Five Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system trustee candidates have been approved by the Senate higher education committee — but not without concerns that one will be serving two masters. At today’s meeting, the committee approved Duane Benson, Philip Krinkie, Alfredo Oliveira, Thomas Renier and Michael Vekich. Sen. Sandy Pappas (DFL-St. Paul) voted against Krinkie, Read more

Emilie Thiessen, news editor of Saint Cloud State University’s student paper, the University Chronicle, argues that the “banded tuition” policy at some state schools — which charges part-time students more per-credit than it does full-timers — inadvertently punishes those students who can’t finish in four years (or aren’t ready to): … We would be encouraged Read more

So what do legislators think of state higher-education officials’ use of dire-but-impossible budget-cut scenarios that show what it would be like if sacrifices were made in just one area — such as faculty layoffs, school closures or double-digit tuition increases? I’ve received split reactions from two House higher-ed committee members — both educators — one Read more

Pulling the plug — A perfect storm is brewing that could change higher education Nevada is considering closing down five of its nine higher education institutions because of budget shortfalls this legislative term. And in California, at least three universities are considering going private because of the state’s lack of funding. In Connecticut, Montana and Read more