WSU, Southeast Tech ahead of the curve on sharing services to save money

Published October 11, 2013
By Nathan Hansen,

For Winona State University president Scott Olson and Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical president Jim Johnson, collaboration isn't a new idea.

"Collaboration works," Olson said. "That's a way we can put more money into the classroom and keep tuition lower."

As the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system works through a new study on how its schools can work together better in order to curb costs and tuition, WSU and Southeast Tech have plenty to contribute to the discussion.

The two have shared services more than a decade, starting with security and telecommunication services in 2003 or so. Southeast Tech students also share the wellness center and health services resources available at WSU's Integrated Wellness Complex, and Southeast Tech is transitioning to have WSU handle human resources for both institutions.

"It saves us money," Johnson said. "We help support the costs of the services WSU provides. It's a win-win."

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