Thank you to Governor Mark Dayton for his proposed investments in the University, which he announced Tuesday. His proposal includes half of the funds needed to freeze tuition and $30 million toward the Medical School. I will continue to advocate for the U and our biennial budget request at the Legislature in the weeks ahead.
We appreciate that the Governor recognizes the importance of improved access and affordability for students on all five campuses. Affordability is among my top priorities, and we need a strong partnership with the state to keep tuition down for students.
The Big Ten university presidents and chancellors are urging Congress to take a cautious approach to an effort to rewrite patent litigation law. With that in mind, the Big Ten CEOs sent a letter to their Congressional delegations urging them to take a cautious approach. (By the way, I'm the co-chair of the Association of American Universities' working group on technology transfer and intellectual property.
From the moment I became president of the University, I've said elevating the reputation and quality of our Medical School was among my top priorities, and we've been working hard on that over the past three and a half years. Wednesday's announcement by Governor Dayton that he plans to invest in our Med School was welcome news.
Over the past nine months we've been looking closely at our campus climate and identifying what it takes to be a place where everyone feels welcomed, respected, and valued.
Last spring I charged a Campus Climate Workgroup composed of senior leaders to advance this work. Their assessment, along with that of an associated grassroots effort involving faculty, staff and students in four World Cafe discussions, has informed their report, which includes findings, and short- and long-term recommendations.