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Minn. Governor’s Threat Spurs Pledge of Cooperation by Faculty and Administration

Professors and administrators in Minnesota’s public higher-education system say they will reconcile their differences after threats of a freeze on new funding by the governor, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

In a statement on Tuesday, both sides said they were “confident” that they would resolve their dispute over the Charting Our Future initiative, put forward by Chancellor Steven Rosenstone. The faculty last year cut ties with the program, which calls for measures such as a greater emphasis on technology, out of suspicion that it would, among other things, devalue the liberal arts.

Gov. Mark B. Dayton, a Democrat, said in a speech on Tuesday that he would recommend no new funds for the 54-campus Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system until the dispute was resolved.

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