Alex Friedrich Feature Archive

A state senator has proposed allowing colleges to offer large not-for-credit online classes in Minnesota if they remain free of charge. (02/19/2013)
University of St. Thomas trustees have broken with tradition and named as woman as president-elect. Every previous president in the 128-year history of the school has been a Catholic priest. (02/14/2013)
The University of Minnesota will soon try its hand at offering Massive Open Online Courses for the public. (02/08/2013)
Students and top officials from the University of Minnesota are rallying at the Capitol today. It's an annual tradition in which they urge legislators to support the university's budget requests. But this year they're doing it amid an uproar over administrative spending. (02/07/2013)
"Work doesn't pay" is a complaint you'll hear from a lot of part-time students in Minnesota. They say the state's financial aid program penalizes them for holding a job while attending school. They're asking lawmakers to reconsider the formula. (02/01/2013)
Recent criticism of administrative hiring at the University of Minnesota is not accurate, university President Eric Kaler told a state Senate higher-education committee Tuesday. (01/15/2013)
Big tuition increases are nothing new to many college students, but Bloomington-based Rasmussen College on Tuesday announced a double-digit cut in its rates. (01/15/2013)
Faculty union reps for Minnesota's seven state universities have reached a tentative contract agreement with MnSCU officials. (01/14/2013)
A group of Iranian students at the University of Minnesota suspects TCF Bank was discriminating against them when it told them it would close their accounts at the end of this month. The move comes amid tightened U.S. sanctions against Iran. But the students say they have not violated any financial restrictions. (01/08/2013)
DFL leaders say they'd like to make more higher education funding a priority when the legislative session starts next week. But public colleges and universities may have to work harder to get that money. (12/31/2012)
State education leaders want to make sure high school students know before they graduate whether they are fully prepared for college. (12/26/2012)
Donations to private Minnesota colleges have rebounded from the recession, according to the organization that represents many of them. (12/24/2012)
If there's one thing Minnesota employers have told state educators they want in today's graduates, it's this: The ability to start working quickly. But they say they can't find enough workers who have the skills to do so. Leaders at MnSCU are asking for additional money in their next budget to better prepare students for the world of work. (11/15/2012)
President Barack Obama won Minnesota and its 10 electoral votes on his way to re-election to a second term. (11/06/2012)
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar has won a second term with a sound victory over her Republican challenger, Kurt Bills. Klobuchar was declared the winner shortly after the polls closed at 8 p.m. Bills called her to concede the race,a staffer for Klobuchar said. (11/06/2012)