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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.

UND presidential search committee to be named shortly

Aug 10, 2015

A search committee could be named this week for a new president at the University of North Dakota.

"It's been delayed a little bit," said University System chancellor Mark Hagerott. "We had to take time for the situation at Dickinson State."

Current Dickinson State University president D. C. Costen had already announced his retirement . He will step down this month. And the Board of Higher Education named former North Dakota State University president Jim Ozbun as the interim DSU president.

The new Chancellor of Higher Education says he’s very impressed by the University System’s new strategic plan.

Mark Hagerott says the plan is forward looking – and helps assure the system will be flexible.

"Unlike, let's say, an automobile plant, where you can stop and retool, or when Apple wants to put out another iPhone, they stop producing one and start another," said Hagerott. "Students are continuously coming through. We can't say, 'Hey -- let's not have a freshman class this year.'"

New NDUS Chancellor says ND has a 'wonderful' system

Jul 9, 2015

North Dakota’s new Chancellor of Higher Education says the state has a wonderful University System.

Mark Hagerott has spent some time looking at a number of documents, as well as attending a Board of Higher Education retreat, as he prepares for a “listening tour” of the state. He says he’s impressed with what he’s seen so far.

The state Senate has passed the state Auditor’s budget bill.

In it is a transfer of seven external auditing positions from the University System to the Auditor’s office. It’s something the House added to the budget bill.