Friday, January 11, 2013

The MoreU Park Fiasco


Some background:

On the Continuing MoreU Park Fiasco Is the University of Minnesota a Land Grant Institution?

Exactly how long is the UMore Park craziness going to continue?


Letter to the Editor, Star-Tribune

January 11, 2013


It'd be best to stick to the core mission

Part of the administrative problem at the University of Minnesota has been poorly analyzed and off-mission grasps at cash. The unlicensed transplant drug ALG and the sacrifice of an essential agricultural research and teaching site at Rosemount for gravel mining were cited in recent Wall Street Journal and Star Tribune articles.
The school's president, Eric Kaler, could bring an end to these disastrous forays by publicly recognizing that not even the university can turn gravel into gold nor transform exurban development into a model of sustainability.
The academic home of Norman Borlaug should recognize that its value is in research and education to improve food supply, energy, the environment and health, and that attempting to trade away any of these missions for short-term cash will diminish the university.


Readers will note that the author of this letter is the education coordinator of the Water Resources Center at the University of Minnesota.


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