The hit to fall enrollment that some were predicting has so far not materialized.
Admissions officials at Minnesota’s colleges and universities are hoping that all the ways that they’ve adapted in the wake of the pandemic will offer prospective students reassurance — and keep schools’ enrollments on track.
But fewer students are paying the full tuition. Is widespread discounting helping more people afford higher education, or just making it more complicated?
Four years ago, lawmakers set a goal to dramatically increase the proportion of Minnesota adults who hold any sort of postsecondary educational qualification. Yet progress has been slow.
The higher education world has been rocked by the news that the University of Alaska’s state appropriations were slashed by nearly $136 million, 41% of its general fund appropriation to the university.
Students 25 and older juggle jobs, kids and bills without the support many say they need.
Minnesota is one of about a dozen states trending in a positive direction. But the price tag is still too high for low-income students at most of the state’s two- and four-year schools.
Minnesota ranks highly among states for student debt per-capita, but the details matter.
House DFL delayed the process for months while they wrangled votes, and it paid off: They voted together on a slate of candidates and filled three of the four seats with their selections.
DFL leaders had refused to schedule a joint convention, when all 201 legislators would elect regents, because of disagreement among caucus members about whom to elect.
It’s clear there is no single solution to higher education’s challenges, but it’s time to begin to test some alternatives that challenge the status quo.
In Minnesota, Pell students graduated at a rate 13 percent lower than their non-Pell peers.
Some worry that a new initiative, “Reimagining Minnesota State,” isn’t all that different from an old initiative, a plan that soured relations between faculty and the system’s former president.
Companies need more people with degrees but struggle to find them.
The state’s public colleges are taking a closer look at their longstanding achievement gaps and experimenting with new ways of closing them.
Some applicants are told: Start here after going somewhere else for freshman year.
Despite tight budgets and high risks, colleges hope niche degrees will spur demand.
Lax oversight of for-profit colleges, some of which specifically target vulnerable populations with misleading messages, illustrates the need for transparency.
“It’s a huge deal and it’s causing a lot of stir in the medical education world,” Patty Hobday, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Medical School, says of EPAC.
Before his immigration status became public, Mzenga Wanyama feared speaking openly about his immigration status for fear of what others would think or say of him.