Category Archives: SBHE

State support of higher education gains national attention

A recent article in US News & World Report featured North Dakota and Alaska as the two main states that have increased support for higher education since the national economic downturn. The author called this a stark contrast to the “worn and demoralized condition of public higher education in much of the rest of the […]

NDUS launches public dashboards to track strategic plan progress, demonstrate accountability

Today, the North Dakota University System launched its public strategic plan dashboards. The dashboards illustrate the measurable objectives behind the main goals of the plan through an interactive website. “The Board’s new strategic plan is an exciting direction for the system, but the plan is only as strong as the follow through,” said Board Chair […]

Daring to stand together: Maximizing the strengths of a unified system

This Thursday will be the first regular meeting of the State Board of Higher Education since the November election. We are grateful that the citizens of North Dakota soundly defeated Measure 3, showing their support for our current higher education governance system and our students. While some things had to wait until after the election, […]

Nov. 20 Board Meeting Agenda Highlights

Agenda Highlights: Discussion on admission standards Approval of draft pre-file legislation High performance computing The meeting begins at 8 a.m. with board training and assessment. The regular meeting will begin following that session at approximately 10 a.m. The livestream will be available at View the full agenda here.

ImageNow initiative offers a way to streamline processes and manage secure, digital records across NDUS

What began as five campus projects has expanded to include all 11 North Dakota University System institutions as part of a State Board of Higher Education initiative to maximize efficiencies. ImageNow is a document imaging system that allows users to import paper or digital documents through scanning or file/print options. In short, ImageNow takes the […]

Predictive Analytics Reporting: Using technology to help students succeed

With over 40,000 students with their own experiences and education, it can be difficult to believe there are any commonalities among them. However, at the core, every person is just a person, every student just a student. And, every one of them with the same goal – get a valuable higher education. To help North […]

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 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 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 […]