Alex Friedrich Feature Archive

Some state senators want to add high school sophomores to the list of students who can attend vocational and technical courses at local colleges. (03/19/2012)
During tough economic times, spending limited money on building and modernizing facilities or repairing to maintain current facilities is an opportunity cost that is being weighed by students, college officials and state lawmakers. (03/14/2012)
State lawmakers are raising questions about former University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks' handling of university funding in two separate instances. Earlier this week, legislators looked into payouts that Bruininks made to departing senior officials at the U. Now his ties to a program he funded while president have raised more questions. (03/08/2012)
University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler says he may toughen the handling of sabbaticals and compensation for outgoing top administrators. (03/06/2012)
A committee of the University of Minnesota's governing board says that Regent Steve Sviggum should resign one of his two positions because of a conflict of interest. (03/02/2012)
The president of the University of Minnesota wants to move to a year-round academic schedule. (03/01/2012)
Two legal opinions released by the University of Minnesota Wednesday conclude that regent Steve Sviggum faces a conflict of interest if he continues to hold both his regent's position and his staff job with the state Senate GOP caucus. (02/29/2012)
A big job awaits the successor of Joel Maturi, retiring athletic director of the University of Minnesota. He - or she - faces a department running an annual deficit of up to $3 million, elusive championships, and numerous competing demands. (02/15/2012)
University of Minnesota Board of Regents Chairwoman Linda Cohen announced that she has asked for two legal opinions to advise whether regent Steve Sviggum has a potential conflict of interest with his GOP staff job. (02/10/2012)
College educators told legislators their labs are so old they're holding back research. (02/02/2012)
The Vikings could use the stadium for up to three years if the team decides to renovate and continue using the Metrodome in Minneapolis. (01/27/2012)
A group of graduate students are trying again to unionize at the University of Minnesota. (12/16/2011)
Minnesota students graduated last year averaging $29,000 in loan debt, about $1,500 more than the previous year, shows a national report released Thursday. (11/03/2011)
Sizing up competing college financial aid offers should become easier with a report to cut through confusing terminology. (10/26/2011)
The decline in state funding for higher education appears to have caused or accelerated some major changes in how some state-run colleges function. (08/23/2011)