Summer has officially begun and the office is abuzz with Get Out the Vote Interns! At our kick off meeting on Monday, May 23rd interns shared what they want to accomplish through the internship. Our interns were in agreement that they all wanted to make sure every student knows that their vote matters and it makes a real impact. There was also a lot of competition over the MSCSA Voter Cup! Multiple interns revealed their determination to win the illustrious cup including Gloria Watkins, Oscar Corral, Emilio Galvan, and Nalima Mwassa.
The interns also did a storytelling training during our meeting. This training helped them work through their personal story about why voting is important to them. They came up with some very powerful stories that centered on the theme that every vote is heard and every person has a voice. The main take away was that values inspire action through emotion.
This summer the Get Out the Vote interns will work on multiple projects including: summer class raps at colleges around the state, creating campus field plans, helping to create GOTV materials, and working on training videos for Get Out the Vote. Look for intern updates and more on how you can start to prepare for Get Out the Vote in the fall!
Remember, values inspire action through emotion. Your story and your passion will be the greatest tool to reach out to students this summer and fall. You have the power to make a huge impact on your life and the lives of students through your vote.
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LEGISLATURE AND GOVERNOR TAKE IMPORTANT STEP IN ADDRESSING COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY
ST. PAUL, Minn., June 2, 2016 – The recently approved supplemental budget bill passed by the state legislature and signed by Governor Dayton contained an important appropriation of $200,000 aimed at the creation and promotion of Open Educational Resources (OERs) that has the potential to save college students at Minnesota State institutions thousands of dollars.
OERs are educational materials such as textbooks that are licensed in an open-sources manner allowing for broad use by any faculty member on any campus.
“With Minnesota students facing some of the highest debt loads in the country and students at our community and technical colleges paying the 3rd highest tuition and fees in the nation, it’s crucial that steps be taken to address all aspects of higher education costs for students and families” said Tim St. Claire, President of MSCSA.
The approved funding along with work already being done by the Minnesota State system, campus administration, and faculty, will allow for expanded adoption of OERs on campuses and will lead to students saving thousands of dollars over their degree.
“One faculty member recently made the decision to change to an OER for a class and the savings over a year totaled over $66,000. Thanks to the funding in this bill, the chance for more students to see this savings will be enhanced while maintaining the quality education our state and taxpayers deserve” St. Claire added.
The Minnesota State College Student Association (MSCSA) represents students attending the state’s two-year technical, community, and comprehensive colleges on 48 campuses advocating for more than 100,000 students across the state.
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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 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.