Despite all the talk about tuition and financial aid, the debt levels of graduates from the various public and non-profit four-year colleges and universities don't seem all that far apart in Minnesota.
A report compares the efficiency of the University of Minnesota's administration to that of more than half a dozen similar universities. It appears to be in the middle of the pack.
Student representatives for the state's colleges and universities have been pushing for cheaper alternatives to textbooks, and they're hoping they'll gain some ground now that they have backing from the state Legislature.
Here are snippets that jumped out at me from six commencement ceremonies at Minnesota private colleges. Most are humorous, but a couple offer interesting insights.
On Saturday the University of Minnesota - Rochester will graduate its first crop of students. It's a milestone for the city, which has long sought to establish a school offering four-year and advanced degrees.
When the first graduates of the University of Minnesota-Rochester receive their diplomas Saturday, they'll leave a campus that's still figuring things out.
Students at for-profit colleges in Minnesota are as likely to be employed one year after graduation as students from two-year public colleges, according to a report from the state Office of Higher Education.
The Minnesota Senate has passed a bill that extends in-state public college tuition rates to children of people who are not in the country legally.
The Minnesota House passed a higher education bill that drew bipartisan praise for its tough-minded approach to tuition and administrative spending.
Trustees at the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system have eliminated the executive bonuses that have upset unions and lawmakers in past years.
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.
The state Senate has passed a higher-education bill that increases funding by $263 million.
University of Minnesota General Counsel Mark Rotenberg is leaving the U for a similar position at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MinnPost reports.
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.
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.