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Students, faculty safe from quake

May 5, 2015

University of Minnesota students and faculty members on a semester-long study abroad trip were safely evacuated from Nepal Saturday evening after a massive earthquake devastated the country on...

At Capitol, rural areas a main focus

April 29, 2015

State lawmakers are placing a heavy emphasis on helping residents outside of the Twin Cities this year, and higher education policies are no exception.   Since Republicans took control of the House...

With heavy opposition, final House bill passes

April 28, 2015

From tuition relief to sexual assault prevention strategies, higher education policies are causing gridlock at the state Capitol this session.   The Republican-controlled House passed its all-encompassing...

Hopes for tuition freeze renewed

April 21, 2015

A bill that would partially fund a tuition freeze at the University of Minnesota is one step closer to approval from the full Legislature.   Senators passed a higher education bill on Monday that...

U could save millions on TCF Stadium

April 20, 2015

University of Minnesota leaders and state lawmakers have proposed a new way to bolster the prominence of the Medical School.   Legislators passed a plan last week that would allow the University to...

Higher ed bill omits funding for freeze

April 15, 2015

State officials who will help determine the University of Minnesota’s budget unveiled a proposal Monday that doesn’t include funding for the school’s requested tuition freeze.   Republicans...

Dayton prioritizes education in address

April 13, 2015

In his fifth State of the State address, Gov. Mark Dayton stressed that continued support for education is imperative for maintaining and improving the state’s economic success.   The governor...

Dayton issues State of the State address

April 9, 2015

Gov. Mark Dayton gave his fifth State of the State address Thursday evening, reiterating education and transportation as his top priorities. “Right now, we have a rare moment of opportunity,”...

Dayton’s plan gives $100M to University

April 8, 2015

Gov. Mark Dayton suggested appropriating $100 million to the University of Minnesota for a variety of projects in his bonding bill proposal released Tuesday. The governorâÄôs plan âÄî which...

University President Eric Kaler answers questions following his State of the University address at Coffman Union's theater on Thursday.

Kaler updates goals during State of the University address

April 6, 2015

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler laid out his goals for next school year in his fourth annual State of the University address.   Kaler addressed several priorities for the institution on...

Minneapolis’ city council passes resolution in response to Indiana bill

April 3, 2015

The Minneapolis City Council passed a resolution on Friday that calls for Indiana and 27 other states to provide protections for the LGBT community that cover housing, employment and public accommodations,...

Kaler announces goals for the University

April 3, 2015

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler addressed University community members in the fourth annual State of the University speech Thursday. Kaler named four priorities to focus on for next...

College Possible seeks $4M

April 1, 2015

When Laura d’Almeida emigrated from Togo in West Africa to Minnesota in 2010, she wanted to go to college. But she said the difficult process of applying and preparing for post-secondary education...

Higher education bill roundup

March 30, 2015

The 2015 legislative session reached its halfway mark last week. Bills that propose policy changes needed to be approved by committees in both the Senate and the House on or before Friday. After legislators...

Dean of the Medical School Brooks Jackson, left, and Dean of the School of Nursing Connie White Delaney, prepare to cut the ribbon at the Nurse Practitioners Clinic Tuesday evening. The new nurse-led clinic will officially open April 6.

U opening first nurse-led clinic

March 25, 2015

The University of Minnesota’s first nurse-led clinic will open in less than two weeks, following a new law that allows nurse practitioners to work independently from physicians. Besides providing...

Bill could boost funding for Somali youth

March 24, 2015

State lawmakers want to lend additional support to Somali youth in Minnesota who may be at risk of gang violence, drug abuse and radicalization. A bill introduced this session would appropriate state money...

Hemp bill gains support

March 12, 2015

State legislators want to realign hemp laws in Minnesota with a recent federal change that helps researchers study the plant. The Minnesota Industrial Hemp Development Act introduced last month would redefine...

Bill targets diversity of teachers

March 9, 2015

State lawmakers are looking to address a lack of diversity among Minnesota teachers. Recently introduced legislation would establish a grant program for organizations that aim to diversify the teaching...

Kaler speaks at Senate committee about University’s budget

March 4, 2015

President Eric Kaler spoke at the state Senate’s Higher Education and Workforce Development committee today to present the University of Minnesota’s budget request for next biennium. The University...

Ruling may impede on research

March 3, 2015

An upcoming Minnesota Supreme Court decision that could tighten the public’s access to child maltreatment documents has raised concern among child welfare advocates and University of Minnesota researchers. Before...

Gov. Mark Dayton addresses the state's budget for the next biennium and how he plans to use the $1.9 billion surplus at the Capitol on Friday.

With surplus, freeze is feasible

March 2, 2015

Considering the state’s nearly $2 billion surplus in the upcoming biennium, Gov. Mark Dayton plans to cover the entire cost of the University of Minnesota’s request to expand its tuition freeze...

University could benefit from nearly $2 billion surplus

February 27, 2015

Gov. Mark Dayton said Friday that he plans to fully fund the University of Minnesota’s proposed tuition freeze for resident students after an updated economic forecast projected a nearly $2 billion...

Lawmakers seek to help with loan debt

February 25, 2015

Minnesota lawmakers are looking to provide assistance to student loan borrowers who are at risk of defaulting. The bills introduced at the Legislature this month would create a student loan debt counseling...

Bill addresses sexual assault

February 23, 2015

State lawmakers are looking to reform sexual assault policies at colleges and universities across Minnesota this year. Rep. Marion O’Neill, R-Maple Lake, introduced legislation earlier this month...

State leaders reach commissioner raise deal

February 21, 2015

Minnesota’s political leaders reached a deal Thursday to delay pay raises for state commissioners after weeks of controversy about the increases, reported the Star Tribune. Gov. Mark Dayton’s...

Debate over road repair funds continues

February 16, 2015

While Minnesota faces a $12 billion shortfall for transportation funding, state lawmakers and University of Minnesota researchers are debating sustainable solutions to fund transit needs. But recently...

Legislators mull STEM incentives

February 10, 2015

From the state Legislature to the University of Minnesota, measures to increase the number of science, technology, engineering and mathematics degrees awarded have received increased attention in recent...

University researchers look to improve teen driving

February 10, 2015

Researchers at the University of Minnesota have developed a smartphone application that warns new drivers if they engage in potentially dangerous situations. For nearly 10 years, University research fellow...

Principal Investigator and Assistant Professor in the Neuroscience Department Sylvain Lesn trains neuroscience major Kaelyn Holgerson at a lab in the Wallin Medical Biosciences Building on Monday. State legislators recently proposed to create a grant program in Minnesota that would appropriate $10 million to research Alzheimer's and other dementia diseases.

With aging population, Alzheimer’s a main focus

February 3, 2015

Minnesota’s aging population is putting pressure on researchers of Alzheimer’s disease, which some lawmakers say highlights the need for more sources of funding for the studies. State legislators...

Gov. Mark Dayton fields questions on his $42 billion budget proposal at the Minnesota Department of Revenue on Tuesday. His proposed budget allocates only about half of the University of Minnesota's request to continue a tuition freeze for undergraduate students who pay in-state tuition and resident graduate students.

University faces uphill battle for funding

January 28, 2015

University of Minnesota officials may have their work cut out for them at the Capitol this legislative session. The school is requesting $127.2 million in state funding over the next biennium, which includes...

Program director Kenneth Eban testifies in front of the Education Innovation Policy Committee Thursday morning at the State Office Building.

Student group pushes education reform

January 27, 2015

As the legislative session moves forward, the Capitol is becoming a popular hangout spot for some University of Minnesota students. Students for Education Reform, a campus student group,  is...

Construction on athletic facilities to being by September

January 23, 2015

By Logan Wroge Construction on the University of Minnesota’s “Athletes Village” project must begin no later than this September. The $190 million plan is having $150 million fast-tracked...

Rep. Drew Christensen, R-Savage, poses for a photograph outside the State Office Building on Wednesday. He is a University student and the youngest member of the state Legislature this session.

From the U to the Capitol

January 22, 2015

Amending laws, policymaking and attending committee meetings aren’t included in the typical schedule of a University of Minnesota senior. Unless you’re Drew Christensen. The Republican from...

Kaler seeks support for four-year programs

January 14, 2015

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler said lawmakers shouldn’t overlook four-year degree programs in response to a recently proposed bill that would offer some students two years of free community...

Experts, officials consider criminal policy reform

December 9, 2014

Lawmakers and University of Minnesota experts are eyeing criminal policy reform at the state and federal level. Minnesota has made recent changes to its criminal correction and punishment policy, but advocates...

Legislators address students’ concerns about retirement

December 8, 2014

State government is preparing to provide better care for retirees in the coming decades, at a time when many young people are concerned for their financial security at the end of their careers. With the...

Healthcare violence prompts legislative action

December 4, 2014

A patient turned violent against a nurse at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, in early September, choking her and leaving her uncertain about the profession she chose. “My life...

McNeil expected to plead not guilty

December 2, 2014

University of Minnesota basketball player Daquein McNeil plans to plead not guilty to charges that claim he assaulted his girlfriend and wants to return to school as soon as possible, his attorney said...

Education leaders talk disparities

November 26, 2014

State and school leaders agree that curbing Minnesota’s achievement gap, or the differences in educational results between white students and students of color, begins with early childhood development. Advocates...

New group targets corruption in politics

November 20, 2014

A new grassroots student group hopes to fight corruption in government by changing the laws around political donations at the local and national levels. The University of Minnesota chapter of the national...

Advocates: Minnesota needs more alternative fuel

November 18, 2014

As Minnesota lawmakers push for the use of alternative fuel, some say progress should be quicker. Changes to biofuel requirements and electric vehicle charging rates have led Minnesota’s efforts...

University student heads medical marijuana office

November 13, 2014

The task of running Minnesota’s new Office of Medical Cannabis falls to a University of Minnesota student. Michelle Larson, a third-year doctoral student, is in charge of making sure the state’s...

Split government could cause gridlock

November 10, 2014

Majority control of Minnesota’s Legislature will be split in 2015 for the first time in eight years, which could lead to gridlock in policymaking and higher education issues. Republicans took control...

Hausman keeps state House seat for 14th term

November 5, 2014

State Rep. Alice Hausman, DFL-St. Paul, defeated Republican challenger Jon Heyer on Tuesday in the race to represent Minnesota House District 66A. Hausman won by a wide margin and captured more than 67...

With clock ticking, students pushed to vote

November 4, 2014

In the brisk early afternoon hours of Halloween, a group of costume-clad campaigners went door-knocking — not to collect candy but to collect signatures. The volunteers were working to persuade people...