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In the News: Century-old ‘work college’ model regains popularity as student debt grows

…the idea of a work college is drawing renewed interest, thanks to rising student debt, skepticism about the financial payoff of a liberal arts education and employer complaints that graduates aren’t prepared for jobs. The fact that work colleges get extra funding under a little-known federal program also hasn’t hurt.

Century-old ‘work college’ model regains popularity as student debt grows

Twin Cities Public Television interviews professor Nicholas Hartlep.

Pioneer Press: 15 years later, MN schools are more segregated, and achievement gap has barely budged

Pioneer Press: 15 years later, MN schools are more segregated, and achievement gap has barely budged

Fifteen years into a nationwide push to provide every student with an equal education, Minnesota schools have grown more segregated and the state’s nation-leading academic achievement gap refuses to close.

Minnesota now has more than 200 schools where students of color make up 90 percent or more of the enrollment, state data shows. That’s more than double what the state had in 2002, when the federal No Child Left Behind Act reinvigorated the national campaign for school equity.

Joe Nathan: All students benefit from diversity among teachers

“… There appears to be bipartisan agreement to address part of the shortage: the dramatic underrepresentation of teachers of color. State figures show that more than 30 percent of Minnesota K-12 students come from “communities of color” or are American Indian, but less than 5 percent of the state’s teachers represent any of these groups. …”

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Joe Nathan, formerly a Minnesota public school teacher, administrator and PTA president, is director of the Center for School Change. Reactions are welcome at

Pioneer Press: ‘Ridiculously overwhelming’: Can reforms to how Minnesota teachers get licensed stop shortage?

“Minnesota faces a growing shortage of teachers in math, science, special education and technical programs. State education leaders hope fixing what has been described as a “broken” licensing process will make it easier for teachers trained out-of-state or in alternative ways to get into Minnesota classrooms…”

“… a more diverse teaching force is essential if Minnesota is going to close one of the nation’s worst academic achievement gaps between poor and minority students and their peers,” says Rene Antrop-Gonzalez, dean of the School of Urban Education at Metropolitan State University.

Read more at the Pioneer Press

April 13: Global Conversations St. Paul: Conflict in the South China Sea

 The South China Sea is a locus of competing territorial claims, and China its most vocal claimant. Beijing’s interest has intensified disputes with other countries in the region in recent years, especially since China has increased its naval presence. Despite rising international pressure, including an unfavorable ruling by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, China staunchly defends its policies in the region. Preventing tensions from boiling over is a matter of careful diplomacy.


Students, staff and faculty are invited to a lunchtime conversation, Global Conversations ST. PAUL: Conflict in the South China Sea, with Prof. Duncan McCampbell, to discuss what is being done to promote diplomacy and prevent tensions from boiling over in the region. The event will be at noon,  Thursday, April 13, at the Landmark Center, 75 W 5th St, Saint Paul.

McCampbell is a U.S. lawyer and professor of international business and law at Metropolitan State University in Minneapolis, where he also serves as MBA Program Director.  Following 14 years—much of it abroad—with the Westlaw division of Thomson Reuters, he has a professional background in non-U.S. legal systems. He teaches law and business in China and travels extensively in Asia. He also writes on global commercial, legal, political, and security issues, and recently returned from a one-month visit to China and the Philippines to research the evolving situation in the South China Sea. In addition to teaching, McCampbell leads a business consultancy that helps companies enter new markets overseas.

Global Conversations St. Paul is produced in partnership with Landmark Center.

Star Tribune: “Osseo Area Schools forms partnership to diversify teacher workforce”

“Osseo Area Schools is collaborating with the university’s school of urban education as part of an effort to recruit more teachers of color.  School districts national and locally are dealing with a shortage in teachers overall as well as teachers of color…

‘Effective teachers who are culturally responsive is mission critical for Osseo Area Schools,’ Superintendent Kate Maguire said at the event.”

Read more at the Star Tribune



What makes for a successful public-sector workplace?


Metropolitan State University Sociology and social science professor, Monte Bute penned an intriguing article about working in the public sector.

From the article: “While our new president, Ginny Arthur, is a strong advocate of stewardship, our institutional ethos is currently at a tipping point. In 2016, the administration proposed measures to resolve a significant budget shortfall. The faculty union pushed back, rejecting changes to the status quo. Management claimed that these solutions were temporary measures; some faculty saw a Trojan horse, a hidden agenda for an irreversible reduction of compensation. Compromise became elusive.”

The article continues:

”Welcome to a hall of mirrors, where distortions abound. Nearly every fact in this workplace drama is contestable: The cause and scope of the budget crisis; the parties responsible for it; the appropriateness of responses to it; the need for faculty to share its burden. Is there a way out of this impasse?”

The piece goes on to discuss ethos and the importance of a mission when creating a successful workplace.

Read the full article here.

Pioneer Press: Bremer Trust’s $10.3 million in grants includes helping nurses of color

“A new effort to train nurses of color will get a boost from the Otto Bremer Trust, which has announced 140 grants totaling $10.3 million.

A $100,000 grant will support an effort led by Metropolitan State University to mentor nurses who have a two-year RN degree as they work toward a four-year bachelor’s degree. The advanced degree leads to more responsibility and higher salaries.”

– Read more in the Pioneer Press


Car2go announces plans to leave the Twin Cities after three-year run

After a three-year run in the twin cities, Car2go will close their tiny doors for good this January.

Minneapolis was the first Midwestern city to see the iconic blue and white cars hit our city streets. In October 2013, Car2go launched in Minneapolis with 300 cars. Now, three years later, with 29,000 members, they’ve expanded to Saint Paul, added about 235 cars to the system, and now, have announced plans to leave the Twin Cities.

Car2go representatives site unreasonably high car-rental taxes in Minnesota, not to mention an additional 5 percent fee, making it the most expensive city in North America for an operation such as Car2go, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. In addition to steep state taxes, Car2go is also responsible for covering the cost of metered parking spaces throughout Minneapolis and Saint Paul. For 2016, the service paid $68,500 for metered parking in Saint Paul, alone.

Minneapolis has long had options for local travel, without owning your own vehicle. Hourcar and Zipcar remain in the Twin Cities, but lack the flexibility that Car2go offered. Take parking for example: Hourcar and Zipcar vehicles need to be returned to designated parking spaces, whereas Car2go vehicles could be left in nearly any public parking space within the system.

Minneapolis joins a long list of cities to see Car2go come and go. London, Miami, and Eugene, Oregon are just a few of the cities to see their car-sharing operation disappear. The company stated that memberships are good for life, and will not require a monthly fee to retain membership. Your current membership will work anywhere in North America that offers Car2go.