Christopher Aadland


University moves on sustainability goals

As climate change continues to shape conversations worldwide, the University of Minnesota is advancing its own plans to become more sustainable. A presentation at a Board of Regents committee meeting last month updated school leaders on the University’s plan to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. The institution also plans to submit a report this spring that updates the school’s current emissions, said Shane Stennes, the University’s sustainability coordinator.

Five new regents elected

After a monthslong election process, state legislators have chosen who will fill the five open spots on the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents. Two newcomers will join three former or current members of the board, which is responsible for overseeing the institution’s entire five-campus system. The newly elected regents will begin their terms immediately, each filling a seat that represents a Minnesota district.

Crookston staff receive even higher ed

For University of Minnesota-Crookston agronomy lecturer Rob Proulx, earning a doctorate degree is challenging. He’s working toward the higher degree through the University of North Dakota, which is about 25 miles from the lecturer’s home campus, but it’s what he said is his best and closest option for achieving his educational goals.

Admin budget raises red flags

Though three years have passed since the University of Minnesota’s administrative spending received national scrutiny, criticism at the state level hasn’t tapered. State legislators continued to probe University administrators on Wednesday, questioning how savings from past cuts to administrative spending have been spent.

Regents examine financial aid distribution

Some school leaders are examining how financial aid is distributed at the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus. At a Board of Regents committee meeting earlier this month, administrators presented the school’s gift-aid distribution, based both on need and merit. One school official said the ratio of need-based aid and merit-based aid should be discussed as demographics change in Minnesota.

UMore will get turned to market

Seven years after the University of Minnesota Board of Regents adopted a plan to turn school-owned land into a sustainable community, it decided against being the area’s major developer. Regents on Friday approved a plan to sell the 5,000-acre UMore Park on recommendations to sell the land and have local governments and private buyers develop it. This modified approach also ensures the University is still able to access the land, which is near the southeastern suburbs, for agricultural research.

Regents reconfigure U’s budget request

The University of Minnesota is seeking less funding from the state. The Board of Regents lowered the school’s 2016-17 biennial budget request by $9 million on Friday. The amendment follows Gov. Mark Dayton’s budget proposal, which he announced last month. It sets aside enough state dollars for only half of the tuition freeze the school is hoping for, but provides $30 million for the University’s Medical School.

Candidate pool narrows

After four hours of arduous discussion, legislators recommended seven candidates on Tuesday to fill the five open seats on the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents.

Candidate pulls out of election

A candidate dropped out of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents’ election on Tuesday, taking the candidate pool’s only connection to the Mayo Clinic with her. Dr. Claire Bender, a retired Mayo Clinic physician, was hoping to secure the first district seat on the board. She said in an email statement that she withdrew due to personal reasons. A former politician is hoping to fill her place in the election.