Minnesota State Colleges and Universities trustees have approved potentially sweeping changes to how their colleges and universities do business. Leaders of the 31 MnSCU schools are being told to stop competing so much with each other for students — and start cooperating to an extent not seen before. They’ll need to rethink the academic programs Read more

Harvard researcher Dr. Chris Avery says in the Pioneer Press how the St. Paul-based College Possible differs from others in preparing low-income students for higher education: “While there are many organizations working to promote college access for low-income students, to my knowledge, College Possible is the only program that has demonstrated its success in increasing Read more

Louise Stenberg, who designs health education programs for the University of Minnesota‘s School of Public Health, tells MPR’s Lorna Benson why the new online game she helped create — Epidemic! — may lure students into public-health careers: “[An epidemic is] usually the time when public health does make the news and it’s usually the time Read more

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Some Minnesota private colleges are waiting nervously to see whether the association behind The Common Application works out a range of glitches in time for this fall’s early-decision application deadlines. The technical problems, which have garbled students’ applications and even prevented their delivery, blew the October early-admissions deadlines of Georgia Tech and the University of Read more

Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius tells the Star Tribune what Minnesota has to do despite leading all other states in the ACT college admissions test performance for the eighth year in a row: “We absolutely have to always address the achievement gap.” The paper explains: According to the results to be released Wednesday, 61 percent of Read more

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Students who take college classes while in still in high school often suffer from misconceptions that could hamper attempts to shave time off their college degrees, Minnesota education officials say. For Heidi Bobier, it meant not realizing that the art survey class she took at Ridgewater College while still in high school wouldn’t fully transfer Read more