A letter to the MGCSA BOD from Dr. Frank Plachecki Interim Dean, Academic Affairs:
Dear Minnesota Golf Course Superintendents Association,
As you would imagine, Covid has caused great damage to our college. Enrollments are down significantly, and the budget is in bad shape. We are working an aggressive strategy to return to financial sustainability.
Enrollments for the Turf program, and other programs as well, have been low for several years running. Our leadership team, in partnership with the budget committee, has made recommendations to suspend ( put on pause ) these programs until we have the funds to properly invest in them.
Turf is one of these targeted programs.
Current students will finish, and students who are near finishing from previous years will receive the opportunity to finish.
Marlin and Travis are re-designing the program to include an on-line component to boost enrollments. And of course any ideas you might have are always needed.
Thank you for your leadership and support of our college.