Mila Koumpilova | Star Tribune
Reporter | Higher education

Mila Koumpilova writes about higher education at the Star Tribune, where she previously covered immigration and Minnesota's immigrant communities. During more than a decade of reporting, she has been an education, general assignment and features reporter.

A former North Dakota Rookie Reporter of the Year, Koumpilova has received recognition from the national Education Writers Association, the Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists and others. She graduated from the American University in Bulgaria and the Missouri School of Journalism. She is passionate about the key role of news in a democracy. Koumpilova lives in St. Paul with her husband and two children.


U regents and new leader tackle new efforts at campus inclusion

Some want more greater Minnesota students and conservative ideas to the university.


New University of Minnesota president strikes upbeat tone

Joan Gabel pledged to address issues ranging from the steady climb of tuition costs to a "crisis" of student mental health.


Head of Minnesota State higher-ed system blitzes state, seeking students to train for high-demand jobs

The system faces another enrollment dip this fall.


Joan Gabel takes the helm at U today with a focus on teamwork

Gabel inherits an institution enjoying strong student demand and stable finances but one that also is facing formidable challenges, including renewed calls to control costs and a need to better serve an increasingly diverse student body.


As Eric Kaler leaves U, intense debate over his legacy builds

Kaler wraps up his eight years at the helm of Minnesota's flagship research institution Sunday.


Trustees OK 3% tuition increase for Minnesota State system

Because of another projected dip in enrollment this fall, the system is poised to see less revenue from tuition despite the new higher rates.


2% tuition increase approved for U undergrads on Twin Cities campus

The increase is less than the 2.5% President Eric Kaler was seeking, the result of pushback from university regents.


University regents push back on tuition increase proposal

The University of Minnesota's governing board is pushing back on President Eric Kaler's proposal to raise Twin Cities undergraduate tuition by 2.5%, urging leaders to consider ways to limit that increase.


U of Minnesota president pitches 2.5% tuition hike for next year

President Eric Kaler's proposed tuition hike would affect Minnesota undergraduates on the Twin Cities campus.


E-mails reveal U's rushed effort to rename 4 Twin Cities buildings

Intense deadline pressure, hurdles to tracking down records and skepticism about administrator support plagued a task force that weighed renaming the buildings.