In the next two years, Minnesota's higher education system will each receive a little over a billion dollars in state aid, 10 percent less than they received in the previous two years.
The budget agreement between Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican leaders appears to ease funding cuts to the state's public colleges.
A Marine from Greenfield, Minn., has been killed in combat in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced Thursday.
The University of Minnesota is offering voluntary unpaid leaves of absence during the government shutdown to employees whose work is funded by state grants.
There's always been talk about greater cooperation and efficiency between the state's two public higher education systems, the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. Now seems a good time for that to happen, since both systems are getting new leadership this summer.
The University of Minnesota will require new employees to pay larger contributions toward their retirement plans under a proposal approved by the Board of Regents Wednesday.
Eric Kaler said the school will operate as normal during the shutdown even without money from the state. Classes and research will continue and hospitals and clinics will stay open.
The governing body of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system approved a nearly $2 billion budget Wednesday that will raise tuition for students.
The University of Minnesota board of regents has passed a budget that will raise tuition for most students by 5 percent, freeze employee wages, and cut millions from the school's academic programs.
The University of Minnesota is investing millions of dollars in scholarships and research from money supplied by royalties from inventions developed by the school.
Tuition would go up for students in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system under a budget that goes before the board of trustees Wednesday.
University of Minnesota president Robert Bruininks will present next year's budget to the school's of board of regents Friday, even though he doesn't know how much state aid the university will get because of the budget impasse between Gov. Dayton and the Republican-controlled Legislature.
Officials with the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system say they're determined to offer classes to their students in the event of a state government shutdown, but that will depend on whether MnSCU has access to tuition revenue and reserve funds, money that's controlled by the state.
The president of the University of Minnesota will present a budget to the board of regents this week that includes staff layoffs, a tuition increase and a wage freeze for workers.
The University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis quite literally runs on lots and lots of steam. It's used for heating in the winter, and powers equipment that provides air conditioning in the summer. That steam is created at a power plant fired by coal and natural gas. But because of concerns over pollution, U of M officials say they're going to drastically reduce the amount of coal burned at the facility near downtown Minneapolis.