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March 26 Board Meeting Agenda Highlights

Agenda highlights: HB 1003 tabled items Minard Hall litigation Chancellor Search The Special Board meeting in the morning will discuss the chancellor applicants beginning at 8:30 a.m., and will be accessible via phone. Contact the NDUS Office for more information. Click here for the Search Advisory Team Agenda and materials. The regularly scheduled afternoon meeting begins at 12:15 p.m. at… Read More »

Collaboration Conversations Help Serve the Bakken Region

The University of North Dakota (UND) and Williston State College (WSC) are embarking on conversations that could result in a much closer alignment between the two institutions. High employee turnover, limited resources, and rapidly expanding needs in the local community have hyper-taxed the ability of the WSC campus to maintain stable, consistent, effective operations. In… Read More »

Deadline for N.D. FAFSA Application is April 15

The North Dakota priority deadline for completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is April 15, 2015, according to the North Dakota University System.  Completing and submitting a FAFSA is the single most important thing college students do to get assistance paying for college. The U.S. Department of Education uses the FAFSA to… Read More »

Williston State College Campus Successes – March

Tharp receives Emeritus Status: Emeritus Status is awarded to a retired faculty member or administrator for distinguished service at Williston State College.  The Emeritus Status is a means for a retired educator to retain an honorary position at the college.  “No one is more deserving than Linda Tharp,” according to Wanda Meyer, Provost/Vice President for… Read More »

New Report Reflects Successful Transfer and Graduation Among Colleges and Universities in the North Dakota University System

A recent report released by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center indicates that graduation rates and successful transfer among North Dakota colleges and universities outpaced the national six-year average in nearly every category—whether they started at a two-year or four-year institution or attended full-time or part-time. The new report tracks the progress of students over… Read More »

DSU Presidential Search begins with Listening Sessions

On Wednesday, Feb. 18, Board Chair Terry Hjelmstad, Interim Chancellor Larry C. Skogen and Vice Chancellor Linda Donlin traveled to Dickinson State University to kick off the search for the next president of that institution. Six listening sessions were held throughout the day with members of the Faculty Senate; Staff Senate; Student Senate; President’s Cabinet;… Read More »

NDUS Will Present Legislative Showcase

North Dakota’s 11 public colleges and universities will present at the 2015 Legislative Showcase in the state Capitol Memorial Hall March 25. Representatives of the 11 North Dakota University System institutions as well as the NDUS Staff Senate, North Dakota Student Association, Council of College Faculties and TrainND will provide displays highlighting some of the… Read More »

Legislative Update: State Board of Higher Education Positions

During the Legislative Session, the State Board of Higher Education follows many bills that may have an impact on the higher education institutions in North Dakota and their students. Since the Board only meets once a month, the chancellor is empowered by the Board to act on its behalf and request ratification at the next… Read More »

Morton opens presentations to appropriations committee

On Jan. 19, Don Morton, member of the State Board of Higher Education and Chair of the Board’s Budget and Finance Committee, kicked off the week’s presentations on higher education. He opened by thanking the Legislative Assembly for their past support and expressed the Board’s intention to work collaboratively with them to do what is… Read More »

NDUS launches search for the next chancellor

The search for the next chancellor of the North Dakota University System is officially underway. The application deadline is March 17, with the successful candidate starting on or about July 1, 2015. “We are excited to launch this process and are looking forward to finding an inspiring, resilient leader who can guide the university system… Read More » Mobile-friendly website makes choosing a college easier than ever

This time last year, the North Dakota University System (NDUS) launched, a website dedicated to helping students find the North Dakota college or university that clicks with them. This year, the site got some tweaks and additional functionality to make it even simpler for students and parents to use. Using cutting edge technology, meets students where… Read More »

Top 20 Highlights of 2014

As the new year begins, we take a look back at the highlights from across the university system this past year. Click on a highlight to read more. Top 20 Highlights of 2014 (in no particular order):  State Board of Higher Education designs a new strategic plan – The NDUS Edge. State Board launches search for… Read More »

Board hosts chancellor search listening meetings

The State Board of Higher Education held listening meetings this month at each North Dakota University System campus. At least one Board member facilitated each meeting, and opened up the floor for suggestions of characteristics needed for the next chancellor of the university system. Comments came from students, faculty, staff, legislators and community members. A… Read More »

New admissions standards approved by SBHE

At their November 20 meeting, the Board approved new admissions standards for NDUS institutions. The updated standards are the result of months of work by an admissions standards task force and thorough discussion by Board members. The standards are geared toward helping students find the institution that is the right fit for them academically, and… Read More »

In line with high school trends, NDUS enrollment declines slightly, but expects growth

Recently, the North Dakota University System released the official 2014 enrollment numbers for the 11 public colleges and universities in the state. Fall 2014 headcount enrollment was 47,660 compared to 48,015 in Fall 2013, reflecting a slight decrease of 0.7 percent. In comparison, the total number of public high school graduates decreased 0.22 percent from… Read More »

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… Read More »

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.