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.


MeToo era slow to arrive at Minnesota State campuses

Complaints at Minnesota State often result in reprimand or short suspension.


University of Minnesota aims to think bold about tuition costs, enrollment

In a discussion about the U's budget outlook, regents again suggested the university should not be complacent about the status quo.


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U mines China connection but worries about future

Chinese students now make up 45% of all international students at the U, providing a major cash infusion. But the U's success recruiting students from China is facing fresh threats.


U's academic work with China chilled by federal concerns

Collaboration with China has long been a linchpin of U research, but the work has been shaken recently by federal investigations.


Email: U student imprisoned in China for tweets is released

Members of Minnesota's congressional delegation and free-speech advocates voiced support for a University of Minnesota student sentenced in China for tweets he made while studying in the United States.


Twin Cities-based Rasmussen graduating from college to university

Bloomington for-profit school's leaders say the name change signals a renewed push to expand options for students.


Richard Pellow, salvage and towing entrepreneur and a former state lawmaker, has died

During three terms in the Minnesota Legislature, the father of five drew votes and made friends across the political spectrum.


Demolition underway at fire-ravaged Francis Drake Hotel

Relocation of homeless families to a nearby downtown Minneapolis church continues.


University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel makes her first key hire

University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel has chosen a Michigan State University dean to serve as her second-in-command.The U announced Wednesday that Rachel Croson, who…