About On Campus


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With top-notch private liberal arts colleges, a major research university and a slew of strong state colleges and universities, Minnesota is prime country for watching higher education.

MPR blog On Campus explores it — and give you a heads-up on the news and trends affecting our classrooms, our campuses and our wallets.

On Campus aims to become the hub in your search for information on all things higher education in Minnesota. It’ll scour the ivory towers and technical schools around the state to bring new ideas and voices to the educational debate — and back it up with original reporting, curated articles and selected links.

Whether it’s through an interesting news article, college video or even a snarky cartoon, On Campus will aim to enlighten — and have a little fun in the process.

Key to all of this is your input. Let’s hear your two cents about what’s up. Have a tidbit of news? Another take on what’s going on? Even a college video that makes you laugh? Share it and keep the conversation going.

My background

I was the first in my family to get a college degree — a bachelor’s in journalism with a minor in history from the University of Georgia in 1989. I studied in Germany for 5 years, worked as a newspaper reporter here and abroad for 15, and got a master’s degree from the London School of Economics at the age of 42. I covered K-12 and higher education for several years in Monterey, California.

I know what it’s like to be a nontraditional student. On my first day in grad school, a twentysomething classmate asked me if I was her professor.

I know what it’s like to be a working student. To this day, I still fume over the way the scholarship counselor at Georgia belittled my hard-earned 3.5 GPA.

And yes, I’m still paying off student loans.