This was no ice bucket challenge.

Last week, Minnesota State University – Moorhead President Anne Blackhurst went through a much tougher fund-raising stunt: Run 12.5 miles for the school.

And her two-hour feat — 50 laps around the university’s Ron Masanz Track — became even more impressive when she racked up $1.2 million in pledges, making it the most successful fundraiser in the school’s history.

Anne Blackhurst  Courtesy of MSUM

What’s more, she pledged $50,000 of her own money.

Before you start thinking it was too much of a grind, however, know that Blackhurst is a marathoner.

And yes, she was alone when she hit the finish line. Other participants ran a token lap or two.

What is a STEM occupation? A recent report by the U.S. Census Bureau said that 74 percent of all people who hold bachelor’s degrees in the four STEM subjects — science, technology, engineering and math — don’t have jobs in what are considered to be STEM occupations. So with a big national push to get young people to move into STEMS jobs, the question is: What is a STEM occupation? (The Washington Post)

Some degrees produce no bump in earnings, research finds Humanities and general-studies grads reportedly lose out on college premium. (The Hechinger Report)

UC to make some campus bathrooms gender neutral As part of a move to make UC campuses more comfortable for transgender and gay students, officials announced they would begin converting single-stall bathrooms into gender-neutral ones and include such facilities in new and renovated buildings. (Los Angeles Times)

New Universities in Asia Outranking Young Colleges in the West In an annual listing of the World’s Top 50 Universities under 50, published last week, the five top spots were taken by Asian universities. The list aims to rank the best universities established in the past half-century. (The New York Times)

Students Push Tougher Policy on Sex Assault Amid growing campus protests, more universities are changing their sexual-misconduct protocols and turning to some of their biggest critics—their students—for guidance. But even as the lines of communication open, few campus activists say they trust their schools to keep them safe or make sexual assailants accountable. (The Wall Street Journal)

State higher-education officials say a coding error in a state college-loan website has turned out to be much less threatening than once thought.

The glitch enabled unauthorized access to the personal data of up to 1,330 SELF Loan applicants between October 2013 and Sept. 2, the day officials corrected it, according to Sandy Connolly, communications director for the state Office of Higher Education.

During that period, she said, the site was accessed without proper authorization three times — each time by a different unwitting student. Officials see no signs of hacking or downloading of sensitive data.

“We are very relieved,” Connolly said. “We think this is a best-case scenario.”

The data included names, email addresses and Social Security numbers. The accounts in question are a fraction of the more than 100,000 accounts on the website.

State officials say no other financial information — such as loan data — was on the site.

Authorities discovered the error Sept. 2 after they were contacted by a University of Minnesota student who’d seen names and private data on the site. Staff immediately corrected the error.

Connolly said that in addition to the U of M student, students from both Minnesota State University – Mankato and The Travel Academy each made an unauthorized visit to the site.

She said they inadvertently logged onto the site as administrators instead of students — something the glitch enabled. Connolly said officials don’t know how long students were on the site or how much information they saw.

“It doesn’t appear that there’s any misuse,” she said.

The state contacted the holders of the 1,300 accounts. It has also removed Social Security numbers from the website.

Although even one compromised account is serious, Connolly said, the situation turned out as well as it could have.

She said, “We feel confident that the site is secure — even more secure now than it was before the coding error.”

Here’s a report that the state is making available to the accounts involved: