Higher education reporter | Higher Education

Liz Navratil covers higher education for the Star Tribune. She spent the previous three years covering Minneapolis City Hall as leaders responded to the coronavirus pandemic and George Floyd’s murder.

Navratil worked in Pennsylvania, where she covered state government and crime – and sometimes both at once. She was part of teams that won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News in 2019 and 2021.


Minnesota State system freezes tuition for most students, but some fees could rise

Minnesota lawmakers required the freeze, and some trustees suggested asking for additional flexibility. Many schools, including St. Cloud State University, are facing budget cuts.


U will rename Nicholson Hall amid claims of antisemitism

Faculty say their research raises concerns about Edward Nicholson's role stoking antisemitism and political repression.


U announces new American Indian studies degree, first in the Midwest

A TRUTH Project report released last year called on the U leaders to repair their relationships with tribes and atone for centuries of abuses. One of the recommendations was to create a new Ph.D. program.


U president says search for Holocaust center director will resume in 2025

The move comes one week after the university offered the job to Israeli historian Raz Segal.


University of Minnesota students will pay more in tuition next school year

Regents approved the largest hike in a decade in a divided vote Thursday.


Red Lake Nation College opens in Minneapolis, offering higher education and cultural connection

The tribal college is among the first to open a location in a U.S. city to provide educational opportunities to American Indians who live far from reservations.


University of Minnesota spent about $1 million this school year on companies with ties to Israel

Like other colleges across the nation, the U has faced protests and calls to reconsider its investments in response to the war between Israel and Hamas.


Go to college or deploy? These Minnesota National Guard members didn't have to choose.

The Minnesota State system of colleges and universities allows some service members to take college classes while they're deployed, speeding up their efforts to earn a degree.


Minnesota lawmakers find fix to help foster kids pay for college

In the final days of the legislative session, the $5 million plan won approval in two separate bills, clearing the way for hundreds of students to receive aid next school year.


College graduations will be twice as sweet for class whose high school celebrations happened online

COVID-19 lockdowns forced Minnesota high schools to move graduation online four years ago. Now, many college graduates will get their first chance to walk across a stage.