Reimagining Minnesota State forum schedule

  • Monday, December 10, 2018
    8:00 am
  • Monday, January 14, 2019
    10:00 am
  • Monday, February 4, 2019
    8:00 am
  • Wednesday, March 6, 2019
    10:00 am
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The sustained study and discussion project Reimagining Minnesota State will be launched this academic year by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities' Board of Trustees. This project is a strategic visioning process designed to rethink system operations. It also strives to position Minnesota State as an interdependent network of colleges and universities that is focused on the success of all students and communities in Minnesota.

Minnesota State' Board of Trustees recently announced the Reimagining Minnesota State Forum Advisory Group and Phase 1 schedule. Phase 1 will feature a series of five forum sessions, providing attendees with opportunities for in-depth study and discussion regarding the significant forces impacting the future of Minnesota State.

Guest presenters will be invited to share their research and perspectives on the session topic to spur discussion among the Forum Advisory Group and across the Minnesota State system. The Reimagining Minnesota State Forum Advisory Group consists of Minnesota leaders known for their success in driving strategic innovation, including:

  • Dr. Kathleen Annette, president and CEO of Blandin Foundation
  • MayKao Hang, president and CEO of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
  • Kenneth Holmen, M.D., president and chief executive officer of CentraCare Health
  • Neel Kashkari, president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
  • David Mortenson, chairman of M. A. Mortenson Company
  • R.T. Rybak, president and CEO of The Minneapolis Foundation
  • Michael Vekich, (chair), Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees
  • Alex Cirillo, Board of Trustees of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
  • Roger Moe,  Board of Trustees of Minnesota State
  • Devinder Malhotra, chancellor of Minnesota State

Forum session schedule:

December 10, 2018

  • Time: 8 – 9:45 a.m.
  • Location: Minneapolis Community and Technical College
  • Topic: “The Forces Impacting U.S. Higher Education,” featuring presentations on changing demographics, competition, funding models, and student needs and expectations. Panelists will include:
    • Nathan Grawe: author of Demographics and the Demand for Higher Education
    • Chris Miller: senior vice president, Educational Advisory Board
    • Jon McGee: author of Breakpoint: The Changing Marketplace for Higher Education

January 14, 2019      

  • Time: 10 – 11:45 a.m.
  • Location: St. Cloud State University
  • Topic: "The Digital Age: The Impact and Future Possibilities Offered by Data and Technology"

February 4    

  • Time: 8 – 9:45 a.m.
  • Location: Normandale Community College
  • Topic: "The Nature of Work: Changing Careers, Competencies, and Credentials in the Future"
  • A live webcast of the forum will be screened for the university community at the Library and Learning Center, room 302, at the Dayton's Bluff Campus.

March 6

  • Time: 10 a.m. – noon
  • Location: Pine Technical & Community College Auditorium
  • Topic: "The Student: Competition, Emerging Populations, and Changing Expectations"

April 4

  • Time: 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
  • Location: Metropolitan State University
  • Topic: "Innovative Models: Meeting Consumer Expectations, Improving Outcomes, and Reducing Costs through Innovation"

Forum sessions are open to the public and will be available via live streaming on Minnesota State's website. This site will also maintain information on both past and upcoming forum sessions.


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