Higher Education

MnSCU To Waive Application Fees During 'College Knowledge Month'If you, or anyone you know, is planning to apply to any schools in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities network, you may want to do it in October.
Government Says Students Can Apply Earlier For College AidAspiring college students will be able to apply for federal financial aid three months earlier than now and submit a previous year's tax return, changes aimed at helping more people pay for school, the White House said Sunday.
Dakotas Universities Work To Boost American Indian StudiesAmerican Indian studies programs at four universities in the Dakotas are collaborating to boost the quality of their offerings to students, raise awareness of Native American issues and help ensure their own futures.
Twin Cities Student Accepted To All 8 Ivy League SchoolsA Twin Cities high school student has a big -- and remarkable -- decision to make. Munira Khalif, a senior at Mounds Park Academy in St. Paul, was accepted into all eight Ivy League schools. She's one of only two students in the nation to accomplish that this year.
Lawmakers Winnow List For University Governing BoardLawmakers narrowed down Tuesday the field of candidates for the University of Minnesota's governing board but couldn't agree in two of the five contests. Members of the House and Senate higher education committees planned to recommend five candidates for the 12-member Board of Regents — which sets tuition and policy at the state's flagship college — to the joint Legislature, which will likely make final choices later this month. They did that for three out five open seats, choosing two newcomers and an incumbent.
Walker Proposes Removing 'Wisconsin Idea' From UW MissionGov. Scott Walker is proposing eliminating the public service mission of the University of Wisconsin, known as the "Wisconsin Idea," replacing it with the charge to meet the state's workforce needs. The wording change was included in Walker's budget released Tuesday.
Report: Toughen Study Abroad Safety Reporting RequirementsMinnesota's higher education office is pushing to strengthen a law requiring reports of students who get sick or die on study abroad trips. Colleges and universities must report student accidents, illnesses and deaths during study abroad trips under a law passed last year.
Good Question: How Do We Save For College?A government study found only between 3 percent to 7 percent of all families use a 529 account. So how do we save for higher education?
Thousands Flock To St. Paul’s Hmong New YearIt's a special weekend for Minnesota's Hmong community. Friday is the beginning of a three-day Hmong New Year event at the St. Paul RiverCentre. Organizers say they expect about 20-000 – 30,000 people Friday, but many more during the rest of the weekend.
Good Questions: College Vs. University, Black Friday, & Pool TablesEvery Friday, Heather Brown takes a look at some of the random Good Questions viewers have asked her recently. Here are this week's short takes.
Good Question: Can You Borrow Too Much Money For Your Education?A new report out by the Project for Student Debt finds 70 percent of Minnesota college students graduate with some sort of student debt. On average, they owe $30,894, which puts Minnesota as the 5th highest in the country for student debt.
Is Competency-Based Learning The Future Of Education?The traditional approach to formal education ties students to classrooms. Competency-based education programs grant credentials based on what a student knows.