State support for public higher education in Minnesota has declined precipitously over the last decade. As recently a 2000, state appropriations covered more than two-thirds of the cost of education. That support has eroded, and this year state aid is expected to provide only 43 percent of the total cost of attending college.
Iâ€™d like to share a couple of comments about Ridgewaterâ€™s student athletes,teams and coaches. Itâ€™s significant that the word ‘student’ comes before ‘athlete’â€”every coach at Ridgewater understands that athletic opportunities play second fiddle to success in academic pursuits.
A recent report from the Lumina Foundation â€œA Stronger Nation through Higher Educationâ€ highlights a number of facts important to consider as we weigh whether precious state resources ought to be directed to support public higher education.