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Colleges propose 4% tuition increases for undergrads

May 16, 2017
ND University System

The Board of Higher Education has approved the annual budget guidelines for the state’s 11 public colleges and universities.

This will include tuition increases.

The 2017 legislature allowed the campuses to raise tuition to a cap of four percent for in-state students.

"For all campuses, they are requesting a maximum tuition rate increase of 4 percent," said University System Finance Director Tammy Dolan. "That's the Legislative cap."

BHE hoping to find money for NDSU's Dunbar Hall

Dec 15, 2016
Courtesy NDSU

In his executive budget, Governor Dalrymple included one building project.

It’s for a Communications and Fine Arts building at Valley City State University. Funding would come from the special Strategic Infrastructure Investment Fund.

The Board of Higher Education had set as it's second priority demolishing and replacing NDSU’s Dunbar Hall, a chemistry research building built in the 1960s. The building has what Board member Don Morton described as serious structural issues.

Morton was disappointed it was left out of the budget request.

State College of Science looks to expand in Fargo

Nov 11, 2016
Courtesy NDSCS

The North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton is looking for a major expansion of its Fargo campus.

It will ask the state Board of Higher Education to allow it to begin a fundraising campaign for a new location in Fargo. The projected cost: $46 million.

NDSCS President John Richman told the Board's Budget and Finance Committee there are 5000 open jobs in the Fargo-Moorhead metro area right now, and that's projected to grow to 30,000 by 2020.

We all understand the workforce demands and workforce issues that are out there," Richman said.

Courtesy ND Legislature

The chairman of the Legislature’s interim Higher Education committee said the University System, like all of state government, has to face reality.

"Clearly, we are in a cost-containment time frame now," Rep Mark Sanford (R-Grand Forks) told the state Board of Higher Education Thursday. Sanford said he believes the system would still be in a cost-containment time even if the state’s budget looked like it did five years ago – during the oil boom.

Staff for the North Dakota University System have given the Board of Higher Education’s Budget and Finance Committee a first look at how the allotments, plus Gov. Jack Dalrymple’s request for 90 percent budgets for the upcoming two year period, will affect the System’s spending.

System chief financial officer Tammy Dolan told the committee – when you take the 6 ½ percent allotments, plus another 3 ½ percent cut – to add up to 10 percent – it would mean a $49.5 million reduction for the 2017-2019 biennium. Dolan said the biggest area of spending is in personnel.

Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

The Board of Higher Education is delaying a decision on extending NDSU President Dean Breschani’s contract until its November meeting.

The proposal was to extend that contract another year, to June 30th, 2018. But after a 2 ½ hour closed door meeting, the Board voted 7-1 to review Breschani’s progress on meeting some goals – including communication, teamwork, collaboration, IT consolidation and research.

Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

The state Board of Higher Education has tabled action on a contract extension for NDSU President Dean Breschani.

The extension would have been through June 30th, 2018.

This – after a more than two and a half hour closed door meeting to discuss the extensions for the existing college presidents.  The Board says it wants to review Breschani’s progress on communication, teamwork, collaboration, IT consolidation and research.

Board members complemented Breschani for his work on the campus. But they feel Breschani needs to be more of a team player.

Williston State College

After announcing he would step down as president of Williston State College in 2017, Dr. Raymond Nadolny has decided to leave now – to spend more time with family.

His resignation became effective Monday.

WSC’s Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. John Miller, has been named Acting President. Miller says he’s honored by the appointment.

"The most important thing I'm going to be doing is making sure we have a smooth transition from Dr. Nadolny to our next President," Miller said. "We need to make sure we are taking care of things that are really important."

The chairman of the State Board of Higher Education says the Board will follow-up on the “Envision 2030” conference – held in Bismarck last week.

"Our Representative, Bob Martinson (R-Bismarck) and the rest of my energy group said, 'Do something,'" said Kathleen Neset. And she says she plans to do something -- she says the Board will discuss it further in its June retreat, to be held in Washburn.

Dalrymple: No new buildings for colleges in 2017

May 24, 2016
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

Gov. Jack Dalrymple is telling the state’s public colleges and universities not to suggest new buildings in their 2017-2019 budget request – unless it’s an emergency.

In his speech to the University System’s “Envision 2030” conference, Dalrymple said over the past ten years, the state did a lot for building needs on the campuses.

"But the truth of the matter is, the state as a whole does not have cash reserves that we can now give you to build a building," Dalrymple said. "They're not there."