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Winona State University professor Darrell Downs writes in MinnPost that June’s “Charting the Future” strategy report by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system is a “ham-handed” attempt at consolidation that will short-change students. Among the report’s proposals are campus mergers and the relocation and elimination of academic programs. Downs writes: Contrary to the MnSCU Read more

At a listening session yesterday at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, political-science sophomore Nate Krautz asked Sen. Terri Bonoff what legislators have done to curb the escalating cost of textbooks. The Minnetonka DFLer who chairs the Higher Education Committee replied that lawmakers did address the problem last session — and wanted to address it even Read more

amusement park

Gustavus Adolphus College‘s website describes what happened when senior history major Keenan Madson arrived for an internship this summer to work with historians and engineers at Chime-long Paradise, the largest amusement park in China: Upon arriving at Chime-long, Madson was handed a theatrical candy cane-striped costume and told to greet park attendants at the entrance. Read more

U.S. Capitol

This announcement just in: Sens. Klobuchar, Franken and Reps. Peterson, McCollum, Walz, Nolan Announce $20 Million to Help Minnesota Community & Technical Colleges Grants Will Fund Development and Expansion of Innovative Training Programs for High-Demand Fields  Today, U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Reps. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), Betty McCollum (D-Minn.), Tim Walz Read more


For those academics unfamiliar with crowdsourcing, here’s an example to get your juices flowing: University of Minnesota chemistry professor Chris Cramer recently went on Twitter to ask what math requirements were for chemistry majors at other schools:   He then collected the international collection of tweeted replies on Storify, which you can find here. If Read more