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The state Board of Higher Education will decide whether the North Dakota State College of Science needs “temporary system oversight” of some of the campus management functions.

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"This sounds like a 'two board lite' proposal."

That’s Board of Higher Education chairman Don Morton, speaking about the proposal to increase the Board to 15 members.

The Governor’s Task Force on Higher Education Governance had recommended the current Board be replaced by three boards - one for NDSU, one for UND and one for the other 9 campuses. It was amended to two boards – one for the two research universities and the second for the rest of the campuses. That failed in the House. So the Senate approved the proposed 15-member board.

The state Senate has approved a Constitutional amendment to increase the size of the state Board of Higher Education from 8 to 15 members.

The original proposal was to increase the board to 11 members.

Senate Education Committee chairman Robert Schiable (R-Mott) proposed the 15-member board. He told the Senate that would make it easier for the Board to form subcommittees to more closely work with the campuses.

If the Legislature passes the so-called "two board" model for higher education governance, the office of Chancellor of the University System will be no more.

"In the Constitution, there is no word called 'Chancellor,'" said Gov. Doug Burgum, who is pushing the Legislature to approve a two board system. "There is a 'higher-education administrator.'"

The House defeated the two board plan. The Senate is now considering an expanded single board, expanding its membership from 8 to 11. Burgum wants the Senate to amend that bill, reinstating the two boards.

Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

Gov. Doug Burgum is renewing his push for two separate boards of higher education – one for the research universities, and the other for the rest of the colleges.

A task force on higher education governance had recommended three boards -- one for NDSU, one for UND and one for the other 9 campuses. It was introduced that way in the House, but was amended to the two board model after sponsors decided two boards would be easier to pass. The House turned that down.

A member of the North Dakota Board of Higher Education had some sharp words for UND President Mark Kennedy’s decision to keep his chief of staff on board, allowing her to work from a remote location.

UND had said Angelique Foster would stay on as chief of staff. Under the arrangement, which would begin in April, she would work from Texas, and would receive a raise -- to $114,000 per year  -- and up to $25,000 in travel expenses.

'One board' bill may have a chance in the Legislature

Feb 18, 2019

It isn’t what a task force recommended – and it isn’t what the House rejected – but there will be another measure to make changes to the state Board of Higher Education.

From three boards, to two boards, to an expanded single board.

The Republican and Democratic floor leaders in the North Dakota Senate are the sponsors of a Constitutional measure to expand the state Board of Higher education by three members, making it an 11-member board.

'Two board bill' killed in ND House

Feb 13, 2019

The House overwhelmingly rejected a bill to create two boards of higher education.

The single board system in place now would be replaced with one board for the two research universities and one board to govern the other 9 campuses.

The House Education Committee recommended a “do-not-pass” on the bill. The committee’s chairman –  Representative Mark Owens (R-Grand Forks) – said this bill seems to be premature, because it will require a vote of the people.

The North Dakota House Education Committee is recommending the full House kill the bill which would create two separate boards of Higher Education – one for the two “research” universities, and the other governing the rest of the system.

As introduced, it would have been a “three board” system – one for UND, one for NDSU and one for the other 9 institutions. It was amended in committee, then the committee voted for a “Do Not Pass.”