2017 Legislative Requests

This is an important legislative session for South Central College and all Minnesota State institutions. Two top priorities are Minnesota State's Operating Budget Request and the Capital Investment (Bonding) Request.

Minnesota State Operating Budget Request of $178 million of funding over the biennium ($60.1 million in FY2018 and $117.9 million in FY2019):

  • $143 million to keep tuition affordable by funding inflationary costs at three percent each year of the biennium (South Central College's portion is $3 million) 
  • $  25 million to support a mission-critical, multi-year technology infrastructure project to replace out-of-date enterprise system (ISRS)
  • $  10 million to provide targeted financial support to reduce outcome disparities and improve student success

pdfMinnesota State Budget Request + SCC Fact Sheet (1 MB PDF)

Capital Investment (Bonding) Request: 

  • $110 million for all Minnesota State institutions' HEAPR infrastructure repairs (Ranked #1 on Minnesota State's list of priorities)    
  • $9.6 million for South Central College's pdfNorth Mankato Campus STEM and Healthcare Renovation Project (Ranked #2 on Minnesota State's list of priorities) 
  • Other campus-specific projects throughout Minnesota

Top 10 Reasons SCC Needs Funding

  • OPERATING BUDGET CRITICAL

    If the $60 million requested by Minnesota State is not fully funded, the impact will be felt at college's and universities throughout the state. South Central College alone would loose $3 million in funding, which could mean a continuation of the $2 million the college has already had to cut over the current biennium. In addition, this funding is desperately needed to pursue programs that enhance student success, help close the achievement gap and meet the significant workforce needs in our growing region.
  • HEAPR IS CHEAPER

    Capital Investment for Higher Education Asset Preservation and Repair (HEAPR) in the amount of $63 million would support necessary infrastructure maintenance to protect physical assets at Finnesota State campuses throughout the state - including SCC's campuses in Faribault and North Mankato.
  • IT'S OUR TURN

    South Central College's North Mankato Campus STEM and Healthcare Renovation Project is Ranked #2 on MnSCU's 2017 Capital Investment Request Priorities (right after system-wide HEAPR).This is the fourth year SCC's project is up for consideration in the legislature, having been ranked #21 in 2014, #8 in 2015 and #2 in 2016 and 2017. Recognizing the value of the many projects at other MnSCU institutions, as well as other projects funded in our region, we have patiently waited for our project to move up on the priority list. We believe it is our students' and our region's turn to benefit from this project.
  • INDUSTRY ALIGNMENT

    South Central College's North Mankato Campus STEM and Healthcare Renovation Project directly impacts programs in Healthcare, Manufacturing and Agribusiness, South Central Minnesota's 3 largest industries.
  • OPTIMIZING EXISTING FOOTPRINT

    South Central College's North Mankato Campus STEM and Healthcare Renovation Project requires no additional building additions, but rather improves utilization of the existing facility by updating and repurposing spaces.
  • OLD HVAC EQUIPMENT

    Replacing this HVAC system from 1968 is part of South Central College's North Mankato Campus STEM and Healthcare Renovation project. After almost 50 years of continual use, it belongs in a museum, not in a college.
  • LEAKING ROOF

    Replacing 12,210 GSF of Roof is also included in South Central College's North Mankato Campus STEM and Healthcare Renovation Project. Because our students deserve a good roof over their heads (not this leaking patchwork).
  • ASBESTOS ABATEMENT

    Part of South Central College's North Mankato Campus STEM and Healthcare Project is removing 1,600 sq. ft. of asbestos from under these old floors.
  • DEFERRED MAINTENANCE

    South Central College's North Mankato Campus STEM and Healthcare Renovation Project will eliminate $2.9 million of deferred maintenance backlog.
  • STUDENT OPPORTUNITY

    ALL Minnesotans should have the opportunity to benefit from the unique education a Minnesota Community and Technical College provides, including: - Students of color who account for 18% of SCC's student population.- First generation college students who make up 22% using the state standard (parents never attended college).
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