Our commitment to an extraordinary education is confirmed in Board of Trustees Policy 3.36:
Our promise to Minnesota and our students
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities are essential to Minnesota’s economic success and social fabric and have been since the Minnesota Legislature authorized Winona Normal School (now Winona State University) in 1858. We fulfill our promise to Minnesota by being places of hope and opportunity where all Minnesotans can create better futures for themselves, their families and their communities. We believe every Minnesotan – regardless of age, economic status, cultural background, disability, immigrant status, or place of residence – deserves the opportunity for an excellent education.
It is our collective commitment to this promise that makes us who we are. It is what binds our colleges and universities together and makes us different from other higher education providers. We pride ourselves on the number of Minnesotans we serve by creating pathways for them to fulfill their dreams of the future. We measure ourselves by the quality of our graduates, not by the number of applicants we turn away.
To deliver on this promise, our energies and resources are focused on the core commitments articulated in our Strategic Framework:
- Ensure access to an extraordinary education for all Minnesotans
- Be the partner of choice to meet Minnesota’s workforce and community needs
- Deliver to students, employers, communities and taxpayers the highest value/most affordable option