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2017-18 Biennial Budget Request

Invest in student sccess

Invest in student sccess
Biennial total: $22 million

  • Create a U of M Student Success Center with services designed to lower the cost of college by raising undergraduate retention and graduation rates
  • Prepare Minnesota’s multicultural high school students for college
  • Advance STEM education to meet Minnesota’s workforce needs

Expand MnDRIVE

Expand MnDRIVE
Biennial total: $32 million

Bolster U of M research strengths to solve Minnesota’s greatest challenges:

  • Harness data: integrate information to advance technology and decision making
  • Fight cancer: improve statewide access to cancer clinical trials
  • Strengthen communities: develop solutions to reduce social inequality statewide
  • Clean water: improve water quality and long-term sustainability

Support core missions

Support core missions
Biennial total: $68.2 million

Address inflationary costs of U of M's critical research, education and outreach activities in conjunction with administrative cost reductions to minimize tuition increases.

Advance NRRI applied research

Advance NRRI applied research
Biennial total: $4 million

Strengthen the Natural Resources Research Institiute's applied research activites to accelerate innovation and economic development in key areas such as minerals, mining & water; energy & the environment; and forest products & bioeconomy.

Restore critical health training and services

Restore critical health training and services
Biennial total: $14 million

Restore funding for two U of M health programs formerly funded by UCare:

  • Family Medicine and Community Health research, education, and clinical training in Duluth, Mankato, Minneapolis, and St. Paul
  • The Mobile Dental Clinic, preventive and primary dental care statewide in underserved communities

Support expanded programming at the Bell Museum

Support expanded programming at the Bell Museum
Biennial total: $7 million

Support new operating costs and expanded hands-on, interactive programming, services, and outreach. The Bell Museum, established by the state legislature in 1872, is Minnesota’s only natural history museum and planetarium.

2018–19 Biennial Budget Request

2018 2019 Biennial
Student success $8.5 $13.5 $22.0
MnDRIVE $8.5 $23.5 $32.0
Core missions $22.6 $45.6 $68.2
NRRI $1.0 $3.0 $4.0
Health training and services $6.0 $8.0 $14.0
Bell Museum $2.0 $5.0 $7.0
Subtotal: 2018–19 request $48.6 $98.6 $147.2
2016–17 base $626.3 $626.3 $1252.6
Total request $674.9 $724.9 $1399.8