Annals of University Governance

MARLIN LEVISON ¬• [email protected] 05/21/06 - Assign#103611- Legislators in the State House chamber meet Sunday afternoon to clean up some last minute details and recognize Representatives who are retirin... MARLIN LEVISON ¬• [email protected] 05/21/06 - Assign#103611- Legislators in the State House chamber meet Sunday afternoon to clean up some last minute details and recognize Representatives who are retiring from the House. IN THIS PHOTO: Speaker of the House Steve Sviggum holds an impromtu press conference on the House floor before the start of Sunday's session. (Photo by MARLIN LEVISON/Star Tribune via Getty Images) (Photo by MARLIN LEVISON/Star Tribune via Getty Images) MORE LESS

A member of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents has asked if the university system’s Morris campus has become “too diverse.”

Steve Sviggum, a former GOP Speaker of the House, asked the school’s acting Chancellor Janet Schrunk if the school, which had 58% white enrollment pre-pandemic and 54% now, had become too diverse “from a marketing standpoint.”

Sviggum told Schrunk that he’d gotten letters from friends whose children chose not to go to the Morris campus because they found it “too diverse … they just didn’t feel comfortable there.”

The predominant non-white ethnic group at the campus is Native Americans, who make up roughly a third of the student population. The campus includes buildings that were once part of a Native American boarding school and qualified Native American students attend tuition free.

Black, Hispanic and Asian-American students combined make up roughly 10% of the school’s population.

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