Kaler gives State of University speech

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Mar 7, 2014 at 5:00 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler says the university will redouble efforts to recruit students of color and ensure student safety.

Kaler delivered his annual State of the University address Thursday, his third since taking on the top job.

In the address, Kaler touted accomplishments from the past year, from breaking ground on a new health care clinic to piloting three-year degrees at the College of Design.

Kaler also spoke about challenges facing the university — a "poor" record on enrolling diverse students, an uptick in robberies targeting Twin Cities students and a looming wave of faculty retirements.

The university has an annual budget of more than $3 billion and has about 63,000 students across its campuses.

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