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The Board of Regents convene for their December 2019 meeting at the McNamara Alumni Center on Thursday, Dec. 12.

Regents address COVID-19’s impact on UMN finances; administrators to take out more than $45 million in loans

May 17, 2021
The board also approved changes to the American Indian Advisory Board policy.
University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel fields questions from the Minnesota Daily in her office on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019.

Gabel reflects on the past academic year and looks ahead to fall semester

May 5, 2021
The University president also shared her response to calls for reform within the University’s police department and announced the new Senior Advisor for Native American Affairs in a virtual interview Monday.
Left: Dave Golden, Director of Public Health and Communications at Boynton Health. Right: Jill DeBoer, Deputy Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy.

Meet the University of Minnesota’s COVID-19 vaccine team

April 28, 2021
Employees from Boynton Health and other public health units worked to plan and implement vaccine clinics at the University of Minnesota.
Joan Gabel on Zoom

Gabel talks UMPD’s involvement in policing Daunte Wright protests

April 15, 2021
The University president also discussed the possibility of renaming campus buildings in an interview with the Minnesota Daily.
Biden’s American Rescue Plan to deliver $97 million in relief funds to UMN

Biden’s American Rescue Plan to deliver $97 million in relief funds to UMN

April 3, 2021
The COVID-19 relief bill, signed into action on March 11, designates approximately $40 billion for higher education.
Episode 84: Meet the new regents

Episode 84: Meet the new regents

April 1, 2021
In this episode, we talk to three of the four newly elected regents, including James Farnsworth, Kodi Verhalen and Ruth Johnson, about their backgrounds and goals for their six-year terms.
The University's Board of Regents convene on Friday, Sep. 14, 2018 at McNamara Alumni Center.

Meet the University’s new regents

March 26, 2021
The state legislature elected four new regents to the board earlier this month.
Chris Cramer visits Branden Moriarty's lab in the Cancer & Cardiovascular Research Building, Feb. 25, 2020.

Vice President for Research Chris Cramer announces departure from University

March 22, 2021
In his time as vice president for research, Cramer has established several specialized research offices and helped the University exceed $1 billion in research expenditures.
The University's Board of Regents convene at the McNamara Alumni Center on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019.

New regents selected to UMN’s Board of Regents; Hsu not reelected

March 15, 2021
The Minnesota State Legislature voted on the new board members Monday.
The Board of Regents convene for their December 2019 meeting at the McNamara Alumni Center on Thursday, Dec. 12.

Students weigh in on board priorities, raise ethical issues with regents election

March 13, 2021
The board also discussed the University’s COVID-19 response in a virtual meeting Friday.
Joan Gabel on Zoom

Gabel talks fall 2021 semester, with goal of increasing in-person instruction

March 2, 2021
The University president said course formats for fall semester, as well as study abroad programs, will be dependent on public health guidelines.
Sarah Mai

To address healthcare worker shortage, UMN collaborates with Google and Mayo Clinic

February 27, 2021
The NXT GEN MED program will launch on the Rochester campus in Summer 2022.
The University's Board of Regents meets on Friday, June 14, 2019 at McNamara Alumni Center in Minneapolis. The meeting covered topics including policy revisions, Board of Regents operations, and University tuition. Four new regents were also sworn in at the meeting.

Regents change how they handle president’s requests for urgent action 

February 25, 2021
The Board of Regents must approve before the president makes urgent decisions, such as financial and public safety matters, for the University. 
Photo courtesy of Carolyn Porta, a University of Minnesota professor of nursing. Porta is the Principal Investigator on AHEAD.

UMN collaboration seeks to strengthen healthcare workforce in Afghanistan

February 19, 2021
The University will work with other colleges in the U.S. and Afghanistan to develop curriculum, research capacities and train faculty for a five-year period.
The Board of Regents meet about the East Gateway Project Resolution, on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. The Board of Regents holds a meeting each month.

Regents discuss campus safety review; confirm tuition-free program for low-income families

February 13, 2021
The board also confirmed several initiatives as part of the systemwide strategic plan, including an alcohol sales agreement.
Study by UMN researcher finds discrimination can lead to anxiety disorders

Study by UMN researcher finds discrimination can lead to anxiety disorders

February 10, 2021
The research shows that discrimination, regardless of genetic factors, can contribute to anxiety.
What Biden’s federal student loan pause means for UMN students

What Biden’s federal student loan pause means for UMN students

February 3, 2021
University officials, students and a student finance expert weighed in on President Joe Biden’s federal student loan freeze and other future policy changes.
Joan Gabel on Zoom

Gabel talks UMPD safety review, Biden’s higher ed policies and CARES funds

February 2, 2021
University President Joan Gabel also discussed the ongoing Board of Regents election with the Minnesota Daily in a virtual interview Monday.
Student Affairs Vice President Calvin Phillips poses for a portrait. Photo courtesy of university of Minnesota Relations.

Dr. Calvin Phillips joins University’s senior administrative team

January 25, 2021
Phillips will serve as vice president for student affairs and dean of students beginning on March 1 pending Board of Regents approval.
An empty lot stands across from the Cargill building, on the University's St. Paul campus, on Monday, Oct. 19.  The lot will be the site of the proposed Microbial Cell Production Facility.

Regents take next steps on BioMADE collaboration

January 9, 2021
The University projects that the partnership will result in a net cash flow of about $270,000 during the initial five-year period.
Joan Gabel on Zoom

Gabel reflects on fall semester, talks plans for COVID-19 and tuition cost

December 19, 2020
The University president also discussed the budget deficit in a virtual interview with the Minnesota Daily Friday.
How reporting COVID-19 violations works at the U

How reporting COVID-19 violations works at the U

December 15, 2020
Policies, and consequences, may vary depending on whether students are subject to University housing rules, just the Student Conduct Code, or are part of Greek life.
Regents discuss public safety and a proposed free tuition program for families making less than $50,000

Regents discuss public safety and a proposed free tuition program for families making less than $50,000

December 12, 2020
The board also provided feedback to administrators on the systemwide strategic plan, and discussed budget shortfalls at their virtual meetings on Thursday and Friday.
The Board of Regents convene for their October 2019 meeting at the McNamara Alumni Center on Thursday, Oct. 10.

Regents weigh in on potential challenges and priorities for UMN in 2021

December 9, 2020
Board members discussed the financial impact of COVID-19 and the impact of the pandemic on enrollment and student experiences at the University.
University President Joan Gabel poses for a portrait over Zoom.

Gabel talks presidential election impact, campus safety and tuition

November 21, 2020
University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel also discussed plans for spring semester and COVID-19 testing with the Minnesota Daily.
An empty lot stands across from the Cargill building, on the University's St. Paul campus, on Monday, Oct. 19.  The lot will be the site of the proposed Microbial Cell Production Facility.

University collaboration aims to further bioindustrial manufacturing industry nationwide

November 11, 2020
The University of Minnesota is currently collaborating with the U.S. Department of Defense and nonprofit organization BioMADE.
UMN constructs new committee to oversee all sexual misconduct hearings, including for staff and faculty

UMN constructs new committee to oversee all sexual misconduct hearings, including for staff and faculty

November 5, 2020
This committee will serve in a hearing process for sexual misconduct cases across all five system campuses.
University receives $75.4 million in state funding to be used for improvement and renovation

University receives $75.4 million in state funding to be used for improvement and renovation

October 24, 2020
This funding will go toward different projects around all five system campuses.
Regent Darrin Rosha speaks during a meeting on June 8, 2017. Rosha was among those who questioned the annual salary of Myron Frans in September 2020.

Appointment of Myron Frans as senior University leader prompts conversation about pay in higher ed

October 23, 2020
Frans will earn $399,000 annually as the senior vice president for finance and operations.
Boynton Health’s east bank location COVID-19 testing stations stands empty on Wednesday, Sep. 16.

University to mail each student a COVID-19 saliva testing kit via Vault Health

October 23, 2020
Costs for faculty and staff tests are covered by the state through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act funds, while the University is covering the costs of student tests.
Joan Gabel on Zoom

Gabel talks COVID-19 testing expansion, spring semester and University finances

October 17, 2020
The University president also discussed the status of the University’s finances and student tuition.
Freshman Rogan Isbell poses for a portrait outside the Link, an off campus residential building, on Tuesday, Sep. 29. Isbell intended to live in a dormitory this year, but had to find housing elsewhere as a result of the pandemic.  He signed a lease with The Link in August. “I’m just glad that I was able to find some housing, and not be too stressful on me personally.”

Nearly half of University-owned housing unoccupied for fall semester

October 1, 2020
Some students have opted to live at home or in off-campus housing this fall.
University announces plans for spring semester, proposes delaying spring break until April

University announces plans for spring semester, proposes delaying spring break until April

September 24, 2020
These updates were communicated in an email sent to faculty on Thursday.
University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel fields questions from the Minnesota Daily in her office on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019.

Gabel breaks down MTest program, reflects on U’s actions throughout COVID-19 pandemic

September 18, 2020
The University president also discussed the review of UMPD and guidelines for residence halls.
Hailee Schievelbein

The University’s COVID-19 dashboard is live, but officials warn it’s incomplete

September 7, 2020

The University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) recently implemented a virtual dashboard that includes data on the prevalence of COVID-19 on the Twin Cities campus. The...

Moving carts fill the mailroom at Middlebrook Hall on Saturday, March 21. Many freshmen at the University of Minnesota moved out of University housing as a result of COVID-19.

University announces additional guidelines for students residing in University housing

September 1, 2020

The University announced additional guidelines for students residing in University housing in a systemwide email sent Tuesday. The new guidelines, called the Maroon and Gold Sunrise Plan, limit time...

Illustration by Sarah Mai

Regents approve two weeks of online classes and move-in delay, discuss COVID-19 spread on campus

August 24, 2020

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents voted 8-3 to move fall undergraduate classes online for at least two weeks and to delay residential hall move-in at a virtual special meeting Monday.  The...

Social distancing signs flag down seats in Hanson lecture halls on Tuesday, July 28 at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. All classes during July-mester enforced social distance protocols.

Breaking down the ‘July-mester’: A trial run for fall

July 31, 2020

The University of Minnesota is in the midst of its July-mester — select in-person classes serving as a trial run for the fall semester.  The University is using the July-mester to help determine...

Morgan La Casse

University extends travel restrictions as logistics remain uncertain

July 30, 2020

The University is adapting travel experiences for faculty and students this fall as restrictions get extended to Sept. 30.  The details of travel operations across the University of Minnesota remain...

The University’s Student Unions and Activities has recommended that student groups attempt to host all meetings virtually throughout fall semester.

Student groups develop plans for in-person meetings during fall semester

July 22, 2020

Student groups at the University of Minnesota will be allowed to meet in-person during fall semester amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to President Joan Gabel and other administrators.  These...

The University’s Student Unions and Activities has recommended that student groups attempt to host all meetings virtually throughout fall semester.

Student groups develop plans for in-person meetings during fall semester

July 22, 2020

Student groups at the University of Minnesota will be allowed to meet in-person during fall semester amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to President Joan Gabel and other administrators.  These...

The Medical School, the School of Dentistry and several graduate degrees in the College of Science and Engineering have special circumstances that exclude them from the tuition freeze for the 2020-21 academic year.

A closer look at the programs excluded from the 2020-21 tuition freeze

July 16, 2020

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, President Joan Gabel froze tuition for students at the University of Minnesota for the 2020-21 academic year. Under this decision, approved by the Board of Regents...

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A dining area inside the Carlson School of Management sits empty.

University looks to extend food service contract with Aramark

July 16, 2020

The University of Minnesota’s office of University Services has brought forward a proposal to further extend its contract with Aramark Corporation. This extension is due to the financial implications...

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

Trump administration repeals ruling barring international students from taking entirely virtual courses

July 14, 2020

The Trump administration has overturned the ruling stating that international students taking all virtual classes were at risk for deportation. This ruling was made in a court hearing held Tuesday. According...

The Board of Regents convene for their October 2019 meeting at the McNamara Alumni Center on Thursday, Oct. 10.

Regents talk retirement options, Title IX and fall semester at July meeting

July 10, 2020

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents discussed plans for fall semester, financial sustainability and Title IX policy changes in a virtual meeting held July 8 and 9. The board also held its annual...

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

UMN launches study measuring University impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic

July 2, 2020

The University of Minnesota is continuing work on a study that measures the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on students, faculty and staff. The ongoing study observes participants’ feelings towards the...

Illustration by Luis Mendoza

University administrators work to comply with Title IX policy

July 1, 2020

The University of Minnesota is in the process of revising portions of Title IX policy following new legislation from the U.S. Department of Education. These new guidelines will impact how the University...

An in-depth look at President Gabel’s systemwide strategic plan

An in-depth look at President Gabel’s systemwide strategic plan

June 24, 2020

The University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents recently approved President Joan Gabel’s systemwide strategic plan at their June meeting. The plan, formally titled the "Impact 2025 Systemwide Strategic...

Illustration by Luis Mendoza

Disability Resource Center works to implement ‘universal instructional design’ across classes

June 18, 2020

The Disability Resource Center is developing a system to make video captions and subtitles a universal standard for learning in classes at the University of Minnesota. Typically students who may need captioned...

The COVENTOR ventilator. (Image courtesy of UNews)

UMN COVID-19 ventilator designs released to outside manufacturers for free

June 16, 2020

The University of Minnesota released the design requirements needed to produce the COVID-19 ventilator, or Coventor, to outside non-medical manufacturers. The ventilator was developed by researchers at...

The Board of Regents convene for their December 2019 meeting at the McNamara Alumni Center on Thursday, Dec. 12.

Regents pass systemwide plan, approve fall reopening strategies and 2021 budget

June 13, 2020

The Board of Regents finished its June meeting Friday, hearing reports from University of Minnesota leaders and voting on measures that will impact the University’s operation in the coming years.  The...

The Board of Regents convene for their October 2019 meeting at the McNamara Alumni Center on Thursday, Oct. 10.

Regents endorse fall reopening plans, 2021 budget and salary cuts

June 12, 2020

The University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents discussed plans for the fall semester, the annual budget and salary cuts in a virtual meeting Thursday. The Finance and Operations Committee approved the...

President Joan Gabel fields questions in her office in Morrill Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 15.

Gabel recommends University reopen in fall, end in-person classes at Thanksgiving

June 5, 2020

University president Joan Gabel is recommending that the University of Minnesota reopen for fall semester –  using a mix of formats in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a systemwide email sent...

Illustration by Luis Mendoza

More than 1,000 researchers resume work as Twin Cities campus begins to reopen

June 2, 2020

With select areas of campus reopening following the guidance of state officials, a growing number of researchers at the University of Minnesota are resuming their work. This process officially began May...

Around 1,000 researchers resume work as Twin Cities campus begins to reopen

June 2, 2020

With select areas of campus reopening following the guidance of state officials, a growing number of researchers at the University of Minnesota are resuming their work. This process officially began on...

Illustration by Sarah Mai

President Gabel, University leaders respond to questions in virtual town hall

May 21, 2020

Leaders from across the University of Minnesota answered questions from students, staff and faculty in a virtual town hall meeting Wednesday. Discussions at the meeting included the University’s budget,...

The Board of Regents convene for their October 2019 meeting at the McNamara Alumni Center on Thursday, Oct. 10.

Regents talk University finances and COVID-19 impact at May meeting

May 9, 2020

The University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents continued to discuss the impacts of COVID-19 and the 2021 budget at their final meeting of the academic year. The two days of meetings focused on the University’s...

Illustrated by Morgan La Casse.

UMN offers increased career services to aid in student job search

May 5, 2020

Departments across the University of Minnesota are offering virtual career services to ease the transition for students preparing to enter the workforce. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies...

Illustration by Sarah Berezovsky

For teachers in training, distance learning poses new challenges

April 30, 2020

With Minnesota universities and K-12 schools online through the end of the school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students seeking education degrees and teaching licenses must fulfill their student...

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

University continues use of Zoom amid questions about privacy

April 25, 2020

As individuals across the University of Minnesota have come to rely on Zoom to complete classes and work remotely, experts are offering recommendations to improve the platform’s security. With Zoom’s...

The Board of Regents meet about the East Gateway Project Resolution, on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. The Board of Regents holds a meeting each month.

Board of Regents confirm undergraduate tuition freeze for next academic year

April 21, 2020

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents approved a tuition freeze and discussed enrollment and budget concerns in response to the COVID-19 pandemic at a special meeting Tuesday. The board unanimously...

Board of Regents confirm undergraduate tuition freeze next academic year

April 21, 2020

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents approved a tuition freeze and discussed enrollment and budget concerns in response to the COVID-19 pandemic at a special meeting Tuesday. The board unanimously...

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

In the time of remote classes, veterinary students learn surgery — over livestream

April 15, 2020

The College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota is implementing camera technology to help teach animal surgeries to students. For students taking clinical courses, the switch to remote...

A community collection box for COVID-19 PPE donations sits outside of the Fay Thompson Center for Environmental Management on Tuesday, April 7. This collection is part of a larger campus effort to consolidate PPE and provide it to healthcare workers.

Hundreds of University researchers donate personal protection equipment from labs

April 8, 2020

A University of Minnesota task force is collecting gloves, masks and other supplies from labs across the University in an effort to aid clinics, testing labs and hospitals combating COVID-19. Hundreds...

The Board of Regents meet about the East Gateway Project Resolution, on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. The Board of Regents holds a meeting each month.

Regents move to increase student fee refunds, discuss financial implications of COVID-19

April 7, 2020

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents gathered in a virtual meeting Tuesday to discuss their response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including a potential tuition freeze and extended student refund period. The...

A man walks his dog along a quiet Washington Avenue bridge on Saturday, March 21.

University approves 100% refund for housing, dining fees after March 28

April 3, 2020

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents approved President Gabel’s systemwide refund plan Friday, reflecting over $27 million lost in revenue for the University that will be sent back to students.  In...

University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel addresses the Minnesota Senate on the University's plans to contend with COVID-19, otherwise known as the Coronavirus, at the State Capitol on Tuesday, March 10.

Pending vote, University could lose over $27 million in refunds to students

April 2, 2020

The University of Minnesota could lose more than $27 million in additional refunds due to the COVID-19 pandemic, pending a vote at a Board of Regents meeting Friday.  President Joan Gabel has proposed...

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

UMN researchers to study link between crime and overservice of alcohol

April 1, 2020

University of Minnesota researchers will study data collected from bars, restaurants and sports venues to evaluate initiatives to reduce alcohol-related crime. The data used in the study tracks the physical...

Hailee Schievelbein

U halts new, non-critical animal and plant research studies under COVID-19

March 30, 2020

The University of Minnesota is monitoring plant and animal studies as researchers adjust to new guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic. Because animal and plant studies rely on the use of chemicals,...

Pioneer Hall's newly renovated dining hall as seen on Wednesday, Aug. 21.

Campus dining halls adjust to COVID-19; Sanford and Comstock to close

March 21, 2020

University of Minnesota dining halls are instituting new safety procedures for the food preparation and distribution process during the COVID-19 outbreak. Although classes will be held online through the...

Illustration by Sarah Mai

Partnership looks to increase STEM graduates of color

March 19, 2020

 As a partner in a program nationally known as the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, the University of Minnesota is working to increase the number of students of color who graduate...

Haille Schievelbein

Committee works to improve graduation and retention rates for students of color

March 5, 2020

The Multicultural Student Success Committee at the University of Minnesota is working to create more support programs to improve retention rates for students of color. Following the committee’s formation...

Will Bergstrom collects unused food from the Blegen Hall Subway on Friday, Feb. 28. Every Friday, the Subway location donates their unused food that would otherwise be thrown away.

U, students partner to recover leftover food from dining halls for donation

March 1, 2020

In collaboration with a local nonprofit organization and a University of Minnesota student group, M Dining will donate uneaten food from various residential and on-campus locations ahead of spring break. Throughout...

Veterinary Student Cailey Malnarick, left, performs a check-in exam on

Addressing a shortage, UMN creates degree for rural veterinarians

February 26, 2020

A new University of Minnesota degree will focus on rural veterinary practices to address the shortage of veterinarians in the Greater Midwest. The program, which is a collaboration with South Dakota State...

Eva Berezovsky

New UMN-developed epilepsy rescue treatment receives FDA approval

February 20, 2020

 A new epilepsy 'rescue' medication developed by University of Minnesota researchers will make receiving treatment more accessible for patients who suffer from seizures. The first of its kind medication...

Rapson Hall, home of the College of Design, on the University's Minneapolis campus on Tuesday, Feb. 18. 

College of Design awarded for diversity, inclusion projects

February 20, 2020

The University of Minnesota’s College of Design is focusing on advancing equity, diversity and inclusion into the classroom for students and faculty. Through faculty and student research, course curriculum,...

Dr. Maria Gini, a professor of robotics, observes a robot in Shepherd Labs on Thursday, Feb. 6. Starting this fall, the University will be offering a Master’s program for robotics.

UMN unveils master’s degree in robotics

February 10, 2020

A new master's degree in robotics offered through the University of Minnesota will work to offer jobs and internships to current students and graduates. The three-semester program, which is currently accepting...

Researchers Michelle Corkrum, left, and Alfonso Araque, right, pose for a portrait in the Winston and Maxine Wallin Medical Biosciences Building on Wednesday, Jan. 29. The scientists helped lead a recently published study demonstrating a potential new method for conducting drug addiction treatment.

UMN researchers make advances in drug addiction treatment

February 3, 2020

New University of Minnesota Medical School research has found key advancements in drug addiction treatment. Researchers focused specifically on brain cells called astrocytes and chemicals like dopamine...

Eva Berezovsky

Geometry, math and design from UMN to North Minneapolis

January 30, 2020

A new program founded by University of Minnesota professors will bring math, geometry and design into the classroom for youth in North Minneapolis. In a state that ranks 48th and 50th in high school graduation...

Top clothing brands fail to meet plus-size consumers' needs, research finds

Top clothing brands fail to meet plus-size consumers’ needs, research finds

January 23, 2020

New University of Minnesota research shows inconsistent plus-sizing standards across a multitude of major clothing retailers including Walmart, Kohl’s and Target. The findings suggest that none of the...

Students and faculty march towards Morrill Hall as part of the UMN Climate Strike on Friday, Dec. 6. Those in attendance criticized the University’s policies on fossil fuel usage.

U student group: UMN should declare a climate crisis, divest from fossil fuels

December 9, 2019

A new University of Minnesota student group held a march Friday to demand the University divest from fossil fuels and do more to address the climate crisis. A group of more than 50 students and community...

Courtesy of M Health Fairview.

New campus MRI machine to expand surgery capability

December 5, 2019

A new medical suite at the M Health Fairview Medical Center at the University of Minnesota features an MRI machine capable of improving patient outcomes and surgery success rates. The clinic officially...