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The Minnesota Daily

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Undergrad education gets

Published April 21, 1998

and Jeremy Taff A branch of a respected think tank slammed American research universities in a report released Monday, suggesting undergraduates are shortchanged at the expense of faculty research. University...

Supreme Court supports hospital records audit

Published February 25, 1998

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the government did not err when it refigured Medicare reimbursement costs for medical training at a University-affiliated St. Paul hospital. By a 6-3 vote, the...

Clinton: College degree should be higher priority

Published January 28, 1998

and Joe Carlson While labelling 1997 "the most important year in a generation for education," President Clinton delivered an emphatic plea Tuesday to make a college degree as universal as a high school...

Regents elect new chairmanin close vote

Published June 17, 1997

and Jeremy Taff Amid parliamentary shuffling and a series of tense roll call votes, the Board of Regents on Friday elected William Hogan II and Patricia Spence chairman and vice chairwoman for the University's...

Budget’s long-term impact may be limited

Published June 17, 1997

The Board of Regents got its first peek Thursday at next year's $1.5 billion operating budget that would boost faculty pay and hold tuition hikes to their lowest point in years. University officials could...

Regents close book on tenure

Published June 17, 1997

Two years of haggling over contested changes to the faculty tenure code ended in less than three minutes Friday as the Board of Regents unanimously accepted a compromise tenure proposal. "I wish we could...

Ramaley drops out of president race

Published December 9, 1996

Editor's note: This story, which covers recent developments in the University's presidential search, is being included apart from the urban legends format of this issue. and Joel Sawyer For the second...

U’s finance committee collapses

Published December 5, 1996

When University officials pitch their case to the Legislature for higher funding next year, there won't be a separate subcommittee to sift through the budget request. Under new committee alignments announced...

Board of Regents approves the candidate selections

Published December 2, 1996

With little discussion, the Board of Regents unanimously accepted an advisory search committee's slate of candidates to be finalists for University president. In Wednesday's special meeting, which lasted...

U is hungry for budget leftovers

Published December 2, 1996

Chris Vetter With the announcement of a state surplus of nearly $1.4 billion over the next two years, the University's chances of getting increased funding from the state might have improved. State officials...

Mark Yudof

Published November 27, 1996

University of Texas at Austin Provost and Executive Vice President Mark Yudof did not have many fans among faculty when he took his current position two years ago. Many viewed the Philadelphia-native-turned-Texan...

Regents weighcandidates in meeting today

Published November 27, 1996

One has a reputation for being a reliable, business-like administrator. Another is heralded for her vision as an innovator and community builder. And a third is seen as an intellectual giant and stern...

Roundtable suggests education superboard’

Published November 19, 1996

A roundtable commissioned by Gov. Arne Carlson suggests that a super-governing board might help move Minnesota colleges forward as the new millennium approaches. Six Twin Cities business leaders, known...

Price tag for coach may be high

Published November 18, 1996

and Joel Sawyer University President Nils Hasselmo said Friday that the school will do whatever it takes to attract a top-notch football coach to replace Jim Wacker, who announced his resignation Tuesday. "We're...

Carlson may tap adviser

Published November 18, 1996

Gov. Arne Carlson is expected today to name McKnight Foundation Executive Vice President Michael O'Keefe as Jean Keffeler's replacement on the Board of Regents. The appointment would come more than two...

Potential Hasselmo successors are revealed

Published November 18, 1996

After months of private meetings and deliberations, three candidates were publicly identified Friday as possible successors for University President Nils Hasselmo. The candidates, who have yet to be labeled...

U delegation to visit Asia

Published November 14, 1996

University President Nils Hasselmo, Board of Regents Chairman Tom Reagan and six other University representatives will embark Tuesday on a two-week, three-country tour of Asia. The entourage will meet...

Third regent seat opens up

Published November 14, 1996

Wendell Anderson announced this week that he will not seek a third term on the Board of Regents, ensuring that at least a quarter of the board will be composed of new members next year. Earlier this month,...

Regents pass tenure plan

Published November 8, 1996

Despite a last-minute appeal by Jean Keffeler to hold off on tenure reform, the Board of Regents passed a new Law School tenure code Thursday. "I'm concerned about what such action might say about how...

Law School is fair game

Published November 7, 1996

With the table already crowded with four tenure proposals, Board of Regents Chairman Tom Reagan said Wednesday the board will pass a new proposal for the Law School faculty today. The regents are able...

Finances are also on regents’ agenda

Published November 7, 1996

The University Board of Regents will meet today and Friday to discuss a host of issues, including the University's tenure battle and measures that could save the school millions in short-term debt payments. Tenure...

Tenure: no end in sight

Published November 4, 1996

Jim Martyka and Joel Sawyer Dubbed everything from a civil war to the abortion issue of academics, the University's tenure crisis experienced new twists Thursday when Jean Keffeler announced her resignation...

Regent Keffeler steps down

Published November 1, 1996

Board of Regents member Jean Keffeler tendered her resignation Thursday, leaving many at the University shocked by the announcement. Keffeler, whose resignation will take effect Dec. 1 or when a replacement...

Kelso will seek release of AHC’s embargoed funds

Published October 31, 1996

State Rep. Becky Kelso said Wednesday she will propose legislation to release a $6.6 million appropriation for the Academic Health Center which legislators had tied to tenure reform. The DFLer from Shakopee,...

Hasselmo jets to build U support

Published October 30, 1996

University President Nils Hasselmo and President Bill Clinton spent their day Tuesday on similar campaign trails. Each man spoke about the strides taken during his term and promoted an agenda for the...

Criticism arises over tenure consultants

Published October 25, 1996

Too far away and too far removed is how some University faculty members and administrators view the Board of Regents' tenure consultants. Currently, the board relies on one policy consultant and two law...

‘Governance with teeth’

Published October 18, 1996

With a faculty union election looming in the University's future, clarifying what a potential union would resemble tops the agenda for union organizers. Retaining a faculty governance structure and avoiding...

University Presi…

Published October 17, 1996

University President Nils Hasselmo told more than 200 people in Rarig Center on Wednesday that the University is facing difficult times, but is well-prepared for the 21st century. "We are being tested...

Kim, Neel seek 2nd terms as regent selection starts

Published October 15, 1996

Five months of politicking and lobbying for four seats on the Board of Regents officially begins Tuesday. Incumbent regents Hyon Kim and H. Bryan Neel plan to campaign for a second term, while Regent...

Regents send biennial budget to governor

Published October 14, 1996

Although it took an hour of debate and a rousing pep talk by Regent and ex-Gov. Wendell Anderson, the University's Board of Regents voted unanimously Friday to send the school's two-year budget request...

U considers building new golf course

Published October 11, 1996

More than 700 acres of University-owned land in Rosemount could become the home to a new University golf course at virtually no cost to the University. If the Board of Regents agrees to go forward with...

Tenure reformon deck for Law School?

Published October 10, 1996

Although the Board of Regents is constrained from changing tenure for the majority of University faculty members, regents are likely to present tenure changes specific to the Law School at the board's...

Students say first debate was more snooze than news

Published October 8, 1996

The first of two debates between presidential candidates Bob Dole and Bill Clinton on Sunday provided few surprises and did little to change the minds of University voters. "It was the battle of the soundbites,"...

Regents hold closed meeting

Published October 4, 1996

After meeting in private Thursday for almost two hours longer than scheduled, Board of Regents members remained tight-lipped on the extent to which tenure was discussed. Eleven of the 12 regents, three...

Carlson enters tenure debate

Published October 3, 1996

Gov. Arne Carlson announced Wednesday that he has a plan to jump-start tenure discussions between the Board of Regents and University faculty members. Carlson's office has begun forming a three-member...

New CLA dean plans for future

Published October 2, 1996

Outgoing College of Liberal Arts Interim Dean Robert Holt and new dean Steven Rosenstone jointly addressed the CLA Assembly on Tuesday regarding the recent accomplishments and future goals of the college. "The...

Conferences strengthen ties to Sweden

Published September 30, 1996

Recently 45 Swedish visitors packed University President Nils Hasselmo's Morrill Hall office. Hasselmo, a Swedish native, felt right at home. The visitors were repaying an earlier visit by Hasselmo. In...

Union effort unites faculty organizations

Published September 27, 1996

Jim Martyka In an indication of strengthening unity among University faculty members, a prominent faculty organization said Thursday it would support the University Faculty Alliance in its effort to unionize. The...

Profs shed high profile to teach

Published September 27, 1996

Few students who entered Marvin Marshak's Physics 1451 recitation knew that their professor held another job as one of University President Nils Hasselmo's top aides. Of the few Institute of Technology...

Registration vexing to some Extension students

Published September 27, 1996

Teri Stephens was on track to graduate within the next two years. But Stephens' graduation date, along with others in the Regents' Scholarship program, may be delayed because of new registration restrictions...

Damage to professor’scomputer investigated

Published September 26, 1996

When professor Bob Sonkowsky arrived at his office in Folwell Hall on Sept. 16, the University Faculty Alliance member immediately sensed things were not right. Sonkowsky, who is responsible for collecting...

Changes to the f…

Published September 26, 1996

Changes to the faculty tenure code were put on hold indefinitely Sept. 13 when the state issued a cease-and-desist order freezing all current terms of employment for University faculty. The state's Bureau...

Layoffs are key to debate

Published September 26, 1996

Editor's note: With the issuance of a cease-and-desist order by the state Bureau of Mediation Services forbidding further tenure discussions by the University Board of Regents and University faculty until...

Tenure issues persist at U

Published September 24, 1996

Editor's note: Proposed revisions to the faculty tenure code have been a source of conflict between University regents, administrators and faculty for more than a year. Beginning Thursday, the Daily will...

Four-year graduation guarantee approved by officials

Published August 14, 1996

Graduating by the year 2000 just became easier for some freshmen entering the University this fall. Administrators announced Tuesday the University will offer a four-year graduation guarantee to freshmen...

U Card system to serve other schools

Published August 14, 1996

Although it's not yet as popular as American Express, the Universal ID Card is gaining recognition as more than 10,000 Metropolitan State University students will become users this September. U Cards...

Mysteryletter sparks anger

Published August 12, 1996

An anonymous group that claims to represent faculty members has circulated a document in recent weeks demanding drastic changes in the University's tenure policy. The group, which calls itself the Independent...

U students scurry in search of housing

Published August 7, 1996

After three months of house hunting and 10 trips to the University's housing service, University student Adam Patterson is still looking for a place to live this fall. The College of Liberal Arts sophomore...

Fulbright celebrates 50 years of learning

Published August 2, 1996

In 1968, 37-year old Nils Hasselmo set off for his native country, Sweden, to conduct bilingualism research funded by a Fulbright Scholarship. Without the scholarship, which the University president credits...

Administrators postpone biweekly pay conversion

Published July 31, 1996

University administrators will postpone their plans to convert all employees to a biweekly pay system, University President Nils Hasselmo said Tuesday. "We are going to go ahead with the conversion,"...

Seven-month search for CLA dean ends with regents’ OK

Published July 31, 1996

The seven-month search for a College of Liberal Arts dean officially ended Monday when the Board of Regents approved the appointment of University of Michigan professor Steven Rosenstone. Rosenstone will...

Delay of pay change urged

Published July 19, 1996

University Faculty Consultative Committee members passed a resolution Thursday urging administrators to delay conversion to a biweekly pay system. But Marvin Marshak, senior vice president of Academic...

Regents respond to Carlson’s request

Published July 18, 1996

In a formal response to Gov. Arne Carlson's request that the University reinstate former surgeon John Najarian, Board of Regents Chairman Tom Reagan said the University's decisions must be made without...

Debate over tenure reform puts state lawmakers at odds

Published July 18, 1996

Tenure code changes have been a source of conflict between University officials and faculty members for many months. But now debate has intensified among Minnesota state legislators. A University Faculty...

U’s concerns carry into new fiscal year

Published July 15, 1996

There was no champagne or party favors, and the Board of Regents didn't have to wait until midnight for their new year to begin. The regent meetings last week marked the beginning of the University's...

Officials want funding increase

Published July 15, 1996

University officials plan to ask the Legislature to pay half of the University's operating costs under a proposal presented to the Board of Regents on Friday. Although the 1998-99 biennial budget request...

U considers graduation guarantee

Published July 15, 1996

A select number of incoming University students may be guaranteed graduation in four years under a new program starting this fall. Administrators unveiled the program to the Board of Regents on Friday...

Merger plans become clearer

Published July 12, 1996

More than $150 million in University Hospital and Clinic assets could be transferred to Fairview Health System as part of the proposed merger between the two health care providers. University officials...

State questions U’s wish to alter tenure

Published July 12, 1996

Tenure revisions will wait until this fall, said the Board of Regents on Thursday. And while regents expressed continued support for proposed tenure changes suggested by the Faculty Senate, at least two...

Carlson comes calling

Published July 12, 1996

Gov. Arne Carlson's insistence Wednesday that officials reimburse Dr. John Najarian for legal fees and reinstate the surgeon as a tenured professor was the latest in a string of demands the governor has...

Regents will talk merger

Published July 10, 1996

University officials will update the Board of Regents on Thursday on the proposed merger between the University Hospital and Fairview Health System. Regents will also view critical measures pertaining...

Leaders debate faculty union

Published July 3, 1996

Universities traditionally pride themselves on promoting independent thought. But when faculty members believe their academic freedom is threatened, is collective representation for faculty the answer?...

A committee beg…

Published June 28, 1996

A committee began meeting Thursday to search for University President Nils Hasselmo's successor, but some question arose as to whether the group can adequately represent the interests of the entire University...

McKnight Foundation grant honors U faculty

Published June 26, 1996

The McKnight Foundation announced Monday that the University Foundation will receive more than $300,000 in grants for this fiscal quarter. Almost $11 million was distributed Monday to various Minnesota...

Hasselmo speaks on budget, tenure

Published June 26, 1996

Planning for the 1997-99 biennial budget request to the Legislature is the administration's top priority, University President Nils Hasselmo said Monday. During his monthly media briefing in Morrill Hall,...

Turtle race raises fundsfor hospital

Published June 21, 1996

Howard Schwartz left his office in the radiology department Thursday morning to head for the turtle races. Schwartz, the department's administrative director, has sponsored a turtle in the University-Variety...

Regents: Tenure code needs further revision

Published June 17, 1996

Faculty members, administrators and the Board of Regents agreed Friday that much progress has been made in the tenure review process. But the groups also recognized that revisions to the tenure code must...

Faculty members…

Published June 17, 1996

Faculty members, administrators and the Board of Regents agreed Friday that much progress has been made in the tenure review process. But the groups also recognized that revisions to the tenure code...

Regents approve committee to find Hasselmo’s successor

Published June 17, 1996

An advisory search committee to help find a successor for University President Nils Hasselmo was approved Friday by the Board of Regents. The committee, composed of 11 members, will work to submit finalists...

Board of Regents review new code of conduct policy

Published June 14, 1996

People who use University resources and facilities may be subject to a newly defined code of conduct if the Board of Regents approves it. Regents briefly reviewed the code Thursday and are expected to...

Regents to take up Faculty Senate’s resolution on tenure

Published June 12, 1996

The Board of Regents will take its first look at the Faculty Senate's proposed tenure code changes during the regents' monthly meetings Thursday and Friday. The tenure debate, which was intense during...

After two administrative bypasses, new VP is no longer a bridesmaid

Published June 11, 1996

Marvin Marshak equates himself to an actor in an audition. During the past year, Marshak has sought the roles of Arts, Sciences and Engineering provost and Institute of Technology dean. Each time, the...

Faculty approve tenure change

Published June 11, 1996

A new Universitywide, post-tenure peer review system could result in faculty pay reductions or termination under an amendment passed Thursday by the University Faculty Senate. Despite the amendment's...

Credit on campus: too available?

Published May 30, 1996

Imagine never having to carry cash. Imagine having the ability to buy $350 worth of clothes when the balance on your checkbook reads only $245 and getting a free T-shirt besides. Sound too good to pass...

MSA sought compromise on tuition hike

Published May 13, 1996

Minnesota Student Association members lobbied at this month's Board of Regents meeting with one goal in mind -- to fight an average 7.5 percent tuition increase found in University President Nils Hasselmo's...