Driving Change in Higher Education.

Researching the Issues

HIGHER EDUCATION IN MINNESOTA:

Minnesota Office of Higher Education

Information on student demographics, financial aid, and annual reports on higher education issues. The site is comprehensive of private for-profit, private non-profit, and public colleges and universities within Minnesota.

U.S. Department of Education

Information on federal higher education policy issues and access to federal regulations.

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

Information on programs and courses, system policies and procedures, the Board of Trustees (meetings, schedules, live audio streaming), press releases, links to colleges and universities, and budget/finance information. The site is split between curricular information and governance/administration.

OTHER MINNESOTA STUDENT ASSOCIATIONS/POLICY GROUPS:

Minnesota Student Association (MSA- University of Minnesota):

Student Association of the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities Campus. Housed within the university, MSA works on campus and statewide issues.

Minnesota Student Legislative Coalition (University of Minnesota):

A student organization under the umbrella of the university that lobbies on behalf of student and university issues.

Minnesota Association of Private College Students (MAPCS): See Private College Council site.

Private non-profit college students organized by the Private College Council.

Students United:

MSCSA’s “sister” organization, represents Minnesota State's university students.

OTHER SYSTEMS:

University of Minnesota

Private College Council

Minnesota Career College Association

BARGAINING UNITS:

Inter Faculty Organization (IFO):  Represents state university faculty.

Minnesota State College Faculty (MSCF):  Represents state college faculty.

American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)Council 5 Minnesota.

Minnesota Association of Professional Employees (MAPE)

Minnesota State University Association of Administrative and Service Faculty (MSUAASF)

Middle Management Association (MMA)

LEGISLATIVE RESOURCES:

House and Senate sites:

Information on bills, progression of legislation, research reports on policy and fiscal issues, legislative schedules, who represents your district, and live/taped video of floor sessions and some committee meetings.

Minnesota Statutes

Full access to Minnesota statutory law, including topic index and keyword search. The site is also an access point for session law, administrative rules, and similar resources.

Minnesota Legislative Reference Library

A repository of legislatively-mandated reports, historical documents, policy briefs, and lots of other helpful information. The staff is always happy to help with your research.

OTHER RESOURCES:

Minnesota Transfer

Information on all things related to credit transfer within the MnSCU system and beyond.  Includes links to U-Select and DARs, tools to help students create a transfer plan and see course equivalencies between colleges and universities.  Also includes a database of articulation agreements.

Higher Education Opportunity Act Information on College Costs

Information on highest and lowest tuition and net cost institutions by sector and state spending information.

Campus Service Cooperative

The system’s website for the CSC includes background information, goals, actions, and updates from the division.

U-Select

Create an account to create an academic plan for transfer between participating institutions (all MnSCU schools are included). You can upload your transcript and compare programs at transfer institutions to see how courses articulate.

ADVICE:

  • Set up Google alerts for higher-education issues/groups you are interested in.
  • Read the MSCSA Association Update monthly.
  • Contact MSCSA for assistance.
  • If you search by keyword, use flexible search terms.
  • Understand the “slant” of your source.

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