- Big Fish:The U’s Presidential Search Advisory committee has more than 100 nominees to succeed Robert Bruininks. It could also appoint two to four new regents, because some won’t be seeking another term.
- Education, Inc.: USA Today slams for-profit schools, saying they “are less a business model than a scam.” The Career College Association defends them, saying they don’t receive a disproportionate share of student aid, as critics claim.
- College vs. training: Washington Post columnist Jay Mathews disagrees with a teacher’s essay in USA Today that suggests college is overrated, and that too many students are going who shouldn’t.
- Tech to market: The new Minnesota Science and Technology Initiative Advisory Commission is trying to find ways to commercialize University of Minnesota research in areas such as biotechnology and renewable energy.
- The jocks are right: A study shows that students who exercise regularly in college have better grades.
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Alex Friedrich reports on higher education issues for MPR News. Among the stories he has covered: the fall of the Berlin Wall, aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, 2003 Moscow suicide bombing and 2004 presidential elections in the Republic of Georgia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and a master’s in European political economy from the London School of Economics.