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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]