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Maura Lerner

Higher education reporter | Higher education
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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.
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U forces out marching show again from TCF Bank Stadium, costing thousands

U forces out marching show again from TCF Bank Stadium, costing thousands

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.

At Minnesota state colleges, faculty fear a one-size-fits-all curriculum

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…

MnSCU officials back off demand to inspect employee cellphones

After pushback from employees and legislators, MnSCU officials agreed to shelve the rule until a compromise can be worked out.
Arthur named Metro State president; Hensrud to lead Bemidji State

Arthur named Metro State president; Hensrud to lead Bemidji State

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…
Obituary: Terry Dosh, who led movement for married priests, dies at 85

Obituary: Terry Dosh, who led movement for married priests, dies at 85

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…

Minnesota helps low-income kids reach summer camps on campuses

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…
MnSCU chancellor, often a lightning rod for criticism, to retire in 2017

MnSCU chancellor, often a lightning rod for criticism, to retire in 2017

Tenure has been marked by clashes with faculty.
St. Olaf student protests sexual misconduct policy with T-shirt

St. Olaf student protests sexual misconduct policy with T-shirt

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.
U endorses plan to boost nonresident tuition

U endorses plan to boost nonresident tuition

Some fear sharp increases will scare away national students; supporters say low rates are a subsidy.

New rule on personal cellphones enrages Minnesota faculty unions

Move will let personal phones be inspected if used for work; unions raise privacy alarm.
Hands-on Augsburg history prof had the circus as his first stage

Hands-on Augsburg history prof had the circus as his first stage

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.
Sharon Pierce named president of Minneapolis Community and Technical College

Sharon Pierce named president of Minneapolis Community and Technical College

She sees past problems at school as "opportunities to make a large difference."
Inver Hills Community College instructor active in union banned from campus

Inver Hills Community College instructor active in union banned from campus

Faculty, college president have clashed in recent weeks.
Students compete in person for scholarships at University of Minnesota's Rochester campus

Students compete in person for scholarships at University of Minnesota's Rochester campus

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.…
Conservative pundit draws protesters at University of Minnesota

Conservative pundit draws protesters at University of Minnesota

Milo Yiannopolous has emerged as a hero of the right in campus culture wars.
Concordia College criticized for cuts in language majors

Concordia College criticized for cuts in language majors

Concordia College's move to drop language majors vexes students, alumni.

2016 college job fair season sees lots of employers

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…
MnSCU leaders back embattled presidents at Inver Hills, Ridgewater colleges

MnSCU leaders back embattled presidents at Inver Hills, Ridgewater colleges

They profess "complete confidence" in heads of Inver Hills, Ridgewater.
2 Minn. community college presidents face faculty uprisings

2 Minn. community college presidents face faculty uprisings

Inver Hills plans a no-confidence vote while a Ridgewater College group will meet with Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system leaders.

Minnesota offers free counseling for student borrowers on the brink

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,…
University of Minnesota faculty to file for union vote

University of Minnesota faculty to file for union vote

Goal is better job security and pay for instructors.
Obituary: Paul Eid, 92, social worker who found his calling helping AIDS patients and adoptions

Obituary: Paul Eid, 92, social worker who found his calling helping AIDS patients and adoptions

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…
Joyce Helens is acting head of embattled Rochester community college

Joyce Helens is acting head of embattled Rochester community college

Helens will replace embattled McClellon.
University of Minnesota Physics Force troupe wows with physics tricks

University of Minnesota Physics Force troupe wows with physics tricks

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.…
U of M tests reflective film to head off bird collisions with glass

U of M tests reflective film to head off bird collisions with glass

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.
Did play props cost a Minnesota college instructor his jobs?

Did play props cost a Minnesota college instructor his jobs?

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."
Embattled Rochester community college president resigns

Embattled Rochester community college president resigns

Hiring, spending issues dogged head of Rochester community college.
Relax. It's finals time at the University of Minnesota

Relax. It's finals time at the University of Minnesota

Libraries offering 'stress busters' to students in need of a study break
Hamline adjuncts reach tentative agreement on 'historic' first contract

Hamline adjuncts reach tentative agreement on 'historic' first contract

Hamline instructors' tentative pact includes first pay raise in 10 years.
U President Eric Kaler wants tighter rein on athletics department spending

U President Eric Kaler wants tighter rein on athletics department spending

Move follows audit's findings of misuse of department funds.
U may boost nonresident tuition by $12.8K by end of decade

U may boost nonresident tuition by $12.8K by end of decade

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.
U athletics probe details serious violations of spending rules

U athletics probe details serious violations of spending rules

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.
U's athletic department investigation will be public this morning

U's athletic department investigation will be public this morning

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.…
Bisexual prayer leader's ouster sparks rally at Concordia

Bisexual prayer leader's ouster sparks rally at Concordia

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 college up in arms over president's spending, moves

Rochester college up in arms over president's spending, moves

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.

University of Minnesota vows to honor 9/11 victims after outcry over student vote

A student group's vote triggered a backlash, so leaders responded.

U student group faces backlash for voting down 9/11 remembrance

Proposal to create "moment of recognition" stirs backlash, triggers debate over inciting racism.

St. John's/St. Ben's insider ponders a 'stomach-churning' trend as his own kids head to college

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…

University of Minnesota named one of nation's most bicycle-friendly campuses

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 disrupt Israeli professor's lecture at University of Minnesota

Protesters disrupt Israeli professor's lecture at University of Minnesota

Protesters' defend actions denounced by a U law professor, others.
Minnesota college graduates cope with the debt that follows

Minnesota college graduates cope with the debt that follows

Minnesotans staring down years of payments ask themselves the big question: Was it worth it?

University of St. Thomas considers adding two-year college

Is there a place at the University of St. Thomas for a two-year college? For the first time, St. Thomas officials are seriously considering the…
Minnesota ranks 5th among states for highest student debt

Minnesota ranks 5th among states for highest student debt

Seven in 10 seniors who graduated from public and nonprofit colleges in 2014 had student loan debt, with an average of $28,950 per borrower, according to the survey.
U takes lead in promoting free college textbooks

U takes lead in promoting free college textbooks

In the past, Irene Duranczyk would assign her students a $180 textbook and hope they had the money to pay for it. Now, she still…
University of Minnesota law professor wins Justice Department award for Ferguson probes

University of Minnesota law professor wins Justice Department award for Ferguson probes

Mark Kappelhoff led two federal investigations into police shooting of unarmed black teen.
Minnesota private colleges try to soften $50K-$60K 'sticker shock'

Minnesota private colleges try to soften $50K-$60K 'sticker shock'

The state's costliest schools are urging prospective students to apply, despite high tuition.
University of Minnesota clears way for Athletes Village to open in 2018

University of Minnesota clears way for Athletes Village to open in 2018

$166 million complex, unanimously approved by the Board of Regents, is expected to be completed by 2018.
U regents expected to approve $166 million 'Athletes Village'

U regents expected to approve $166 million 'Athletes Village'

The University of Minnesota is expected to give final approval Friday to a $166 million "Athletes Village" that officials say is essential for the Golden Gophers to compete successfully in the Big Ten.
U report hints at concerns about gender equity in athletics

U report hints at concerns about gender equity in athletics

Details of 2014 consultant's review of athletics department have never been publicly released

MnSCU chief Rosenstone looks at colleges' financial future

Looking ahead, Chancellor Steven Rosenstone admits he’s a little worried about how to keep Minnesota’s 31 public colleges and state universities afloat. Enrollment has been…

University of Minnesota's Carlson School to try new MBA for Capitol Hill staffers

There are, Stephen Parente estimates, nearly 13,000 congressional staffers in Washington, D.C. — most of them under 30, with little or no business experience. And…
U says IT chief resigned under pressure after multiple complaints

U says IT chief resigned under pressure after multiple complaints

Between May and August, the university received four complaints against Scott Studham accusing him of rigging contracts, hiring friends without competitive bids, using university funds for personal expenses, and other misconduct.
After Norwood Teague scandal, U is left with some explaining to do

After Norwood Teague scandal, U is left with some explaining to do

Teague's troubles — including two past gender discrimination complaints — are roiling a university that has faced persistent concerns about shortchanging women's athletes for decades.
U names four to oversee outside investigation of athletics department

U names four to oversee outside investigation of athletics department

Regents Laura Brod and Abdul Omari will serve on the panel, along with Jean Quam, dean of the College of Education and Human Development, and the university's chief lawyer, William Donohue.
Bemidji State University president to retire in 2016

Bemidji State University president to retire in 2016

Richard A. Hanson, the president of Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College, has announced plans to retire next summer. Hanson, 65, will step down…
Two university employees harassed by Teague come forward

Two university employees harassed by Teague come forward

The women, who work on President Eric Kaler's leadership team, said Teague's e-mail to the U community prompted them to identify themselves.
U launches full investigation amid questions over Teague

U launches full investigation amid questions over Teague

One part will examine the finances of the athletic department, the other will involve an employment lawyer to look at "the culture and hiring practices" in the department.

University of Minnesota to offer free financial counseling

They may know how to get A’s in philosophy or chemistry, but some college students don’t have a clue about managing their money. That’s one…
Twin Cities minister hopes to marry churches with colleges

Twin Cities minister hopes to marry churches with colleges

For nearly two years, Dave Glesne and a small group of supporters have been laying the groundwork to shake up the college landscape by holding classes in neighborhood churches.

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.
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