McPherson to address impact of financial crisis on public universities

M. Peter McPherson, president of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU), will address the impact of the current financial crisis on public universities. His address, "The Changing Competitive Position of Public Research Universities," takes place on Thursday, April 30, 2009, 3:30-5:00 p.m., at the Cowles Auditorium in the Humphrey Center.

"Public universities increasingly are at a competitive disadvantage with private research universities. Public universities rely more and more on tuition and less on state support. One result is that faculty salaries are lower in public universities than private universities. This may in the future mean that the more talented faculty members migrate to the private institutions. The challenge is to find ways to remain competitive through developing innovative ways to become more efficient as such sectors as telecommunications and manufacturing have become."

Following McPherson's address, a reactor panel of local higher education representatives will take place.

The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. RSVP to 612-625-5002.