A third study in two years has found problems with racism at St. Cloud State and recommends two fixes that have been suggested before: stronger leadership and better problem solving.
"University leadership is ill-equipped and insensitive to handle or support the specific needs of faculty/staff of color," said Washington, D.C.-based behavioral science firm Nicholas and Associates Inc., in a "cultural survey" released Thursday.
It calls the university to "fire several vice presidents and deans who are known to be marginally effective and non-progressive," and stop hiring potential faculty and staff of color until there is a conducive and supportive environment on campus.
No one will be fired, said Michael Spitzer, provost and vice president for academic affairs at St. Cloud State. The university wants to work with it's employees, not dismiss them, he said.
Minnesota nurse group near settlement with hospitals
The Minnesota Association of Nurse Anesthetists and some of the state's largest hospitals are nearing a settlement in the nurses' whistleblower lawsuit filed eight years ago.
The lawsuit alleged that fraud was committed by three Allina hospitals, St. Cloud Hospital and anesthesiology physicians who work at the hospitals.
The group alleged that the anesthesiologists and hospitals were billing federal health insurance programs for work that was done by the nurses, who are qualified to sedate surgery patients.
The U.S. Department of Justice, which is also a party to the lawsuit, must approve the settlement before it becomes effective.
Documents in U.S. District Court in St. Paul indicate that attorneys for the nurses, the hospitals and the doctors reached a settlement Oct. 31 after three days of talks.
"It is accurate that the parties among themselves have reached a proposed settlement that is awaiting government approval," David Stone, lead attorney, said.
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