Alex Friedrich Feature Archive

The premise: Civilization is decimated and only one seat remains on a life raft for the survivors who will rebuild society. Academic disciplines vie for the seat, arguing their worth as an indispensible area of study that the new civilization will need to flourish. It's a fun exercise that reflects a larger discussion: What is the value of college, especially a liberal-arts education? (10/10/2012)
In late July, a U.S. Senate committee that scrutinized 30 for-profit colleges around the country questioned the performance of three based in the Twin Cities. Minnesota state officials are taking a closer look at the state's for-profit colleges. (09/10/2012)
Former employees and students of for-profit Globe University and the Minnesota School of Business paint a picture of schools that target students eligible for subsidized loans and grants, but who have low prospects for academic success. They also raise questions about whether students at those schools -- and the taxpayers who subsidize them -- are getting their money's worth. (09/10/2012)
Borrowing by Minnesota students is outstripping tuition increases. More students took out loans, and they borrowed more money. (08/21/2012)
Gov. Mark Dayton said today he wants to strengthen Minnesota's law on bullying. (08/15/2012)
It's official. Gophers fans can drink beer -- and maybe a little wine -- in TCF Bank Stadium when the University of Minnesota's football season starts this fall. (07/11/2012)
The interest rate has been reduced for the the state's SELF loans for students. (07/06/2012)
For the girls at this year's Minnesota high school track and field championships, Title IX is a lesson in a history book. The sports it helped open up now dominate the lives of many of the girls. (06/22/2012)
The University of Minnesota is taking its first full look at what it costs to educate a student. (06/08/2012)
The University of Minnesota is taking its first full look at what it costs to educate the average undergraduate. (06/07/2012)
The state has dismissed a claim by some University of Minnesota graduate assistants that the university interfered with their attempts at unionization. (06/07/2012)
The University of Minnesota is announcing a statewide program Monday to get more students focused on obtaining a college education. (06/04/2012)
A University of Minnesota Regents committee wants the university to discontinue special transitional leaves for administrators. (05/25/2012)
Minnesota schools have a new way to measure performance, replacing the controversial No Child Left Behind accountability system with the state's own. (05/22/2012)
Students who attend Minnesota's state colleges and universities could face an average tuition increase of 3.9 percent this next academic year. (05/15/2012)