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It’s time to call MnSCU Chancellor Steve Rosenstone out for not doing his job. Specifically, he’s essentially told SCSU President Earl Potter that he won’t be called out for anything he does. It’s a sad commentary when news stations and investigative journalists pay more attention to SCSU than the man who’s supposed to be the taxpayers’ watchdog.

Whether Chancellor Rosenstone likes it or not, he’s changed with spending the taxpayers’ money wisely. He’s also expected to prevent corruption. He’s failed at both responsibilities.

It’s worth noting that the Potter administration admitted that FYE enrollment at St. Cloud State is down another 5% for this year. That would put St. Cloud State’s FYE enrollment at 12,400, a drop of 17.9% in FYE enrollment.

At minimum, Chancellor Rosenstone should’ve asked President Potter for a blueprint for turning enrollment around. Had Rosenstone done that, he would’ve sent President Potter the message that this is something Potter should take seriously, something President Potter didn’t do initially.

We know that because a) the Faculty Association has asked his administration for an enrollment management plan and b) the administration admited they don’t have an enrollment management plan during a Meet & Confer meeting.

That isn’t the only calamity that Chancellor Rosenstone should’ve looked into. He has the responsibility of inquiring into President Potter’s signing of the lease with the Wedum Foundation, which is costing St. Cloud State over $1,000,000 a year.

It’s apparent that Rosenstone isn’t questioning President Potter’s financial decisions, which directly affects the financial health of St. Cloud State.

That’s before talking about the grade transcript scandal, which Silence Dogood wrote about in this post:

The discovery by faculty of transcript adulterations, where a student’s record of registration is removed from their academic transcript, was brought to the attention of the administration at a meeting on May 2, 2012 [Provost Malhotra, Registrar Sue Bayerl, Associate Provost John Palmer, Special Assistant to the Provost Phil Godding, FA President Mark Jaede, FA President-Elect Susan Hubbs, and Academic Affairs Committee Chair Jack McKenna were present].

The transcript adulterations were initially discovered because the chemistry department had recently instituted a policy where a student taking a class for the third time needs to have permission from the instructor to advance register for the course. During registration in the spring of 2012, two chemistry faculty were reviewing the enrollment for an upcoming fall organic chemistry course. They recognized a student who was enrolled that each of the faculty thought each had failed and they wondered how the student could have registered without prior faculty approval. A review of the student’s transcript showed that the student’s enrollment in organic chemistry in the Fall of 2011 was erased (none of the other classes the student had been taking that semester were removed).

Had Chancellor Rosenstone investigated beyond President Potter, he might’ve found the truth. Apparently, Chancellor Rosenstone didn’t do that.

In summation, it’s obvious that Chancellor Rosenstone isn’t the taxpayers’ watchdog. Based on Silence Dogood’s writings, Chancellor Rosenstone isn’t willing to investigate corruption, either.

If he isn’t willing to tell university presidents that he’s watching their financial decisions, he isn’t taking his responsibilities seriously. That’s unacceptable.

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One Response to “Calling out Chancellor Rosenstone”

  • James Rugg says:

    The list of questionable decisions by management at SCSU seems to be on a roll. We see a much needed Aviation program axed while eight times as much money is spent on social programs that contribute little to the countries growth. Millions are spent on buildings without occupancy. Now, this article questions the actions and responsibility of built in checks and balances. A full audit of the use of taxpayer dollars and a public discussion of the mission of education is in order.

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