The University of Minnesota is one of the most comprehensive public universities in the United States and ranks among the most prestigious. It is both the state land-grant university, with a strong tradition of education and public service, and the state's primary research university, with faculty of national and international reputation. MCEE has proudly called the University's Department of Applied Economics (APEC) "home" since 1992. The department traces its roots to the academic field of Agricultural Economics and has steadily broadened and diversified its fields of teaching, research, and outreach. APEC currently offers programs of study in food marketing and consumption economics, economic development, trade and policy, production and managerial economics, resource and environmental economics, public sector economics, and agribusiness management.
The Council for Economic Education (CEE) is the leading organization in the United States that focuses on the economic and financial education of students from kindergarten through high school. For 65 years, its mission has been to instill in young people the fourth “R”— a real-world understanding of economics and personal finance.
CSSE is sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Education and hosted by the Minnesota Historical Society. This social studies clearinghouse was created for Minnesota educators to provide information about the social studies and assist teachers in meeting the state social studies standards. The CSSE seeks to provide the most up-to-date social studies information on its website in cooperation with other social studies organizations in Minnesota.
The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis supports the mission of MCEE with Fed staff sitting on MCEE's board of directors and serving on its education committee. Annually, the Minneapolis Fed hosts MCEE's state student competitions and participates in MCEE's conference, where senior Minneapolis Fed staff volunteer their time and talent to present to Minnesota's K-12 educators.
The Minnesota Jump$tart Coalition brings together individuals and organizations to improve the personal financial literacy of Minnesota's Youth. The coalition includes individual participants as well as representatives from government agencies, businesses, and nonprofit organizations.
LCE provides Minneapolis Public School students with many opportunities to increase their knowledge of economics. This is done through activities such as providing economics materials to teachers, sponsoring an all-district student conference to debate economic issues, a day of learning at the Federal Reserve Bank, and mentoring staff in economics education through MCEE.