While I was researching yesterday’s story on how Minnesota enrollment has returned to its pre-recession levels, the state Office of Higher Education analysts pointed me to this recent federal report. The report, released last week, shows Minnesota has had the ninth-biggest yearly enrollment drop among U.S. states and the District of Columbia since 2011 (see Read more

Lawyers are problem-solvers, so when the number of students applying and enrolling at law schools started to decline quite dramatically in the last several years as a result of the economic downturn, the lawyers who run these schools had to figure out a way to solve the problem. The Twin Cities’ four law schools have not been immune to this nationwide issue. Since 2010, the number of law school applications has declined, and enrollment is down anywhere from 15 to 42 percent in just the last three years. Read more


Minnesota State University – Moorhead President Edna Mora Szymanski told the Star Tribune that some of its decline in enrollment was intentional: In 2010, Minnesota State University Moorhead decided it was admitting too many unqualified students, and it started referring “large numbers” to community and technical colleges, said Moorhead President Edna Szymanski. … The harsh Read more

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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

Just when you think university finances might be stabilizing — with the state pumping more money in to MnSCU this year — Minnesota State University – Moorhead has announced a $4.9 million budget deficit. And that means the university will offer early retirement to faculty members, The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead reports. (Clarification: MSU-Moorhead spokesman David Read more