LINCOLN, Neb. — U.S. Senate candidate Ben Sasse portrays himself as a turnaround guy who fixes broken institutions — the man who brought the small Lutheran college in his hometown of Fremont back from the brink of bankruptcy.

But his opponents are circulating financial and academic information they say refutes that image.

So Nebraska Watchdog took a closer look at Midland University’s financial and academic performance and interviewed both Sasse and the university’s board chairman, Gary Perkins, at length about the allegations swirling around the man the National Review and other conservatives have named a rising star.