Category Archives: NDUS

State Board to vote on new strategic plan

At its October 2 meeting, the State Board of Higher Education is set to discuss and potentially approve its 2015-2020 strategic plan. The plan that will be presented at the meeting is the culmination of months of stakeholder input, expert opinions from inside and outside the university system and discussion by Board members. In April, NDUS […]

Higher Learning Commission team gives State Board favorable review

An Advisory Team from the Higher Learning Commission has released an in-depth report giving the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education and the North Dakota University System a favorable review of their current leadership practices and significant progress in overcoming past challenges. In her letter to Board Chair Kirsten Diederich and Interim Chancellor Larry C. […]

Lamboley Selected for National Service Member and Veteran Suicide Prevention Academy

  North Dakota’s First Lady Betsy Dalrymple selected Becky Lamboley, North Dakota University System director of student affairs, as a member of the state’s delegation attending the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Suicide Prevention Implementation Academy Sept. 15-17. SAMHSA sought out ND Cares, a statewide coalition dedicated to strengthening an accessible, seamless […]

Planning for the Future: NDUS Hosts #StudentSpk Twitter Chat

The State Board of Higher Education is undertaking a new strategic planning process. The Board will meet for a retreat July 30-31 to set the direction for the future of the University System through the new strategic plan. Connie Sprynczynatyk, director of strategic planning, has been facilitating discussions and meeting one-on-one with stakeholders across the […]

Potential Issues Related to Accreditation Regarding Constitutional Measure 3

During the May 29 Board meeting, NDUS Chief of Staff Murray Sagsveen presented a memorandum to the Board entitled “Potential Constitutional Measure 3 Issues Related to Accreditation.” As Sagsveen writes, the memorandum was not intended to address “whether the NDUS could be better governed by a full-time three-member commission instead of an eight-member citizen governing board.” […]

UND breaks ground for new School of Medicine and Health Sciences building

  The University of North Dakota broke ground for the new $122 million School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) building Thursday, June 12, 3 p.m.  Taking part in the groundbreaking with UND President Robert Kelley and UND Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean of the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences Joshua […]

Board experiences oil boom firsthand

Before last month’s Board meeting, the State Board of Higher Education had the opportunity to see the oil boom firsthand. Board member Kathleen Neset hosted the meeting at her company, Neset Consulting’s headquarters outside Tioga, North Dakota. Thanks to Neset and the Hess Corporation, the Board members and NDUS staff were able to participate in […]

May 29 Board Meeting Agenda Highlights

Agenda Highlights: Presentation of draft system wide master plan Potential Measure 3 impact on accreditation Improving an atmosphere of respect summit The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. CST. The live stream of the meeting will be available at View the full agenda here.

Theodore Roosevelt Center creating first comprehensive digital presidential library

“I have always said I would not have been President had it not been for my experience in North Dakota.” This quote by Theodore Roosevelt emphasizes just how fitting it is that his presidential library located right here in North Dakota. The Theodore Roosevelt Center (TRC), housed at Dickinson State University, is dedicated to the […]

NDUS hosts Retention Summit

On May 19-20, NDUS hosted its third Retention Summit. The theme for this year’s event was “Analysis and Application of Data for Student Retention.” The National Energy Center of Excellence on the Bismarck State College campus hosted 130 summit attendees including faculty and staff from all NDUS institutions, as well as from North Dakota tribal […]

North Dakota Second State in the Nation to Sign Distance Education Agreement

The Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) announced April 8 that North Dakota was approved as the second member of the Midwestern State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (M-SARA). SARA is a national collaboration among states to streamline cumbersome and costly state authorization requirements. “We are pleased to be one of the first states to be approved as […]

NDUS names Valley City State University presidential search committee

The North Dakota University System (NDUS) named the members of a Presidential Search Committee to identify candidates for the position of president of Valley City State University (VCSU), Valley City, N.D. Dr. Steven W. Shirley, current VCSU president, will be taking over as Minot State University president in July 2014. The Committee is chaired by […]

TrainND Takes Workforce Training to the Next Level

What sets workforce training apart from typical higher education courses? Workforce training through TrainND is oriented toward serving the training needs of business and industry, and often involves customized and contracted training by specific companies or organizations. In short, TrainND is helping North Dakota businesses maintain a competitive advantage. TrainND is offered through four community […]

Connie Sprynczynatyk Joins NDUS as Director of Strategic Planning

Connie Sprynczynatyk joined the North Dakota University System as the Director of Strategic Planning at the beginning of April.  She comes to NDUS with decades of experience in strategic planning and board development. As the Director of Strategic Planning, Sprynczynatyk is coordinating the effort by the State Board of Higher Education and University System to […]

NDUS: Opening the door for a brighter tomorrow {Video}

The North Dakota University System is looking to the future – and it’s an exciting view. The world is changing, and it’s up to us to prepare our students to meet these challenges. This video showcases where we want to go, and we’re making a plan to get there through collaboration with stakeholders across the […]

Timothy Carlson joins NDUS senior staff

Timothy P. Carlson joined the North Dakota University System senior staff as chief auditor in December. Carlson comes to the NDUS with over 20 years’ experience in internal auditing, risk assessment, finance and operations. His expertise includes implementing complex information systems, designing internal controls, and staff leadership and development. Carlson also brings more than seven years of executive-level […]

Interim Chancellor Visits Lake Region State College

North Dakota University System Interim Chancellor Larry C. Skogen conducted faculty/staff and student open forums at Lake Region State College last Wednesday, January 29 in a continuing effort to encourage open communication throughout the system. They discussed the importance of educating students with soft skills, student affordability, the best ways to measure student success and the opportunities that are abundant now […] NDUS Launches New Website to Help Students Choose a College or University

This month, the North Dakota University System (NDUS) launched, a website dedicated to helping students find the North Dakota college or university that clicks with them. Using cutting edge technology, meets students where they already are – online – and provides them with interactive tools to make choosing a college easier. Designed using […]