Pine Technical College‘s attempt to become Pine Technical and Community College is part of a long-term change among Minnesota’s technical colleges. A handful of technical colleges have become comprehensive campuses in the last decade or so, leaving another handful with a purely technical orientation. Pine’s bid to become a comprehensive campus comes a workforce development Read more

In light of the post I wrote about U’s decision to scale back a little on the number of transfers it’s accepting, I called up Geoff Dittberner, president of the Minnesota State College Student Association, the organization that represents students at Minnesota’s two-year colleges. Like a lot of his constituents, Dittberner is a student who Read more

Daniel Luzer of Washington Monthly magazine — the publication that last year ranked St. Paul College as the best community college in America — reacts to Tim Post’s article on the University of Minnesota cutting back on transfers: (University of Minnesota Dean of Undergraduate Education Bob) McMaster also told Post that the university needs to Read more

Considering the recent focus on two-year schools and vocational education, I found pretty interesting this piece on jobs that pay a median salary of $45,000 a year and require just a two-year degree — at least for entry: Registered Nurse Dental Hygienist Respiratory Therapist Programmer Telecom Installer Industrial Engineering Technician Police Officer (Federal) HVAC Mechanic Read more

I had to leave the House higher-ed committee hearing early yesterday, so I missed the testimony of community college students. But here are some snippets from their prepared remarks, which I obtained after the session. Don’t dismiss them. These students aren’t exactly slackers with a sense of entitlement. 1) South Central College student Maureen Wanous. Read more