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.


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

Regents approved the tuition increases in a divided vote Thursday. Some said the largest hike in a decade gave them pause, while others said the increases were needed to maintain services.


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.


Debate over whether to divest from Israel dominates University of Minnesota regents meeting

Pro-Palestinian student activists are urging the U to cut ties with companies in response to the war between Israel and Hamas, while some Jewish organizations have called boycotts discriminatory.


U discloses $5M in investments tied to Israel and defense spending

The U is among the first colleges to release details on its investments in response to protesters' demands. The investments represent less than 1% of the U's total endowment.


University of Minnesota considers increasing tuition next school year

Tuition for Minnesota residents attending the Twin Cities campus would rise by 4.5% to $15,148 per year. The U's Board of Regents could make a decision next month.


University of Minnesota president recommends renaming Nicholson Hall

The building was named after Dean Edward Nicholson in 1945. Faculty say their research raises concerns about his role stoking antisemitism and political repression.