higher education

Burgum to chair higher-ed governance task force

Nov 8, 2017
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

Gov. Doug Burgum is creating a Higher Education Governance Task Force.

Burgum said the task force will be looking at the ways the University System is managed – and see if there are changes that need to be made to bring the system – as he put it – into the 21st century.

Burgum said the current Board of Higher Education dates back to the 1930s.

"We've had a similar model in place for 80 years," Burgum told a Capitol news conference. "Now might be a good time for us to take a look to see if that model could be updated."

T.McDonald / Prairie Public

Governor Doug Burgum says global trends are starting to shape how services are being delivered. As reporter Todd McDonald tells us, the Governor has a chance to explain what that means for Higher Education when he spoke with an interim legislative committee at NDSU, Thursday.

ND University System

A job change in the University System office.

Lisa Feldner has been the chief of staff to Chancellor Mark Hagerott, as well as the System’s information technology director. She will now just handle IT.

"Because of the urgent needs we have in cyber-security, and she was an architect for the North Dakota research network some years ago, as well as in high-performacnce computing, I've put her focus on those things," Hagerott said.

Hagerott said there’s a lot to do in that regard.

Miller named WSC president

Jun 28, 2017
Williston State College

The Board of Higher Education has appointed John Miller as the president of Williston State College.

Miller had been acting president since June, 2016 – when former president Dr. Raymond Nadolny left. Miller has been the Vice-President for Academic Affairs since 2015. He had applied to be the president before Nadolny was hired.

University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott said Miller has done a tremendous job as the acting president – at a time of stress and difficulty on campus, due to Nadolny's early exit -- and a difficult budget sitaution.

ND University System

A House Appropriations subcommittee is now working on the budget for higher education.

This week, the University System and its 11 campuses are making presentations to the Education and Environment division. The Senate has already made some significant spending cuts. Its version proposes general fund spending of $616 million. That compares with $837 million in the current biennium.

Higher Ed budget bill passes Senate

Feb 22, 2017
Courtesy ND Legislature

The state Senate has approved the University System’s budget.

It’s a $65 million reduction in general fund spending from the 2015-2017 biennium.

"It's a large decrease," said Sen. Ray Holmberg (R-Grand Forks), the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. "But I think with good leadership at the campus level, and at the board level, they can continue to grow."

A subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee has begun studying the higher education budget.

The subcommittee is working off the new budget proposal submitted by Gov. Doug Burgum. That proposal is for $507 million for the University System. That’s down from the original 2015-2017 base budget of $614 million. And it's down from the post-allotment base of $567 million.

Courtesy ND United

The president of a group that represents North Dakota state employees said he thinks the number of potential job cuts in the North Dakota University System is too high.

The system says as many as 490 positions could be eliminated – based on the two budget allotments and Governor Dalrymple’s call for a 90 percent budget in the upcoming two year period. Of those, 190 are vacant, 125 could be employees retiring early or leaving on their own, 70 could mean contract reductions – and 105 could be laid off.

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."

North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott spent the first few months on the job on what he called a “listening tour.”

Hagerott says he wanted to hear about any concerns or ideas about the state’s 11 public colleges. He started with Legislators, then met with business leaders – and once school started, he’s been talking with faculty and staff at the colleges.

Hagerott told the Legislature’s interim Government Finance Committee he’s concerned about faculty turnover.

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