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State-of-the-art plant heating up

New combined plant at Valley City State University moving forward   A proposed two-stage plant is moving closer to generating heat, and revenue, at Valley City State University. After a detailed presentation on the plant to the State Board of Higher Education at its April meeting, VCSU’s combined heat and carbon production system is gaining… Read More »

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Challenge Funds distributed

Eight out of the 11 public colleges and universities in North Dakota were recently awarded funding by the North Dakota Higher Education Challenge Grant Committee. Bismarck State College, Dickinson State University, Lake Region State College, Mayville State University, North Dakota State College of Science, North Dakota State University, University of North Dakota, and Valley City… Read More »

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Interim Higher Ed committee meets

The Interim Legislative Higher Education Committee recently held its regular meeting at Valley City State University. At the meeting, legislators heard detailed updates from North Dakota University System representatives on ongoing business including the higher ed funding formula, budget reductions, capital project requests, studies and more. Meeting attendants were also able to take a tour… Read More »

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Envisioning the future of higher ed in North Dakota

What parent or grandparent hasn’t at least once looked down at a toddler or preschooler and tried to envision their future many years hence—when they are adults, perhaps heading off to college or to a technical training program? The North Dakota State Board of Higher Education, the North Dakota University System and the faculty, staff… Read More »

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Safety and security, across the Board

Security procedures, capital project needs detailed at May meeting   Keeping systemwide infrastructure and digital assets secure kept the attention of members of the State Board of Higher Education this month during the governing body’s monthly meeting. In addition to hearing updates on how the system’s digital security needs were being met, the Board also… Read More »

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Envision(ed) 2030 sets ambitious goals

Participants share perspectives in conversation to shape higher education’s future   The event designed to shape the vision of higher education to come brought nearly 200 people from diverse backgrounds to Bismarck this past week. Participants from around the state took part in discussions that were held at Envision 2030 to shape student and the… Read More »

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OER Steering Committee named

A group has been named to set the direction for Open Educational Resources within the North Dakota University System. Implementing OER has progressed forward significantly after receiving widespread support from state lawmakers and the university system’s network of 11 public colleges and universities. Partnered with the Open Textbook Network at the University of Minnesota, NDUS’ drive… Read More »

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Envisioning a Path to Success

Spring 2016 is quickly moving forward, and as always there’s a charge in the air that speaks of excitement, success and change. Soon, thousands of graduates will walk across stages throughout North Dakota’s public colleges and universities, having earned their way through long hours of work and study. Those graduating seniors will be taking the… Read More »

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Board hears campus budget reports

All proposed tuition increases within legislative allowances Technology and budgets were the talk of the day when the State Board of Higher Education met this week to move business forward. The regular meeting was held at Bismarck State College, with satellite locations dialing in via Skype for the first time. The multi-location meeting allows for… Read More »

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Higher education summit approaching

A summit on education in North Dakota will take place this month at the Bismarck State Capitol building. Titled “Envision 2030,” this summit will be hosted by the State Board of Higher Education and North Dakota University System aimed at how and where future students and leaders will be asked to take charge. Breakout sessions will be held… Read More »

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OER use to save students $$$

Students could begin saving money thanks to an initiative sponsored by the N.D. Legislature and actively fostered by the North Dakota University System. The drive to implement more Open Educational Resources is progressing forward after receiving widespread support from state lawmakers and the university system’s network of 11 public colleges and universities. Partnered with the… Read More »

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Student loan forgiveness available to college grads employed in STEM fields

College graduates employed in STEM-related occupations in North Dakota may be eligible for student loan forgiveness through the STEM Occupations Student Loan Program administered by the North Dakota University System and the Bank of North Dakota. STEM-related occupations include jobs in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The program provides loan forgiveness of… Read More »

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Interim Higher Education committee meetings held

The North Dakota Legislative Management Interim Higher Education Committee held its regular meeting last month, and in doing so heard numerous items affecting the North Dakota University System ranging from information technology to predictive analytics. Held over two days at Dakota College at Bottineau and Minot State University, the committee’s meetings also heard direct updates… Read More »

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Bakken U scholarship application now open

Applications are now open for more than $20,000 in scholarships that have been announced under the North Dakota University System’s Bakken U initiative. The initiative was created during the last academic year to help encourage oil workers, recently displaced oil workers and their spouses to go back to school at one of the state’s public… Read More »

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Commencement dates announced

Thousands of graduates will soon walk across the stage at commencement ceremonies throughout the state’s 11 public colleges and universities. The ceremonies will largely take place the weekend of May 13-14, although two will happen before and after. The schedule for the ceremonies is below. All times are Central Standard Time, except as otherwise noted. Bismarck State… Read More »

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Challenge Grants awarded

The North Dakota Higher Education Challenge Grant Committee has awarded more grants to some of the state’s public colleges and universities. Dickinson State University, Lake Region State College, Minot State University, North Dakota State College of Science, North Dakota State University, University of North Dakota and Williston State College were all awarded grants last week… Read More »

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Advisory council moving ahead

A new council has been created that will provide recommendations to higher education in North Dakota based on the ever-changing needs of the workforce. Comprised of business and industry leaders from throughout the state, the Workforce Education Advisory Council came together for the first time in January in a series of organizational meetings that helped… Read More »

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A Nexus of Change

Much has happened already these first few months of 2016, and it all points to another milestone year for higher education in North Dakota. Albert Einstein famously said, “The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” The quote’s longevity is a reflection of… Read More »

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Board talks goals, budget

Budget allotments, Envision 2030 meeting among agenda items at State Board of Higher Education meeting After taking the morning to select the new president for the University of North Dakota, the State Board of Higher Education wasted no time in getting down to other important business this week. Among the most vital agenda items were… Read More »

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Board names Kennedy next UND president

The State Board of Higher Education today named the Hon. Mark Kennedy as the next president of the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota. Kennedy currently serves as a professor of political management and director of the Graduate School of Political Management at The George Washington University, Washington, D.C. “I am honored and… Read More »

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CTS: Don’t get hooked by ‘phishers’

Core Technology Services advises university system users to watch out for email scams   Some recent hacking attempts directed toward North Dakota University System email accounts have Core Technology Services leadership reminding users to remain vigilant. Attempts to lure users to click on links in emails or offer personal or work information through falsified emails… Read More »

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Foundation members named

The North Dakota University System Foundation wasted no time in 2016 getting ramped up for new fundraising efforts. After setting relatively dormant for a few years, the NDUS Foundation has sprung into life again after a State Board of Higher Education meeting when Foundation Board Members and Trustees were approved. The NDUS Foundation was initially founded… Read More »

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Workshop provides planning focus

New software training provides insight to Strategic Planning Online software suite   Financial analysts, communicators and other strategic planners from throughout the North Dakota University System sat down together last month for a 16-hour course focused on tracking system progress. The two-day course on the Strategic Planning Online software suite, or SPOL, was given by… Read More »

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Title IX training held

Dozens of campus and student advocates from throughout the North Dakota University System attended a training session regarding Title IX. The sessions focused on the federal regulation that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex at any institution which received federal funding, in both educational and extracurricular activities. The Departments of Education and Justice take… Read More »

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New round of Challenge Grants awarded

  North Dakota’s public colleges and universities have received another round of funding thanks to the N.D. Higher Education Challenge Fund. Bismarck State College, Lake Region State College, Mayville State University, North Dakota State College of Science, University of North Dakota and Williston State College were all awarded funding recently through the fund, which was… Read More »

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Envisioning the Future of Education

Historic times are upon us.  The engineers and scientists of NDUS realize that technology is changing and morphing in ways that would have seemed impossible just 10 years ago. For the economics and business students, they know the swings in the price of oil are almost unprecedented. For our ag students, who continue to help feed… Read More »

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Board updated on cabinet studies

State Board of Higher Education members hear details on studies regarding cost containment, mission, tuition and fees, shared services and retention After an historic joint meeting with the Interim Legislative Higher Education Committee earlier in the day this Wednesday, the State Board of Higher Education was ready to learn about recent studies that had been… Read More »

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Joint meeting ‘historic’ between lawmakers, Board

Informational sharing meeting highlights challenges and successes for higher ed An historic meeting took place this week that helped lay new foundations for higher education in North Dakota as the State Board of Higher Education and Interim Legislative Higher Education Committee heard updates on the university system. During the morning meeting held at North Dakota… Read More »

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Wakeford elected SBHE Staff Advisor

Andy Wakeford, online coordinator/online advisor at Lake Region State College, has been elected as the 2016-2017 State Board of Higher Education Staff Advisor. He was elected Jan. 25 during the North Dakota State Staff Senate meeting. Wakeford is immediate past president of the LRSC Staff Senate and served as its president from 2013 to 2015. “I… Read More »

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Grant STEMs development

Federal funding allocated through the Department of Public Instruction provides for professional development An initiative underway between the state’s two educational agencies is aiming to increase professional development opportunities for high school teachers throughout the state. The Department of Public Instruction and the North Dakota University System institutions are working together to help deliver multiple… Read More »

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Grant expands distance education

Larry Brooks has been successfully teaching through the interactive video network for 20 years. A new grant will help upgrade the IVN system, deliver courses to students who would normally not have access to them, bring in more revenue and increase collaboration among campuses. The assistant professor of biology and associate dean for academic affairs… Read More »

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Candidates narrowed for the UND presidential search

[UPDATED 2/5/2016 1:35 P.M.] Committee narrows list of presidential candidates to interview on UND campus The University of North Dakota presidential search committee interviewed presidential candidates Feb. 1 and 2 in-person in Minneapolis to narrow the list of 16 candidates to seven. “I was highly impressed with the level of experience that these individuals brought… Read More »

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University of North Dakota alum Edward T. Schafer started as Interim President of UND Friday, Jan. 15

Edward T. Schafer, former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture under George W. Bush and former North Dakota Governor, officially starts as the Interim President of the University of North Dakota Today, Friday, Jan. 15. A UND alum, Schafer follows Dr. Robert Kelley, who started as UND’s 11th president in July 2008 and who retired Thursday, Jan. 14.… Read More »

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NDUS awards inaugural Bakken U scholarship

The first of its kind scholarship was awarded under North Dakota University System’s Bakken U initiative today to a Dickinson State University student. Warren Logan, an oilfield worker planning to enroll in courses at DSU, was awarded the $5,000 scholarship, funded by the N.D. Petroleum Council, during a press conference today at the DSU Student… Read More »

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IVN Usage remains strong

Effort helps increase shared services   The North Dakota Interactive Video Network started out with four sites and a few classes back in 1989. It didn’t take long before IVN grew to become an essential campus tool for the delivery of courses and degree programs to students geographically displaced from the host institution. And while… Read More »

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Confidence in the New Year

When milestones arrive they can usually be considered a good time to reflect on how previous accomplishments and challenges led to them. As our students closed out another semester and we’re closing in on the end to another year, I find that it’s a good time to do just that. In the past year there… Read More »

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NDSU’s new STEM Classroom and Lab Building to open in January

NDSU’s new STEM Classroom and Lab Building will open for classes in January 2016. The state of North Dakota provided $29.4 million to build the structure. It has been under construction for more than a year, and today NDSU held a dedication ceremony to celebrate its near-completion. NDSU President Dean L. Bresciani, Gov. Jack Dalrymple,… Read More »

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Challenge Grants awarded

Six of 11 public colleges and universities in North Dakota were recently awarded Challenge Grants for projects at their respective campuses ranging from scholarships and endowments to expanded educational opportunities. Lake Region State College, Mayville State University, North Dakota State College of Science, North Dakota State University, University of North Dakota and Williston State College… Read More »

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Tegrity brings lectures to students

A content capture system is making information more available than ever throughout the North Dakota University System.   The system, called Tegrity, is giving students throughout the 11 colleges and universities in the NDUS access to lectures and other recorded content, taking them well beyond the traditional classroom walls. Patti Heisler, assistant director of Training… Read More »

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Q & A with the new CFO, Tammy Dolan

How long have you been with state government and what brought you here to NDUS? I have worked for the state for 25 years. After graduating from Minot State University, I worked for the state auditor for two years. Next, I spent 14 years at Workforce Safety & Insurance focusing on the fiscal and administrative… Read More »

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Highly-accomplished faculty

Fellows and scholars among those educating the next generation within NDUS It’s said that excellence is its own reward. That may be true, but for some faculty throughout the North Dakota University System, excellence has awarded them in other ways, as well. In the past year, several educators throughout the system’s 11 colleges and universities… Read More »

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Collaboration and standardization

I had the opportunity recently to speak twice on topics revolving around the digital environment we inhabit. The first, on cyber security, illustrated how that environment is changing and how we could change with it. The second, on data inconsistencies, fleshed out how North Dakota University System employees were working toward creating standardized processes throughout… Read More »

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Board approves MAT offering

Programs aimed at nontraditional, location-bound students More candidates will have the opportunity to earn teaching credentials now after a decision was made this week by the State Board of Higher Education. At a special meeting Tuesday, the Board voted unanimously to approve the Master of Arts in Teaching program for Dickinson State University, Mayville State University and… Read More »

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State Board of Higher Education appoints Schafer interim president of UND

The State Board of Higher Education voted unanimously today to appoint Ed Schafer as interim president of the University of North Dakota. Current UND President Robert Kelley will retire Jan. 14, 2016. Schafer will begin serving as interim president Jan. 15. The Board also agreed that the timeframe for the interim service and salary would… Read More »

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Cybersecurity Presentation

North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott was recently the keynote speaker at University of Mary’s Leadership Summit in Bismarck. Hagerott spoke about the importance of cyber security, as well as its potential impacts on students, North Dakota and the nation. His address was informational and given to an audience of students, faculty, community leaders… Read More »

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Celebrating National College Application Month

A recent presidential proclamation has college admissions representatives happily looking forward to more applications. President Barack Obama recently proclaimed November as National College Application month. North Dakota University System employees stated that the system is partnered with the Bank of North Dakota to focus on outreach to high school students. NDUS Director of Financial Aid… Read More »

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Dakota Nursing Program surpasses national success rate

Total pass rate gives program bragging rights throughout the nation   A nursing program that consists of a consortium of four of the five community colleges in the North Dakota University System recently hit a record that showcases the program’s excellence. Three of the four campuses in the Dakota Nursing Program hit a 100 percent… Read More »

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Educational leaders continue forward momentum

Leaders from the state’s education-focused agencies met last week to discuss challenges to their respective missions and goals and how they could help each other meet those challenges. Members of the State Board of Higher Education, the Department of Public Instruction, the Department of Career and Technical Education and the Education and Standards Practices Board… Read More »

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NDUS goes mobile

The North Dakota University System moved forward with a recent development that gave students, faculty and staff more extensive access to the tools they need to succeed. In the past few months, considerable enhancements have been made to the NDUS Mobile Portal, which serves as the mobile access point for both Campus Connection and the… Read More »

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Bakken U: Energizing through Education

Since taking on this role earlier this summer, I’ve been reminded about two major truths: It’s an interesting time for North Dakota, and an interesting time for North Dakota University System as well. Through the past three months I’ve heard from our lawmakers, business leaders and community members. I’ve heard views on our many successes,… Read More »

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Board decreases WSC fees, hears positive comments from legislator

The State Board of Higher Education took positive steps forward this week when it moved to roll back certain fee increases at Williston State College. It was also on the receiving end of a positive speech by Sen. Rich Wardner, a retired educator and the majority leader for the 63rd Legislative Assembly.   WSC Fees… Read More »

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Stemen: Continue progress in higher ed

One of the newest members appointed to the State Board of Higher Education is a graduate of the system and is hoping that he can help the more positive aspects of the state’s colleges and universities show through. Greg Stemen grew up on a farm about 17 miles northwest of LaMoure. While his entry into… Read More »

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Board selects new DSU president

The State Board of Higher Education today named Thomas M. Mitzel, Ph.D., as the next president of Dickinson State University, Dickinson, North Dakota. Mitzel currently serves as the dean of faculty and vice president of academic affairs, Trinity College, Connecticut. Originally from Aberdeen, South Dakota, and an alumnus of Northern State University, Mitzel said he… Read More »

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NDUS Open Textbook Institute steps toward new resources

An upcoming event packs a lot of potential into a relatively short timeframe. The Open Textbook Institute at Valley City State University Oct. 6-8 will bring faculty, staff, librarians and technologists together from throughout the state. Attendees will hear from experts Dave Ernst, Ph. D. and Sarah Cohen on the topic of Open Educational Resources (OER)… Read More »

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Enrollment holding steady throughout state

BSC, LRSC, NDSCS, MaSU, UND, VCSU and WSC all show increases Seven colleges and universities throughout the North Dakota University System have shown growth for the fall 2015 semester. Bismarck State College, Lake Region State College, Mayville State University, North Dakota State College of Science, University of North Dakota, Valley City State University and Williston… Read More »

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Campus Tours

This month, Chancellor Mark Hagerott completed the last scheduled stops on his “Listen and Learn” tour at NDUS colleges and universities. During those visits he was able to tour Dakota College at Bottineau, Lake Region State College, Mayville State University, North Dakota State College of Science, North Dakota State University, University of North Dakota and… Read More »

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NDUS students get access to ‘Read&Write’

After some testing took place at a few college and university campuses throughout North Dakota, a new support software option has been made available to all campuses within the university system. Core Technology Services implemented the roll-out of the Read&Write software to coincide with the start of the Fall 2015 semester for the system’s more… Read More »

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Looking forward

The 2015/2016 academic year has begun, and we at the State Board of Higher Education are excited about the opportunity it will bring for students throughout our system. Earlier this year, our new Chancellor, Mark Hagerott, was selected to take the helm of the North Dakota University System. Dr. Hagerott comes to us with an… Read More »

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Energizing the System

Fall semester is fully back in swing at all of North Dakota’s 11 colleges and universities, and I’d like to take the time to say, “Welcome!” Welcome to all our new freshmen. Welcome to our international students and those who’ve transferred here from out-of-state, or from private schools. And welcome back to all our thousands… Read More »

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CTS aims for exponential management with P3/M

Planning, Procurement and Project Management helps standardization process In an effort to create a smoother, more efficient and ultimately cost effective experience for all stakeholders, North Dakota University System has put in place numerous projects in the past year to ensure the most standardized system possible. With many projects falling into the realm of Core… Read More »

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“Listen and Learn” tour

Chancellor Mark Hagerott continued his listening tours of the state in August, with multiple site visits in communities throughout North Dakota. From these visits, Hagerott listed three key takeaways: They want more graduates to fill open positions, want graduates to stay in the state, and they want the system to be more nimble to respond to business… Read More »

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Lake lecture highlights importance of student advocacy

A recent visiting professor touched on a topic of growing importance recently during a lecture and panel at the University of North Dakota. Peter Lake, the Charles A. Dana chair and director of the Center for Higher Education Law and Policy at Stetson University College of Law, recently provided an in-depth explanation for the change… Read More »

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Presidential searches move forward

Committee narrows Dickinson State University presidential search to 10 candidates The Dickinson State University presidential search committee met in Dickinson recentlyto narrow the list of 47 candidates to 10. “The committee was able to look through a great group of qualified candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds,” DSU presidential search committee chair Kari Reichert… Read More »

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Bakken U – Energizing through education

A new initiative called Bakken U: Energizing through education has been developed to meet the needs of energy workers and employers on the western side of the state. It is designed to encourage workers from the Bakken oil fields and other energy sectors to take advantage of slow times to enhance their skills and education… Read More »

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Interim vice chancellor, chief of staff reflect on appointments

Lisa Feldner, Ph.D., was named Interim Chief of Staff in late July. In taking on her new responsibility she also kept her duties as Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and Institutional Research, overseeing the NDUS Core Technology Services (CTS) and institutional research, one of the most critical components of university system operations. Feldner previously was… Read More »

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Board member Melicher participates in Chamber discussion

The Greater North Dakota Chamber organized a policy summit on Aug. 13 during which one topic of discussion was higher education. The focus was primarily on changing misconceptions and meeting the workforce needs of the state. As a representative of the State Board of Higher Education, Dr. Kevin Melicher discussed a wide array of topics… Read More »

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Creating the future of NDUS — together

Fall semester is fast approaching, and with it comes the excitement and liveliness found on college campuses at this time of year. Incoming freshmen will be creating their first memories of the higher education experience, while sophomores, juniors and seniors will be returning to their diligent studies throughout North Dakota. Much has happened this summer… Read More »

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SBHE Strategic Planning Retreat video highlights

In June, the State Board of Higher Education conducted a strategic planning retreat to help build upon the existing framework and pave the way forward for the future of higher education. Board members, presidents and university system staff looked at challenges, opportunities and creative ways forward to make an impact on the students that higher education… Read More »

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Starfish, PAR presented

Long-planned reporting methods unveiled in council Members of the Academic Affairs Council got their first look at two separate and distinct data tracking methodology frameworks that could help North Dakota University System’s goal of providing actionable and specific insight to its stakeholders for student success. The first, Starfish, is a data-tracking system that helps monitor… Read More »

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State Board appoints Ozbun interim DSU president

The State Board of Higher Education, at a special meeting, voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Jim L. Ozbun as interim president of Dickinson State University. Current DSU President D.C. Coston recently informed North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott that he is stepping down on Aug. 15 due to health concerns ahead of his originally… Read More »

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First phase of Listening Session concludes

  Chancellor Mark Hagerott got his chance – or chances – to hear from North Dakota’s senators and representatives recently, and he feels it’s only the beginning of a great conversation. After concluding the first leg of his listening sessions with state legislators, the North Dakota University System chancellor will move forward soon into the… Read More »

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North Dakota University System undergoes staffing changes

The North Dakota University System has had several changes and adjustments take place to ensure proper staffing while plans continue to develop for the coming year under the leadership of Chancellor Mark Hagerott. “I’ve been on the job for less than a month, and there is much to learn and many decisions to make. I’ve… Read More »

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NDUS tracking audits closely

​A new tool has been rolled out by the North Dakota University System that will allow it to simplify tracking the progress of recommendations from issued audits. The tool is available for authorized employees to view audits of the system itself or of individual campuses. Every audit does not appear, although those with open recommendations… Read More »

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Migler named DCB Dean

Dr. Jerry Migler was named Campus Dean for Dakota College at Bottineau. Migler currently serves as vice-president of academic affairs for the Colorado Community College System.  The CCCS, based in Denver, is Colorado’s largest higher education system and oversees career and academic programs in the 13 state community colleges as well as career and technical… Read More »

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Defensive Driving Course offered online

A long-sought online defensive driving course is now up and running after months of work at implementing the service. The course is required by the North Dakota State Fleet Services Policy manual for anyone who operates fleet vehicles on a monthly basis or more. Those who do must take the Department of Transportation-required Defensive Driving… Read More »

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Intranet goals advancing

The North Dakota University System’s group charged with building up the local Intranet into an information clearinghouse made another step forward. The Inside.NDUS Strategy Team held a teleconference recently to get its members back on track just before the holiday weekend. The revamping of mission comes after a large push last year to get the… Read More »

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Introducing the new Chancellor

Mark Hagerott takes charge at North Dakota University System The path back toward the capital was one not envisioned by a farmer’s son from northwest Mandan, but it was one taken with vigor. While he had returned regularly to help out on the multi-generational family farm, he’s now moved back after being selected to head a… Read More »

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Board covers ground at June meeting

  The State Board of Higher Education moved forward with unanimous approval to accept the North Dakota University System Office budget for fiscal year 2016. Interim Chancellor Larry Skogen took the opportunity to clarify some misconceptions about the budget, noting that only 5 percent of the $158.6 million administered by the system office is used… Read More »

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New members oriented to Board service

Hacker, Johnson, Ness and Stemen learn the ropes New members of the State Board of Higher Education sat down Wednesday afternoon, June 24, with a singular purpose in mind: learn the responsibilities of their new role during Board orientation. The four new Board members, Nick Hacker, Brett Johnson, Mike Ness and Greg Stemen soaked up… Read More »

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CTS talks digital, physical needs

Members of the State Board of Higher Education got a glimpse into the networked world of physical and digital infrastructure last week during an in-depth presentation from Core Technology Services leadership. Deputy CIO Darin King and IT Security Officer Brad Miller provided details on CTS’ plans moving forward. King touched on organizational changes, procedures and… Read More »

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Pathlight presented

Personal security app makes an appearance at Board meeting A smartphone application currently in a beta stage at North Dakota State University reached a new audience last week when it was presented before the State Board of Higher Education. Michael Borr, director of the NDSU University Police and Safety Office, spoke about the new Pathlight… Read More »

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Larry Looks Back

Interim Chancellor reflects on the perspectives, challenges and accomplishments of his two years as the system’s top leader   With his tenure as leader of the North Dakota University System coming to a close, Larry Skogen has continued to work tenaciously to ensure that headway made during the past two years wasn’t lost in the… Read More »

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Board to handle major business at final ’15 meeting

The State Board of Higher Education will have a full agenda when it meets this week. Among the main topics will be committee appointments, approval of president’s contract terms, review of final legislative action, and authorization for the Chancellor to begin the search for a new University of North Dakota president. In the lead-up to… Read More »

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SBHE Budget Committee reviews system budget

Proposed budget totals $158.6 million The State Board of Higher Education’s Budget and Finance Committee met last week to discuss the North Dakota University System’s FY2016 budget. The office budget goes to the full Board for approval on June 24. House Bill 1003, the NDUS office budget, includes approximately $134.6 million for funds that are… Read More »

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Tenure helps programs grow

Three professors reflect on programs, achievements The security to teach the very best content without pressure to compromise is one of the highest-sought and hardest-won benefits any educator can earn. Knowing that your professional role is secure can free an individual to focus on skill development, team building, research and myriad other tasks necessary to… Read More »

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Board moves to keep salaries, tuition competitive

The State Board of Higher Education worked toward keeping employees from throughout the university system fairly compensated at its regular meeting last week, despite some campuses having to operate within a lessened overall budget. At its regular meeting for May, the Board recommended taking steps to find the money for those increases – three percent… Read More »

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Markel recognized for achievement

North Dakotan with university ties leads nation’s top cyber defense team   When North Dakotans cross paths outside the state, history is sure to take notice. Such was the case recently when Zane Markel, a Minot High School (Magic City campus) graduate and current midshipman graduating May 22 from the U.S. Naval Academy, took his… Read More »

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End of an Era – Grosz looks back

For four decades one face familiar to many has served faithfully at the Dakota College at Bottineau, recruiting students, administering policies, aiding his DCB team and family, and doing everything he could to ensure campus-wide successes. And now, Dr. Ken Grosz, the Campus Dean at DCB will be retiring after 15 years in leadership at… Read More »

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Hagerott to Lead Higher Education System as New Chancellor

After the State Board of Higher Education unanimously voted Dr. Mark Hagerott in as the new lead for higher education, he has accepted the role of the new chancellor of the North Dakota University System. The announcement concludes a months-long process that saw more than 20 candidates vying for the position. It has included Listening… Read More »

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Congratulations, Graduates, for Daring to be Great!

This is an exciting time for the State Board of Higher Education and the North Dakota University System. We are about to make the choice for the next Chancellor, who will help us lead our system. That person will be instrumental in helping our institutions fulfill our vision of unleashing the potential of higher education… Read More »

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April 30 Board Meeting Agenda Highlights

Agenda highlights: Chancellor Search Elect Officers Approve Termination Process for Attorneys and Auditors Chancellor semi-finalists will be interviewed at a Special Meeting of the Board, beginning at 8 am. The agenda for that meeting can be found here. The regular Board meeting will begin at approximately 2 pm. The agenda for that meeting can be… Read More »

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Chancellor Search Hits Home Stretch

The State Board of Higher Education plans to hire a new chancellor for the North Dakota University System to be in place by July 1, 2015. The search has involved a rigorous process, including various resources including Listening Meetings, the assistance of a Search Advisory Team of key stakeholders and coordination by a professional higher… Read More »

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Create. Connect. Collaborate.

On Friday, April 17, 2015, Minot State University formally installed the university’s 11th president, Steven W. Shirley, who took office July 1, 2014. In his inauguration address, Shirley promoted the theme: Create. Connect. Collaborate. “These are three very simple, yet powerful words upon which I want our faculty, staff, students, alumni and supporters to act,”… Read More »

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Board takes position on HB 1003

At our last meeting, the Board discussed the actions of the House Appropriations Committee and adopted a position paper that we’ve shared with our stakeholders during the past few weeks. As we said earlier, we appreciate the House’s support of increases for student aid, campus security, and IT investments, but we do have concerns about… Read More »

Media Coverage Summary – June 24, 2016

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, June 24.   Bismarck State College BSC announces President’s Honor Roll for Spring 2016 BSC offers Summer Ag Academy in July BSC Boomers will be missed >A different breed of patient BSC President’s… Read More »

Media Coverage Summary – June 10, 2016

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, June 10.   Bismarck State College BSC offers Summer Ag Academy in July Finding their way – blind students navigate college life The strength of generations – Atkinsons honored with first Legacy Family… Read More »

Media Coverage Summary – June 3, 2016

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, June 3.   Bismarck State College BSC legend finishing a 50-year chapter Conversations at BSC presents program on Custer expedition   Dakota College at Bottineau Dakota College Recognizes Excellence   Dickinson State University… Read More »

Media Coverage Summary – May 27, 2016

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, May 27.   Bismarck State College BSC adds new staff and promotes employee BSC changes program focus to cybersecurity Bismarck State College named top team for the American Heart Walk Promotions, appointments at… Read More »

Bismarck State College campus successes – May

BSC changes program focus to cybersecurity Starting this fall, BSC’s Computer Support Specialist Program will focus on cybersecurity. Cybersecurity & Computer Networks will include four core classes: Principles of Information Security, Computer and Network Security, Digital Forensics, and Ethical Hacking and Network Defense   New role at BSC Carla Hixson has been named Dean of… Read More »

Dickinson State University campus successes – May

DSU awards graduates at 96th spring commencement ceremony Dickinson State University held its 96th spring commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 14, in Scott Gymnasium. The school awarded 117 baccalaureate degrees, 34 associate degrees and one undergraduate certificate. Eighty-nine students celebrated their accomplishment by walking across the platform to receive their diplomas from the… Read More »

Minot State University campus successes – May

MiSU commencement celebration On May 13, Minot State University honored its 102nd graduating class. More than 835 undergraduate and graduate students were eligible to cross the stage during commencement exercises. Graduate student Nichole DeSautel, undergraduate student Jacques Stanley and alumna Kirsten Baesler, North Dakota superintendent of public instruction, addressed the Class of 2016.   MiSU… Read More »

North Dakota State College of Science campus successes – May

NDSCS and BSC Announce Joint Pharmacy Technician Degree Delivery in Bismarck NDSCS and BSC will deliver the NDSCS Pharmacy Technician program to the central and western portion of North Dakota beginning fall 2016. Students will enroll through NDSCS but may attend classes in Bismarck. General education classes will be provided by BSC, while the technical… Read More »

North Dakota State University campus successes – May

National Science Foundation Day at NDSU attracts researchers from across the region NDSU hosted North Dakota’s first National Science Foundation workshop for researchers throughout the region. The workshop’s purpose was to help researchers learn how to write successful proposals for science, engineering and education research funding. The funding brings money into the state and region… Read More »

University of North Dakota campus successes – May

UND attracts another major COBRE grant Chester Fritz Disguised Professor of Biomedicine Brij Singh, the lead scientist in a $10.7 million COBRE grant project to investigate questions surrounding infectious diseases, recently received the first $2-plus million installment of the grant funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.   UND Space Studies crew… Read More »

Valley City State University campus successes – May

Vangstad renovation celebrated with ribbon-cutting ceremony VCSU held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house for its newly renovated Vangstad Auditorium building on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 4. During the 2013 North Dakota legislative session, VCSU received an appropriation of $3.45 million for the Vangstad renovation. The project included a refresh of the auditorium; installation… Read More »

Williston State College campus successes – May

WSC Forms President’s Advisory Council In response to increasing community involvement at the College, Williston State College created a committee to help advise on WSC’s annual goals. WSC’s President Advisory Council (PAC) consists of prominent alumni, community leaders, and friends of higher education and the College.  Terry Olson, Executive Director for the WSC Foundation, and… Read More »