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Undergrad education gets

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

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

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...

Budget’s long-term impact may be limited

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

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...

Regents elect new chairmanin close vote

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...

Ramaley drops out of president race

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

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...

U is hungry for budget leftovers

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...

Board of Regents approves the candidate selections

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...

Regents weighcandidates in meeting today

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...

Mark Yudof

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...

Roundtable suggests education superboard’

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...

Potential Hasselmo successors are revealed

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...

Price tag for coach may be high

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

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...

Third regent seat opens up

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,...

U delegation to visit Asia

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...

Regents pass tenure plan

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...

Finances are also on regents’ agenda

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...

Law School is fair game

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...

Tenure: no end in sight

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

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

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

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

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’

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…

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Registration vexing to some Extension students

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...

Union effort unites faculty organizations

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

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...

Damage to professor’scomputer investigated

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…

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

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

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...

U Card system to serve other schools

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...

Four-year graduation guarantee approved by officials

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...

Mysteryletter sparks anger

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

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

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

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,"...