Category Archives: SBHE

Winds of Change Blowing in Right Direction

Last week I attended a meeting entitled “Winds of Change: Staying the Course to the American Dream,” a leadership congress sponsored by the Association of Community College Trustees of which I am a Board member. The 2,000+ attendees took a look at the historic forces that shaped the community college movement—and the economic and generational […]

Proud of who we are, what we are striving to do

This past week I was fortunate to attend the Association of Community College Trustees Leadership Congress in Chicago.  It didn’t take long to realize that we, the people of North Dakota, are fortunate in many ways, and especially in our commitment to higher education. The first night, the speaker from another state was proudly proclaiming […]

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 […]

Oct. 2 Board meeting agenda highlights

Agenda Highlights: Predictive Analytics Reporting Strategic Plan Board orientation The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. CDT. The live stream of the meeting will be available at http://ndus.edu/board/live-stream/ View the full agenda here.  

Board orientation to be held following meeting

Board members are invited to attend orientation following this week’s Board meeting. The orientation will provide attendees with an overview of the North Dakota University System and the requirements for serving on the Board. To encourage transparency, this training will also be streamed live for anyone who would like to watch. The orientation includes four […]

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. […]

Big accomplishments deserve our thanks

  I would like to publicly thank the three members of the State Board of Higher Education who will be participating in their final Board meeting this week: Duaine Espegard, Dr. Douglas C. Munski and Devin Hoffarth. Your commitment to higher education deserves our thanks, and we appreciate your dedication to the State and the […]

June 26 Board Meeting Agenda Highlights

Agenda Highlights: Reports from Pathways to Student Success Task Forces 2015-2017 System Budget Request for Approval Systemwide Master Plan Request for Approval The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. CDT. The live stream of the meeting will be available at http://ndus.edu/board/live-stream/ View the full agenda here.

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.” […]

Dalrymple Appoints McEwen to State Board of Higher Education

Gov. Jack Dalrymple has appointed North Dakota State University (NDSU) graduate student Christopher McEwen to serve as the student member of the State Board of Higher Education. The appointment is effective July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015. McEwen will replace current student member Devin Hoffarth whose one-year term expires June 30. “Chris brings to […]

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 […]

Students, we want to hear from you! NDUS to host #StudentSpk Twitter Chat

The State Board of Higher Education is creating a new strategic plan for the system and wants to know what students from North Dakota colleges and universities think! Get your voice heard during this unique opportunity to speak to the governing board of the North Dakota University System, and encourage your fellow students to participate. Topics […]

Commencement: a time to say thank you

I had the opportunity recently to represent the State Board of Higher Education at two North Dakota University System commencements – Dakota College at Bottineau, Mayville State University, and I was honored to be the Commencement speaker at Lake Region State College. Dr. Terry Hjelmstad, Don Morton, Dr. Doug Munski, Kathy Neset, and Kari Reichert […]

SBHE to tour oil patch, stay in crew camp

At the invitation of Board member Kathleen Neset, the State Board of Higher Education is meeting at Neset Consulting in Tioga this month. To take full advantage of this opportunity to see the state’s largest economic force in person, the board members and NDUS staff will be attending a Hess Corporation “Follow the Barrel” tour. The […]

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 http://ndus.edu/board/live-stream/ View the full agenda here.

Governor reappoints Board Chair Diederich, appoints Melicher to SBHE

On May 20, Governor Jack Dalrymple reappointed Kirsten Diederich, Ph.D., to a second four-year term on the State Board of Higher Education. Dalrymple also appointed Fargo optometrist and former Fargo School Board president Dr. Kevin Melicher to serve his first four-year term on the Board. Both appointments are effective July 1. Melicher will replace Duaine […]