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New MnSCU Chancellor Promises to Shake Things Up

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ST. PAUL  (AP) – The new chancellor of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is promising to redesign the 31-campus institution.

Chancellor Steven Rosenstone tells the MnSCU trustees on Tuesday that the greatest risk to the system is business as usual.

In an hour-long speech, Rosenstone said he wants to the ensure access to students from all backgrounds, increase job-training partnerships with businesses and deliver a high-quality education at good price.

To do that, he’s willing to reconsider nearly everything MnSCU does. He says it could mean a single online English 101 class system-wide, for instance, and more cost sharing with the University of Minnesota.

Rosentone says he plans to come back with more specifics in November. Rosenstone took over Aug. 1 after spending 15 years at the University of Minnesota.

St. Cloud State University and the St. Cloud Technical and Community College are both part of the MnSCU system.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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