With legislators pressing them for budget-cut scenarios this week, officials from the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) have been using an interesting (and familiar) tactic that injects a little drama — necessarily or unnecessarily? — into the proceedings . So what are they doing? When explaining how a 15-20-percent Read more

Donna Shalala: UW-Madison needs new business model We are at a crossroads in 2011 with regard to UW-Madison and the University of Wisconsin System. It’s always uncomfortable to argue that the System’s flagship institution deserves special treatment. It’s not an argument that says UW-Madison is better; rather, it’s an argument that UW-Madison is different. (Wisconsin Read more

Legislators got a little animated during the House higher-ed committee’s meeting this afternoon. Several pressed Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) officials on several budget-related issues. Here are the highlights — and what got them going: Enrollment. Rep. Gene Pelowski (DFL-Winona) warned MnSCU) system CFO Laura King that enrollment increases caused by people seeking more Read more