Rilyn Eischens


Despite Trump budget, UMN sea grant directors remain optimistic

A national research program initiated by a University of Minnesota dean in the 1960s would be eliminated if President Donald Trump’s budget proposal is passed by Congress this fall. The National Sea Grant College Program is a network of 33 universities that conduct coastal and Great Lakes research.

UMN sees increase in bias-related incidents on campus

The University of Minnesota’s Bias Response and Referral Network received at least 18 incident reports in February, the largest number reported in any month since its start in January 2016. Though the Southern Poverty Law Center — an advocacy organization specializing in civil rights — has announced a decrease in bias reports since a spike following the presidential election; other Big Ten colleges have seen similar surges. Officials from the University and other schools attribute the increase in bias reports to political climate resulting from the presidential election as well as resource awareness. Records from January 2016 through Feb.

UMN committee pushes for student record privacy

University of Minnesota governance committees are considering a resolution that would request that the school keep student counseling and medical records private. Members of the University Senate’s Equity, Access and Diversity (EAD) Committee passed the resolution in January.

Report: UMN's bias response team poses little concern for free speech

The University of Minnesota’s bias response team stands out for its free speech and academic protections, a survey of over 200 similar teams across the country found. The report, published this month by the nonpartisan, nonprofit group Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, compared schools based on who reviews reports, what constitutes bias and whether the team agrees tension exists between bias reports and free speech. The University’s Bias Response and Referral Network fared better than many schools surveyed.

Proposal leaves some worried about who can be a part of UMN governance

A University of Minnesota committee’s proposal to add a representative from an outside organization has led some to question who belongs in school governance. A proposal from the Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee (AF&T) to make a representative from the American Association of University Professors an official member has hit a roadblock in the Faculty Consultative Committee, which must approve the measure.

UMN officials consider shortening deadline for incomplete work

To help improve graduation and retention rates, University of Minnesota administrators and faculty are considering shortening the deadline for incomplete coursework by six months. Under the current policy, students have one year to finish work required to change incompletes, which are assigned instead of an “F” when students can’t finish coursework due to extraordinary circumstances.