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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 »

Bismarck State College campus successes – July

BSC signs articulation agreement with Nebraska college Students who complete the Energy Generation Operations (EGO) program at Southeast Community College (SCC) in Lincoln, Neb., now can transfer those credits toward completion of a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Energy Management at BSC. SCC EGO graduates will be admitted to BSC with junior standing. BSC… Read More »

North Dakota State College of Science campus successes – July

NDSCS Earns CEO Cancer Gold Standard Re-Accreditation For the second year in a row, the CEO Roundtable on Cancer has awarded NDSCS with CEO Cancer Gold StandardTM accreditation for its efforts to reduce the risk of cancer for its employees and covered family members by promoting healthy lifestyle choices, encouraging early detection through cancer screenings… Read More »

Valley City State University campus successes – July

Online communication program receives Students Before Profits Award The VCSU online bachelor’s degree program in communication has been recognized with a 2015–16 Students Before Profits Award for Best Online Bachelor’s in Communication and Public Relations by Nonprofit Colleges Online. Available entirely online (in addition to being offered face-to-face), VCSU’s professional communication degree offers three concentrations:… Read More »