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A committee of the Board of Higher Education has endorsed a student fee increase at Lake Region State College in Devils Lake.

The $180 yearly fee will allow LRSC students to use a proposed activity and recreation center. That center is being proposed by the Devils Lake Park Board. College president Dr. Doug Darling told the Budget and Finance Committee the college was approached by the park board, who was hoping the college students would be interested in membership at the center.

Higher-ed governance task force begins its work

Jan 12, 2018
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The Governor’s Task Force on Higher Education Governance has begun its work.

It held its first meeting at Bismarck State College Friday (1/12/18).

In his opening comments, Gov. Doug Burgum said the mission is to look at the governance system – which dates back to the 1930s – and see if it can be tweaked or modified to meet the needs of 21st century students. Burgum also wanted to dispel some perceptions of what the task force will be doing.

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Gov. Doug Burgum has made 14 appointments to the Higher Education Governance Task Force.

Among the 14 are four state Legislators.

Sen. Brad Bekkedahl (R-Williston) said he applied to be on the task force because higher education is important to the northwestern part of North Dakota.  Bekkedahl said he has no preconceived notions about governance.

"The model last changed about 80 years ago," Bekkedahl said. "It's probably not a bad thing to look at it."

Bekkedahl said it doesn't mean there will be changes. But he said there could be down the road.

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The Chancellor of the North Dakota University System floated an idea to get state Board of Higher Education members more involved in the evaluation of the college presidents.

That’s normally been the Chancellor’s job.

Chancellor Mark Hagerott told the Board’s Governance Committee – the evaluations are now going to be done in tiers, starting with the two year schools. Hagerott suggested Board members be assigned to one of the tiers – two year schools, four-year schools and the research universities. He said getting more Board involvement is not a new idea.

BHE Chairman -- 'Let due process play out'

Dec 1, 2017
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

The state Board of Higher Education held a closed door session to discuss a complaint and possible legal action filed by a fired vice-Chancellor of the North Dakota University System.

The Board met at Bismarck State College.

After Lisa Feldner was fired, she filed a complaint with the state Labor Department, complaining of discrimination. In a the 17-page complaint, Feldner alleged among other things that Chancellor Mark Hagerott valued the comments and opinions of the male staffers in the Central Office over the female staffers. Hagerott has denied the allegations.

The North Dakota University System’s Council of College Faculties has written a letter to the chair and vice-chair of the state Board of Higher Education, outlining its concern about “a lack of procedure” concerning a report on the system’s Chancellor.

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A casualty of a tight state budget.

The Board of Higher Education has decided none of the 11 college and university presidents will be getting a raise. Neither will the Chancellor, or the staff at the University System office.

That’s in-line with the decision by the state Legislature to not give salary increases to state employees.

The last time the presidents received a raise was in 2014.

Board member Kevin Melicher of Fargo said while everyone understands the state’s fiscal situation, this can’t continue for very long.

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The state Board of Higher Education has given North Dakota State College of Science President John Richman the go-ahead to begin a fundraising campaign for a new career workforce academy for Fargo.

Richman had asked the board for that authority last November – but the matter was tabled.

The academy would be similar to a career academy on the Bismarck State College campus. That building is owned by the Bismarck school district.

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The proposed fiscal 2018 budget for the North Dakota University System office is $65.8 million.

That’s down from $91.7 million in fiscal 2017.

Of that figure -- $4.2 million is spent on governance. The rest goes to student grants, technology and other projects.

But some members of the Board of Higher Education’s Budget and Finance Committee say there’s some mis-information about this line item.

Board member Nick Hacker said some people believe all of that goes to administration.

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."