Within Minnesota, the University of Minnesota possesses the unique capacity to generate
ongoing and systemic research that will improve the lives of all Minnesotans. This
capacity is particularly critical in preK-12 education, where separating what is believed
from what is known through research is critical for the success of education. The
University has a history of extensive engagement with preK-12 schools around research,
teaching, and outreach that touches all parts of the University and includes programs that
represent the best in partnerships—enduring, collaborative, complementary, and focused
on issues of importance to the University and Minnesota. Nevertheless, successes have
been limited by the way the engagements have been structured, largely as individual
initiatives rather than as ordered and integrated activities. The task force
recommendations frame and organize efforts, increasing their coherence and
coordination without limiting faculty efforts to pursue personal research interests.
Documents (final report and executive summary) providing recommendations on how to foster more lasting and meaningful relationships with preK-12 schools.
Harvey, Patricia; Maruyama, Geoffrey.
Transforming the University: Report to the Systemwide Academic Task Force on PreK-12 Strategy.
University of Minnesota.
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