The University is a non-profit public institution whose leaders are supposed to be dedicated to public service and not to the enhancement of their own private wealth. This year the state legislators can impress this point upon senior administrators by making the grant of state appropriations subject to the condition that the budget of the University must include a reduction in the total compensation of administrators to the 2008 level at a minimum.
Ma Rainey plays the Guthrie. It was not always so that the Guthrie welcomed the works of August Wilson. Penumbra founder and director, Lou Bellamy, retires from the faculty of the University of Minnesota. Thanks and Godspeed, Lou.
The present and former Deans/Academic Health Center VPs - Drs. Cerra and Frieman - have responded to an earlier post which questioned support for homeopathy at the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center.
Hahnemann, who is usually given the blame for homeopathy, had the idea that if something bad were diluted enough, it might be something good. If you think of cancer therapy, this idea, at first glance, might make sense. Except…In a 2010 report, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a division of the National Institutes of Health, said that the key concepts of homeopathy "are not consistent with the established laws of science."
If the University of Minnesota expects to be taken seriously when asking for state support at the legislature, the administration is going to have to do a much better job at linking the dollars requested to the educational and research costs of the institution.
Academic freedom is the freedom to discuss all relevant matters in the classroom, to explore all avenues of scholarship, research, and creative expression, and to speak or write without institutional discipline or restraint on matters of public concern as well as on matters related to professional duties and the functioning of the University.
The iPad is all the rage right now. The College of Education and Human Development a the U of M is giving iPads to all first years. The Kindle is also cheap and effective as an ebook reader. What's this all about?
The largest college at the University of Minnesota - the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) - may have to shrink in order to survive. So says a faculty, staff, and student committee in a report to the CLA dean.
While the University of Minnesota administration contemplates raising tuition yet again, an untapped source of revenue is rather obvious. In an attempt to increase the U of M's rankings, a fire sale on out of state tuition (cut 30%) was initiated in 2007, thus making the U much more attractive to out of state and foreign students. Under the current conditions can we continue to do this? Is it fair to Minnesota residents who are squeezed out of the U because of this tactic?
It is a conflict of interest for the University of Minnesota Administration to investigate itself in the matter of the censorship of the film Troubled Waters. An investigation by someone from independent from the university administration is necessary to restore the credibility of the University of Minnesota.
Recent events at the University of Minnesota, including an apparent attempt at censorship of the film Troubled Waters, are disturbing. In addition, an appeals court has recently ruled that the actions of the provost, a lawyer, were: "arbitrary and capricious." Change at the top, including a new president from outside the university, are called for.
We need to know the actual educational cost for one undergraduate at the University of Minnesota for one year. Tuition dollars and state appropriations for education should not be used for other purposes such as subsidies of research, athletics, or the building of empires.
The attempt by the University of Minnesota administration to reengineer Northrop auditorium is a good example of why we have financial, and other, problems at our state's flagship educational resource.
Time to align the goals of the University with those of the citizens of the state. Are they interested in an affordable, high quality education? Or do they believe that more sand should be pounded down the rat-hole that is the third best public research university in the world fiasco?