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Minn. Senate Higher Education Committee visits campus

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Photo by Laura Swanson

Dozens of Augsburg College students, faculty, and staff took part in a September town hall meeting with Minnesota Rep. Phyllis Kahn and Sens. Terri Bonoff, Greg Clausen ’69, and Kari Dziedzic. The legislators visited Augsburg as part of a statewide “listening tour” effort launched by Bonoff, chair of the Minnesota State Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee.

The legislators were enthusiastic to learn more about private colleges in Minnesota and invited Auggies to consider ways to improve the state’s higher education system. The Augsburg students discussed with the legislators a number of issues, including transfer credits, financial aid options, career preparation, and on- and off-campus service learning experiences. One of the key themes the legislators stressed during the meeting was the important role colleges and universities play in educating the nation’s future leadership and workforce.

“Education is the engine that runs our Minnesota economy,” Clausen said, addressing the Augsburg crowd. “We need to invest in you, and you need to invest in your education.” Clausen is part of an Augsburg legacy family—his wife, Roberta ’69, and son, Steven ’96, also attended the College.

Photos and videos on the MN Higher Education blog.

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