Since he took over the top position in MnSCU, Chancellor Rosenstone has said the right things. This is a perfect example of that:

“By listening to Minnesota employers, we can obtain a greater, much more precise understanding of the state’s workforce needs. Armed with this data, we can ensure that higher education is delivering the right academic programs and preparing graduates with the skills necessary for the success of Minnesota’s businesses and communities.” – Chancellor Steven Rosenstone

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is committed to supporting economic growth throughout the state. The system’s state universities and community and technical colleges provide career preparation and continuing career education for more Minnesotans than any other organization in the state.

By providing customized training to more than 122,000 employees annually, the system helps employers stay competitive and workers advance their skills and manage career changes.

It will take time to see whether they’ve successfully met the challenge of customizing the training (I’d argue retraining) of Minnesota’s workforce. Still, it’s more than a bit ironic to see a picture of an SCSU Aviation student in the loop of pictures for their promotion:

I’m not objecting to Chancellor Rosenstone directing universities and especially tech colleges to helping with retraining of Minnesota’s workforce. Those things can’t help but strengthen Minnesota’s workforce.

Still, ignoring transportation needs, which have played an important role in Minnesota’s economic success, isn’t wise. Aviation has the potential to loosen up traffic congestion in the Twin Cities while helping Minnesota’s travelling CEOs be efficient during their travels.

Those are things that can give Minnesota entrepreneurs a competitive advantage over CEOs in other states.

Eliminating the only AABI-accredited Aviation program is foolish in terms of supplying the airline pilots of tomorrow. Considering the fact that a) there’s only 26 AABI-accredited aviation programs in the United States and b) Boeing is expecting historic pilot shortages in the near future, now is the worst time to stop the SCSU Aviation program.

I’ll definitely give Chancellor Rosenstone the opportunity to make great decisions. He’s got a great opportunity to make a great decision right now.

Let’s see how he handles it.

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2 Responses to “Rosenstone statement vs. SCSU reality”

  • Darlene Thompson says:

    I believe the way President Potter and the Chancellor have handled the closing of the aviation department at SCSU is a big part of the reason the public is so angry at our government. We, the people, are supposed to be the government, but they no longer consider us, our community or the good of our country when they make their decisions, yet they are being paid by “we the people.”

    I have heard President Potter say the closing of the aviation department was for economic reasons; later he said the aviation department does not fit with where they want SCSU to go. Which one of these is true? Since it has been shown that he made his decision based on inaccurate facts, he should have stepped back and re-evaluated the decision.

    He seems to be a man who will listen to only those who agree with him. His decision is not good for the college, it’s extremely bad for the community of St. Cloud, even though the Chancellor says MNSCU wants the colleges to work hand in hand with their communities as they make decisions, it’s not good for students who would have benefited greatly from the aviation program and job placement with a degree from this program seems to be very high. It’s an extremely poor decision for our nation when a severe pilot shortage is looming in the very near future.

    Why will these two men not show some maturity, admit they are wrong, and reverse this disastrous decision? If President Potter worked for a private company and made such poor decisions, he would be looking for work. Private companies can not afford his kind of leadership!

  • Patrick says:

    Darlene
    Good post and very to the point. Now I find out that the Strategic Appraisal decisions were made based on inaccurate data so that Aviation would look more expensive than it actually was.

    Nothing about the whole Aviation closure process makes sense; it is clear that the Administration made very little effort to look at any data whatsoever! and I have a strong feeling that MNSCU Procedure 3.36.1 Academic Programs, Part 5. Academic Program Approval. Subpart B. Approval of changes to existing academic programs. 1. Closure. was ignored.http://www.mnscu.edu/board/procedure/3-36p1.pdf

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