Jonathan Du


New graduate program seeks to diversify heritage studies

A new University of Minnesota graduate program aims to make museums more representative by educating students about inclusivity. Through the College of Design’s Masters in Heritage Studies and Public History, graduate students will complete diversity-focused courses and internships to prepare them for careers like policy planning and museum work.

University mulls change to honors policy

A proposed policy change would let University of Minnesota honors students who complete “exceptional” theses receive a higher level of Latin honors than they qualify for based on GPA. The University’s Senate committee on Educational Policy discussed a potential update this month that would allow a student whose GPA is within 0.1 of a certain level of Latin honors to be bumped up to the next band if they write an exceptional thesis. Some say the change would make honors policies more equitable.

About half of University students graduate with debt, report says

Over half of University of Minnesota bachelor's degree recipients graduate with debt, according to a report published by University Government and Community Relations last month. One-third of bachelor’s degree students graduated with an average of $15,952 in debt, according to the report, and nearly one-fourth graduated with an average debt of nearly $35,000.

Possible Title IX shifts would affect UMN campus sex assault policies

Some University of Minnesota advocates say they are worried that a potential change to Title IX, the federal law governing how universities handle sexual assault, could be harmful to victim-survivors. Last week, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced that federal guidance for university sexual assault investigations will undergo a public notice and comment period, driven by concerns about false accusations. The University will continue to follow current guidelines unless formal changes are announced, officials say.

Court decision might mean the end for University unionization, some say

The long-running University of Minnesota faculty unionization effort hit a roadblock last week when a Minnesota court ruled tenure-track and nontenure-track faculty can’t join the same bargaining unit. While some University officials are pleased with the Minnesota Court of Appeals decision, other employees worry it could mean the end for the University’s unionization push. The union vying to represent University educators hasn’t ruled out a Minnesota Supreme Court appeal. 

Researchers work to uncover Minneapolis' discriminatory housing past

Scholars from the University of Minnesota and Augsburg College have analyzed over 1.4 million historic Minneapolis housing deeds and found racist language in over 20,000 documents. While these racial covenants forbidding the sale of property to people of color are no longer legally enforceable, researchers hope documenting this side of the city’s history will influence urban planning in years to come.