Alex Friedrich Feature Archive

Trustees at the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system have eliminated the executive bonuses that have upset unions and lawmakers in past years. (04/20/2013)
A proposed record boost in the state's main post-secondary financial aid program is drawing criticism from student leaders at Minnesota state colleges and universities, who say they wouldn't get their fair share of the increase. (04/18/2013)
The state Senate has passed a higher-education bill that increases funding by $263 million. (04/17/2013)
University of Minnesota General Counsel Mark Rotenberg is leaving the U for a similar position at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MinnPost reports. (04/08/2013)
When Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page holds his foundation's annual gala on Saturday, he will officially release the children's book that he co-wrote with his daughter. Sales of "Alan and His Perfectly Pointy, Impossibly Perpendicular Pinky," will benefit the foundation. (04/06/2013)
Newly chosen University of Minnesota basketball coach Richard Pitino made a confident debut Friday, telling reporters the U already has the resources it needs to have a successful basketball program. (04/05/2013)
The House Higher Education Committee chairman is calling the $2.5 million contract buyout for fired University of Minnesota basketball coach Tubby Smith "obscene." (03/26/2013)
Gov. Mark Dayton is moving to change the titles of two state agency heads from director to commissioner. (03/17/2013)
People who've had too much to drink can sometimes wind up in dire situations -- beaten up, passed out from alcohol poisoning, or sexually assaulted. But when a young person is involved, many times no one calls 911 because underage drinkers are afraid police will cite them. An attempt to change that is being made in Minnesota. (03/14/2013)
A report released Friday shows the University of Minnesota is fairly efficient in how it staffs its management. Legislators had asked for the report after a December Wall Street Journal article painted the picture of a system with too many well-paid administrators. State officials who have seen the analysis say they're pleased. (03/08/2013)
The Legislature has named four people to the University of Minnesota Board of Regents, including two incumbents who got second terms during a challenging time for the university. (03/07/2013)
The University of Minnesota wants to revamp its graduate school programs. President Eric Kaler said after his State of the University address last week that the U needs to shift money toward its strongest programs in a reorganization he calls "Graduate School 2.0." (03/03/2013)
University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler said he is continuing to streamline the institution and that the university is in the "midst of a perfect storm around higher education." (02/28/2013)
Students living illegally in Minnesota can face tough challenges to earn a college degree. Officially they're nonresidents and must pay the same tuition that out-of-state students must pay to attend the University of Minnesota and some other state schools. And they have no access to state financial aid. (02/26/2013)
The University of Minnesota will enter a digital frontier this spring when it offers its first massive online classes. The courses will be free and accessible by anyone all over the state and the world. (02/21/2013)