A University of Minnesota official told state senators today that increased urbanization of the U has prompted officials to rethink security on and around campus. Pam Wheelock, vice president of university services, says increased neighborhood density, fewer single-family households and more absentee landlords have made it tougher to keep students safe. And she said campus Read more

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Carleton College classics professor Clara Shaw Hardy tells the Star Tribune that the college’s Pathways website, which helps students figure out how to turn a liberal-arts degree into a career, reflects a relatively recent parental desire to make such education relevant: “When I got here 20 years ago, I know I would have found it almost offensive. Read more

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Some Minnesota private colleges are waiting nervously to see whether the association behind The Common Application works out a range of glitches in time for this fall’s early-decision application deadlines. The technical problems, which have garbled students’ applications and even prevented their delivery, blew the October early-admissions deadlines of Georgia Tech and the University of Read more

Joel Larsen, interim assistant athletic director for marketing and promotion for St. Cloud State University, tells the St. Cloud Times about the university’s plans to use $4.8 million to create a 24-hour sports channel:  “This is a platform that not even the University of Minnesota has. This a television channel that anybody that gets Charter Read more

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Matthew Filner, head of the social science department at Metropolitan State University, cautions in MinnPost that Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) might very well be far from free — at least under recently passed Minnesota legislation: The language defining “tuition-free” is telling. According to the bill, tuition-free means that “required fees and other required charges Read more


Augsburg College faculty members Lars D. Christiansen and Michael J. Lansing write in MinnPost why physical presence is so important in teaching, and why online education — specifically the massive open online course (MOOC) — offers the promise of something it can’t deliver: “MOOC boosters assume that education is about the thinking mind, not the feeling body. For the Read more