Reporter | Higher Education

Ryan Faircloth covers higher education for the Star Tribune.


After pandemic year, some Minnesota colleges are bringing back in-person graduations

Some colleges will stage ceremonies, with twists.


As curfew passes, Brooklyn Center protest remains peaceful

Law enforcement made no moves to disperse the dwindling crowd after the 11 p.m. curfew took effect. Earlier, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., stopped by.


Gov. Tim Walz calls assault, detention of journalists covering protests 'unacceptable'

Journalists covering protests in Brooklyn Center last week following the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright say they have been assaulted, pepper-sprayed and detained by law enforcement officers despite showing their credentials.


Was Minnesota once home to U.S. government-sponsored hemp farms?

The controversial crop was at the center of a short-lived program during WWII.


George Masko, former Pillsbury executive dubbed 'the father of the Doughboy,' dies at 96

In 1965, he tapped Leo Burnett advertising to come up with a mascot, which led to the iconic Poppin' Fresh Doughboy.


Minnesota public colleges expecting more than $400 million in stimulus funds, yet budget deficits remain

Pandemic deficits still a problem for the U, Minnesota State.


New University of Minnesota regents join governing board ahead of key decisions

Four new regents bring fresh perspectives to U's board.


U confronts troubled history with tribal nations

Tribal leaders statewide have called on the U to own up to actions "rooted in institutional racism," including land seizures, research on tribal members and museums that failed to return sacred objects.


University of Minnesota Extension teaching about race, equity in rural communities

The University of Minnesota Extension adds anti-racism to its fundamental lessons.


Minnesota attorney general strikes $39M deal to forgive loans, compensate students defrauded by for-profit colleges

The agreement comes after a court battle involving two trials, several appeals and bankruptcy filings by the schools.