“They’re saying in particular my daughter is going to the University of Minnesota, and we are really concerned. We’re getting these crime alerts. They’re sending us these crime alerts. We’re scared. What’s happening? What are you doing?”
Although this week’s hearing has been prompted by concerns at the U’s Twin Cities campus, the Minnetonka DFLer says she has invited law enforcement officials from various metro-area schools and cities to the Capitol.
She says the public needs to hear a comprehensive review of what they’re doing to keep students safe:
“You’ve got all these different entities protecting our kids. I think it’s important for the public to be able to have a venue where they hear a comprehensive approach to what we’re doing to keep our kids safe.”
Bonoff said hearings such as Tuesday’s should help foster more cooperation among law enforcement officials. And she said she wants to know if police face any legal obstacles to better enforcement or need more resources that legislators could provide.
It liked the system’s idea of having colleges stop competing so much and instead coordinate curricula and administrative functions to a degree not seen before, saying that by adopting the plan, “Battleship MnSCU began to turn last week.”
Their recommendations, which now have the force of MnSCU policy, are geared to produce a more efficient and effective educational engine.
It also cautioned that the plan needs full faculty participation:
MnSCU’s faculty should understand that they share a mission to serve Minnesota, in institutions that are accountable to the public …
That statement (and more) drew this response by union activist and Metropolitan State University professor Monte Bute:
The editorial suggests that our demand that CTF recognize distinctive workforce missions between community and technical colleges and state universities is insubordination. The newspaper also implies that our cautionary warning that CTF honor local control and decentralization is obstructionist. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
Black colleges face uphill battle to survive These institutions are among the most vulnerable among universities and colleges of all types beset by financial woes. As a group they suffer disproportionately from small endowments, subpar facilities, and underprepared students. And with lower graduation rates on average, they would be particularly vulnerable under President Barack Obama’s proposal to financially punish colleges and universities that graduate the fewest students. (The Hechinger Report)
New SAT delayed to 2016 The decision to delay the rollout of the new SAT could give the ACT more time to solidify its position in the college admissions testing contest. (The Washington Post)
More College Adjuncts See Strength in Union Numbers Adjunct faculty members, considered the working poor of academia, are increasingly turning to the Service Employees International Union to gain higher pay and a semblance of benefits. (The New York Times)
When I reported recently on declining graduate-school enrollment at the University of Minnesota, I asked College of Design Dean Tom Fisher about another phenomena I’d found: big increases in the enrollment of foreign students. His school saw some of the biggest jumps at the U, posting a 209 percent increase over the past five years Read more →
Minnesota Agriculture Education Leadership Council chief Sarah Dornink tells the Star Tribune that one of the big things making it hard to recruit and retain agriculture teachers — a declining resource in this state — is that agribusiness keeps luring them away: “When you graduate from college with debt, it’s hard to say no to a $55,000 salary, Read more →
The U.S. faces a doctor shortage America is running out of doctors, and next year’s influx of patients will strain the current supply. The nation will be 91,500 physicians short by 2020, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. (Hot Air) How to say no to students When Rex Brynen’s political science students at McGill University Read more →
Just came across this nice Vine video — a 360-degree shot of snow on the Bemidji State campus. It is the first one I’ve seen in Minnesota, but if you have seen others, send them in. Time to get in to the spirit — or at least get used to it. Update: I may have Read more →
A couple of updates to the structural racism debate at Minneapolis Community and Technical College: First, instructor Shannon Gibney has filed an appeal of the administrative reprimand she received over how she handled a heated discussion with three white male students. You may recall that a top campus official wrote Gibney that she’d created a Read more →
Daniel Luzer of Washington Monthly writes that although he has sympathy for Shannon Gibney, the Minneapolis Community and Technical College instructor reprimanded for how she handled a class discussion on structural racism, there’s a point to consider: Structural racism is a very difficult concept to teach to students, and professors have to be very careful about Read more →
Measuring the Wealth Effect in Education John Jerrim studied access to high-status universities in Britain, the United States and Australia. At elite private American universities, for example, students are six times as likely to come from a professional as a poor or working class background. (The New York Times) The Bill That Could Save College Students $1,200 a Year Two Read more →