The U has announced more administrative cost-cutting. This from Tim Post: The University of Minnesota has announced plans to eliminate its Office of Academic Administration to save money and streamline operations. The move is expected to save the university $1.6 million eliminate five and a half positions. President Eric Kaler’s chief of staff, Amy Phenix, says Read more

Minnesota State University – Moorhead President Edna Szymanski tells The Advocate student paper why the university is phasing out its continuing studies department, which handles public-outreach programs: “Right now, this university is supported 64 percent by your tuition; for that reason, I can’t continue anything that doesn’t either benefit you directly, or in someway, generate a Read more

Gov. Mark Dayton gave a campaign-style speech yesterday to Education Minnesota in which he trashed the state’s recent higher-education cuts. From MPR’s Capitol View blog: Dayton called deep budget cuts to the University of Minnesota and MnSCU system “terribly misguided, terribly stupid, terribly short-sighted decisions” that could have been worse if union members like those Read more

Remember how some have questioned St. Cloud State’s decision to close down its aviation program because of low demand? Critics say the slump appears to be ending, and that now there’s actually a growing demand for commercial pilots. I’ve stumbled across a U.S. News & World Report that seems to agree, ranking pilots among its list Read more

Last week I wrote about Minnesota State University – Mankato’s aviation program and its potential contract with the Chinese government — apparent success amid news of closures of aviation programs at St. Cloud State and the University of Illinois. Is international business the way to go? Is Mankato doing something right? I was hoping to Read more