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These days, English majors are an increasingly rare breed on college campuses. The drop-off has been so dramatic that some schools have proposed dropping the English major entirely (along with history, philosophy and a few other humanities degrees).
Kaler insists he has no intention of coasting through his final year as head of Minnesota's flagship university.
Experts say few students can expect to dispense with most of their coursework this way, but it's enough of a boost to make a difference.
The national firm the U hired was tied to a failed search for Minnesota State chancellor.
He oversaw 70 percent student population jump.
Past presidents describe the position as inspiring, grueling and busy.
Draft University of Minnesota policy would punish those who ignore personal pronoun preferences.
"The University will benefit from a fresh perspective," he said in a statement.
Conservative groups allege his rights were violated.
Community college fees the same as 2012-13.
An alum who gave $300,000 says students were paid to write about "crazy topics."
The lawsuit against the University of Minnesota seeks unspecified damages for "being falsely cast as sex offenders."
The regents also imposed extra scrutiny on hiring decisions in an effort to control costs.
All seven Minnesota State universities and its 30 community colleges are freezing tuition, under a legislative mandate.
The law school is seeking an extra $3.6 million next year to help cover its red ink, which has triggered a debate about how much the U is willing to spend to maintain the program's status.
Wacker was an administrator at the University of Northern Colorado.
He wants to open a human rights center on campus where he teaches.
The Board of Regents will make a final decision in June.
As the family story goes, Earl B. Gustafson wanted to become a professor at a small college someday. But when he started graduate school, his…
Augsburg University in Minneapolis and Concordia University in St. Paul have both decided to stop requiring college-entrance exams as part of a growing national movement toward "test-optional" admissions.
Three U campuses would freeze tuition under the proposal.
Professors and students seek to bridge political differences with civil exchanges.
Students, college leaders wary of lopsided politics.
The Minnesota State system has named new leaders for four of its two-year colleges. This week, the board of trustees approved the appointments of Carrie…
Darrin Rosha, on the board since 2015, expressed frustration that a vague, anonymous accusation could set off such an aggressive investigation.
State awards $175,000 to five colleges, one university
The St. Paul law school is using the courses as a way to recruit a more diverse group of future lawyers.
College leaders say protest anniversary is bad timing for the divisive figure.
St. Cloud Technical and Community College and Rochester Community and Technical College are getting the new leaders.
Officials say invited speakers were not diverse enough.
University of Minnesota does a 'good job' resolving employee sexual misconduct cases, legislative auditor finds
Review followed a series of high-profile sexual assault and harassment allegations.
The U says it would forgo preliminary plans to raise the undergraduate tuition rate by up to 2 percent if the state Legislature approves the extra money. The regents will vote on the proposal this afternoon.
Retired Mayo Clinic physician will leave three years early.
Rejecting three finalists, trustees pick Malhotra.
In annual address, Eric Kaler also noted improved graduation rate among low-income students.
Candidates to lead the state university system will meet with college, university officials next week.
Conservative speaker should be given larger forum, group says.
New standard redefines sexual misconduct on campus.
Coordinator will visit campuses and assist in training students, staff.
Brainerd campus joins growing trend of using online material to cut costs for college students.
The search for permanent presidents at both colleges will begin this fall, officials said.
Online degree program is first of its kind in the U.S.
The concept is starting to pop up around the country as a potential answer to the student loan crisis.
Advice on holiday parties was "ill-advised," university admits.
All University of Minnesota employees will be required for the first time to report incidents of sexual harassment directed at students.
So far, Minnesota has largely escaped the kind of violence that has erupted elsewhere over campus visits by right-wing pundits and provocateurs. Yet in many ways, college campuses are turning more hostile than ever to conservative views, said Madison Faupel, president of Minnesota College Republicans.
U, St. Thomas defy trend of drop in international admissions.
"It's got to stop. We have to stop it," said President Eric Kaler. "And history shows we have to confront it every day at the university."
U professor takes her defense of civil liberties to global stage.
Rather than appeal recent court ruling, group will form "workers' association."
Brother William Mann will leave in 2018
At a time of mounting anxiety over college costs and student debt, the online University of the People is doing its best to smash the mold.
A $74K investigation into who leaked confidential information about a University of Minnesota athletic official has ended — with no culprit in sight.
Gift will create new law clinic specializing in child abuse litigation.
Regents happy with his work but noted year's distractions.
Minnesotans react to Betsy DeVos' plans to change how colleges handle allegations of sexual violence on campus
U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' plans to change the way colleges and university handle allegations of sexual violence on campus drew a mixed reaction in…
Tenured profs, instructors cannot join same unit.
With help from a $30K grant, school will build a center to dispel biases and tension.
The report, released Wednesday, blamed much of the turmoil surrounding the high-profile case on "weak leadership" of the coaching staff and the influence of unnamed "third parties."
At BrightSide Produce, college students and local teenagers team up to deliver fresh produce, at discount prices, to corner stores in low-income neighborhoods.
The Dougherty Family College is believed to be only the second college of its kind in the country. So far it has filled about half of its 150 seats.
Race just one factor in U admission, official said.
Court ruling could wipe out $20 million in student debt.
Starting this year, the Minnesota Office of Higher Education is launching its own emergency fund program for students, inspired in part by an administrator's success.
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson joins letter warning against weakening rules on campus sex assault
The attorneys general of 20 states, including Minnesota, expressed “serious concern” Wednesday that the Department of Education is preparing to weaken rules designed to crack…
Mark Coyle, just finishing his first year as athletic director, made only passing reference to the turmoil that began when a student accused multiple U football players of sexually assaulting her at a party.
Riverland Community College in Austin launched FlexPace, in which students take a series of six-week classes, working on their own timetable and taking online assessments to prove that they've mastered the material.
Tuition increase for two-year colleges is first in five years.
Regents resisted first plan but agreed to shift more of increase to nonresidents.
If approved, two-year public colleges will see first tuition increase since 2012.
The latter, chairman of General Mills, has served for just four months.
More than 260 journalists have signed a petition urging the University of Minnesota to halt its investigation into the source of news leaks about an…
Budget gap between GOP, Gov. Mark Dayton would mean hard decisions.
"Career Readiness Initiative" helps give grads an edge
She was driven to "advancing the role of women in society."