Category Archives: SBHE

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 […]

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 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 […]

We have a system that works

We’ve had some good news lately both nationally and locally about North Dakota and about the university system’s key role in its success. A recent story in Forbes magazine highlighted our state’s booming economy, saying “North Dakota leads the nation in virtually every indicator of prosperity: the lowest unemployment rate, and the highest rates of […]

April 24 Board Meeting Agenda Highlights

Agenda Highlights: Update on Higher Learning Commission Visit Institutional Initiatives: Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University Request to Establish Global Institute of Food Security and International Agriculture at NDSU The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. MST/9:30 a.m. CST. The live stream of the meeting will be available at View the full agenda here.

SBHE to attend Association of Governing Boards training

The State Board of Higher Education will be attending a training session after this month’s Board meeting presented by the Association of Governing Boards (AGB). The session will be conducted by two AGB consultants, Clyde Allen and Merrill Schwartz.This training session will help prepare the SBHE for the upcoming advisory visit by the Higher Learning Commission […]

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 […]

Two positions up for nomination to State Board of Higher Education

The State Board of Higher Education (SBHE) is made up of volunteers from across the state to serve as the governing board for the higher education system in North Dakota. These volunteers are vetted through a detailed nomination process. The State Superintendent of Public Instruction serves as the chair of the nominating committee and the […]

Planning for tomorrow’s North Dakota

In 2009, the State Board of Higher Education developed a comprehensive strategic plan that the North Dakota University System has been following since then. It was an inclusive process involving business leaders, community leaders, legislators, campus leaders, faculty, staff, students and the Board. The common themes reflected by the four goals were: access, funding/affordability, economic […]

Community college investments pay off for students and for the state

By Kirsten Diederich, Board Chair Community colleges nourish both students and society, according to a February report on the value of a community college education. “Where Value Meets Values: The Economic Impact of Community Colleges,” said community college graduates receive nearly $5 in benefits for every dollar they spend on their education, while the return […]

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 […]