Minnesota Public Radio features by Alex Friedrich http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=30674 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:16:03 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Alex Friedrich http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Increased security greets arriving University of Minnesota students Students could also encounter rowdier Sundays when the Minnesota Vikings play at TCF Bank Stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/26/university-of-minnesota-security?refid=0 Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:44:24 -0500 Want to play a role in research? Look for the U at the fair Through the fair's 12 days, researchers from about a dozen departments will conduct 30 studies in an array of fields. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/22/research-at-the-fair?refid=0 Fri, 22 Aug 2014 04:00:00 -0500 U to invest in startup firms that use its research The new program will invest hundreds of thousands to help companies get a foothold. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/20/university-start-ups?refid=0 Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:37:22 -0500 Rybak, colleagues unveil plan to attack achievement gap Generation Next promises "many actions" and "no excuses." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/18/generation-next?refid=0 Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:46:22 -0500 Colleges cater to students' entrepreneurial ambitions Technology is behind many of today's student start-ups -- but being an entrepreneur can be more than making the next killer app. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/04/college-entrepreneurship?refid=0 Mon, 04 Aug 2014 10:30:00 -0500 Flood of applications jams admissions at some sought-after colleges Higher education officials say the number of applications is artificially high, and makes admission appear more competitive than it really is. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/17/flood-of-applications-jams-admissions-at-some-soughtafter-colleges?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:24:55 -0500 4-year colleges and universities spend more, graduate fewer students "Institutions in Minnesota, on average, are spending more than what we'd expect given the types of degrees that they produce, the disciplines of those degrees, the faculty attributes -- proportion of full-time / part-time faculty -- and the cost of living," a draft of the report says. http://blogs.mprnews.org/oncampus/2014/06/campuses-not-meeting-spending-grad-expectations/?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:00:20 -0500 Robberies surge at, around Univ. of Minnesota In the fall semester, the university community saw 26 robberies, including four on campus. Thats a 50 percent increase over the average autumn. http://blogs.mprnews.org/oncampus/2014/06/umn-crime-slows-after-fall-surge-summer-up/?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jun 2014 08:37:51 -0500 Officials say U hospital by mudslide is safe, but more rain brings worry Minneapolis building officials are keeping an eye on the University of Minnesota Medical Center complex after yesterday evening's West River Road mudslide. More rain could further erode the slide site, which sits just 10 feet from the hospital's steam plant http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/20/hospital-mudslide?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jun 2014 17:36:10 -0500 Union: Hamline adjunct faculty votes to unionize It marks the first time that adjunct faculty at a private Twin Cities-area university have agreed to unionize, SEIU said, adding that Hamline instructors will join local 284. http://blogs.mprnews.org/oncampus/2014/06/union-hamline-adjunct-faculty-votes-to-unionize/?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jun 2014 15:23:37 -0500 Homework but no home: Colleges struggle to help homeless students College can be a hard course for anyone, but it's doubly difficult for students who must grapple with school and find a place to sleep each night. An estimated 2,500 Minnesota college students are homeless. It's a group largely unnoticed and unaided on campuses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/17/homeless-minnesota-higher-ed?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jun 2014 18:45:25 -0500 Community colleges take on more students who need developmental classes The state Office of Higher Education tracked -- for two years -- high school students who graduated between 2006 and 2011. The percentage who took developmental classes hovered around 30 percent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/01/community-colleges-take-on-more-students-with-developmental-needs?refid=0 Sun, 01 Jun 2014 16:16:28 -0500 Dismayed by falling black graduate enrollment, U of M boosts recruitment efforts Since 2010, the number of blacks in the U of M's graduate and professional programs has dropped more than 15 percent to 428. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/30/black-graduate-students-university-of-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 30 May 2014 04:00:00 -0500 Stars, money align for new Twin Cities planetarium The new planetarium will fill a gap created more than a decade ago when the planetarium at the old Minneapolis Public Library was demolished, said Steve Birke the Bell's advisory board chairman. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/21/stars-money-align-for-new-twin-cities-planetarium?refid=0 Wed, 21 May 2014 17:48:56 -0500 University of Minnesota criticized for bloated adminstration spending The U of M is among five public universities whose administrative spending has most outpaced spending on students and faculty, concludes the Institute for Policy Studies. University officials call the report "extremely flawed" and "misleading." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/19/university-of-minnesota-administration-spending?refid=0 Mon, 19 May 2014 14:05:08 -0500 Tuition freeze for stage colleges, universities The system expects to hold student fee increases to less than 1 percent, and the average increase to room and board will be roughly 3 percent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/18/tuition-freeze-for-stage-colleges-universities?refid=0 Sun, 18 May 2014 13:08:07 -0500 Coach Kill setting up epilepsy training fund University of Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill and his wife are setting up a fund to pay for training on how to respond to epileptic seizures. http://blogs.mprnews.org/oncampus/2014/05/coach-kill-setting-up-epilepsy-training-fund/?refid=0 Thu, 15 May 2014 20:29:45 -0500 Franken: We need to refinance student loans U.S. Senator Al Franken is cosponsoring a bill that would enable borrowers to refinance old student loans. http://blogs.mprnews.org/oncampus/2014/05/franken-we-need-to-refinance-student-loans/?refid=0 Tue, 13 May 2014 17:50:08 -0500 Vigil to recall U drug trial patient's death; students demand thorough inquiry Thursday marks 10 years since the death of Dan Markingson, a 26-year old man suffering from schizophrenia who enrolled in a clinical test of an anti-psychotic drug. The U carried out the trials, which were funded by drug maker AstraZeneca. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/09/vigil-to-recall-u-drug-trial-patient-death?refid=0 Fri, 09 May 2014 06:45:14 -0500 'Massive Open Online Course' movement sputters as students underperform, drop out The free online courses that top-notch universities offer to the public were once hyped as an innovation that could threaten the higher education establishment. But now many in the industry are scaling back expectations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/04/moocs-not-living-up-to-the-hype-as-students-underperform-and-drop-out?refid=0 Sun, 04 May 2014 17:00:00 -0500 Klobuchar wants more money for campus sex-assault monitoring The Minnesota Democrat has joined 11 other Senators in requesting millions of dollars to fund additional personnel. http://blogs.mprnews.org/oncampus/2014/05/klobuchar-wants-more-money-for-sex-assault-monitoring/?refid=0 Fri, 02 May 2014 15:32:27 -0500 Report: Minnesota higher ed spending decline among nation's steepest The decline in state spending was the 10th steepest in the nation. All but three states spent less than they did before the recession. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/28/report-minnesota-higher-ed-spending-decline-among-steepest?refid=0 Mon, 28 Apr 2014 16:43:03 -0500 Adjunct faculty at Macalester, Hamline to hold unionization votes At a rally Thursday, representatives from Macalester and Hamline said adjunct professors are a major part of the campus teaching force, and want a voice at work. Several described working long hours at multiple campuses with no job security, low pay and often no benefits. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/24/adjunct-faculty-macalester-hamline-unionization-vote?refid=0 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:39:10 -0500 Legislative auditor to probe Mankato football coach's firing In early April, an arbitrator determined MSU Mankato had no grounds to fire Hoffner and said he should be reinstated. He recently returned to the head coaching job. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/23/mankato-football-coach-firing?refid=0 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:32:22 -0500 McCollum seeks to change to how feds rate financial health of colleges McCollum's efforts come after complaints by Bethel University and other schools that the federal formula that determines schools' health is deeply flawed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/20/mccollum-seeks-to-change-to-how-feds-rate-colleges-finances?refid=0 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:25 -0500 For MnSCU students, transferring can be a costly conundrum Too often, students say, they take classes at one campus only to find later that their new campus won't grant them the academic credit they expected -- forcing them to retake those classes at the new school. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/14/mnscu-credit-transfer?refid=0 Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:34:43 -0500 University: No tolerance for bad behavior after hockey championship University of Minnesota leaders are warning students they'll have no tolerance for bad behavior Saturday night after the Gopher men's hockey Frozen Four championship game against Union College. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/11/university-of-minnesota-gear-up-for-behavior-after-game?refid=0 Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:13:20 -0500 Minnesota needs more vocational students to build the future, leaders say Over the past two years, state officials have rolled out proposals to strengthen Minnesota's vocational-technical network and improve the school pipeline to the workplace. Their efforts represent what some education leaders call a fundamental shift in how government and business are approaching vocational education. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/02/minnesota-needs-more-votech-students-to-build-the-future-leaders-say?refid=0 Wed, 02 Apr 2014 13:02:44 -0500 Anoka-Hennepin teachers reach tentative contract deal with district The deal was reached after seven hours of talks on Monday night, the union said Tuesday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/01/education/anoka-hennepin-teacher-deal?refid=0 Tue, 01 Apr 2014 09:21:19 -0500 Northwestern player unionization could cause sweeping changes A federal decision to allow Northwestern University football players to unionize will have little immediate impact on major universities like the University of Minnesota, but it could portend big changes down the road. http://blogs.mprnews.org/oncampus/2014/03/unionization-of-college-athletes/?refid=0 Thu, 27 Mar 2014 17:40:03 -0500 Study abroad safety bill advances in Minn. Senate The measure would require schools to provide details on deaths, accidents and illnesses of students participating in sanctioned study-abroad programs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/21/education/senate-study-abroad-bill?refid=0 Fri, 21 Mar 2014 12:49:52 -0500 What colleges can tell high school students could change Backers of the bill say high schools can tell students they can save money by earning college credit in courses they take on nearby campuses. But they say many of the schools don't. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/16/what-colleges-can-tell-high-school-students-could-change?refid=0 Sun, 16 Mar 2014 14:20:33 -0500 Funeral held for 5 children who died in Mpls. house fire Several hundred friends, family, and community members gathered at a funeral Saturday to remember five children who died in a Minneapolis house fire on Feb. 14. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/01/funeral-held-for-5-children-who-died-in-mpls-house-fire?refid=0 Sat, 01 Mar 2014 18:38:27 -0600 Research booming at Minnesota's community colleges The surge is part of a national movement that faculty say is caused by more federal funding, more sophisticated faculty and a growing realization that students need hands-on science education earlier in college. http://blogs.mprnews.org/oncampus/2014/02/research-booming-at-states-community-colleges/?refid=0 Thu, 27 Feb 2014 15:16:04 -0600 Proposed University of Minnesota Duluth cuts laid out The University of Minnesota-Duluth will cut up to $1.1 million in programs and services this spring in an initial round of budget reductions to help close a deficit of about $9.4 million over five years. http://blogs.mprnews.org/oncampus/2014/02/proposed-university-of-minnesota-duluth-cuts-laid-out/?refid=0 Tue, 25 Feb 2014 18:46:43 -0600 Alcohol sales could continue at TCF Bank Stadium Alcohol sales at University of Minnesota stadiums could continue after a report came out showing the sales haven't caused an increase in police calls on game days. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/09/alcohol-sales-could-continue-at-tcf-bank-stadium?refid=0 Sun, 09 Feb 2014 09:45:30 -0600 College of St. Scholastica expanding into Arizona Scholastica's vice president for strategic initiatives, Don Wortham, says the Duluth-based school has opened its first out-of-state site at a higher-education center in a suburb of Phoenix. http://blogs.mprnews.org/oncampus/2014/02/college-of-st-scholastica-expanding-into-arizona/?refid=0 Sat, 08 Feb 2014 15:16:43 -0600 University of Minnesota tightening access to some West Bank buildings The move, a pilot project that started today, comes after a last semester's spike in robberies -- one of which occurred in the Carlson School of Management. http://blogs.mprnews.org/oncampus/2014/02/university-of-minnesota-tightening-access-to-some-west-bank-buildings/?refid=0 Mon, 03 Feb 2014 17:49:25 -0600 U of M to keep race in alerts, pledges cooperation with black community Last month after a spike in robberies -- which involved suspects described as black -- several African-American campus organizations asked the U to stop including references to race in the alerts. http://blogs.mprnews.org/oncampus/2014/01/u-of-m-to-keep-race-in-campus-alerts-pledges-cooperation-with-black-community/?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jan 2014 16:03:43 -0600 Metro State not big enough to handle demand for four-year degrees MnSCU will need to produce a total of 50,000 bachelor's graduates in the metro area by 2025 to keep up with projected job growth. Many of the new students will be those who are not accepted to private colleges or the University of Minnesota or can't afford them. http://blogs.mprnews.org/oncampus/2014/01/mnscu-metro-state-grapple-with-demand-for-four-year-degrees/?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jan 2014 16:53:36 -0600 Minn. crime study ends after theft of victim data The theft of research data from a prominent University of Minnesota law professor has put almost 300 people at risk of identity theft, university officials said today. http://blogs.mprnews.org/oncampus/2014/01/u-law-prof-calls-data-theft-a-disaster-but-doubts-data-is-being-used/?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jan 2014 11:39:38 -0600 U of M medical officials warn of coming residency crunch Stagnant federal and state funding has limited the number of residency positions where they can train. Unless the number of residencies increases Minnesota will be short a projected 2,000 physicians a decade from now, according to U of M med school officials. http://blogs.mprnews.org/oncampus/2014/01/u-of-m-medical-officials-warn-of-coming-residency-crunch/?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jan 2014 17:58:19 -0600 Police: More robberies near U of M, more arrests made Police have charged two men in a case that was one of 25 robberies that rattled students during the fall semester. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/03/robberies-two-charged?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jan 2014 19:30:31 -0600 University of Minnesota to offer gender-neutral housing The University of Minnesota's Twin Cities campus will join a growing number of schools around the country in offering this accommodation -- including a couple of sister campuses in the U of M system. http://blogs.mprnews.org/oncampus/2013/12/university-of-minnesota-wants-to-offer-students-gender-neutral-housing/?refid=0 Fri, 27 Dec 2013 15:06:48 -0600 UMD preps for first round of $12M budget cuts University of Minnesota - Duluth officials say they're preparing an initial round of budget cuts for the campus. http://blogs.mprnews.org/oncampus/2013/12/university-of-minnesota-duluth-eyes-4-million-in-first-round-of-cuts/?refid=0 Thu, 26 Dec 2013 07:25:17 -0600 Minnesota college enrollment back to pre-recession level Enrollment at many Minnesota colleges and universities continues to drop as the wave of students seeking education during the recession has ebbed. http://blogs.mprnews.org/oncampus/2013/12/overall-minnesota-college-enrollment-back-to-pre-recession-level/?refid=0 Tue, 17 Dec 2013 17:27:18 -0600 U of M Pres. Kaler agrees to review of clinical research practices University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler says he will form an outside panel to review how human subjects in clinical trials are treated. His announcement followed a faculty resolution requesting a review of practices. http://blogs.mprnews.org/oncampus/2013/12/umn-president-kaler-agrees-to-outside-review-of-clinical-trials/?refid=0 Thu, 05 Dec 2013 19:33:32 -0600 MSU-Moorhead announces proposed budget cuts I've been told that faculty and administration have just finished meeting over cuts proposed for the campus to solve a $5 million budget deficit. http://blogs.mprnews.org/oncampus/2013/12/msu-moorhead-announces-proposed-budget-cuts/?refid=0 Thu, 05 Dec 2013 11:35:25 -0600 MCTC instructor appeals reprimand over handling of race in the classroom "I wish that the administration had gotten the chief diversity officer, the students [and] the faculty member in the same room so they could have talked about the situation rather than making it into a legalistic moment -- make it into a learning moment," faculty union president Barbara Hager said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/29/mctc-instructor-appeals-reprimand-over-handling-of-race-in-the-classroom?refid=0 Fri, 29 Nov 2013 08:32:58 -0600 Petition calls for more police on U campus Two University of Minnesota students have launched an online petition calling for a greater police presence on campus. http://blogs.mprnews.org/oncampus/2013/11/u-of-m-student-petition-calls-for-more-police-muscle-on-campus/?refid=0 Tue, 26 Nov 2013 13:17:36 -0600 Students wary after man who posed as cop sexually assaults student University of Minnesota students say they're unnerved by a recent rash of crimes, and in particular, a sexual assault in which the man appears to have posed as a uniformed officer. http://blogs.mprnews.org/oncampus/2013/11/students-growing-wary-after-man-poses-as-cop-sexually-assaults-student/?refid=0 Mon, 25 Nov 2013 20:15:51 -0600 MnSCU wants dramatic increase in campus cooperation, consistency Minnesota State Colleges and Universities trustees have approved potentially sweeping changes to how their colleges and universities do business. http://blogs.mprnews.org/oncampus/2013/11/mnscu-wants-dramatic-increase-in-campus-cooperation-consistency/?refid=0 Wed, 20 Nov 2013 17:20:42 -0600 Bethel U continues financial dispute, tells feds this year was healthy, too Bethel University will send the Department of Education the results of its FY 2013 audit this week, which campus officials say shows the university is financially healthy. http://blogs.mprnews.org/oncampus/2013/11/bethel-u-continues-financial-dispute-tells-feds-this-year-was-healthy-too/?refid=0 Mon, 18 Nov 2013 15:04:21 -0600 New dean could recharge medical school, says U of M president University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler said he's hoping newly named medical school Dean Brooks Jackson can revitalize the school, boosting morale while fueling more medical research. http://blogs.mprnews.org/oncampus/2013/11/u-of-m-president-says-new-dean-could-recharge-the-medical-school/?refid=0 Thu, 14 Nov 2013 18:18:02 -0600 In spite of attempted robbery, U crime still low Monday's attempted daylight robbery of a University of Minnesota student follows a rash of robberies that could make crime a bigger concern this fall on campus than in past semesters. http://blogs.mprnews.org/oncampus/2013/11/how-safe-is-the-university-of-minnesota-in-light-of-mondays-attempted-robbery/?refid=0 Wed, 13 Nov 2013 14:23:33 -0600 Graduate school enrollment on the decline at the University of Minnesota The state's research powerhouse has seen overall enrollment by slide by 9 percent over the past five years, eroded by a poor economy and unstable government financing. http://blogs.mprnews.org/oncampus/2013/11/graduate-school-enrollment-on-the-decline-at-the-university-of-minnesota/?refid=0 Tue, 12 Nov 2013 09:02:53 -0600 U of M campus search over after attempted robbery Officials at the University of Minnesota say there is no further need for people to take shelter on the West Bank of the Minneapolis Campus. http://blogs.mprnews.org/oncampus/2013/11/attempted-armed-robbery-of-student-in-u-of-ms-anderson-hall/?refid=0 Mon, 11 Nov 2013 15:36:54 -0600 How international is Minn. in higher ed? Study abroad has hit record levels -- both among foreign students coming to the United States and Yanks studying abroad. So how does Minnesota stack up this year? http://blogs.mprnews.org/oncampus/2013/11/how-international-is-minnesota-in-higher-education/?refid=0 Mon, 11 Nov 2013 14:04:20 -0600 Why Gustavus Adolphus College stinks Gustavus' six-foot corpse flower is getting ready to bloom. http://blogs.mprnews.org/oncampus/2013/10/why-gustavus-adolphus-college-stinks/?refid=0 Thu, 31 Oct 2013 10:24:22 -0500 Minnesota colleges brace for potential application snafus Some Minnesota private colleges are waiting nervously to see whether the association behind The Common Application works out a range of glitches in time for this fall's early-decision application deadlines. http://blogs.mprnews.org/oncampus/2013/10/minnesota-colleges-brace-for-potential-application-snafus/?refid=0 Wed, 16 Oct 2013 15:31:18 -0500 Minnesota student loan default rates on the rise More Minnesotans are defaulting on their student loans within three years after leaving school -- but we're still doing better than much of the nation. http://blogs.mprnews.org/oncampus/2013/10/minnesota-student-loan-default-rates-on-the-rise/?refid=0 Fri, 04 Oct 2013 16:07:38 -0500 Union workers rally against U of M health care changes Union clerical workers at the University of Minnesota rallied on Northrop Plaza today to protest proposed rate increases to their employee health care plans. http://blogs.mprnews.org/oncampus/2013/09/union-workers-rally-against-health-care-changes-at-the-u/?refid=0 Thu, 26 Sep 2013 16:23:23 -0500 Two Minn. lawmakers want better reporting of study abroad dangers A Minnesota foundation for study-abroad safety estimates more than 400 American students have died on study abroad over the past 15 years. Hundreds more have contacted the Mound-based ClearCauseFoundation after students experienced injuries and sexual assaults, negligent chaperones, and unsafe transportation and housing conditions. Now two Minnesota lawmakers want to draft legislation that would make programs safer by shedding light on the dangers involved. http://blogs.mprnews.org/oncampus/2013/09/two-mn-lawmakers-want-better-reporting-of-study-abroad-dangers/?refid=0 Wed, 25 Sep 2013 13:46:09 -0500 St. Cloud State building 24-hour all-Huskies sports channel St. Cloud State University plans to spend $4.8 million to create a 24-hour high-definition sports channel. http://blogs.mprnews.org/oncampus/2013/09/st-cloud-state-building-rare-24-hour-all-huskies-sports-channel/?refid=0 Tue, 24 Sep 2013 12:42:32 -0500 UMN coach Jerry Kill: I've talked about my epilepsy enough already Kill said the press conference -- his first since he experienced a seizure during Saturday's game -- was going to be about the team, its performance Saturday and its upcoming game against San Jose State. http://blogs.mprnews.org/oncampus/2013/09/umn-coach-jerry-kill-ive-talked-about-my-epilepsy-enough-already/?refid=0 Tue, 17 Sep 2013 14:09:29 -0500 Do Jerry Kill's sideline seizures present dilemma for University of Minnesota? University of Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill was scheduled to be back at work Monday after suffering an epileptic seizure. He returns with the full backing of Athletic Director Norwood Teague. But the seizure has raised some questions about whether Kill is physically up to the job. http://blogs.mprnews.org/oncampus/2013/09/do-kills-sideline-seizures-present-the-university-of-minnesota-with-a-dilemma/?refid=0 Mon, 16 Sep 2013 18:21:35 -0500 What's pushing Minnesota's drive for more foreign students? A group of Minnesota schools and colleges on Tuesday announced a collaboration to lure more foreign students to the state. http://blogs.mprnews.org/oncampus/2013/09/whats-pushing-minnesotas-drive-for-more-foreign-students/?refid=0 Wed, 11 Sep 2013 18:08:06 -0500 University regents to review 5-year cost-cutting plan University of Minnesota regents will review a plan next week to cut administrative costs over the next five years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/08/education/universitycost-cutting-plan-regents?refid=0 Sun, 08 Sep 2013 17:01:10 -0500 Now these are some real student athletes Incoming Ball State freshman Markus Burden won free tuition for a semester -- worth about $11,000 -- by making a half-court shot. http://blogs.mprnews.org/oncampus/2013/08/now-these-are-some-real-student-athletes/?refid=0 Tue, 27 Aug 2013 08:55:33 -0500 Globe/MSB ordered to pay fired dean in whistleblower suit Globe University / Minnesota School of Business unjustly fired a former dean when she exposed misleading and unethical practices in the company, a Washington County jury decided this morning. http://blogs.mprnews.org/oncampus/2013/08/globemsb-ordered-to-pay-fired-dean-in-whistleblower-suit/?refid=0 Thu, 15 Aug 2013 10:30:12 -0500 Second guessing eroded Globe U's trust in dean, exec says Minnesota School of Business whistleblower Heidi Weber lost the trust of her colleagues with "whiny" emails that seemed to second guess the school's strategy, a school executive testified today. http://blogs.mprnews.org/oncampus/2013/08/second-guessing-eroded-globe-us-trust-in-dean-exec-says/?refid=0 Mon, 12 Aug 2013 16:45:20 -0500 Fired medical-assistant dean recounts her time at Globe-MSB Former Globe University / Minnesota School of Business dean Heidi Weber continued her testimony Wednesday in her whistleblower suit against the school. http://blogs.mprnews.org/oncampus/2013/08/fired-medical-assistant-dean-recounts-her-time-at-globe/?refid=0 Wed, 07 Aug 2013 20:37:26 -0500 Tonight, at the U: 'Physics Slam on Ice' Tonight, six scientists from around the U.S. will compete at the University of Minnesota's to see who can explain the latest physics research without inducing a catatonic state. http://blogs.mprnews.org/oncampus/2013/08/smack-talking-physicists-will-throw-down-tonight-at-the-u/?refid=0 Fri, 02 Aug 2013 13:17:03 -0500 Seven potential pitfalls for high-school students taking college classes Students who take college classes while in still in high school often suffer from misconceptions that could hamper attempts to shave time off their college degrees, Minnesota education officials say. http://blogs.mprnews.org/oncampus/2013/07/seven-potential-pitfalls-for-high-school-students-taking-college-classes/?refid=0 Wed, 31 Jul 2013 11:12:47 -0500 Business schools aim for diversity Increased diversity is a growing topic in business schools, says Bill Woodson, assistant dean of the University of St. Thomas' Opus College of Business. http://blogs.mprnews.org/oncampus/2013/07/why-a-lot-of-business-schools-are-talking-diversity-now/?refid=0 Mon, 29 Jul 2013 17:05:42 -0500 Normandale president retiring next year Joe Opatz, Ph.D., who is currently serving in his sixth year as the president of Normandale Community College, has announced his intention to retire. http://blogs.mprnews.org/oncampus/2013/07/normandale-president-retiring-next-year/?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jul 2013 11:32:08 -0500 UMN athletic director: Sports facilities plan smart, not extravagant University of Minnesota Athletic Director says his $190 million sports construction plan is smart, and not extravagant. http://blogs.mprnews.org/oncampus/2013/07/umn-athletic-director-weve-carved-out-space-it-wont-be-extravagant/?refid=0 Mon, 15 Jul 2013 17:08:53 -0500 How Gopher athletes are performing academically University of Minnesota athletes' classroom performance is better than ever, Athletic Director Norwood Teague told the regents. http://blogs.mprnews.org/oncampus/2013/07/how-gopher-athletes-have-been-doing-in-school/?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jul 2013 18:09:35 -0500 UMN athletic director proposes ambitious sports facilities plan University of Minnesota Athletic Director Norwood Teague has released a $190 million sports facilities plan he says will "change the future of Gopher athletics." http://blogs.mprnews.org/oncampus/2013/07/umn-athletic-director-proposes-ambitious-sports-facilities-plan/?refid=0 Wed, 10 Jul 2013 18:00:14 -0500 UMN, MnSCU, private college debt compared 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. http://blogs.mprnews.org/oncampus/2013/07/are-debt-levels-among-mnscu-umn-and-private-college-students-about-the-same/?refid=0 Wed, 10 Jul 2013 10:39:35 -0500 Report: University of Minnesota administrative efficiency ranks middle of pack 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. http://blogs.mprnews.org/oncampus/2013/06/the-huron-report-on-administrative-efficiency-at-the-university-of-minnesota/?refid=0 Fri, 14 Jun 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Why Minnesota's use of open textbooks may increase 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. http://blogs.mprnews.org/oncampus/2013/06/why-minnesotas-use-of-open-textbooks-may-increase/?refid=0 Wed, 12 Jun 2013 15:43:07 -0500 Six highlights from college commencement season 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. http://blogs.mprnews.org/oncampus/2013/06/6-highlights-of-from-this-years-college-commencement-season/?refid=0 Tue, 11 Jun 2013 06:24:34 -0500 U's Rochester campus has first graduation 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/18/education/university-of-minnesota-rochester-graduates?refid=0 Sat, 18 May 2013 10:02:28 -0500 Founding class of UMN-Rochester students set to graduate 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. http://blogs.mprnews.org/oncampus/2013/05/founding-class-of-umn-rochester-students-set-to-graduate/?refid=0 Thu, 16 May 2013 15:27:06 -0500 Report: For-profit college grads perform as well as public university peers 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/03/education/report-for-profit-college-grads?refid=0 Fri, 03 May 2013 19:08:59 -0500 Senate backs Minn. tuition for immigrants' kids 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/01/senate-dream-act?refid=0 Wed, 01 May 2013 15:34:44 -0500 House passes tuition control higher-ed bill The Minnesota House passed a higher education bill that drew bipartisan praise for its tough-minded approach to tuition and administrative spending. http://oncampus.mpr.org/2013/04/higher-ed-bill-passes-house-gets-bipartisan-praise-for-toughness-tuition-control/?refid=0 Thu, 25 Apr 2013 15:54:55 -0500 MnSCU eliminates bonuses for executives Trustees at the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system have eliminated the executive bonuses that have upset unions and lawmakers in past years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/20/education/mnscu-eliminates-executive-bonuses?refid=0 Sat, 20 Apr 2013 11:03:05 -0500 Proposed State Grant increase concerns MnSCU students 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. http://oncampus.mpr.org/2013/04/mnscu-students-concerned-over-a-proposed-state-grant-increase/?refid=0 Thu, 18 Apr 2013 18:00:00 -0500 A brief look at the Senate higher-education omnibus bill The state Senate has passed a higher-education bill that increases funding by $263 million. http://oncampus.mpr.org/2013/04/bare-bones-of-the-senate-higher-education-omnibus-bill/?refid=0 Wed, 17 Apr 2013 20:08:57 -0500 U general counsel leaving for Johns Hopkins University of Minnesota General Counsel Mark Rotenberg is leaving the U for a similar position at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MinnPost reports. http://oncampus.mpr.org/2013/04/umn-general-counsel-rotenberg-leaving-for-johns-hopkins/?refid=0 Mon, 08 Apr 2013 13:18:43 -0500 Alan Page unveiling children's book at his foundation's gala 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/06/education/alan-page-releases-childrens-book-at-foundation-gala-?refid=0 Sat, 06 Apr 2013 09:55:13 -0500 What new UMN basketball coach Richard Pitino told reporters today 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. http://oncampus.mpr.org/2013/04/what-new-umn-basketball-coach-richard-pitino-told-reporters-today/?refid=0 Fri, 05 Apr 2013 14:13:44 -0500 Key DFLer: Tubby's buyout was 'obscene' The House Higher Education Committee chairman is calling the $2.5 million contract buyout for fired University of Minnesota basketball coach Tubby Smith "obscene." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/26/politics/tubby-smith-buyout-obscene-dfler-says?refid=0 Tue, 26 Mar 2013 16:39:55 -0500 Dayton wants to alter titles of 2 in Cabinet Gov. Mark Dayton is moving to change the titles of two state agency heads from director to commissioner. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/17/politics/dayton-changing-titles-of-cabinet?refid=0 Sun, 17 Mar 2013 09:30:25 -0500 Legislation would provide amnesty to underage drinkers in emergencies 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/14/politics/amnesty-underage-drinkers?refid=0 Thu, 14 Mar 2013 16:07:05 -0500 Officials pleased by report on U of M administrative efficiency 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/08/education/officials-pleased-administrative-efficiency?refid=0 Fri, 08 Mar 2013 18:14:42 -0600 4 named to U of M Board of Regents 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/07/education/university-of-minnesota-regents-named?refid=0 Thu, 07 Mar 2013 12:23:23 -0600 Kaler plans overhaul of U grad programs 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." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/03/education/kaler-grad-school-reorganization?refid=0 Sun, 03 Mar 2013 10:42:32 -0600 Pres. Kaler: U of M needs 'bold ideas' that fit 'Minnesota way' 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." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/28/education/president-kaler-university?refid=0 Thu, 28 Feb 2013 19:44:20 -0600 Bill would ease college financial challenges for students illegally in Minnesota 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/26/education/bill-college-financial-challenges-illegal-immigrants?refid=0 Tue, 26 Feb 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Free online courses to be offered at University of Minnesota 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/21/education/mooc-online-course-university-of-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 21 Feb 2013 11:25:00 -0600 Law regulating free online classes should go, legislator says A state senator has proposed allowing colleges to offer large not-for-credit online classes in Minnesota if they remain free of charge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/19/education/mooc-law-regulating-free-online-courses?refid=0 Tue, 19 Feb 2013 16:29:26 -0600 St. Thomas' female president reflects trends in Catholic education 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/14/education/st-thomas-president-julie-sullivan?refid=0 Thu, 14 Feb 2013 17:34:45 -0600 U of Minn to offer 'massive' online classes The University of Minnesota will soon try its hand at offering Massive Open Online Courses for the public. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/08/education/university-of-minnesota-offers-more-online-classes?refid=0 Fri, 08 Feb 2013 14:03:51 -0600 U of M seeks state funding; lawmakers want admin. spending answers 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/07/education/university-administrative-spending?refid=0 Thu, 07 Feb 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Part-time students say grant formula penalizes employment "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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/01/education/part-time-students-grant-formula-penalizes-employment?refid=0 Fri, 01 Feb 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Pres. Kaler responds to criticism of hiring at U of M 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/15/education/university-hiring-kaler-responds?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jan 2013 21:49:01 -0600 For-profit college Rasmussen cuts tuition amid industry-wide enrollment declines 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/15/education/rasmussen-tuition-cut?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jan 2013 14:56:51 -0600 MnSCU, faculty reach contract agreement Faculty union reps for Minnesota's seven state universities have reached a tentative contract agreement with MnSCU officials. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/14/education/mnscu-faculty-contract-agreement?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jan 2013 19:58:06 -0600 TCF Bank notifies Iranian students of account closures 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/08/education/tcf-bank-iranian-student-account-closure?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jan 2013 15:33:34 -0600 Minn. public colleges must work for funding boost from DFL 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/31/univ-of-minnesota-funding-in-new-legislative-session?refid=0 Mon, 31 Dec 2012 15:40:08 -0600 Pogemiller: More data for the college-bound State education leaders want to make sure high school students know before they graduate whether they are fully prepared for college. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/26/education/college-prep-pogemiller?refid=0 Wed, 26 Dec 2012 12:28:25 -0600 Donations to private Minn. colleges rebounding Donations to private Minnesota colleges have rebounded from the recession, according to the organization that represents many of them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/24/education/donations-to-private-minn-colleges-rebounding?refid=0 Mon, 24 Dec 2012 14:37:14 -0600 MnSCU aims to link programs to job skill needs 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/15/education/mnscu-job-skills-budget-request?refid=0 Thu, 15 Nov 2012 17:31:11 -0600 Obama wins Minnesota President Barack Obama won Minnesota and its 10 electoral votes on his way to re-election to a second term. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/06/politics/obama-wins-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 06 Nov 2012 22:06:36 -0600 Klobuchar easily wins second term 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/06/politics/senate-klobuchar-bills?refid=0 Tue, 06 Nov 2012 20:54:11 -0600 Nolan defeats Cravaack in 8th District Former U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan, a Democrat, has defeated Republican U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack in the 8th District race. Cravaack conceded the race a short time ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/06/politics/8thdistrict-cravaack-nolan?refid=0 Tue, 06 Nov 2012 20:35:22 -0600 As colleges improve online course offerings, students are greatly receptive Online education isn't new. But it could soon begin to replace the traditional classroom setting for many. A 20-year-old law that requires state regulation of the courses, even though they're free and carry no credit, could come under review from legislators. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/29/education/college-online-courses?refid=0 Mon, 29 Oct 2012 17:26:12 -0500 Police report details teacher-student relationship at Shattuck-St. Mary's A Shattuck-St. Mary's dorm director who killed himself in 2008 had sexual contact for two years with a female foreign student while he and his wife were having marital problems, according to public safety documents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/12/police_report_details_shattuck_st_mary_incident?refid=0 Fri, 12 Oct 2012 11:19:47 -0500 What disciplines are worth saving? College students answer 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? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/10/education/college-discipline-liferaft-debate?refid=0 Wed, 10 Oct 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Political differences impede regulation of for-profit schools 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/11/education/help-report-for-proft-college?refid=0 Mon, 10 Sep 2012 20:07:44 -0500 For-profit Globe University's recruitment, revenue tactics questioned 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/10/education/globe-university-minnesota-school-of-business?refid=0 Mon, 10 Sep 2012 12:44:33 -0500 More students taking out loans Borrowing by Minnesota students is outstripping tuition increases. More students took out loans, and they borrowed more money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/21/education/student-loans?refid=0 Tue, 21 Aug 2012 15:31:14 -0500 Gov. Dayton wants to strengthen law on bullying Gov. Mark Dayton said today he wants to strengthen Minnesota's law on bullying. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/15/education/bullying-task-force-report?refid=0 Wed, 15 Aug 2012 21:35:10 -0500 University regents approve alcohol sales at TCF Bank Stadium 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/11/education/tcf-stadium-alcohol-concession?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jul 2012 18:00:46 -0500 State reduces interest rate on SELF loan The interest rate has been reduced for the the state's SELF loans for students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/06/education/self-loan-interest?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jul 2012 18:08:00 -0500 Title IX built generation of better athletes 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/22/social-issue/title-ix-anniversary?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jun 2012 19:40:15 -0500 What it costs for the U of M to educate a student The University of Minnesota is taking its first full look at what it costs to educate a student. http://oncampus.mpr.org/2012/06/what-it-costs-for-umn-to-educate-a-student/?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jun 2012 11:07:06 -0500 U of M evaluates college costs The University of Minnesota is taking its first full look at what it costs to educate the average undergraduate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/07/education/university-costs?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jun 2012 19:34:35 -0500 State dismisses union lawsuit claiming university interference The state has dismissed a claim by some University of Minnesota graduate assistants that the university interfered with their attempts at unionization. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/06/university-unionization-lawsuit?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jun 2012 07:20:03 -0500 New U program to help prep kids for college The University of Minnesota is announcing a statewide program Monday to get more students focused on obtaining a college education. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/04/university-of-minnesota-ramp-up-college-prep-program?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jun 2012 09:45:52 -0500 U panel wants more admin pay rules A University of Minnesota Regents committee wants the university to discontinue special transitional leaves for administrators. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/25/education/university-of-minnesota-regents-admin-pay-rules?refid=0 Fri, 25 May 2012 14:22:43 -0500 State's program a better measurement of Minn. schools, education official says Minnesota schools have a new way to measure performance, replacing the controversial No Child Left Behind accountability system with the state's own. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/22/school-performance-measurement?refid=0 Tue, 22 May 2012 06:00:00 -0500 MnSCU students face 3.9 percent tuition hike Students who attend Minnesota's state colleges and universities could face an average tuition increase of 3.9 percent this next academic year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/15/mnscu-tuition-hike?refid=0 Tue, 15 May 2012 18:21:19 -0500 MnSCU surveys employers about needed job skills Employers across the country are saying too many American workers don't have the right skills to fill open positions. In Minnesota, the State Colleges and Universities system is surveying employers in the region to find out what skills they're not seeing in recent graduates and older workers -- and what else employers need from higher education. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/30/mnscu-surveys-employers-about-needed-job-skills?refid=0 Mon, 30 Apr 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Former deans file whistleblower lawsuits against Globe University Two former deans have filed lawsuits against the Woodbury-based Minnesota School of Business - Globe University alleging that they were fired for complaining about violations of multiple accreditation standards at the for-profit college. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/27/globe-university-dean-whistleblower-lawsuit?refid=0 Fri, 27 Apr 2012 04:00:00 -0500 U of M regents to review compensation policy today A panel of University of Minnesota regents is meeting Thursday to review the University of Minnesota's compensation policy for top administrators. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/26/daily-circuit-uofm-compensation?refid=0 Thu, 26 Apr 2012 08:46:59 -0500 Norwood Teague steps up to Big Ten field as U of M athletic director Newly-named University of Minnesota Athletic Director Norwood Teague has a record as an aggressive fund-raiser with an eye for talent and an appreciation for academics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/24/norwood-teague?refid=0 Tue, 24 Apr 2012 06:50:00 -0500 Two injured in collision with school bus Plymouth police say two people were injured this morning when a school bus serving Robbinsdale and Wayzata schools collided with a car at an intersection. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/20/two-injured-in-collision-with-school-bus?refid=0 Fri, 20 Apr 2012 15:50:58 -0500 TCF Bank stadium may soon see beer sales A measure that could satisfy some fans' thirst for beer at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium is halfway to Gov. Mark Dayton. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/20/tcf-stadium-alcohol-sales?refid=0 Fri, 20 Apr 2012 13:29:44 -0500 Minn. Appeals Court upholds $30M Wells Fargo fraud ruling The Minnesota Appeals Court has upheld a $30 million fraud ruling against Wells Fargo. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/18/wells-farg-fraud-ruling?refid=0 Wed, 18 Apr 2012 14:23:22 -0500 Police out in force to catch distracted drivers Minnesota State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske says officers will look for all forms of distraction. That includes cell-phone use -- especially texting, the checking of e-mail or use of the Web. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/18/distracted-driving?refid=0 Wed, 18 Apr 2012 10:28:05 -0500 University agriculture school grows in new areas Demographics at the University of Minnesota's agriculture school are changing. A different breed of student is filling the classroom. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/17/university-agriculture-student?refid=0 Tue, 17 Apr 2012 15:48:50 -0500 Historical Society items on auction in NYC The items come from the donated collection of the late Minnesota businessman Allyn K. Ford. Most are letters and documents related to the Revolutionary War period. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/17/minnesota-historical-society-auction?refid=0 Tue, 17 Apr 2012 08:37:57 -0500 Man caught before jumping onto I-94 Police and firefighters called upon a half-dozen semi drivers Monday morning to help save a man from jumping off a bridge onto Interstate 94 near downtown Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/16/man-caught-before-jumping-onto-i94?refid=0 Mon, 16 Apr 2012 14:46:14 -0500 Mayo researchers traveling to Mt. Everest A team of Mayo Clinic physiologists is traveling to Mount Everest Monday to monitor a group of climbers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/16/mayo-researchers-traveling-to-mount-everest?refid=0 Mon, 16 Apr 2012 13:13:47 -0500 Bullying task force reviewing student data The Governor's Task Force on the Prevention of School Bullying is holding its second meeting Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/16/bullying-task-force-meets-today?refid=0 Mon, 16 Apr 2012 13:05:44 -0500 Snow up north, twisters down south: Severe Weather Awareness Week begins State officials are urging families to make sure they have a plan if severe weather happens. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/16/severe-weather-awareness?refid=0 Mon, 16 Apr 2012 07:00:14 -0500 UMN graduate-assistant union group accuses U of unfair election practices The University of Minnesota administration and the group trying to form a graduate-assistant union each claim the other acted unfairly during the unionization campaign. Now unionization supporters are claiming that the U has been trying to silence talk of a union on campus and have filed a charge of unfair election practices. http://oncampus.mpr.org/2012/04/umn-graduate-assistant-union-group-accuses-u-of-unfair-election-practices/?refid=0 Thu, 12 Apr 2012 00:01:00 -0500 Boost aid for students to afford college, say Dayton, Franken Gov. Mark Dayton and U.S. Sen. Al Franken said today that the federal government should boost financial aid for college students to make college more affordable. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/09/boost-college-student-aid?refid=0 Mon, 09 Apr 2012 16:38:28 -0500 Tom Devine chosen as regent to replace Steve Sviggum A Tom Devine will replace former legislator Steve Sviggum as University of Minnesota regent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/04/tome-devine-regent?refid=0 Wed, 04 Apr 2012 21:43:45 -0500 Panel fails to recommend new U regent A joint legislative committee on higher education has failed to recommend a candidate to replace former University of Minnesota regent Steve Sviggum. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/04/panel-fails-to-recommend-new-university-of-minnesota-regent?refid=0 Wed, 04 Apr 2012 07:25:00 -0500 U of M to further consider year-round schedule Transitioning to a year-round academic calendar could add millions of dollars to the University of Minnesota's bottom line. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/03/university-year-round-calendar?refid=0 Tue, 03 Apr 2012 15:45:10 -0500 Three candidates to replace Steve Sviggum as UMN regent Three people are expected to be nominated tomorrow evening at the Minnesota joint House-Senate hearing to recommend a replacement for former regent Steve Sviggum. http://oncampus.mpr.org/2012/04/three-candidates-to-replace-steve-sviggum-as-umn-regent/?refid=0 Mon, 02 Apr 2012 19:26:24 -0500 U of M grad workers vote down unionization Results released Monday show University of Minnesota graduate assistants have voted down an attempt to unionize over pay and working conditions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/26/u-of-m-grad-workers-vote-down-unionization?refid=0 Mon, 26 Mar 2012 14:16:59 -0500 University of Minnesota graduate assistants finishing unionization vote University of Minnesota graduate assistants are wrapping up week-long voting on whether to unionize. The students cast their votes today. The results could come as soon as Monday. http://oncampus.mpr.org/2012/03/grad-assistant-union/#more-23030?refid=0 Fri, 23 Mar 2012 17:19:43 -0500 Some legislators wants to extend college credit to high school underclassmen Some state senators want to add high school sophomores to the list of students who can attend vocational and technical courses at local colleges. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/20/college-credit-highschoolers?refid=0 Mon, 19 Mar 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Legislators, students weigh costs of college maintenance, construction During tough economic times, spending limited money on building and modernizing facilities or repairing to maintain current facilities is an opportunity cost that is being weighed by students, college officials and state lawmakers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/14/college-repair-modernize-building?refid=0 Wed, 14 Mar 2012 04:00:00 -0500 U ex-president Bruininks moved $350K to his new post State lawmakers are raising questions about former University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks' handling of university funding in two separate instances. Earlier this week, legislators looked into payouts that Bruininks made to departing senior officials at the U. Now his ties to a program he funded while president have raised more questions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/08/kaler-bruininks-university-of-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 08 Mar 2012 20:37:44 -0600 U of M president will review compensation policy for top administrators University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler says he may toughen the handling of sabbaticals and compensation for outgoing top administrators. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/06/kaler-university-paid-leave?refid=0 Tue, 06 Mar 2012 19:25:12 -0600 Sviggum denies conflict of interest with U of M Regents A committee of the University of Minnesota's governing board says that Regent Steve Sviggum should resign one of his two positions because of a conflict of interest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/02/sviggum-conflict?refid=0 Fri, 02 Mar 2012 12:45:21 -0600 U of M Pres. Kaler wants to move to three-semester academic year The president of the University of Minnesota wants to move to a year-round academic schedule. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/01/kaler-university-three-semester-academic-year?refid=0 Thu, 01 Mar 2012 21:03:16 -0600 Legal opinions: Sviggum has conflict as regent, GOP spokesman Two legal opinions released by the University of Minnesota Wednesday conclude that regent Steve Sviggum faces a conflict of interest if he continues to hold both his regent's position and his staff job with the state Senate GOP caucus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/29/steve-sviggum-conflict-legal-opinions?refid=0 Wed, 29 Feb 2012 13:54:02 -0600 Great challenges await U of M's next athletic director A big job awaits the successor of Joel Maturi, retiring athletic director of the University of Minnesota. He - or she - faces a department running an annual deficit of up to $3 million, elusive championships, and numerous competing demands. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/15/great-challenges-athletic-director?refid=0 Wed, 15 Feb 2012 04:00:00 -0600 U of M Regents chairwoman orders legal opinions on Sviggum case University of Minnesota Board of Regents Chairwoman Linda Cohen announced that she has asked for two legal opinions to advise whether regent Steve Sviggum has a potential conflict of interest with his GOP staff job. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/10/sviggum-conflict-of-interest-opinions-ordered?refid=0 Fri, 10 Feb 2012 12:20:10 -0600 Educators say aging facilities impede research, ask state for building upgrades College educators told legislators their labs are so old they're holding back research. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/02/university-building-upgrade?refid=0 Thu, 02 Feb 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Kaler: TCF Bank stadium 'quite adequate' for Vikings The Vikings could use the stadium for up to three years if the team decides to renovate and continue using the Metrodome in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/27/kaler-tcf-bank-stadium-vikings?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jan 2012 13:44:54 -0600 U of M graduate students try to unionize A group of graduate students are trying again to unionize at the University of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/16/graduate-students-union?refid=0 Fri, 16 Dec 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Average student loan debt on the rise for Minnesota graduates Minnesota students graduated last year averaging $29,000 in loan debt, about $1,500 more than the previous year, shows a national report released Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/03/student-loan-debt-rise?refid=0 Thu, 03 Nov 2011 15:33:49 -0500 New form to help students decipher confusing financial aid info Sizing up competing college financial aid offers should become easier with a report to cut through confusing terminology. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/26/new-form-financial-aid?refid=0 Wed, 26 Oct 2011 18:11:43 -0500 Cuts to higher ed accelerate changes at Minn. colleges The decline in state funding for higher education appears to have caused or accelerated some major changes in how some state-run colleges function. http://oncampus.mpr.org/2011/08/10-things-state-cuts-are-doing-to-public-higher-education/?refid=0 Tue, 23 Aug 2011 10:50:11 -0500 Minnesota signs off on tuition deal with Wis. The state of Minnesota has signed off on a deal previously approved by Wisconsin that keeps alive the two-state tuition reciprocity agreement, but with some changes affecting students from Wisconsin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/15/wisconsin-minnesota-tuition-reciprocity?refid=0 Mon, 15 Aug 2011 15:11:40 -0500 Feds cut loan subsidies for grad students The debt ceiling deal in Washington included a provision to cut funding for many graduate students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/04/friedrich?refid=0 Thu, 04 Aug 2011 11:03:37 -0500 Sex toy business donates to U of M medical school program AdamandEve.com, which sells sex toys, pornography and other accessories, has announced it's helping sponsor a chair in sexual health education at the University of Minnesota Medical School. The company says it will contributed $50,000 over five years toward the $2 million effort. http://oncampus.mpr.org/2011/07/how-sex-toys-porn-may-help-fund-the-umn-med-school/?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jul 2011 15:19:58 -0500 At a glance: Details of the budget bills Final agreements on several budget bills are being made public. As the work on the remaining bills continues, MPR will add details as they are announced. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/19/budget-bills-details?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jul 2011 04:00:00 -0500 FAQ: How state services are affected by the budget framework Frequently asked questions about how the budget framework affects state services. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/15/faq-state-services-budget?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jul 2011 19:50:30 -0500 FAQ on the deal ending the state government shutdown Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about the tentative deal ending the government shutdown in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/15/faq-budget-shutdown-deal?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jul 2011 06:23:22 -0500 Deal at a glance Here's a look at the key items in the June 30 proposal that forms the basis of Thursday's initial agreement to end the shutdown and close a $1.4 million gap between parties' budget proposals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/15/deal-at-a-glance?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jul 2011 06:00:00 -0500 Washington Ave. closure marks big changes at U of M The main artery through the University of Minnesota's east bank campus closed down early this morning. Washington Avenue has been shut down by construction work on the Central Corridor light rail line between St. Paul and Minneapolis. http://oncampus.mpr.org/2011/05/washington-ave-closure-marks-big-changes-at-u-of-m/?refid=0 Mon, 16 May 2011 12:27:41 -0500 Four MnSCU college presidents named today The appointment of four college presidents in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system Wednesday afternoon might not be unusual, but it's a reminder that the Boomer generation is retiring -- and their replacements face the challenges of a system stretched for money. http://oncampus.mpr.org/2011/04/why-four-mnscu-college-presidents/?refid=0 Wed, 20 Apr 2011 17:47:32 -0500 Live blog: Why does college cost so much? The rising cost of college is often blamed on dysfunction in higher education. But two economics professors say the factors behind college tuition increases are economy-wide, and that for many families, college may be more affordable than ever. http://oncampus.mpr.org/2011/04/midmorning-chat-why-does-college-cost-so-much/?refid=0 Fri, 08 Apr 2011 09:46:51 -0500 Minnesota higher education facing deep cuts Minnesota is facing one of the largest higher education cuts in state history. The House and Senate passed education budget bills yesterday. Critics say the bills roll funding for colleges and universities back to 1998 levels, even though they already serve thousands more students. Some of the most heated debate has come from Republican amendments in both houses that would ban the use of state and federal funding for cloning. http://oncampus.mpr.org/2011/03/house-joins-senate-in-higher-ed-bill-cloning-amendment/?refid=0 Wed, 30 Mar 2011 09:30:08 -0500 House follows Senate; passes higher ed bill with cloning ban Hours after the Minnesota Senate passed its higher education bill Tuesday afternoon -- which Democrats called the deepest higher ed cuts in the history of the state -- the House pushed through its own bill, and added a twist or two that left the DFL howling. http://oncampus.mpr.org/2011/03/house-joins-senate-in-higher-ed-bill-cloning-amendment/?refid=0 Tue, 29 Mar 2011 19:12:53 -0500 A breakdown of the House higher ed budget The House has released its breakdown of higher education cuts and appropriations. Some percentages appear to differ from previous estimates, and some of that is due to differences in what people are measuring. http://oncampus.mpr.org/2011/03/a-breakdown-of-the-house-higher-ed-budget/?refid=0 Fri, 18 Mar 2011 19:17:52 -0500 The shifting senior citizen discount for higher education A bill in the Minnesota Legislature would lower from 66 to 62 the age at which people are considered senior citizens -- and thus can get a huge discount on tuition. http://oncampus.mpr.org/2011/03/the-shifting-senior-citizen-discount-for-higher-ed/?refid=0 Tue, 08 Mar 2011 13:21:53 -0600 MnSCU trustees select U's Rosenstone and Utah's Sederburg as chancellor finalists Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system announced this morning their two candidates for system chancellor. http://oncampus.mpr.org/2011/01/mnscu-trustees-select-us-rosenstone-and-utahs-sederburg-as-chancellor-finalists/?refid=0 Mon, 31 Jan 2011 09:52:41 -0600 No charges to be filed in U of M assault Police have decided not to file charges in the sexual assault case involving Chi Psi fraternity at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis police Sgt. Bill Palmer said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/06/no-charges-assault?refid=0 Wed, 06 Oct 2010 18:17:30 -0500 After uproar, 'Troubled Waters' to be shown The University of Minnesota has reversed course on showing a documentary about the causes and environmental impact of water pollution. University officials said Thursday that the premiere of the film "Troubled Waters" would go on as originally planned on October 3. Just a week ago, the U canceled the premiere, saying the film needed further review. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Alex Friedrich who writes about higher education for MPRNewsQ.org's "On Campus" blog. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/24/troubled?refid=0 Fri, 24 Sep 2010 11:05:48 -0500 Poll: College sticker shock setting in When the annual Sallie Mae "How America Pays for College" survey was released this week, it targeted the most crucial element in American higher education today: how much it costs and how to pay for it. http://oncampus.mpr.org/2010/08/poll-college-sticker-shock-setting-in/?refid=0 Thu, 12 Aug 2010 09:46:56 -0500