University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler made his first State of the University address on Thursday, where he proposed new ways to work smarter and switch the academic calendar, the Star Tribune said.
Kaler proposed a new year-round academic calendar that included three terms of equal length. This calendar would make it possible for a full-time student to earn the 120 credits needed for a bachelor's degree in less than three years.
Kaler also addressed the problem with eliminating tuition increases, which he said could be taken care of by more robust state support.
His speech contained some of his most specific ideas for improvement since he became president last summer. He hopes to make the culture of the public university system more innovative and nimble.
Kaler also was able to preview his budget plan for the 2013 fiscal year, which he will fully present to the U's Board of Regents in May.