Category Archives: Legislative News

Task forces kick off work

Five task forces comprised of more than 40 North Dakota University System presidents, senior staff, researchers, and State Board of Higher Education members rolled up their collective sleeves this week to move forward on work on a legislatively-mandated study. Senate Bill 2003 called for a study with the aim to address five key areas throughout… Read More »

Interim Higher Ed Committee meets

Chancellor, institutions provide update to legislators The Interim Legislative Higher Education Committee met this week for its annual post-session meeting with representatives from the North Dakota University System. Following an afternoon session where the legislators heard from Joe Garcia, president of the Western Interstate Council for Higher Education and a tour of Bismarck State College,… Read More »

Board reviews “guns on campus” policy

Legislative agendas high on SBHE discussion   Among the many topics discussed at the most recent State Board of Higher Education meeting were guns on campuses and a study on the reorganization of two-year campuses to gain efficiencies and provide a more seamless transition from K-12 to higher education. Early in the meeting the Board… Read More »

Task Force to examine faculty annual and sick leave

  A legislative mandate to correct data inconsistencies has prompted officials throughout the North Dakota University System to review faculty annual and sick leave. In 2015, the North Dakota Legislature passed House Bill 1003, which called for the State Board of Higher Education to move forward with policy and procedure changes addressing concerns over data… Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

NDUS Presents to Senate Appropriations Committee

Beginning at 9:30 on Monday morning, the State Board of Higher Education, the North Dakota University System Office and all of the institutions in the NDUS presented their budget cases to the Senate Appropriations Committee, chaired by Sen. Ray Holmberg. Board Vice Chair Kathy Neset led with a discussion of the vision, directions and challenges… Read More »

2015 Legislative Showcase Happening Today

North Dakota’s 11 public colleges and universities are presenting today at the 2015 Legislative Showcase in the state Capitol Memorial Hall from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Representatives of the 11 North Dakota University System institutions as well as the NDUS Staff Senate, North Dakota Student Association, Council of College Faculties and TrainND have displays highlighting some… Read More »

Morton opens presentations to appropriations committee

On Jan. 19, Don Morton, member of the State Board of Higher Education and Chair of the Board’s Budget and Finance Committee, kicked off the week’s presentations on higher education. He opened by thanking the Legislative Assembly for their past support and expressed the Board’s intention to work collaboratively with them to do what is… Read More »

Interim Chancellor presents NDUS priorities to House Appropriations Committee

On Monday, Jan. 19, Interim Chancellor Skogen gave an overview to the House Appropriations Committee of the North Dakota University System’s strategic priorities for the 2015-17 legislative session. Skogen built the information around the State Board of Higher Education’s five-year plan and connected it to current state demographics and projections, as well as national trends… Read More »