During yesterday’s Senate hearing on campus safety, Metropolitan State University public safety director Thomas Maida raised a few eyebrows with his testimony on the challenges of prosecuting crimes on campus: “When we’ve had crimes, and we’ve identified a specific individual, we’ve really struggled with investigations with the police department. We’ve struggled with moving investigations forward Read more

This was forwarded to me. It appears MnSCU Chancellor Steven Rosenstone has called for an audit of Metropolitan State University’s payroll problems. His take so far: This appears to be an isolated problem. Other than the random errors that occasionally arise in processing the payroll for 18,000 faculty and staff across our colleges and universities, Read more

Update: This afternoon, I received this from Metropolitan State Inter Faculty Organization Council: “Today, the St. Paul Pioneer Press published a story by Frederick Melo reporting that the Metropolitan State Inter Faculty Organization (IFO) Council is considering a vote of no confidence in President Sue Hammersmith. This claim is incorrect. … (No) motion concerning a Read more

Metropolitan State University biology professor and Inter Faculty Organization leader John Schneider emails colleagues about an inquiry ordered into university payroll problems that have kept many employees from receiving pay, promotions and other compensation increases this summer: “The audit will certainly find flaws.” Faculty and staff have been asked to review their pay stubs for Read more

First some neighborhood folks had issues with Metropolitan State University’s plans for a parking ramp. Now University of Minnesota civil engineering professor David Levinson and director of the NEXUS research group on transportation says the proposal to charge students and employees for it — regardless of whether they use it — is wrong: So if Read more

Late last week I posted about MnSCU officials’ concerns that Metropolitan State University could not handle the demand for four-year degrees all by itself. I asked MnSCU officials: So if Metropolitan State isn’t producing enough, how many more should it be producing? They didn’t have any exact numbers. So far, what they have provided are Read more

The state-run colleges and universities system says it needs to dramatically expand the number of four-year degrees it produces in the Twin Cities metro area, according to a report released at this week’s meeting of MnSCU trustees. St. Paul-based Metropolitan State University is the only MnSCU university in the Twin Cities. It has an enrollment Read more

Deanna Foster, executive director of the Dayton’s Bluff Community Council, tells the Pioneer Press why some residents are upset over a skyway that’s part of Metropolitan State University’s expansion plan, which is expected to cost tens of millions of dollars: “One of the things about Dayton’s Bluff is that it has wonderful views of the Read more