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From the Spring 2012 Parent Newsletter

As a public, land-grant university, the University of Minnesota received 18 percent of its budget from the State of Minnesota in 2011, down from 32 percent in 1994. In even-numbered years, the State Legislature considers funding for capital projects for higher education, including new buildings, and renovation or upkeep of old buildings.

The University’s 2012 request for capital funding is $169.5 million for utility infrastructure, energy efficiency, and health, safety, and accessibility projects throughout the University system. The request includes improvements for 100 campus buildings; energy upgrades to meet growing demand and strengthen reliability and sustainable energy use; a new campus center and laboratories at the Itasca Biological Center; rehabilitation of Eddy Hall on the Twin Cities campus; and an American Indian Learning Resource Center on the Duluth campus.

The projects included in the request support the University’s goals to recruit and retain the best and brightest students, recruit and support top faculty and staff, and inspire innovation, exploration, and discovery—all while being responsible stewards of the resources on the University’s campuses.

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Students and parents are encouraged to join alumni and supporters in advocating for the University of Minnesota and higher education. Minnesota residents can contact Minnesota elected officials to encourage support of the U’s capital request. Out-of-state students and parents can ask their U.S. representatives and senators to support higher education and student aid. Students and their families are invited to share their U of M stories.

For more information on how to support the U, visit the Support the U website.