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MINNEAPOLIS—Football coach PJ Fleck's one-year contract extension won unanimous approval Thursday from the University of Minnesota's Board of Regents. Fleck was hired in January on a five-year contract that started at $3.5 million with annual increases of $50,000 through 2021. The extension keeps him under contract through 2022, when he's set to make $3.75 million. "We felt it was important after this first season to show our commitment to Coach Fleck," athletics director Mark Coyle said.
ST. PAUL—The Minnesota State system will consider overhauling its tuition and fee policy in response to the growing number of students taking classes from multiple schools at once. Chief financial officer Laura King told the board of trustees on Wednesday that the system hasn't substantially updated the policy since it was written in 2000. She said it hasn't kept pace with enrollment trends, which include dual and hybrid models.
ST. PAUL — Tuition will rise by 3.9 percent at state universities and 1 percent at state colleges, including Alexandria Technical and Community College, but a rate freeze will follow in 2018-19. The seven universities on average will charge $7,289 for full-time tuition next school year, an increase of $272. The colleges on average will charge $4,815 — up $48. Trustees of Minnesota State (formerly MnSCU) approved a $2.02 billion budget Wednesday, June 21, but tuition rates were somewhat out of their control.
MINNEAPOLIS — The University of Minnesota will raise tuition this fall at its Twin Cities campus by 2 percent for Minnesota residents and 12.5 percent for nonresidents. A few regents Tuesday, June 20 lobbied for a tuition freeze or slight decrease for residents, but the board voted overwhelmingly to approve President Eric Kaler's recommended budget. Kaler said his 2 percent proposal Tuesday was a compromise between the 3 percent resident rate hike he suggested last week and what regents wanted. "We have listened to the board carefully," he said.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota State trustees said Thursday they did not find an acceptable candidate to replace the retiring Steven Rosenstone as chancellor this summer. The board was expected to appoint one of three finalists who interviewed Wednesday at the system office. Instead, the board unanimously appointed the retired Devinder Malhotra as interim chancellor and reopened the search for a permanent leader.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota State named three finalists Monday to replace Steven Rosenstone as chancellor of the state's largest system of colleges and universities. Rosenstone, 65, announced last April that he would retire this summer. Previously a college dean and vice president at the University of Minnesota, he has led Minnesota State (formerly MnSCU) since 2011.
ST. PAUL—Jim Carter, the former Green Bay Packer and a finalist for a seat on the University of Minnesota Board of Regents, says his "bad behavior" with a team employee in 1976 should not disqualify him for the role. A receptionist sued Carter and the Packers, alleging the linebacker exposed himself to her in her work area, then "blocked her exit with athletic shorts at his ankles," according to news reports from 1976. She further claimed that the team fired her after she complained about it.