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 Two students walk across among autumn trees and decorative grasses on the Crookston campus mall.

Students crossed the Crookston campus mall.

Technology and collaboration to advance Crookston campus vision

Brief, Oct. 18, 2006

Online degree programs, international partnerships, innovation and leadership development could define the next stage in the evolution of the University of Minnesota, Crookston (UMC).

University President Robert Bruininks indicated that building on its already strong technology-driven focus and existing collaborations will serve UMC, the region and the University well, adding that Crookston leads the University of Minnesota in delivering online degrees.

"Crookston is an important center of leadership, innovation and teaching--providing University of Minnesota degrees in this area of the state," Bruininks said. "This is a place where the University has very important resources that connect to our research, education and outreach mission."

Supporting and sustaining a UMC vision that is relevant, dynamic and more competitive will create a stronger campus and stronger U of M around the state, Bruininks said during a forum Oct. 11 in Crookston on UMC's role in transforming the University into one of the top three public research universities in the world within a decade.

Bruininks and other University leaders were at UMC Oct. 11-13 for the transforming the U forum, dedication of the new apartment-style Centennial Hall and Board of Regents meetings.

By all accounts, many positive things are happening at UMC to position the campus for the future, whether serving as an educational pacesetter, research leader or a collaborator for development in northwestern Minnesota.

"Good things are happening on the Crookston campus and we're pleased with the progress that is occurring on a number of fronts," said Robert Jones, the University's senior vice president for system administration.

As a collaborator, UMC can use its expertise in areas like technology, agriculture and business management to better serve the region and position the campus well to continue attracting a growing international population and the eye of developing countries:

This close collaboration between education, agricultural research and outreach at UMC could serve as a recruiting tool for developing world students who are interested in sustainable economic development in their countries, suggested Bruininks.

"When I travel around the world the first question I get asked is how do you connect education and research with people in the community," said Bruininks.

A final report on UMC's strategic positioning efforts is to be completed by mid-November.

"By working together--students, faculty, staff and community--we are creating a new vision for the University of Minnesota, Crookston," Casey said. "This journey will lead to a more competitive and culturally transformed campus known for its exceptional undergraduate experience and for the unparalleled value it creates for the region."

FURTHER READING Envisioning something big: Q&A with Chancellor Casey (March 1, 2005) Crookston continues online leadership (Oct. 26, 2006)