ERIC Number: ED341311
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
At the Crossroads: Higher Education in Minnesota. Report of the Commission on Post-Secondary Education.
Minnesota Governor's Commission on Post-Secondary Education.
Commissioned by the governor of Minnesota, a study was done of the state's current resources, and future needs with a view to planning an integrated, efficient and effective system of post-secondary education. Through a series of eight meetings and visits to over 70 campuses where commissioners talked to students, educators, policy makers and citizens, the commission found that, though Minnesota has a good post-secondary education system, changes must take place to help maintain the competitive edge, that economic survival depends on a well educated work force, that higher education will be expected to better meet the needs of its customers with the same or fewer resources, and that basic assumptions about the way higher education is structured, administered and delivered need to be re-examined. The commission's recommendations fell into five categories: (1) post-secondary education must focus on the needs of its customers; (2) quality should be determined by the customer and be stated in customer outcomes; (3) taking steps to refine access; (4) leveraging change through funding and other policies; and (5) clarifying and missions and creating a structure to enhance quality, access and meeting the customer's needs. Four figures and a list of commission members are included. (JB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Accountability, Blue Ribbon Commissions, Delivery Systems, Educational Change, Educational Economics, Educational Quality, Higher Education, Labor Force Development, Needs Assessment, Policy Formation, Postsecondary Education, Statewide Planning
MN Planning, 658 Cedar St., St. Paul, MN 55155.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Governor's Commission on Post-Secondary Education.