANT
THAT WE EMPHASIZE THE FACT THAT, YES, MAYBE THERE IS A FUTURE
AND THERE'S CERTAINLY SOME INCOME TO BE MADE
THROUGH THE STEM DISCIPLINES BUT WE'RE NOT GOING
TO BE A STRONG INSTITUTION IF WE TRY TO FAVOR ONE AREA OF THE --
OF INTELLECTUAL ENDEAVOR OVER ANOTHER.
>> THAT'S A VERY GOOD POINT,
AND YOU SHOULDN'T INTERPRET MY COMMENTS AS MEANING THAT.
WHAT I WANT US TO DO IS HAVE EXCELLENCE
IN THE THINGS THAT WE DO.
IN THE TRADITIONAL, THE N.S.F. STEM DISCIPLINES, WE, RIGHT NOW,
HAVE EMPLOYERS WHO WANT TO HIRE THOSE FOLKS
AND WE HAVE VERY QUALIFIED STUDENTS WHO WANT TO COME,
SO WE'RE GOING TO INCREASE THE ENROLLMENT THERE.
BUT AS WE MOVE INTO THIS DISCUSSION
OF THE NEW ACADEMIC INVESTMENT, I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE YOU
TO BRING THAT CONVERSATION FORWARD.
THE INTERDISCIPLINARITY, IF THAT'S THE RIGHT WORD,
I GET IN TROUBLE WITH THAT, PROBABLY THE WRONG ONE,
THE INTERDISCIPLINARY NATURE OF THE NEW FUTURE DEMAND
THAT WE GET OUT OF OUR SILOS AND START WORKING WITH EACH.
ONE THING I HEAR AT LUNCH
WITH FACULTY REGULARLY ARE THESE BARRIERS
AND ARTIFICIAL IMPEDIMENTS
TO HAVING SMART PEOPLE WORK TOGETHER.
WE JUST HAVE GOT TO GET RID OF THOSE.
NOW, OUR PROVOST HAD BEEN HERE EVEN --
SMALLER AMOUNT OF TIME THAN I'VE BEEN
BUT ONE THING WE'VE ALREADY TALKED ABOUT IS DRIVING THAT,
WHETHER IT'S A BUDGET MODEL FIX OR WHETHER IT'S JUST SAYING,
YOU KNOW, IT'S OKAY IF YOU WANT TO DO THIS, LET ME HELP YOU.
WE NEED TO GET THERE, ABSOLUTELY NEED TO GET THERE.
>> THANK YOU.
>> WELL, I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK ALL
OF YOU HERE IN THE TWIN CITIES FOR ATTENDING,
THOSE OF KNEW GREATER MINNESOTA, THOSE OF YOU SOMEWHERE
ON THE INTERNET AROUND THE WORLD,
NO DOUBT TWITTER IS ALL LIT UP WITH INTERESTING STUFF.
[ Laughter ]
AND THANK YOU, PRESIDENT KALER, FOR THE ADDRESS.
>> THANK YOU.
[ Applause ]