January 16, 2009
2009 Issue 6 

Governor Pawlenty touts BSU on-line education

Governor relates story of BSU graduate during 2009 State of the State address
On-line education at Bemidji State University was highlighted by Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty during his State of the State address from St. Paul on Thursday, Jan. 15.
While talking about the need for education reform at all levels in the state, Pawlenty related the story of BSU graduate Gina Drellack, whom he met when on campus in November to announce his goal that 25 percent of credits generated by MnSCU schools come from on-line courses by 2015.
"A couple of months ago I met Gina Drellack, a mother of two who earned her degree from Bemidji State University -- online," Pawlenty said during the address. "She was able to take classes at times and places that were convenient to her, including at her kitchen table. It was flexible, modern and efficient.
"As a result, she was able to keep her family as a top priority and maintain employment at the same time. She graduated about a year ago, and credits online learning with helping to transform her life.
"Our higher education story needs to look and sound a lot more like Gina's story."
A complete transcript of the Governor's State of the State address, including audio and video, is available on the web at http://www.governor.state.mn.us.
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