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Members of the state Board of Higher Education aren’t happy with the budget guidelines Governor Burgum issued to state agencies, to help them prepare for the 2019-2021 biennium.

But the chairman of the board is urging some caution in making a response.

Burgum’s budget guidelines call for a 10 percent reduction in state spending for the colleges and universities – a $51 million reduction – plus an additional 3 percent as a contingency cut – another $15 million. That’s on top of the $106 million cut from higher-ed in the 2017 biennium.

When the 2017 Legislature did not appropriate money for general state employee pay raises, the North Dakota University System instituted a “pay freeze” for the 2017-2018 school year.

But if the state Board of Higher Education agrees, that freeze will be lifted for 2018-2019.

The Board’s Budget and Finance Committee passed its budget guidelines for the campuses, with language allowing the college presidents to give pay raises.

But there’s a caveat.

Students to talk 'Envision 2030'

Feb 23, 2018
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

The North Dakota Student Association will be holding a discussion on the North Dakota University System’s “Envision 2030” strategic planning process during the Association’s meeting tonight (Friday, 2/23) in Wahpeton.

Kaleb Dschaak is a student at UND – and is the president of the Student Association. He said System office staff will be on-hand to talk about the process – and how students can have their say.

The state Board of Higher Education will be asked to approve changes to the “certificate of completion” program.

Under the current program, a student can receive a “Certificate of Completion” after completing a minimum of 16 semester hours in a program. The proposal would drop that to 9 hours.

Three ND colleges asking for fundraising campaigns

Nov 15, 2017
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

Three North Dakota colleges want to start fundraising campaigns.

And they will be asking the state Board of Higher Education for permission.

Bismarck State College wants permission to raise $10 million for its expansion and relocation of its Health Science programs. BSC currently leases space in a converted warehouse building in downtown Bismarck, owned by the city of Bismarck. BSC vice-president Dave Clark told the Board's Budget and Finance Committee the college has a lease with the city through the summer of 2020.

The president of the North Dakota University System’s state staff Senate is concerned about employee morale in the 11 colleges and universities.

"Morale has been really down," said Bismarck State College employee Retha Mattern. "It's been that way ever since budget allotments and budget cuts started happening to our campuses."

Matter said the system has lost a lot of people – due to reduction in force, buyouts and early retirements. She said that affects those who are left.

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The state Board of Higher Education’s Budget and Finance Committee has given the okay to NDSU’s new tuition model for fall 2018.

The model says students will be charged per-credit hour. That amount would be capped after 13 hours, meaning anything over that would not come with a cost. And NDSU officials say that will help encourage students to finish their degrees faster.

ND University System using "e-transcripts"

Sep 13, 2017
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North Dakota is one of the few states that utilizes “e-transcripts.”

It’s described as an electronic repository for all things a high school student takes on academically. That includes grades, dual credit coursework, advanced placement classes and ACT scores.

"So the beauty is, when high school students apply to North Dakota colleges and universities, we recognize the 'e-trasnscripts' and all the things ride in on it as official," said University System Director of Academic Affairs Lisa Johnson. "It could be AP scores, ACT scores or dual-credit scores."

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The North Dakota University System has a new initiative to help college students increase their degree completion.

It’s a new take on “Reverse Transfer.”

"We've always thought of 'reverse transfer' traditionally as somebody who attended a four year school, physically left and transferred to a two year institution," said NDUS Director of Academic Affairs Lisa Johnson. "The new thought is to allow the students to remain at their four year institution, but transferring coursework back to a two year school they previously attended."

NDSCS fundraising plan delayed

Nov 18, 2016
Courtesy NDSCS

The state Board of Higher Education has delayed a decision until its December meeting on a plan by the North Dakota College of Science to expand its Fargo campus.