Alex Friedrich, MPR.org/100.5 FM
Students at Minnesota's community and technical colleges could see an even better tuition deal than the one they've received over the past two years. Under a proposed $1.93 billion budget...
The University of Minnesota and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities systems will have to make more progress in increasing graduation rates, cutting costs and awarding degrees to receive full funding...
Admissions offices at many Minnesota colleges are awash in applications these days, and for some students it’s creating tougher competition for a spot at their first-choice school. Most campuses are seeing two or three times the number of applications they saw 30 years ago — a few see four or five times more — as technology’s made it easier than ever for students to apply to many schools. Most students will get an offer from their first-choice school, national surveys show.
University of Minnesota officials are expressing concern over the declining number of African-Americans attending graduate school there. Since 2010, the number of blacks in the U of M’s graduate and professional programs has dropped more than 15 percent to 428. Blacks now make up 2.7 percent of all master’s and Ph.D. students, down from 2.9 percent four years ago.
After years of urging students to go to college for four years, Minnesota’s education leaders are rethinking that push for a bachelor’s degree. More vocational education, they say, just might be the ticket for the state’s work force. Over the past two years, state officials have rolled out proposals to strengthen Minnesota’s vocational-technical network and improve the school pipeline to the workplace. Their efforts represent what some education leaders call a fundamental shift in how government and business are approaching vocational education. “I don’t think we’ve seen this level of invo