Higher Education & Workforce Development

Tuition Freeze

In the last biennium, legislative leaders committed to investing in the state’s higher education system enough to freeze tuition at the University of Minnesota (U of M) and for the ...
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The Governor’s Proposal

From 2012 to 2014, the Governor and Legislature invested $276 million in higher education, continuing the DFL trend of reversing a decade of deep cuts and making higher education more ...
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Investing in the University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota would see funding for several major priorities thanks to Senate legislation. The proposal would invest $65.3 million to support the University’s education mission, $25.5 million to ...
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MnSCU Budget Request

Like the U of M, the MnSCU system has requested additional state assistance to help in its efforts to hold down tuition. However, negotiations at MnSCU between the administration, faculty, ...
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Refinance Student Loans

Student debt continues to be a major issue for many of Minnesota’s students. A recent report found that Minnesota’s students rank fifth in the nation in total debt burden. This ...
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Health Care Workforce

One of the major priorities of the Senate’s legislation for the U of M is investing in its health care infrastructure. This includes the $30 million in the U of ...
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Board of Regents

The Legislature had the responsibility of choosing five University of Minnesota Regents this year, filling the positions of four regent terms slated to expire in 2015, and one regent to ...
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MnSCU Board of Trustees

The Governor appointed six new members to fill vacancies on the MnSCU Board of Trustees. The appointees began their terms in August but will need to be confirmed by the ...
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Surplus State Grant Money

OHE recently released projections showing a surplus of about $74 million dollars in the State Grant fund during FY2016-2017. This money, which generally helps low-and moderate-income families, can be reinvested ...
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MnSCU Credit Transfer Plan

Some students within MnSCU have seen their credits go uncounted when transferring between schools. Although the schools are in the same system, sometimes students are required to retake the same ...
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Full Credit for PSEO Classes

Legislation was heard requiring MnSCU institutions to give full credit to a student who earned PSEO credits as part of a goal area or transfer curriculum at a MnSCU institution ...
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Earn While You Learn

Currently, many employers in highly skilled fields find that students are unprepared for the positions they need. Likewise, many students who graduate are unable to find jobs or are underemployed ...
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Disclosure and Added Transparency

As student debt burdens continue to increase, more attention is being focused on potentially predatory practices that may take advantage of students. One effort to address this issue would increase ...
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No Remedial Classes for College-Ready Testers

To improve efficiency and reduce redundancies in class, this bill prohibits a state college or university from requiring an individual to take a remedial non-credit course if the individual received ...
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OLA Report on Research Practices at the U of M

The Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee heard two reports on research practices at the U of M. The reports, one of which was requested by higher education leaders ...
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