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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.
Minnesotans staring down years of payments ask themselves the big question: Was it worth it?
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…
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.
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…
Mark Kappelhoff led two federal investigations into police shooting of unarmed black teen.
The state's costliest schools are urging prospective students to apply, despite high tuition.
$166 million complex, unanimously approved by the Board of Regents, is expected to be completed by 2018.
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.
Details of 2014 consultant's review of athletics department have never been publicly released
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…
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…
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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…
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.
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…
MBA students in Duluth are seeing tuition bills drop nearly 25 percent to try to beef up enrollment.
A regent asked for the "affirmative consent" policy to be put on hold.
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?
The sexual-assault prevention policy is postponed until the Board of Regents reviews it in September.
Nonresident students will pay 7 percent more – $20,660 a year.
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…
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.
Public has commented, so now regents to consider final version.
Chancellor says the increase is "modest."
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.
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.
A national survey ranked his pay 30th among public college presidents last year.
President proposes 1.5 percent in-state increase, saying Legislature's budget doesn't cover costs.
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.…
Program falls short of free community college for all, but backers hope it's a start.
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.…
Licenses delayed after a state board penalized the school.
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…
Dorothy Duran is second college president to be cleared after critics launched "campaign of personal attacks" on a blog.
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.
Forum's use of cartoon image of Mohammed and school's response draw complaints.
"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."
The 75 high school juniors are the first class in a pilot project called the VIP Weekend.
National survey puts both in top 10 for schools with best return on investment.
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…
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…
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.
Secret Service is investigating claims in hacker's blog, ones identified by a Metro State prof, above
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…
Chancellor says he considers case against SCC head closed.
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,…
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…
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.
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…
Foes say they discourage students; instructors say they're needed.
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.
Lawsuit argues students not responsible for loans with "staggering" rates.
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…
He'll fill remaining term of the late David Larson.
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…
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…
MnSCU calls plagiarism allegations "reckless''; experts say blog posts merit investigation.
U wants the state to cover tuition freeze for 2 more years.
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.…
William Mitchell, Hamline join forces as enrollment declines nationwide
Mark Gordon will join the law school in July.
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.
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.
A joint committee split, mostly along party lines, over appointees for two districts.
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