University of North Dakota Legislative Priorities

January 28, 2015

UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences Building – The University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences building is on budget and on time to open in Fall 2016.  The North Dakota University System is asking the North Dakota Legislature for $62 million to fund the second portion of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences building.  The 63rd Assembly of the North Dakota Legislature approved funding for the $122 million, four-story UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences building.  A fast fact, just to provide some perspective:  When completed, the new building will be 320,000 square feet, equivalent to just over 18 hockey rinks.

UND School of Medicine and Healthcare Workforce Initiative – When the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Healthcare Workforce Initiative (HWI) is fully implemented in the 2017–2018 academic year, 64 additional medical students (16 per year), 90 health sciences students (30 per year), and 51 residents (post-MD degree trainees, with 17 per year added) will be educated.

In addition to the expansion of class sizes, the HWI utilizes a number of strategies to maximize success in increasing North Dakota’s healthcare workforce:

  • 80 percent of students accepted to the medical school are North Dakota residents, weighted toward those from rural areas
  • Tuition forgiveness for those who commit to practice primary care in a rural community
  • Increased longitudinal experiences in rural communities
  • Increased geriatrics and public health focus

UND Flight Operations Apron – The University of North Dakota has requested $16 million to replace the apron (the area used for maneuvering and parking aircraft) at the UND Flight Operations facility and airport.  This is a significant health and safety issue.  The apron has aged to the point where pieces of concrete are kicked up as the planes taxi.

UND College of Engineering & Mines Equipment Request – The growth in petroleum engineering – from four students to 285 – has stimulated a great need for more equipment and laboratory space in the University of North Dakota College of Engineering & Mines.  Currently, students are using simulated equipment – simulated through software and digital imagery – which does not provide students with the experience needed to be competitive.

The UND College of Engineering & Mines is requesting $500,000 from the State to purchase the equipment needed to help students be competitive.  Included in the budget request is funding for the top priorities, but the needs are even greater.

UND Security and Emergency Preparedness – The University of North Dakota has requested one-time funds of $1,054,000 for electronic door access, camera surveillance and 24-hour Op Center equipment and software.  Base funding has also been requested for a full-time emergency management position.