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As education leaders debate the cost and accessibility of a bachelor’s degree at the University of Minnesota, the number of students entering graduate school there has been quietly dropping. The state’s research powerhouse has seen overall enrollment by slide by 9 percent over the past five years, eroded by a poor economy and unstable government Read more

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Carleton College classics professor Clara Shaw Hardy tells the Star Tribune that the college’s Pathways website, which helps students figure out how to turn a liberal-arts degree into a career, reflects a relatively recent parental desire to make such education relevant: “When I got here 20 years ago, I know I would have found it almost offensive. Read more

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When I spoke to state Office of Education analyst Tricia Grimes on Friday about the increase in the student-loan default rate, I mentioned that Lumina Foundation’s Zakiya Smith had expressed alarm over the issue. Smith had told the higher ed publication  Diverse that the defaulting students had begun their repayment period while the feds were trying Read more


Saint Paul College President Rassoul Dastmozd — whose campus has again topped Washington Monthly‘s list of best community colleges in the country– gives The Huffington Post his take on what some see as a skills shortage during the current rebound in manufacturing: I see this as opportunity knocking. He points to his college’s Right Skills Now for Manufacturing Read more