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First-generation student numbers in decline at UMN

Thursday, November 30, 2017

The proportion of first-generation undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota has decreased by more than 5 percent since 2010, according to enrollment data.

First-generation students and a University professor who studies them say the students face distinct challenges on campus while also contributing important skills and mindsets to the community. Some want the University to contribute resources to supporting this group of students in the future.


New faces at CFANS’ Diversity and Inclusion Office

Thursday, November 30, 2017

by Deane Morrison

Meet Joseph Ballard II and Sandra Mitchell, two new arrivals in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences’ Diversity and Inclusion Office who are busy enhancing the personal and academic climate for CFANS students, staff, and faculty.

An Okie who’s A-OK

Oklahoma native Ballard comes to the U by way of Purdue, Oklahoma State, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he gained a wealth of experience working with students of color, at-risk students, and first-generation college students.

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Gopher Chauffeur will test new schedule during spring semester

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Gopher Chauffeur, the University of Minnesota’s free student taxi service, will run six days a week starting this spring semester, though logistics like additional employees and costs have not been finalized.

At a Nov. 21 Minnesota Student Association meeting, the Office of Student Affairs announced the extended Gopher Chauffeur pilot program for the spring.

Read the MN Daily story.

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U of M Pres: House Tax Bill Would Have Dire Consequences for Grad Students

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler is sounding the alarm, saying the tax bill that's already passed the U.S. House of Representatives would have dire consequences for the school's more than 5,000 graduate students. 

Beyond that, he says the state's economy would take a hit too.

"Widespread concern is an understatement," Kaler said when asked to characterize how students are responding to the bill. "People are very unsettled and upset about what this means." 


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