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This year, for the first time, Minnesota is offering an alternative to residents stuck with high-interest student loans. In January, the Office of Higher Education…
The Aug. 1 letter from the dean of diversity affairs was an invitation to a special orientation session for minority students. But it was one particular sentence in bold caps that sparked an outrage: "ALL NEW STUDENTS OF COLOR ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND THIS MEETING."
Alysia Lajune says she was fired for raising concerns over wording that was used in campus crime alerts.
Law requires new training and reporting on campuses this fall.
Under the plan, training will be increased for those deciding whether to discipline accused students.
Melania Trump’s convention speech may well turn into a teachable moment at college campuses this fall as a real-life lesson in the dangers of plagiarism.…
Advisory group suggests a full-time staffer to respond to sexual misconduct claims.
Face-lift would preserve exterior of one of the oldest dorms on campus and bring it up to 21st century standards.
After what he called an “extraordinarily challenging” year, President Eric Kaler got a positive — but not glowing — job review Wednesday from the University…
Full disclosure: Once upon a time, I was an English major. Back in the 20th century, it never occurred to me to abandon Shakespeare or…
Sarah Carlson gave the students fair warning about what to expect when they reached the caverns, 80 feet below ground. “It’ll be pretty chilly down…
For many students, community college is the first step toward earning a bachelor’s degree. But many others never finish. Now, officials at the newly named…
Apparently, nobody liked the name MnSCU, including the people who run it. Now, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system has decided to ditch the…
The report, eight months in the making, blames the slowdown in state funding for the dire situation facing the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.
St. Catherine University cut ties with an event organizer, Heartland Inc., after protesters accused the school and the company's owners of being insensitive to rape survivors.
Earl H. Potter III was on his way to the Twin Cities for a meeting with the Foundation Board Chair when the crash happened. Provost Ashish Vaidya has been appointed as acting president.
Protesters disrupt meeting but fail to block increase.
Protesters disrupted the Friday morning meeting of the University of Minnesota regents. Six people were arrested after they refused a police order to leave.
Nearly two months after his death, Prince has been awarded an honorary doctoral degree by the University of Minnesota . President Eric Kaler said the…
In the face of pushback from students and others, President Eric Kaler proposes 7.5 percent increase, rather than 10, with a vote coming Friday.
This fall, Minnesota colleges and universities will be under more pressure than ever to amp up efforts to prevent sexual assault on campus. For the…
Lawyer, lobbyist a power broker for years, then faced disbarment and prison time after drug bust.
Dave Berger was put on 'investigative leave' from Inver Hills Community College in February.
If you were waiting for another reason to start saving for college, you may have one soon. For the first time, Minnesotans would be eligible…
"Residency" mimicking med school gives hands-on experience and job guarantee.
MnSCU schools looking to Legislature for $21 million to save staff, programs.
Employees had denounced the policy as an invasion of privacy.
Just before his appointment was to become official, Rodney Hanley backed off, citing personal and family reasons.
U President Eric Kaler "enthusiastically" backed Coyle in committee meeting.
Ordinarily, as 2016 Faculty Member of the Year, Dave Berger would have the honor of marching at the head of the procession at Thursday’s graduation…
The sociology teacher has been on investigatory leave since February.
Tuition hikes would range from 2.5 percent for state residents to nearly 10 percent for nonresidents, but thousands of undergrads would see no hike at all.
After bumping Drum Corps International twice in two years, U officials apologize and say it can have the football stadium July 16.
Academic outsider boasts business, nonprofit acumen.
Her lawsuit says college failed to suspend or expel attackers in two assaults.
Drum Corps International organizers, told they would have to move the July 16 event from TCF Bank Stadium because of a private football camp run by Gophers coach Tracy Claeys, are crying foul.
The final report isn’t due for two months. But already, faculty members are getting nervous about changes that may be in the works at Minnesota…
After pushback from employees and legislators, MnSCU officials agreed to shelve the rule until a compromise can be worked out.
Virginia Arthur, the executive vice president and provost of Metropolitan State University, has been appointed president of the St. Paul-based university. Arthur, who has been…
Terry Dosh spent the better part of three decades in a monastic setting — as a student, monk and priest at St. John’s University in…
During the summer, it’s not unusual to find kids as young as third-graders taking classes on college campuses. Throughout Minnesota, there are summer enrichment camps…
Tenure has been marked by clashes with faculty.
The private college in Northfield insists that it's doing its best to crack down on sexual assault, but it is asking the federal government to review how the college handles those complaints.
Some fear sharp increases will scare away national students; supporters say low rates are a subsidy.
Move will let personal phones be inspected if used for work; unions raise privacy alarm.
For the better part of 20 years, Phillip Adamo has been inspiring students to study the past, not for its own sake, he says, but for what it can teach them about the present.
She sees past problems at school as "opportunities to make a large difference."
Faculty, college president have clashed in recent weeks.
This weekend, about 60 newly admitted students will gather at the University of Minnesota’s Rochester campus to compete in person for $200,000 in merit scholarships.…
Milo Yiannopolous has emerged as a hero of the right in campus culture wars.
Concordia College's move to drop language majors vexes students, alumni.
Two weeks from now, thousands of college students will converge on the Minneapolis Convention Center in hopes of lining up a job or internship. And…
They profess "complete confidence" in heads of Inver Hills, Ridgewater.
Inver Hills plans a no-confidence vote while a Ridgewater College group will meet with Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system leaders.
Two years ago, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota started a pilot program to help people on the verge of defaulting on their student loans. Now,…
Goal is better job security and pay for instructors.
As the son and son-in-law of Lutheran ministers, Paul Eid thought he would become a preacher himself. But he found his true calling as a…
Helens will replace embattled McClellon.
Next week, Prof. Shaul Hanany will lie on a bed of nails while someone takes a hammer and smashes a cement block on his stomach.…
The university is something of a magnet for birds because of its proximity to the Mississippi River flyway. It's the same reason that activists have been warning about birds colliding with the new Vikings stadium.
In a drama now playing out like a Greek tragedy on a national stage, a Winona college instructor has lost two jobs in a clash over a campus production of "Medea."
Hiring, spending issues dogged head of Rochester community college.
Libraries offering 'stress busters' to students in need of a study break
Hamline instructors' tentative pact includes first pay raise in 10 years.
Move follows audit's findings of misuse of department funds.
After years with the lowest rates in the Big Ten, the University of Minnesota is considering raising tuition for nonresident students by $12,800, more than 60 percent, by the end of the decade.
Payments for booze, parties and hair stylists were among improper receipts found, but investigators say there is little evidence of sexual harassment at the U's athletics department during Norwood Teague's tenure.
The results of two investigations into the University of Minnesota’s athletics department will be presented Tuesday at a special meeting of the Board of Regents.…
A march, complete with a bullhorn and protest signs, capped a week of events designed to rally support for Nikki Hagan, a 19-year-old biology major from Woodbury.
Rochester Community and Technical College is in open rebellion against President Leslie McClellon, just 17 months after taking office as the overwhelming favorite of faculty, staff and students alike.
A student group's vote triggered a backlash, so leaders responded.
Proposal to create "moment of recognition" stirs backlash, triggers debate over inciting racism.
Jon McGee has been a college administrator for two decades. So he has a pretty good grasp of why, for example, it costs so much…
The University of Minnesota is now, officially, one of the most bicycle-friendly campuses in the nation. This week, the League of American Bicyclists awarded the…
Protesters' defend actions denounced by a U law professor, others.
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