St. Cloud State University

Winter Institute

The Winter Institute is an annual celebration of economic education. It is a signature event for the Center for Economic Education, the Economics Department and the School of Public Affairs.

The Winter Institute offers high-quality educational programming that draws attendance from a wide and diverse audience that includes: students, faculty, staff, business leaders and members of the community.

Speakers are influential economists and regional business leaders. Among the past speakers are former Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke and Nobel Prize laureates such as James Heckman and the late Milton Friedman.

The Winter Institute offers:

  • High-quality educational programming featuring renowned speakers and stimulating ideas. 
  • Accessible economic education sessions for a general audience as well as targeted economic education sessions for K-12 educators.
  • National, state and regional economic forecasts interpreted for a community and business audience. 
By registering you acknowledge video or still images may be used in current and future promotional materials.

A prayer room is available on campus throughout the day.

Registration fees after the registration deadline increase $25.00.

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St. Cloud State inclement weather policy
St. Cloud State makes every effort to announce any closing/cancellation by 5 a.m. regarding day classes and events and before 3 p.m. for evening classes and events. 

In the event a portion of the Winter Institute must be canceled please refer to St. Cloud State’s Severe Winter Weather Policy. The Winter Institute website and Winter Institute Facebook pages will be updated in the event weather impacts any of the scheduled events.

Cancellation and Refund Policy
Full refunds are available if the cancellation request is received in writing by January 28, 2019.

SCSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and educator. We are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in employment and education opportunity and work to provide reasonable accommodations for all persons with disabilities. Accommodations are provided on an individualized, as-needed basis, determined through appropriate documentation of need. Please contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS),  or 320.308.4080, Centennial Hall 202, to meet and discuss reasonable and appropriate accommodations for any events held on St. Cloud State University campus.