Category Archives: NDUS

Focal points emerge after summit

  The path toward increasing North Dakota’s postsecondary attainment level took a stride forward recently when officials from around the state convened in Bismarck. Around four dozen representatives from K-12, higher education, commerce and more met Jan. 11 at Bismarck State College to discuss attainment, or the rate at which individuals complete some type of… Read More »

Climate survey among Board reports

State Board briefed on policy, Bank of North Dakota education programs, and more.   The November meeting of the State Board of Higher Education covered extensive ground, beginning with a brief from Bank of North Dakota President and CEO Eric Hardmeyer. Speaking about his agency, Hardmeyer detailed numerous programs that positively affected higher education in… Read More »

‘Reverse Transfer’ helping provide further credentials

Current students within the North Dakota University System may be eligible for an additional degree under a recent initiative. The “Reverse Transfer” initiative is designed for students to complete and transfer coursework back from the four-year to the two-year institution, essentially granting them credit via a degree for work already accomplished, said Lisa Johnson, NDUS… Read More »

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 »

Lumina names NDUS recipient of Challenge Grant to boost attainment

The North Dakota University System was selected to receive a $99,500 Attainment Challenge Grant from Lumina Foundation. Funding will support strategic initiatives to increase the state’s postsecondary attainment rate to 65 percent by 2025, with the potential to reach 70 percent attainment by 2030. According to the 2017 issue of A Stronger Nation, Lumina’s annual… Read More »

NDUS launches new initiatives to increase degree completion

North Dakota University System (NDUS) launched the first of two initiatives last fall to increase degree completion in the state. The first initiative was to coordinate a system-wide effort to contact students who had previously enrolled at a NDUS two-year institution, completed a substantial number of credit hours, and had transferred to a four-year institution… Read More »

Board talks budget guidelines, faculty leave

  With the 65th Legislative Session adjourned, the regular May meeting of the State Board of Higher Education had a natural point of discussion: 2017-18 budget guidelines. North Dakota University System Chief Financial Officer Tammy Dolan presented the topic, noting that the Board would need to approve the guidelines, and the individual institutions would submit… Read More »

Faculty leave among main topics for Board

A major topic of discussion revolved around faculty leave when the State Board of Higher Education met for its regular April meeting. The topic was one of a handful of first readings for newly proposed policy. Among those were policies 340.2 (foundations), 305.1 (college and university presidents’ authority and responsibilities for campus IT security), 505… Read More »

Online Application for STEM student loan forgiveness opens May 1

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. Applications for the STEM Student Loan… Read More »

ND Ranks Above National Average in Recent Student Metric

A report released last month shows North Dakota’s college students as being ahead of the curve nationally. According to the report released by the National Student Clearinghouse, students in N.D. had a higher rate of bachelor degree completion after previous enrollment at a two-year school than much of the rest of the nation. That rate… Read More »

Teacher shortage loan forgiveness program now accepting applications

The North Dakota University System began accepting applications for the 2016-17 teacher shortage loan forgiveness program today, Monday, April 3. The application process will close May 3. This year, the university system has a streamlined online application for teachers to use and has this process in place to ensure that applications are reviewed in the… 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 »

Campuses showcased for legislature

Biennial event highlights campuses   All of the North Dakota University System’s public colleges and universities brought their best students, faculty and programs to Bismarck this week for the biennial NDUS Legislative Showcase. Joining the 11 campuses was UND’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences, the Council of College Faculty, North Dakota Student Association and… Read More »

Faculty recognized at showcase

Biennial event offers a pedestal for campuses and professors   Some of the North Dakota University System’s most technologically-innovative faculty were recognized this week during the NDUS Legislative Showcase. The event offered legislators and members of the public a full day’s view into professors and programs highlighted by the system’s 11 public colleges and universities.… Read More »

NDUS spring enrollment numbers out

Numbers comparable to spring 2016 term throughout system Student body numbers have remained relatively consistent compared to last year at the same time throughout the North Dakota University System, a new report shows. While five-year trends are down by two percent overall, that number amounts to roughly 100 students from an overall student population of… Read More »

Students Named to the 2017 All-North Dakota Academic Team

Twelve North Dakota community college students have been named to the 2017 All-North Dakota Academic Team, which recognizes the academic achievements of community college students. The students were honored at a dinner and awards ceremony on Tuesday, March 7, at Bismarck State College. Monsignor James Shea, president of the University of Mary, was the keynote… Read More »

Full days’ business for the Board during February meeting

Tenure, strategy and an address from the governor were major agenda items last week when the State Board of Higher Education held its regular February meeting. The day’s discussions were set into gear by an address from Gov. Doug Burgum, who spoke to the Board, college and university presidents, and system office staff about his… Read More »

SPOL implementation moving forward

Systemwide use of Strategic Planning Online to aid planning process A toolkit introduced to the North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities last year has taken a few steps forward already. According to Ryan Jockers, institutional and strategic analytics coordinator at the system office, the cloud-based planning software was purchased in 2015 after… Read More »