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Ryan Faircloth

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Incoming University of Minnesota freshman Sean McDonald got help moving into his dorm room in September 2020. Freshman confirmations are up 14% at the

University of Minnesota expects big enrollment rebound this fall

Freshman confirmations are up 14% at the Twin Cities campus. Other colleges in the state are not seeing the same spike, though some are reporting promising increases in international students.
Alejandra Aschittino-Rodriguez’s brush with death as a teenager propelled her into the mental health field.

University of Minnesota graduate shifts therapy focus to less discussed mental health issue of job loss

Therapist helps jobless clients preserve sense of identity, stay optimistic.
University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel

University of Minnesota president pitches 1.5% tuition increase

Tuition hike would apply to students at U's five campuses.
The University of Minnesota, pictured in April 2020, would receive a funding boost from legislature if this year’s budget deal holds. GLEN STUBBE �

Minnesota lawmakers agree on $100 million funding boost for colleges

The compromise allows the system to hike undergraduate tuition by as much as 3.5% per year.
Principal Anne Gattman took students’ temperatures as they arrived at St. Jerome School in Maplewood.

How the pandemic forever altered education in Minnesota

Academics collided with life challenges, but there were some triumphs — and many see more hope ahead.
Dougherty Family College alumni and friends Isabel Abarca-MacPhee, left, Brenda Saucedo and Renee Sande graduated from the University of St. Thomas.

St. Thomas program for underrepresented students celebrates graduates amid struggles with enrollment

The program has seen mixed results four years in.
Hayden Ring, 21, a junior studying management and psychology, looked up as he got his second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from Karla Marz, a ph

Minnesota colleges mull whether to make COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory

As they plan for return to campus life, many schools weigh requiring the shots.
“It’s about bringing in and retaining the best and the brightest,” Carlson School Dean Sri Zaheer said.

Donors create $50M scholarship fund for U's Carlson School of Management

Underrepresented students, women to benefit in new program.
University of Minnesota Regent Kao Ly Ilean Her. (Photo provided by the University of Minnesota)

University of Minnesota Regent Kao Ly Ilean Her dies at 52

She was the U's first Hmong regent.
The University of Minnesota campus, pictured in April 2020.  GLEN STUBBE • glen.stubbe@startribune.com

Minn. Senate GOP wants to use COVID funds to slash tuition

Senate Republicans are pushing a 5% tuition cut in exchange for funding the Minnesota State college system and want the University of Minnesota to slash its tuition by 3%.
Alison Byerly will be Carleton College’s new president, beginning Aug. 1, 2021.

Carleton College appoints prolific fundraiser as its next president

Alison Byerly will succeed longtime President Steven Poskanzer.
Prima Sisinni raised her phone to take a selfie with fellow recipients of master’s degrees in nonprofit management.

A year later, Hamline University gives 2020 grads a sendoff

"We promised them that we would recognize them when we were able to do so," Hamline President Fayneese Miller said. "This is a group that always maintained hope."
University of Minnesota Police Chief Matt Clark in 2015.

Tension builds between U student leaders, campus police

The leaders called for the chief to resign, and a state police association stepped in to defend officers from criticism.
This file photo shows syringes filled with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in March. AARON LAVINSKY • aaron.lavinsky@startribune.com

Carleton College to require COVID-19 vaccinations for students, faculty this fall

The Northfield institution is the second Minnesota college to do so.
“I just wanted them to see the other side of my work other than just the test.” Kalid Ali, who will attend Macalester College this fall.

Selective colleges see surge in applications after waiving tests

With ACT and SAT scores waived, applications at selective schools surge
Michael Raich, who’s served as interim leader of the “Northeast High Education District” since 2019, was officially named its president.

New presidents named to lead Minnesota community colleges

Three new college presidents were named this week.
Syringes filled with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic in March. AARON LAVINSKY • aaron.lavinsky@startribune.com

Macalester College to require students, employees to be vaccinated before returning in fall

Students and employees must provide proof of vaccination before returning.
Mariah Fitch prepared for photos at a University of Minnesota Duluth graduation celebration. The ceremony will be virtual.

After pandemic year, some Minnesota colleges are bringing back in-person graduations

Some colleges will stage ceremonies, with twists.
California congresswoman Maxine Waters briefly visited a protest Saturday, April 17, outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department in response to the

As curfew passes, Brooklyn Center protest remains peaceful

Law enforcement made no moves to disperse the dwindling crowd after the 11 p.m. curfew took effect. Earlier, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., stopped by.
Protestors gathered in front of the Brooklyn Center Police Department on Friday, April 16, after Sunday’s fatal shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wrigh

Gov. Tim Walz calls assault, detention of journalists covering protests 'unacceptable'

Journalists covering protests in Brooklyn Center last week following the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright say they have been assaulted, pepper-sprayed and detained by law enforcement officers despite showing their credentials.
Farmers in Mapleton, Minn. harvest hemp for the first time in 1943.

Was Minnesota once home to U.S. government-sponsored hemp farms?

The controversial crop was at the center of a short-lived program during WWII.
George Masko, a WWII veteran and former top executive at Pillsbury.

George Masko, former Pillsbury executive dubbed 'the father of the Doughboy,' dies at 96

In 1965, he tapped Leo Burnett advertising to come up with a mascot, which led to the iconic Poppin' Fresh Doughboy.
This file photo shows Normandale Community College, a campus within the Minnesota State system, pictured in 2019. GLEN STUBBE • glen.stubbe@startrib

Minnesota public colleges expecting more than $400 million in stimulus funds, yet budget deficits remain

Pandemic deficits still a problem for the U, Minnesota State.
James Farnsworth, who was elected to the Board of Regents in March, stood for a portrait outside the Coffman Memorial Union on Tuesday, April 6, 2021

New University of Minnesota regents join governing board ahead of key decisions

Four new regents bring fresh perspectives to U's board.
Kevin DuPuis, chairman of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, said the Cloquet Forestry Center land is “rightfully ours.” The 3,400-ac

U confronts troubled history with tribal nations

Tribal leaders statewide have called on the U to own up to actions "rooted in institutional racism," including land seizures, research on tribal members and museums that failed to return sacred objects.
Jocelyn Hernandez-Swanson, a University of Minnesota Extension educator, worked with the City of Northfield to create a leadership development program

University of Minnesota Extension teaching about race, equity in rural communities

The University of Minnesota Extension adds anti-racism to its fundamental lessons.
Globe University, Woodbury, shown in a 2015 photo by GLEN STUBBE * gstubbe@startribune.com

Minnesota attorney general strikes $39M deal to forgive loans, compensate students defrauded by for-profit colleges

The agreement comes after a court battle involving two trials, several appeals and bankruptcy filings by the schools.
The Minnesota State college system’s board of trustees named Edward Inch president of Minnesota State University, Mankato and Deidra Peaslee preside

New presidents named for Minnesota State University, Mankato and St. Paul College

Mankato appointee to succeed longest-serving college president in Minnesota.
Law Enforcement trainees Mona Zeidan, left, and Dariano Giancola practiced breaking each other’s grips on the barrel of a practice gun during law en

Minnesota State colleges consider police training focus on anti-racism

Task force recommendations will be voted on Wednesday.
The number of women serving on the University of Minnesota’s 12-member governing board increased from three to five after state lawmakers elected ne

Legislature boosts number of women on U Board of Regents

Five women now serve on the U's 12-member Board of Regents.
Rachel Croson

University of Minnesota provost manages crisis, plans for post-pandemic future

One year later, the chief academic officer weighs future of hybrid, online learning.
iStockphoto.comEntrance to the campus of the University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota students decry PAC influence in Legislature's election of new regents

Students criticized current regents for donating to the PAC.
A mostly deserted University of Minnesota campus shown in April. University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel laid out a plan for social distancing in

U of M classes will be 'fully on-campus' this fall

The university's leaders said fall coursework and activities should resemble what they were before the pandemic.
Minnesota Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker speaks during an April 2020 news conference. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP, Pool)

Minnesota education commissioner resigns; deputy to take over

Deputy Commissioner Heather Mueller to be agency's new leader.
This file photo shows the University of St. Thomas campus in St. Paul in January. The university is adding an Institute for Trauma-Informed Education.

New University of St. Thomas institute will train teachers to identify, respond to student trauma

Student trauma may have worsened during pandemic.
University of Minnesota Morris Chancellor Michelle Behr, who has led the U’s Morris campus since February 2017, will retire June 25.

U Morris chancellor to retire at end of academic year

Michelle Behr has led the U's Morris campus since 2017.
Professor Jeffrey Gralnick spoke with students after a microbiology class at the University of Minnesota last July .] Jerry Holt •Jerry.Holt@startri

College instructors question why they aren't being prioritized for vaccines

Professors say they face similar risks as K-12 educators, who have been designated as vaccine priorities.
A University of Minnesota Board of Regents meeting.

Legislative committee picks finalists for four seats on University of Minnesota's Board of Regents

The picks set up a final vote by the full Legislature.
Legislators propose 'bill of rights' for student borrowers

Legislators propose 'bill of rights' for student borrowers

Legislation would give commerce commissioner oversight authority.
University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel is pictured in this file photo from July 2019. GLEN STUBBE • glen.stubbe@startribune.com

U Rochester's new hybrid program offers glimpse at future of higher ed

The NXT GEN MED program will combine online and in-person instruction in an accelerated year-round format, allowing students to complete their studies in just over two years instead of four and graduate with less debt.
This file photo shows Boynton Health at the University of Minnesota where students can seek mental health care. ANTHONY SOUFFLE • anthony.souffle@st

University of Minnesota launches student mental health initiative

U announces first systemwide effort to address student mental health.
In this file photo, the University of Minnesota Board of Regents is pictured at a December 2018 meeting. GLEN STUBBE • glen.stubbe@startribune.com

Lawmakers, regents concerned about 'undue influence' in U regent elections

A 24-member council charged with recruiting and recommending qualified regent candidates has become too political, says its chairman.
Elena Williams worked on some MCTC school work as her son, Parker, 4, played with a Star Wars toy in his room Wednesday night. ] AARON LAVINSKY • aa

Minn. college students with children face overwhelming balancing act in pandemic

With kids learning from home, many say their own courses take back seat.
Entrance to the campus of the University of Minnesota.

U regents OK free tuition to students with families making less than $50,000

The regents approved dozens of long-term priorities.
The entrance to the campus of the University of Minnesota. (Ken Wolter/Dreamstime/TNS) ORG XMIT: 5894430W

U pledges to slash grad rate disparities, recruit more students of color by 2025

U leaders lay out five-year diversity goals.
University of Minnesota Police Chief Matt Clark, shown in 2015.

Minnesota police association defends University of Minnesota police, demands student apology for 'inaccurate' allegation

Student's account disputed by video.
Gov. Tim Walz answered a question from a reporter during a press conference to debut his state budget plan for the next two years Tuesday at the Depar

Walz proposes automatic college acceptance for qualifying seniors

Walz's budget includes $150 million in new spending for higher education.
Abdulaziz Mohamed, a University of Minnesota sophomore majoring in political science and economics, has accumulated over $10,000 in college debt.

Pitch to cancel $10K in student debt excites young Minnesotans

Minnesota college students and advocates are excited about the possibility of loan forgiveness, but they acknowledge more sweeping changes are needed to protect future borrowers from falling deep into debt.
U Police Chief Matt Clark spoke at a news conference in 2015. The U shared findings of an outside review of its Police Department on Tuesday.

U police should wear body cams, consider unarmed approach, review finds

The U tapped an outside expert to review campus police last fall.
Andrea Peterson, teacher and former mayor of Grand Marais

Andrea Peterson, first female mayor of Grand Marais and former Minnesota teacher of the year, dies at 82

Andrea Peterson poured her heart into public service, teaching elementary school for more than three decades and serving nearly four terms as the first female…
Students walked on the campus of Winona State University in September.  CARLOS GONZALEZ • cgonzalez@startribune.com

State's public, private colleges receive $300M in latest round of aid

Minnesota colleges are breathing a sigh of relief as they prepare to collect more than $300 million in federal stimulus aid, which will help them…
The University of Minnesota, pictured in April 2020, will not accept new students into many of its liberal arts doctoral degree programs this fall. GL

University of Minnesota scales back liberal arts Ph.D. programs amid pandemic

The U halts admission into many of its doctoral liberal arts programs.
Five St. Thomas students robbed at gunpoint by suspects in ski masks

Five St. Thomas students robbed at gunpoint by suspects in ski masks

The robbery occurred just before 3 a.m. Saturday near Selby Avenue in St. Paul.
State health officials offered private tours to community organizations of free COVID-19 testing sites as well as a chance to get tested. Here, Gettan

Minnesota reports 1,364 new COVID-19 cases, 40 more deaths

The newly reported deaths bring the statewide total to 5,927.
The University of Minnesota is embarking on an initiative to examine the school’s history with tribes and teach residents about racial justice. GLEN

University of Minnesota initiative to examine school's history with tribes, teach residents about racial justice

The new U initiative is backed by $5 million in grant funding.
Devinder Malhotra, chancellor of Minnesota State college system,  Photo credit: Renee Jones Schneider

University of Minnesota, Minnesota State colleges make plea for state funding boost

Both college systems are grappling with large budget deficits.
Seniors from various Twin Cities area high schools celebrated at a drive-in graduation ceremony for graduates with ties to Shiloh Temple in June.

Fewer Minn. seniors filing for financial aid, raising fears of enrollment loss

The trend could lead to enrollment decrease, sidetracked plans.
The Legislature is beginning the process to select new members of the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents, pictured here in 2018. GLEN STUBBE

Twelve candidates named for University of Minnesota's Board of Regents

Four seats on the U's governing board are up for grabs.
More than 130 professional and clerical employees at Augsburg University in Minneapolis voted overwhelmingly Thursday to form a union.

Augsburg University staff become first unionized professional staff at a Minnesota private college

Augsburg administrators have pledged to work with the union.
Students lined up for Covid-19 tests at the University of Minnesota before the Thanksgiving holiday. RICHARD TSONG-TAATARII • richard.tsong-taatarii

Minnesota students, professors say college during pandemic was 'not a lot of fun'

Months of online classes and social distancing took a toll on many. But the various campus life restrictions that institutions put in place appear to have paid off.
Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Myron Frans.

Former state budget chief works to solve $166M deficit at U

Myron Frans has experienced a sort of déjà vu since taking over as the University of Minnesota's chief financial officer in September.The longtime state budget…
In this May 31, 2020 file photo, visitors make silent visits to a memorial featuring a mural of George Floyd, near the spot where he died while in pol

Are Minnesota colleges doing enough to fight for racial equity?

Student leaders call for more urgency.
The University of Minnesota, pictured in April, is considering taking on debt to cover a budget shortfall amid the pandemic. GLEN STUBBE • glen.stub

University of Minnesota mulls taking on more than $80 million in debt to cover budget deficit

The school faces an estimated $166 million shortfall.
The entrance to the campus of the University of Minnesota. (Ken Wolter/Dreamstime/TNS)

U eyes tuition-free program for students whose families make $50,000 or less

U leaders will discuss the proposal with the Board of Regents.
Ramsey County Sheriff-elect Bob Fletcher

Ramsey County residents weigh in on Sheriff Bob Fletcher's performance

More than 200 tuned in, many to oppose making sheriff's job appointed.
University of St. Thomas student killed in western Wisconsin crash

University of St. Thomas student killed in western Wisconsin crash

A University of St. Thomas student was one of two young women killed in a one-vehicle crash on Interstate 94 in western Wisconsin this weekend.Kyra…
St. John's University president to step down at end of academic year

St. John's University president to step down at end of academic year

The interim president of St. John's University will step down at the end of this academic year, the private college announced last week.Eugene McAllister, who…
The University of Minnesota was mostly deserted in April.

Lawsuit seeks tuition refund for University of Minnesota students after disrupted spring semester

The lawsuit alleges the U breached contract with students by charging full tuition for online classes.
Pedestrians walked past a University of Minnesota sign along University Avenue.

University of Minnesota student injured in chemical explosion inside campus lab

The student suffered noncritical injuries and is being treated at a hospital.
Ashley Winter, left, and Ty Karnes looked at slides through microscopes Tuesday in their anatomy and physiology 2 class at Duluth’s Lake Superior Co

State's two-year schools losing students during the pandemic

Minnesota's community colleges are bleeding students during the COVID-19 pandemic, a reversal of what has typically occurred during economic downturns.
C. Robert Morris

'Legendary' University of Minnesota law professor C. Robert 'Bob' Morris dies at 92

Bob Morris loved nothing more than to mingle with his fellow University of Minnesota faculty and take promising law students under his wing.Morris taught torts,…
Volunteer Lauren Burroughs made sure this particular station was sanitized for the next person. At the U of MN Field House, about 2,000 students, staf

Minn. college students face a real-life test: Go home for Thanksgiving?

Even though she already has had COVID-19, Emma Zellmer is hesitant about returning home from college for Thanksgiving. The Minnesota State University, Mankato junior is…
Students walk on the campus of Winona State University in September. CARLOS GONZALEZ • cgonzalez@startribune.com

Minnesota State colleges seek $120 million budget increase from Legislature

Strapped state unlikely to grant system's request.

Maple Grove man charged with defrauding PPP of more than $500K

A Maple Grove man was charged Monday with defrauding more than half a million dollars from the federal Paycheck Protection Program, a key source of…
Metro Transit Police investigated a shooting on a Green Line train at Rice Street and University Avenue W. in St. Paul on Monday, Nov. 16.

Police searching for suspect who shot man on light-rail train in St. Paul

The shooting occurred on a Green Line train near the Capitol/Rice Street station.