MnSCU officials have really been pushing the affordability issue, as you can see from my previous post. This little item became a topic of discussion during yesterday’s budget discussion at the monthly board meeting of trustees. (MnSCU officials jokingly call it “The Benson Chart,” because trustee Duane Benson asked for the information.) It shows, essentially, Read more

For the second question in University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler’s statewide conference call with alumni yesterday evening, “Darryl” in Cannon Falls asked about tuition: “I am concerned. When I went to the U back in the late ’60s and early ’70s, and my wife too, tuition was about $128-$135 a quarter. We both worked Read more

The University of Minnesota’s finance chief told state legislators Monday that colleges have raised tuition in part because … they can. When a House higher-ed committee member Ryan Winkler (DFL-Golden Valley) asked Richard Pfutzenreuter why tuition everywhere was so high, the U official had this explanation: “To be honest, it’s been there because higher ed Read more

One might think that constituents support those who bring in the money. But this year the organization representing students at Minnesota’s two-year colleges has awarded its legislator-of-the-year awards to leaders in the party that pushed for larger cuts in higher-education spending. The Minnesota State College Student Association (MSCSA) has named Senate higher-education committee Chairwoman Michelle Read more