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President Kaler to join Gov. Dayton and U.S. Sen. Franken in roundtable discussion on college affordability April 9

What: Roundtable discussion on college affordability
Where: University of Minnesota, Science Teaching and Student Services building, Room 123, 222 Pleasant St. S.E., Minneapolis
When: 10-11 a.m. Monday, April 9

Contacts: Jeff Falk, University News Service,, (612) 626-1720
Katharine Tinucci, Office of Governor Mark Dayton,, (651) 201-3441

April 6, 2012

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler will join Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, U.S. Sen. Al Franken and Minnesota Office of Higher Education Director Larry Pogemiller in a roundtable forum on college affordability with Minnesota higher education students at 10 a.m. Monday, April 9. The roundtable will take place in the Science Teaching and Student Services Building on the University of Minnesota’s Minneapolis campus.

The roundtable is a closed event and will be open only to members of the media and event invitation recipients.

Students from the U of M and MNSCU systems, as well as Minnesota’s private, technical and community colleges, will have an opportunity to discuss the challenges of paying for college and their concerns about student debt with the roundtable participants.

Since taking office in July 2011, Kaler has continuously voiced his commitment to minimizing increases in tuition and maintaining college affordability in the face of historic cuts to the U's state appropriations. Kaler’s fiscal year 2013 budget plans to reduce a projected 5 percent tuition increase to 3.5 percent for undergraduate students in the 2013-14 school year.

Following the roundtable discussion, U of M Vice Provost Bob McMaster and U of M One Stop Student Services Director Julie Selander will lead Franken and Pogemiller on a brief tour of the Science Teaching and Student Services building. The tour will highlight U of M's student financial literacy program, its One Stop student services and its latest interactive classrooms.

Tags: All administrative: President, Provost, etc.

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