[Chancellor Malhotra] Hello, I'm Devinder Malhotra.
I'm deeply honored to be the chancellor
of this remarkable network of 30 colleges
and seven universities we call the Minnesota State System.
It is indeed my privilege to welcome you, our faculty
and staff, to a new academic year.
Our colleges and universities
and the collective work that we all do serves
as the catalyst for the economic vibrancy
and social mobility across Minnesota.
The partnerships that our colleges
and universities have built with employers,
7,000 of them when we counted last,
are critical to provide transformative education
for our students.
We recently talked to some of the alums
who have benefited from the partnerships you all
have forged and they are filled with the pride
and gratitude for the experiential learning opportunities
they had while in school.
Let's listen to a few of them.
[Steve] By my senior year I was working 30 hours a week
at GeoComm and then I was hired the day I graduated.
If it weren't for St. Cloud State and this partnership
with GeoComm I wouldn't be where I am today.
[Vilayluck] I think it's very important that Minnesota State
and Mayo Clinic have a partnership.
When you're done with your program
and you're looking for your different jobs
that you want to apply to, recruiters
in Mayo Clinic will look to see that you've been exposed
to the different expertise that we have here
at the different facilities that you're doing clinicals at.
[Cheri] I still remember when I received my wings.
As soon as we passed our check ride
they would slide your wings over across the desk to you
and that is really an impactful moment.
When I look back upon my education here
at Minnesota State, Mankato it really set
a terrific foundation for my entire career.
[Derek] I think partnerships between colleges
and employers are very important because it's a way
of getting your foot into the doorsteps
of what it's like working in the real world
and the field that you're studying in.
It was also a way for me to get introduced
to a company such as Visual Communications.
[Breanna] Because of the internship and the partnership
through Alex Tech and Ziegler I ended up getting hired
before I graduated.
Employer partnerships like this are important
because it makes it a lot easier for kids in college
to actually talk to someone, communicate,
and it definitely helps.
[Chancellor Malhotra] I find these examples of how our collective work impacts
the lives of our students inspiring.
But we have to do more.
In June, I shared with the board what I viewed
as the next steps following our reimagining work
we all did together this past year.
The vision I shared with them is that
by 2030 Minnesota State will eliminate
the educational equity gaps at every Minnesota State college
I'm calling this goal Equity 2030.
All our faculty and the staff are doing great work.
But we know we will need to do increasingly more
in an environment with less resources if we are
to reach the goal of Equity 2030.
Tenacity at all levels will be needed
and required to stay focused on enhancing access
and student success.
However, I think together we can rise
to the challenge and accomplish Equity 2030.
Thank you for opening the doors of educational opportunities
to students from all walks of life.
As you know, the diversity of our students, faculty,
and staff and our commitment to inclusion, respect,
and closing the equity gap are among our greatest strengths.
Best wishes to all of you for a successful
and fulfilling year.