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.
"Here's what the students are looking at," Dschaak said. "Here's what 2030 look like. Here's what's working in the classroom now, and how that will affect the educational process over the next 12 years."
Dschaak said one of the big issues for students and families is affordability.
"Open educational resources have really helped decrease textbook costs," Dschaak said. "UND has seen $5 million in savings over the last two years from OERs."
That issue includes distance and on-line educational opportunities.
"That's for those who aren't able to attend the 'brick and mortar' university," Dschaak said.
Diversity of the student body will be another point of discussion.
"What does a North Dakota student look like in 12 years," Dschaak said. "Are they coming from the work force, perhaps due to layoffs, and we're dealing with an older population? How do we make them successful?"
The Student Association is meeting this weekend at the State College of Science.