Minnesota State Campus Grassroots Network
As a part of the Minnesota State system, Minnesota State College Southeast receives funding via the legislative request submitted by Minnesota State. Minnesota State is the most powerful and effective resource that the state has to ensure opportunity and prosperity for its citizens and communities. Across our great state, the 54 campuses of the Minnesota State system - containing nearly 22.5 million square feet of academic buildings - serve Minnesotans by providing hope and opportunity through higher education. Its 30 colleges and 7 universities contribute to an engaged, equitable, and productive society and serve as catalysts for social and economic vibrancy. They are places of hope and opportunity for Minnesotans who strive to create a better future for themselves, their families, and their communities.
2022-2023 Biennial Budget Request
Minnesota State seeks $120 million in the 2021 legislative session for:
- Campus responsiveness and stabilization: $75 million
- Equity and affordability: $45 million
Campus responsiveness and stabilization:
- Supporting Minnesota State is critical for the state of Minnesota's economic recovery
- Campuses require on‐going revenue in order to maintain a core level of programs and services
- Funding of inflationary costs and increased campus expenses due to the pandemic
Equity and affordability directly supports students' critical needs:
- Student Basic Needs
- Mental Health Needs
- Additional Campus Support Services
- Career and Technical Education
- Open Educational Resources
- New Scholarship programs
2021 Capital Request
Minnesota State seeks $188.2 million in funding in the 2021 legislative session for a capital program that will improve campus facilities, enhancing its ability to serve more than 340,000 students. These investments, comprising $160 million in state financing and $28.2 million in college and university support, will reduce operating expenses and directly impact student success through improved teaching, learning, and support spaces.
This request is comprised of asset preservation and campus-specific capital projects that were part of the Minnesota State 2020 capital bonding request, but did not receive funding. The final bonding bill for 2020 passed in the October special session included $90.8 million for Minnesota State; $46.3 million in asset preservation and $44.5 million for four campus-specific capital projects. In 2020 Minnesota State was requesting $271.2 million in capital funding.
Once again, the top priority is asset preservation through HEAPR funding. This request of $103.7 million provides for campus projects across the state addressing the most basic needs for updated roofs, windows, and exterior walls, as well as efficient and effective mechanical and utility systems.
In addition, the request includes $84.6 million for 12 major, campus-specific capital projects across the state. Some of these projects are ready to begin construction, having received design funding in prior legislative sessions; the other projects will execute design and construction together or embark on the design process for construction to be funded in the future.
Together, the requested HEAPR and major capital project funding will:
- improve campus teaching and learning environments and improve student outcomes;
- reduce operating expenses and ease pressure on campus operating budgets;
- enhance science, technology, engineering, math, allied health, technical, business, and education classrooms and labs; and
- streamline student support services to increase student success.
We join students, faculty, and staff in thanking you for your past support of the colleges and universities of Minnesota State. Your thoughtful engagement and steadfast support allow us to provide all Minnesotans with access to high quality, affordable educational programs that prepare all Minnesota students to thrive. Thank you for your consideration and support.
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