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News You Can Use: 03/31/16

A Tale of Two Testimonies

Legislative session is in full swing and that means the MSCSA cabinet is hard at work advocating for the interests of Minnesota’s community and technical college students. On Tuesday, March 29, President Kevin Parker and Vice President Tim St. Claire took to the Capitol to make MSCSA’s voice heard on two issues close to our students’ hearts – developmental education and open educational resources.

Developmental Education

Developmental education has been a hot-button issue at the legislature and this session is no different. MSCSA President Kevin Parker spoke on behalf of the organization before the House Higher Education Policy and Finance Committee on HF3083. Developmental education courses are often a significant barrier for students in the MnSCU system. Disproportionately affecting students of color, developmental education courses often carry no credit while costing full price and eat into state and federal aid eligibility. We also know that students enrolled in developmental education are less likely to stay in college and graduate with a degree. MSCSA is enthusiastic about identifying solutions to the developmental education puzzle so that more students can succeed in the MnSCU system.

Open Educational Resources

It wouldn’t be a day at MSCSA without Vice President Tim St. Claire talking about textbooks. Tim took his passion for textbook affordability and open educational resources before the Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee to advocate for a bill sponsored by MSCSA. MSCSA’s bill would build on the good work being done at the MnSCU system office by increasing funding for open educational resource pilot projects across the system. To learn more about MSCSA’s work on open educational resources, click here


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