Central Lakes College honor student Rosa Sam of Brainerd, a 2008 Onamia High School graduate, and CLC President Larry Lundblad welcomed Steven Rosenstone as the fourth chancellor of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system at the Capitol Rotunda installation ceremony recently. She also met Gov. Mark Dayton at the ceremony. Chancellor Rosenstone expressed concern about the increasing cost of a college education. “To you – our students – I have heard you on tuition, and I get it,” he said. “I’m deeply worried, about the darkest cloud in the educational sky – the shifting of costs from the state to students,” he said. “People across Minnesota have expressed concern that this trend is pricing students out of college, and ultimately, out of a job. True accessibility will be possible only if we stop placing more of the financial burden on our students.” Traveling more than 6,000 miles during the past few months, Chancellor Rosenstone said he heard repeatedly about the value of the 31 state colleges and universities. “Minnesotans don’t see us as the problem; they see us as the solution to their most important challenges,” he said. “Our faculty help solve the real world problems facing businesses and communities. We prepare the workers and professionals who will lead every sector of Minnesota’s economy.” He urged the system’s leaders, faculty and staff to be responsible stewards and take calculated risks to accelerate progress. “Minnesota is counting on us to act courageously,” he said.
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