Classes Continue, Layoff Notices Rescinded

News affects 67,000 summer students and 6,000+ employees in MnSCU system

June 21, 2011
Melinda Voss
| Public Relations Director | MnSCU | 651-201-1804

Classes continue, layoff notices to be rescinded for for more than 6,000 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities employees

Layoff notices to more than 6,000 employees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system are being rescinded and classes will continue July 1 in the event of a government shutdown, officials said Monday.

“We are grateful that the education of our students will not be interrupted,” Chancellor James H. McCormick said. “Minnesota Management and Budget has informed us that the needed services will be provided, and we will be able to continue system operations through the summer and fall terms.”

The state colleges and universities are serving 67,000 students this summer. Many more students enroll and register for classes during the summer months. In anticipation of a possible shutdown of the system, layoff notices were sent earlier in June to more than 6,000 of the system’s clerical workers, information technology technicians, middle managers and other classified employees. The notices will be rescinded, and salaries and benefits also will continue uninterrupted.

The system’s continued operation will be funded through existing tuition receipts and fund balances at each of the colleges and universities. The higher education appropriations bill awaits resolution along with other state operating budgets.

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system comprises 32 state universities and community and technical colleges serving the higher education needs of Minnesota. The system serves about 277,000 students per year in credit-based courses and an additional 157,000 students in noncredit courses.

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For more information from MnSCU, contact:
  • Melinda Voss
    Public Relations Director
    Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system
    Wells Fargo Place
    30 7th St. E., Suite 350
    St. Paul, MN 55101-7804
    Office: 651-201-1804
    Mobile: 612-799-7076
    Fax: 651-296-0872
For more information from DCTC, contact:
  • Erin Edlund
    Director of Institutional Advancement
    Dakota County Technical College
    1300 145th Street East
    Rosemount, MN 55068