Advocating for the University of Minnesota
In even-numbered years, Minnesota’s State Legislature considers funding for capital projects for higher education. The University’s 2014 request for capital funding includes projects that align with the strategic goals of the University to recruit and retain the best and brightest students, to recruit and support world-class faculty and staff, and to inspire innovation, exploration, and discovery while being responsible stewards of resources.
Among this year's funding request:
- $56.7 million of an $85 million Tate Science and Teaching Renovation project, which will renovate obsolete labs and antiquated classrooms into flexible spaces to bolster instruction, research, and support services of the School of Physics and Astronomy and the School of Earth Sciences. This project will ensure that Tate retains its architectural character as part of the Northrop Mall Historic District.
- $30 million of a $45 million project to construct a new Microbial Sciences Research Building on the St. Paul campus. It would become the home of life sciences fields such as plant pathology, animal infectious diseases, microbial systems, synthetic biology, and fungal evolution.
- $12 million to renovate laboratory facilities to support nationally competitive research in areas such as bees, greenhouses, and aquatic invasive species.
- $100 million in state funding for Higher Education Asset Preservation and Replacement (HEAPR) projects to extend the life of the University’s nearly 28 million square feet of infrastructure.
Students and parents are encouraged to join in advocating for the University of Minnesota and higher education. Minnesota residents can contact their 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. For more information, visit the Government Relations website.