First, the video above is the intro to a short series of University of Minnesota tutorials on stem cell research. I’m doing some prep for tomorrow’s U of M roundtable discussion on how the anti-cloning amendments going through the state legislature would affect the business community. I hope to live-blog it at 9 a.m., so Read more →
Archives for April 2011
Michael Jordan, director of undergraduate academic affairs for the University of St. Thomas, tells TommieMedia what he thinks of computerized course recommendation programs — and why his school isn’t interested in them: “I’d be skeptical that any outside system would be able to provide reliable information analogous to the degree evaluation. We have a person Read more →
Remember when the University of Minnesota Board of Regents defended its policy of keeping the names of presidential candidates private until the final round — and that final round had just one candidate (Eric Kaler of Stony Brook)? The reason given was that the the media spotlight might scare away potential candidates — those who’d Read more →
With this month marking the tenth anniversary of MIT OpenCourseWare — in which MIT offers free access to things such as course syllabi, lecture notes, exams and so forth — the edu-tech blog Mindshift (part of the Argo news blog network that I belong to) has a list of ways it has “freed” education. The Read more →
Score another one for the two-year colleges. Anoka Technical College’s precision sheet-metal class seems to offer what most students dream of: free classes, pre-arranged job interviews and high chances for a job right after graduation. This KSTP segment talks about the course — how the $2,000 classes are free because of a Department of Labor Read more →
Democrats object to changes to tuition reciprocity with Minnesota Four Democrats on the state’s budget committee raised objections to proposed changes to Wisconsin’s tuition reciprocity program with Minnesota. (Wisconsin State Journal) State cutbacks send may to private colleges A growing number of students are so frustrated by cutbacks at public campuses that they are flocking Read more →
U of M scare is over, folks. From the U: The Science Teaching and Student Services Building on the East Bank is now re-opened. Public safety and facilities staff have concluded their search of the building and found no questionable items. We’re estimating that approximately 1,000 students were impacted by the brief closure.
Just got this from U spokesman Dan Wolter: The U of M is evacuating our Science Teaching and Student Services building because of a threat that was made against the facility. More specifically, a bomb threat. Law enforcement will conduct a precautionary search of the facility and it will be re-opened as soon as possible.
Organizers of the unionization of University of Minnesota’s graduate assistants say they’ll be working through the summer to boost even higher the number of student cards calling for a union election. Supporters say they want collective bargaining for pay and benefits, and want a better way to resolve work issues. The Minnesota Daily reports the Read more →
“I don’t know if (the ordinance) is something I’ll see when I’m here, but I would come back to see whatever does happen with it.” — Winona State University senior Laura Senefeld, who is on a campaign to have single-use plastic bags banned from the city. She has shown the documentary Bag It on campus Read more →