Student research is booming where you might not expect it – Minnesota’s two-year community colleges. Once known as places that taught only introductory science courses, they’re conducting research with a level of sophistication that faculty members say wasn’t seen as recently as five years ago. The surge is part of a national movement that faculty Read more

Last week I posted the response of a Metropolitan State University professor, who said the Star Tribune‘s editorial board was portraying faculty as “obstructionist” toward MnSCU’s Charting the Future plan for more coordination among campuses. Looks like the Rochester Post-Bulletin also had little patience for uppity faculty: An early draft of the report was criticized Read more

Last month, the Star Tribune editorial board praised the new direction taken by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system in its Charting the Future plan. It liked the system’s idea of having colleges stop competing so much and instead coordinate curricula and administrative functions to a degree not seen before, saying that by Read more


Daniel Luzer of Washington Monthly writes that although he has sympathy for Shannon Gibney, the Minneapolis Community and Technical College instructor reprimanded for how she handled a class discussion on structural racism, there’s a point to consider: Structural racism is a very difficult concept to teach to students, and professors have to be very careful about Read more

I have Herzing’s reaction below: This announcement just in from the Minnesota Attorney General’s office: MINNESOTA ATTORNEY GENERAL AND HERZING UNIVERSITY REACH SETTLEMENT OVER LACK OF ACCREDITATION OF MEDICAL ASSISTANT ASSOCIATE DEGREE PROGRAM             Attorney General Lori Swanson and Herzing University, a for-profit college based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, entered into a settlement today arising out Read more

Got this late yesterday from Minneapolis Community and Technical College. It’s in response to news-media attention over a confrontation during a class discussion of structural racism. The gist:  At MCTC, we believe it is essential for our faculty to actively engage students in respectful discussions in the classroom regardless of topic and to create an Read more