Alex Friedrich Feature Archive

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)
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)