The State of the College is a time to acknowledge some of our successes, challenges, and opportunities as a college. It’s our chance to discuss some of our aims for the year ahead and take a look at where we’ve been the past year.
What will the next 50 years bring? The next 100 or 150 years? What will the world look like then? What will be the challenges of those times? What will have stayed the same? How will the College of Liberal Arts change? Of course no one can say. The world will change in ways we can’t even imagine. But while we can’t predict what will come, I want to share with you three things I know for sure.
Professor Krueger taught here at Minnesota from 1959 to 1982. In her time at the U, she demonstrated the intellectual rigor and willingness to "take on the establishment", as one of her nomination letters puts it, that would characterize her subsequent academic and public work. Her public leadership roles have included serving as Chief Economist at the World Bank as well as First Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund.
The State of the College is a time to take a moment to pause and assess where we are as a college—to think about our purpose, what matters to us, what makes us strong—as we are coming up on two big events: CLA’s capital campaign and the college’s 150th anniversary.
Watch the video of the Road Ahead event held October 11, 2016. Event sections included a panel discussion on student readiness, video screenings, and Dean Coleman answering staff questions about the vision of CLA.