A state senator in Minnesota is suggesting that some public college closings should be on table,
according to a story in the StarTribune. (Link requires registration.) He is proposing a campus closing commission like the ones that have handled closing military bases.
It would have 13 members appointed by House and Senate leaders and the governor and would recommend campus closings based on criteria that include operating costs, instructional costs as related to enrollment, geographic access and demographic projections, among other measures.
Under Michel's proposal, the commission would start work on July 1, 2004, and report to the Legislature and governor by Feb. 1, 2005.
The data for MnSCU that he suggests using can be found here
, provided as a public service. Combined with another proposal to allow schools to opt out of MnSCU
, should make for a great 2004!