The Minnesota State Colleges board of trustees will kick off a series of meetings to gather public input Thursday.
Four Board of Trustees members will listen to the public's ideas on the future direction of MnSCU's 32 colleges and universities at Hennepin Technical College in Brooklyn Park.
Board members say they want the public's guidance on MnSCU's priorities as the system faces increasing enrollment and decreasing state aid.
Trustee Christine Rice said the board wants to know how MnSCU can best serve the state as they plan for the next decade.
"We are sincere about wanting to hear from the people of Minnesota as to their expectations of this higher education system," Rice said.
It's the first of four such meetings to be held around the state in coming weeks.