ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Two faculty unions have pulled out of a long-term planning process in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.

The unions notified MnSCU Chancellor Steven Rosenstone this week they won't participate in the "Charting the Future" process. They expressed concerns about trust and transparency.

Charting the Future aims to promote collaboration among the campuses and spend money more efficiently.

But the union presidents - Jim Grabowska of the Inter Faculty Organization and Kevin Lindstrom of the Minnesota State College Faculty - say faculty concerns have been largely ignored and that the process is leading to predetermined results.

Rosenstone calls the unions' decision regrettable and says they can return to the table whenever they want.

The unions represent over 8,000 faculty at the 31 colleges and universities in the MnSCU system