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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 […]

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 […]

New restaurant at WSC provides job opportunities for students

Williston’s first Jimmy John’s opens at WSC Jimmy John’s sandwich shop, the first in Williston, has just been opened on Williston State’s campus. The opening of this restaurant represents a number of job opportunities for students as well as another food option for students and community members all while directing additional traffic to WSC’s campus. […]

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 […]

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 […]

March 27 Board Meeting Agenda Highlights

Agenda Highlights: 2014-2015 Annual Budget Guidelines NDSU Sanford College of Nursing Institutional Initiatives: TrainND The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. The live stream of the meeting will be available at View the full agenda here.  

Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute making an impact in North Dakota and beyond

The State Board of Higher Education is now featuring “Institutional Initiatives” at its monthly meetings. These are outstanding programs or initiatives taking place at NDUS institutions. In February, Denver Tolliver, Ph.D., made a presentation on the North Dakota State University Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute (UGPTI).  Tolliver serves as the director of UGPTI. UGPTI was established […]

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 […]

NDUS launches 2014 Community College Awareness campaign

The Community College Awareness Initiative is a legislatively funded initiative designed to build awareness and enhance the image of North Dakota University System community colleges. Based on research findings, the NDUS Public Affairs Committee (PAC) members and an ad agency worked together to develop the overall communication plan, including statewide television ads, print and online […]

Dickinson State University offers support in the midst of tragedy

On Mar. 3, 2014, Trinity High School in Dickinson, ND, suffered a devastating fire that rendered their building unusable for the remainder of the current school year. “I received a call from Steve Glasser, president of Dickinson Catholic Schools, the morning of the fire. He asked to meet.  It felt good that those in leadership […]

Change in Leadership at Minot State University

At the February State Board of Higher Education meeting, Steven Shirley, Ph.D., was selected as the 11th president of Minot State University. He will succeed David Fuller, Ph.D., who has announced he will retire after 10 years. Shirley moves west within NDUS Shirley currently serves as president of Valley City State University where he leads […]

Alumni Spotlight: Sam Coleman finds his mission

Finding his love for art by first grade, Sam Coleman, 35, spent much of his time growing up in rural Bismarck exploring art and testing what else he wanted to do in life. He grew in faith at Shiloh Christian School, was homeschooled between fourth and 10th grade, and spent his last two high school […]

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 […]