I recently received this from Darrell Downs, president of the Winona State University Faculty Association. You might remember him as the guy who said MnSCU’s Charting the Future plan smacked of overcentralization. Dear Governor Dayton: With the first Minnesota Miracle in 1971, Governor Wendell Anderson and the legislature hammered out a response to the inequitable Read more


A Senate committee has approved a bill requiring colleges to report how safe their study-abroad programs are. The measure, discussed Thursday, would require schools to provide safety records — details on deaths, accidents and illnesses of students participating in sanctioned study-abroad programs. Elizabeth Brenner, the mother of Minnetonka student who died during a 2011 study-abroad Read more


MPR News reporter Tim Pugmire is reporting on Gov. Mark Dayton’s revised budget, which includes this higher-ed tidbit: Tax Relief for Students. The Governor’s tax plan would provide 285,000 recent college graduates up to $190 per year by deducting their student loan interest. Another 40,000 current college students and parents would receive a tuition deduction Read more