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Governor Dalrymple’s budget sets aside $220,000 for funding “open educational resources.”

As Prairie Public’s Dave Thompson reports, this is an effort to help save college students money they would be spending on textbooks.

The 2013 Legislature showed some interest in the idea of “open educational resources,” then called “open source textbooks.”

University system computer server hacked

Mar 5, 2014

One of the North Dakota University System’s computer servers was the victim of a cyber attack.

The system’s information technology arm discovered it February 7th. It appears it was an off-shore entity, using the server as a launching pad to attack other computers and sending out “phishing” e-mails.

A Legislative interim committee will be looking at last year’s sale of a research building at UND.

The Research Enterprise and Commercialization building – known as “REAC”  – was sold by the non-profit UND Research Foundation to UND. The price: $9.8 million. The Foundation is led by UND officials.

The building is designed to be a “technology accelerator” for emerging companies – and it offers commercial and academic labs for lease. Just over half the available space has been leased.

'Intellectual Property' study to begin

Jan 21, 2014

This week, two North Dakota Legislative interim committees will be looking at the issue of “intellectual property” – when it comes to research being done at the state’s universities.

As Prairie Public’s Dave Thompson reports, this issue is complex – and is being hotly debated in and out of higher education nationwide.

A Legislative interim committee will be studying the issue of “intellectual property” – as it pertains to North Dakota’s research universities.

“Intellectual property” refers to research discoveries and inventions produced by academic research. It often becomes marketable to business.

"The purpose was not to let those who are doing the work on the campuses of UND and NDSU know we're watching, and we want to nit-pick," said Sen. Tony Grindberg (R-Fargo). "The purpose is to raise the bar on best practices."

Minot lawmaker thinks Higher Ed is too "top heavy"

Mar 20, 2013

A Minot state representative says the North Dakota University System appears to be “top heavy” with administration.

Republican Roscoe Streyle is a member of the House Appropriations Education and Environment Subcommittee. That panel is looking at the system’s budget request. During a hearing on the University System's budget request, Streyle told Chancellor Ham Shirvani that he’s asked for figures on administrators from one college – but has been unsuccessful.