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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.

WSC Stevens Hall renovation nears completion

Stevens Hall renovation nears completion  Stevens Hall Renovation almost complete, offices are starting to move in this week. Everyone is excited to move back into the new space after being in tight quarters for the last year. WSC hosts mental health first aid training WSC’s Mental Health Counselor is teaching a mental-health first-aid class for […]

Oct. 30 Board Meeting Agenda Highlights

Agenda Highlights: Final Interview VCSU President VCSU STEM Presentation Approve System IT Plan Ratify WSC interim president recommendation The final interview portion of the meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. CDT. The live stream will begin at approximately 10 a.m. CDT with the Board’s decision on the presidential search, followed by the regular meeting. The livestream […]

State Board’s new plan unleashes potential of higher ed

This is North Dakota’s moment. This is our students’ moment. There has never been a better opportunity for them to reach their highest potential than right here, right now, in our great state. It’s no secret that North Dakota is enjoying a robust economy and strong revenues. After 80 years of population decline, the state […]

Interview with student member, Christopher McEwen: What does the new strategic plan mean for students?

A week after the new strategic plan was approved by the State Board of Higher Education, Chelsea Gleich, NDUS communications specialist, caught up with student Board member Christopher McEwen to discuss how he sees this plan impacting students. Q: Where do you see the new strategic plan taking the university system? McEwen: I can see […]

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. […]

Unleashing the Potential of Higher Education in our State

A column by Board Chair Kirsten Diederich Just over a month ago, the State Board of Higher Education, presidents of our institutions and senior system staff gathered to create the 2015-2020 strategic plan for the North Dakota University System. We came together and successfully developed a new, student-centered vision for the future of higher education […]

State Board Approves 2015-2017 Budget Request

The State Board of Higher Education met in a special meeting on Sept. 3 to review the NDUS 2015-2017 capital projects budget request, after approving the operating budget request at its June 26 meeting.  The full 2015-2017 budget request includes both the operating budget and one-time funding for capital projects. This request will now be […]

Lamboley Selected for National Service Member and Veteran Suicide Prevention Academy

  North Dakota’s First Lady Betsy Dalrymple selected Becky Lamboley, North Dakota University System director of student affairs, as a member of the state’s delegation attending the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Suicide Prevention Implementation Academy Sept. 15-17. SAMHSA sought out ND Cares, a statewide coalition dedicated to strengthening an accessible, seamless […]

Two Employees Join NDUS System Office

The NDUS System Office recently gained two new faces – Richard Rothaus, Ph.D., and Jennifer Weber. Richard Rothaus, Ph.D. Rothaus serves as the director of academic programs, research and accreditation. In this role, he assists the vice chancellor for academic and student affairs in the ongoing implementation of NDUS policies, procedures and initiatives associated with […]

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 […]