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Call for the resignation of Steven Rosenstone

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Thank you for taking the time to read our request. Chancellor Rosenstone has failed an essential responsibility of his position to bring MnSCU’s stakeholders together. He has also damaged the public trust and confidence by questioning the leadership of the statewide University student association (MSUSA), who represent the students he was hired to help nurture.

The Chancellor's call to "speak with" various stakeholders within the local media is not consistent with his effort to communicate with them and value their participation and contributions. If that were the case, buy-in would have taken place prior to the awarding of a 2 million dollar contract to McKinsey & Co. Resources that will undoubtedly go wasted because stakeholders aren't just disenchanted, they're disengaged.    

While many would agree that the state's higher education system could be better, and that it is imperative that MnSCU’s stakeholders collectively row the ship in the same direction, the effort to coordinate changes has been done in secrecy, with students and faculty calling out that the only reason their presence was requested from the system office was to provide the appearance of their involvement with planning when the experience has demonstrated little to no flexibility for changes or an appropriate level of participation in how our system goes from good to great.  

I’ve experienced the Chancellor’s callous indifference towards the concerns of students first hand, when I expressed concerns for graduation rates. Instead of seeking to understand, he quipped that –“we could easily just admit the top 10% of high school students –that’s not our mission.” When what I was looking for was for collaboration amongst the different institutions within MnSCU to potentially help returning students better prepare for University level academic work. He shut me down, and he has continued on the same path of shutting others down over the duration of his work with MnSCU and in doing so has become a barrier to achieving his vision or any other vision for higher education. For further examples please see the following links: 

  1. http://www.startribune.com/local/282224741.html

  2. http://blogs.mprnews.org/oncampus/tag/steven-rosenstone/

  3. http://blogs.mprnews.org/oncampus/tag/steven-rosenstone/

  4. http://blogs.mprnews.org/oncampus/2014/10/faculty-unions-walk-out-of-mnscu-overhaul-plan/ 

 

We believe the relationship healing that needs to happen for the system office to be effective in its mission cannot begin with the culprit of the damage caused at the helm. He simply is not and will not be effective as the leader of our state's largest higher education system. As such, it is with great remorse that we ask you to join the effort in calling for Steven Rosenstone’s resignation. 

  

 



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