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Higher Education Experts: Keeping Public Research Universities Competitive

Minneapolis, MN (04/23/09) - The Humphrey Institute will host an address by Peter McPherson followed by a panel discussion about the changing competitive position of public research universities at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 30, at the Humphrey Center.

Public universities rely more and more on tuition and less on state support, which puts them at an increasingly competitive disadvantage with private research universities. This shift in dynamics could affect the quality of faculty members and students attracted to public universities, as they tend to migrate toward well-resourced institutions. The challenge is to find new and innovative ways for public universities to remain competitive.

Peter McPherson, president of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) will address the changing competitive position of public research universities. APLU is association of public research universities, land-grant institutions, and many state public university systems.

McPherson's address will be followed by a reactor panel of local higher education representatives. Panelists will include:

Linda Baer, senior vice chancellor of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

John Finnegan, dean of the University of Minnesota's School of Public Health

Louis Johnston, economics professor at St. John's University, College of St. Benedict
The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Please RSVP to (612) 625-5002.

This event is one in a series of programs designed to bring together experts to talk about the current state of the economy.

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