More from the Homepage
Staff Directory 10645281

Maura Lerner

Higher education reporter | Higher education
phone: 612-673-7384
Maura Lerner is the higher-education reporter. Her reporting has been recognized by the National Press Club, the Society for Professional Journalists, the Minnesota Associated Press and the Frank Premack Public Affairs Journalism Award. Before joining the Star Tribune, Lerner was a senior producer for the MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour on PBS, and a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Recent content from Maura Lerner

U of Minnesota alumni association mulls campus housing for aging alums

Would seniors want to live in University of Minnesota housing? Senior citizens, that is? In the past few years, a number of colleges and universities…
For lucky few, U tuition is getting a lot cheaper

For lucky few, U tuition is getting a lot cheaper

MBA students in Duluth are seeing tuition bills drop nearly 25 percent to try to beef up enrollment.

Hundreds sign online petition urging 'affirmative consent' policy at University of Minnesota

A regent asked for the “affirmative consent” policy to be put on hold.
National group hopes to stir talk with its sex consent contracts

National group hopes to stir talk with its sex consent contracts

The co-founder of the Affirmative Consent Project Morano admits that she doesn’t expect everyone to actually sign such a document. But she sees the contract as a way to make a point about having sex: Are they sure the feeling is mutual?
'Affirmative consent' rule is delayed at the University of Minnesota

'Affirmative consent' rule is delayed at the University of Minnesota

The sexual-assault prevention policy is postponed until the Board of Regents reviews it in September.
U regents approve 1.5% increase for in-state tuition

U regents approve 1.5% increase for in-state tuition

Nonresident students will pay 7 percent more – $20,660 a year.

UMD Math Prep gives new students a jump start

You might wonder why a teenager would want to spend her last summer before college taking precalculus. But Emily Johannsen, of Austin, Minn., has no…
Lawmaker: U's low out-of-state tuition hurts Minn. students

Lawmaker: U's low out-of-state tuition hurts Minn. students

Some Minnesota lawmakers say that the university has been too generous to outsiders, and that it’s one reason Minnesota residents are facing a tuition increase this fall.

U releases plan to tighten human research protections

Public has commented, so now regents to consider final version.

Minnesota state universities to raise tuition 3.4 percent starting this fall

Chancellor says the increase is “modest.”

Minnesota state university students may see 3.4% tuition hike

The proposal, which would boost average tuition to $7,016 a year, would be the first tuition hike since 2012 at the system’s four-year universities.
U bars scientists from getting paid by firms that sponsor research

U bars scientists from getting paid by firms that sponsor research

For the first time, University of Minnesota scientists will be barred from accepting consulting fees from companies that sponsor their research, under a new ethics plan endorsed Friday by the Board of Regents.
U President Kaler's $610,000 salary ranks above average

U President Kaler's $610,000 salary ranks above average

A national survey ranked his pay 30th among public college presidents last year.
U undergrad tuition increases may range from 1.5 to 7 percent

U undergrad tuition increases may range from 1.5 to 7 percent

President proposes 1.5 percent in-state increase, saying Legislature’s budget doesn’t cover costs.

U library to offer online peek at Guthrie Theater archives

For almost 50 years, the archives of the Guthrie Theater have been stored in underground caverns beneath the University of Minnesota’s Elmer L. Andersen Library.…

Minnesota pilot project offers free ride to technical college

Program falls short of free community college for all, but backers hope it’s a start.

Legislature mandates tuition cut at Minnesota's two-year colleges

By the fall of 2016, students at Minnesota’s two-year colleges will pay less in tuition than they do now, thanks to legislation passed this weekend.…
Teaching students rattled as state board penalizes UMD programs

Teaching students rattled as state board penalizes UMD programs

Licenses delayed after a state board penalized the school.

Dorm at Bemidji State is refitted for single parents

In 1990, Bemidji State University thought it was starting a trend when it decided to open its first residence hall just for single parents.The goal…
2nd Minnesota college president cleared of plagiarism allegations

2nd Minnesota college president cleared of plagiarism allegations

Dorothy Duran is second college president to be cleared after critics launched “campaign of personal attacks” on a blog.
U police don't think student was victim of armed assault

U police don't think student was victim of armed assault

The case sparked a wave of concern across campus after the student, an 18-year-old woman, told police that she was sexually assaulted early Sunday in her dorm room by two strangers.

Poster for free-speech forum sets off debate at University of Minnesota

Forum’s use of cartoon image of Mohammed and school’s response draw complaints.
At 91, Prof. John Fraser Hart teaches his last class at the U

At 91, Prof. John Fraser Hart teaches his last class at the U

“There are some people who should never be in front of a classroom; they really don’t enjoy what they’re doing,” the geography professor said. “While I’m having a wonderful time.”

U of M tries weekend on campus to attract minority students

The 75 high school juniors are the first class in a pilot project called the VIP Weekend.

Carleton, Fergus Falls grads rank high in national earnings study

National survey puts both in top 10 for schools with best return on investment.
Phebe Givens, philanthropist, dies at 93

Phebe Givens, philanthropist, dies at 93

When Phebe Givens was growing up in north Minneapolis, her mother worked as a washroom attendant at the Minneapolis Athletic Club to support the family.So…
Cybersecurity team wins kudos at Metropolitan State University

Cybersecurity team wins kudos at Metropolitan State University

It must have felt like a moral victory when a team from Metropolitan State University came in a “surprising second” in a cyber security competition…
Globe U whistleblower collects as school battles Minnesota AG, falling enrollment

Globe U whistleblower collects as school battles Minnesota AG, falling enrollment

It was, experts say, one of the first whistleblower cases in the country to result in a jury award against a for-profit college. But the case has lingered on appeal, until now.
Suspicion strong that Aussie teen wiz hacked Metro State website

Suspicion strong that Aussie teen wiz hacked Metro State website

Secret Service is investigating claims in hacker’s blog, ones identified by a Metro State prof, above

Computer hacker likely exposed data of 160,000 at Metropolitan State University

A computer hacker who broke into a database at St. Paul-based Metropolitan State University likely exposed personal information on as many as 160,000 people, officials…
Minnesota college president cleared of plagiarism charge

Minnesota college president cleared of plagiarism charge

Chancellor says he considers case against SCC head closed.
Hamline U. selects dean from Vermont as its next president

Hamline U. selects dean from Vermont as its next president

Hamline University has named its 20th president: Fayneese Miller, the dean of the college of education and social services at the University of Vermont. Miller,…

Remedial college classes target 1 in 4 students

On the surface, it may sound like an indictment of our public school system: 1 in 4 high school graduates end up taking a remedial…
April 2009: 'A voice for the voiceless' in Somali autism debate

April 2009: 'A voice for the voiceless' in Somali autism debate

A mother in Burnsville who once hid her son's autism is now acting to bring to the public's attention the high number of Somali-American kids in autism classes.
Obituary: U Prof. Josef Mestenhauser championed Czech culture

Obituary: U Prof. Josef Mestenhauser championed Czech culture

For nearly half his life, Josef Mestenhauser lived a sort of double life. In Minnesota, he was a revered professor who won international awards promoting…
Minnesota considers bill to scrap remedial college courses

Minnesota considers bill to scrap remedial college courses

Foes say they discourage students; instructors say they’re needed.
University of Minn. regents vote to suspend psychiatric studies

University of Minn. regents vote to suspend psychiatric studies

For the first time, President Eric Kaler acknowledged that the University of Minnesota made “misleading or inaccurate” statements in the aftermath of the suicide of Dan Markingson, a psychiatric patient who was in a U drug study at the time of his death.
Globe University accused of making illegal student loans

Globe University accused of making illegal student loans

Lawsuit argues students not responsible for loans with “staggering” rates.
Back to the future for new U regent, Darrin Rosha

Back to the future for new U regent, Darrin Rosha

The first time Darrin Rosha was elected to the U’s Board of Regents, he was barely out of his teens. Then, he was the lone…
Surprise vote returns U grad Rosha to Board of Regents

Surprise vote returns U grad Rosha to Board of Regents

He’ll fill remaining term of the late David Larson.

The thin line between plagiarizing and paraphrasing

In college, plagiarism is serious business. But sometimes, students cross the line without even realizing it, says Melissa Anderson, a professor of higher education at…
Faculty, leaders end feud over MnSCU reform plan

Faculty, leaders end feud over MnSCU reform plan

After a five-month standoff, faculty and administrators have agreed to settle their differences over a controversial plan called Charting the Future to reform Minnesota’s 31…
Two MnSCU college presidents under fire for alleged plagiarism

Two MnSCU college presidents under fire for alleged plagiarism

MnSCU calls plagiarism allegations “reckless’’; experts say blog posts merit investigation.
Legislators put tough questions to university's President Kaler

Legislators put tough questions to university's President Kaler

U wants the state to cover tuition freeze for 2 more years.

Campus beat: Hamline-Mitchell move shows law schools' sagging fortunes

Jerry Organ wasn’t surprised to hear last week that two of Minnesota’s four law schools are planning to merge in the face of dropping enrollment.…
Hamline, William Mitchell law schools to merge

Hamline, William Mitchell law schools to merge

William Mitchell, Hamline join forces as enrollment declines nationwide
Jan. 21, 2015: William Mitchell names new president, dean

Jan. 21, 2015: William Mitchell names new president, dean

Mark Gordon will join the law school in July.
May 1, 2014: Hamline's new law school dean optimistic about legal careers

May 1, 2014: Hamline's new law school dean optimistic about legal careers

Sure, applications have dropped by a third nationwide since 2010, and they’re still falling. But to Jean Holloway, that’s no reason to be discouraged.

March 27, 2014: Hamline offers online law school, for nonlawyers

The master’s program gives them a chance to learn some tricks from the lawyer’s playbook, such as negotiating and conflict resolution, in roughly a third of the time as regular law school, and at a fraction of the cost.

Deadlock leaves 7 finalists in running for 5 seats on U's Board of Regents

A joint committee split, mostly along party lines, over appointees for two districts.

Rasmussen College cuts tuition, again, for popular business course

For-profit college says it hopes to attract more students with its lower tuition prices.

MnSCU 'peace' talks underway between faculty, administrators

Faculty, administrators seek common ground on “Charting the Future” initiative.
Who benefits the most from 'free' college tuition?

Who benefits the most from 'free' college tuition?

Some express concern the plan’s benefits might be misplaced.
Dayton sends budget message to feuding MnSCU faculty, officials

Dayton sends budget message to feuding MnSCU faculty, officials

After monthslong rift, two sides issue joint statement.

Want to know if college student skipped class? There's an app

Parents, do you ever wonder if your college student is skipping class? Now you can find out — for a mere $200 a year. An…
Dec. 21, 2014: U bioethicist tests limits of academic freedom

Dec. 21, 2014: U bioethicist tests limits of academic freedom

Carl Elliott has waged a contentious campaign against the psychiatry department, which he blames for the 2004 death of a mentally ill patient.

Hacker breached Metro State University database with personal information

Officials warn students, staff to take precautions against identity theft.
Tests allow a head start on college by stockpiling credits

Tests allow a head start on college by stockpiling credits

Relatively little-known CLEP exams can help students can save thousands of dollars in tuition before they even set foot on campus.
William Mitchell welcomes its first hybrid 'online' law school class

William Mitchell welcomes its first hybrid 'online' law school class

St. Paul’s William Mitchell welcomes an eclectic, pioneering “hybrid” class.

Ten candidates vie for 5 spots on U of M's Board of Regents

Richard Beeson is the only incumbent seeking reappointment.
Proposal would tighten consumer protections for Minn. college students

Proposal would tighten consumer protections for Minn. college students

Attorney general wants for-profit colleges to dislcose grad, job data.
Harold Pellett, 76: Careful cultivator of lasting beauty

Harold Pellett, 76: Careful cultivator of lasting beauty

He spent 30 years defying Mother Nature, breeding flowering shrubs to withstand the harsh Minnesota climate. Every spring, his Northern Lights azaleas put on a spectacular show.
Claire Richards, 24: Budding scientist, eternal optimist

Claire Richards, 24: Budding scientist, eternal optimist

In her first semester of medical school, she learned that her cancer had returned. She used her last months to send a powerful message to friends and fellow students.

Alums get helping hand at U of M website

Lisa Lewis knows that students aren’t the only ones who may need career advice. Sometimes, so do alumni, even years after they earn their degrees.…

Sept. 8: Faculty challenges U research review

Critics say outside experts are hobbled by conflicts of interest.

Abducted girl found safe in north Minneapolis

A man released the 7-year-old two hours later just blocks from her north Minneapolis home.
Kingsley H. Murphy Jr., media executive and political advance man

Kingsley H. Murphy Jr., media executive and political advance man

When he was an advance man on Hubert Humphrey’s presidential campaign, Kingsley Murphy Jr. had one rule for everyone working with him.“Nobody sleeps and nobody…
July 23: Swanson says 2 for-profit colleges in Minn. misled students

July 23: Swanson says 2 for-profit colleges in Minn. misled students

The suit against the Minnesota School of Business and Globe University said the schools have left some of their students saddled with tens of thousands of dollars of debt and unable to find work in their fields.
Bethel U. launches online course for midwives

Bethel U. launches online course for midwives

The university’s online program takes a new approach to art of delivering a baby.

MnSCU seeks extra state funds to freeze tuition

A proposal to extend a tuition freeze another two years at 31 Minnesota colleges and universities is now heading for the Legislature.On Wednesday, the board…
Metro State students join revolt against MnSCU chancellor

Metro State students join revolt against MnSCU chancellor

More campuses to consider no-confidence votes this week.
In face of faculty revolt, MnSCU chancellor stays the course

In face of faculty revolt, MnSCU chancellor stays the course

In the past two weeks, faculty groups at five Minnesota state universities have passed votes of no confidence against Steven Rosenstone.
Faculty union rebuffs mediation offer from MnSCU chief Rosenstone

Faculty union rebuffs mediation offer from MnSCU chief Rosenstone

Chancellor’s act follows no-confidence votes at five state universities.
Two more no-confidence votes for MnSCU chancellor

Two more no-confidence votes for MnSCU chancellor

Faculty controversy stems from plan to reform 31-school system.
U of M regent David Larson dies at age 70

U of M regent David Larson dies at age 70

The retired Cargill executive endowed a scholarship and “cared deeply for students.”
Top Stories
Most Read