|Approved by the:
||Student Senate April 24, 2003
Administration - no action required
Board of Regents - no action required
MINNESOTA PRIVATE COLLEGE COUNCIL STATEMENT
The Student Senate Consultative Committee charged the Student Affairs
Committee to investigate the proposal made by the Minnesota Private College
Council (MPCC) to the state legislature. This proposal calls for 30% of the
state’s higher education budget to be dedicated to need-based financial
aid by 2006. The Committee heard reports from the following
Frank Viggiano, Executive Director, Minnesota State University
Peter Zetterberg, Director, Institutional Research and
Reporting, University of Minnesota, and
David Laird, President, Minnesota
Private College Council.
Based on these reports, the Student Affairs
Committee does not support this proposal for the following
- Philosophically, the committee does not agree with the high tuition/high aid
model proposed by the MPCC. Appropriating more money into the state grant
program would result in decreased funds to the University and it does not
appear, given current trends, that more state grant money would actually go to
students attending the University.
- The University of Minnesota, as a public institution, provides valuable
services to the State of Minnesota. The MPCC proposal would jeopardize the
University’s role in fulfilling this function because it would directly
shift money away from the University to other institutions.
- The MPCC failed to provide convincing evidence to support its proposal for
increasing state aid for students attending private institutions. The committee
was left with many unanswered questions. A funding formula equitable for all
students irrespective of the cost of the institution they choose to attend
should be maintained.
- This proposal is directed toward undergraduate education. It does not take
into account graduate and professional programs, which are unique to the
University of Minnesota. If the State of Minnesota moves towards a high
tuition/high aid model, these students, who are already paying high tuition,
would be further penalized.
- Middle income students and families suffer under a high tuition/high aid
system because they do not qualify for the high aid and therefore frequently
need to borrow money to pay for high tuition, thereby accumulating a larger debt
Approved by the Student Affairs Committee on April 22,