The University of Minnesota will need to report how it distributes its funds amongst its campuses to state lawmakers under the recently passed state higher education bill, the Duluth News Tribune reports.
Sen. Roger Reinert—DFL-Duluth—presented the amendment to the bill which requires the University’s Board of Regents to report to legislature by February 1st of next year, according to the Duluth News Tribune.
Reinert said that the Duluth campus is considered one collegiate unit, while the Twin Cities campus is divided into several units, which was a point of contention given the costs to educate liberal arts majors varied from fields like engineering.
“It might work for Crookston, it certainly works for Rochester and it probably works for Morris,” Reinert said to the Duluth News Tribute about the smaller University campuses. “It does not work for UMD, and this is a big factor in continual budget issues.”
The Duluth campus has struggled financially the past few years, following lower enrollment rates according to a report by MPR.
UMD spokesperson Lynne Williams told the Duluth News Tribune that the school was open to Reinert’s amendment.
"It puts us in the conversation more than it did before," she said, adding that the results would enlighten the lawmakers and University officials.