"Minnesota had an outside consultant to do our application, and still we had a sloppy application," Greiling said. "They said it was vague. It was kind of horrifying to see that we had people coming in and helping us with the application, and we did no better than that."
The state paid McKinsey and Company $500,000 to prepare Minnesota's application. Most of that money came from private sources.
Look at it this way: if you wanted a clear and specific business plan for a consulting shop you were opening up, would you bring in some education experts from out of state to write it? What if they were education experts from a highly regarded university or CMO?