Monthly Archives: March 2015

March 26 Board Meeting Agenda Highlights

Agenda highlights:

  1. HB 1003 tabled items
  2. Minard Hall litigation
  3. 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 Bismarck State College. The livestream will be available at http://ndus.edu/board/live-stream/. View the full agenda here.

Board takes position on HB 1003

At our last meeting, the Board discussed the actions of the House Appropriations Committee and adopted a position paper that we’ve shared with our stakeholders during the past few weeks. As we said earlier, we appreciate the House’s support of increases for student aid, campus security, and IT investments, but we do have concerns about other parts of the bill.

As we have been communicating with people across the state and with legislators, we know that our message is being heard and considered, and we greatly appreciate that. We are well aware of the reduced revenue forecast and know that our legislators face some tough decisions. We will certainly do our part and thank them for their efforts. As they say, “it ain’t over ‘til it’s over.” In this case, that means it ain’t over until the end of the Legislative Session, somewhere near the end of next month.

Here are the main points of the Board’s position:

  1. Support the higher education funding formula as introduced last session, so that it can work as designed for student success. The Board’s 2015-2020 strategic plan is based on continuation of the formula.
  2. Use the inflation factor within the formula to fund compensation increases for NDUS employees and utility cost increases in a similar fashion to other state entities.
  3. At a minimum, fund the capital projects the Board has identified as high-priority flood, life/safety issues and critical deferred maintenance needs. In addition, fund extraordinary repairs increases that will minimize additional deferred maintenance and authorize completion of non-state-funded projects.
  4. Eliminate a proposal to create a duplicative system for workforce education.
  5. Ensure continued governance and management flexibility for the Board and the university system, especially concerning current budget practices, authority over locally funded capital projects and employee approval, and the authority to set tuition and fees, as has been within the Board’s purview for most of the past 100 years.

We tabled a discussion on four sections of HB 1003 that deal with attorneys and auditors at the system office because we needed more information. We’ll discuss that again at this month’s meeting (see related story).

The Board’s goal is to ensure the best student outcomes based on a well-planned strategy, using a responsible budget. As we’ve visited with people, they understand and support that goal. I’m optimistic that when the Legislative Session winds down, our students will come out winners in the race to fulfill their potential and the needs of our state.

NDUS Presents to Senate Appropriations Committee

Beginning at 9:30 on Monday morning, the State Board of Higher Education, the North Dakota University System Office and all of the institutions in the NDUS presented their budget cases to the Senate Appropriations Committee, chaired by Sen. Ray Holmberg. Board Vice Chair Kathy Neset led with a discussion of the vision, directions and challenges facing the Board, campuses and higher education in the future. The Chancellor and System Office presented its view of the baseline budget as it relates to the system and governance, and then the individual campuses gave their presentations on that topic. The University of North Dakota was the first institution to present, and the rest followed until the presentations wrapped up on Wednesday. The attached report was distributed ​to the Committee as a general overview piece, as well as the strategic plan and dashboards overview presentation. Each campus also had handouts and individual presentations.

Click here for the full NDUS Legislative Report.

 

 

Ness Appointed to State Board of Higher Education

Mike Ness, the superintendent of the Hazen (N.D.) School District, has been appointed to the State Board of Higher Education to fill the unexpired term of Dr. Kirsten Diederich.

Ness received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from North Dakota State University and served as a teacher and principal before becoming superintendent, first in Stanton, Center and Bottineau before assuming his current superintendent duties in Hazen.  He began his duties in Hazen in 2003 and plans to retire as superintendent June 30. He will serve on the SBHE until the term expires in June 2018.

“It’s been an interest area of mine for many years,” Ness said. “I wanted to continue on to something, and K-12 has been such a part of my life. I really thought this was an option to go into a different area that is still related to what has been my life: education.”

Ness also said he would “work toward a system in which higher education personnel work closely with high school counselors and principals.” He also stressed the importance of preparing high school students for college.

NDUS Interim Chancellor Larry Skogen said that important qualities for board members to possess include leadership, integrity as well as commitment to students and community, all of which are part of Ness’s character. “I believe that Mr. Ness has the necessary experience to connect the educational needs of the elementary, secondary and higher education systems in North Dakota. His insights will be valuable to the State Board of Higher Education and I look forward to working with him,” he said.

The SBHE governs the 11 public colleges and universities in North Dakota and is comprised of seven citizen members, one student member and two non-voting members who represent faculty and staff.

21 Applicants Received for Chancellor Position

The State Board of Higher Education has received 21 applicants for the North Dakota University System chancellor position. The search began in November 2014 with listening sessions in each of the 11 communities with a North Dakota university or college. The list of applicants was released Thursday, March 19.

The search will take its next steps forward next week when the search firm consultant, Association of Governing Boards, meets with the Board Thursday, March 26, to review the list of applicants.

“We are thrilled that we have this many qualified applicants as we move on to the next stage of finding the right fit for North Dakota and the higher education system. I am confident that we will find the right person to ensure a successful future for our education and community needs,” SBHE Chair Terry Hjelmstad, Ed.D., said.

The applications will be reviewed by the Board and the Chancellor Search Advisory Committee. The SBHE has asked a number of individuals to serve on a Search Advisory Committee. Members of the Search Advisory Committee will provide information and advice to the Board as the Board moves through this process. However, only Board members will cast their votes on the hiring decision.

The new chancellor will start on or about July 1 and replace Interim Chancellor Larry Skogen, who has served in the position since June 2013. Skogen was the president of Bismarck State College before becoming interim chancellor and will return to that position.

Here is a full list of applicants.

2015 Legislative Showcase Happening Today

North Dakota’s 11 public colleges and universities are presenting today at the 2015 Legislative Showcase in the state Capitol Memorial Hall from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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 have displays highlighting some of the high-quality academic experiences and innovative new ventures taking place on its campuses.

Board to discuss House proposal to separate auditors, attorneys from system

At its last meeting, the State Board of Higher Education tabled taking a position on sections of HB 1003 that call for the legal and audit functions currently overseen by staff members of the North Dakota University System to be moved to staff in the Attorney General and State Auditor’s offices.

The Board was concerned it didn’t have enough information on how the change would work, so it extended invitations to representatives from those offices to attend its next meeting on March 26. The meeting starts at 12:15 at Bismarck State College, with discussion of those items first on the agenda. Tom Trenbeath will be there representing the Attorney General’s Office. Bob Peterson will represent the State Auditor’s Office.

Internal analysis of the proposal is as follows:

HB1003 Proposal Description Action Consequences
Section 4 Appropriation – State Auditor
  • Removes seven FTE and $771,964 from NDUS System Office and $431,627 from campus budgets;
  • Provides 6.0 FTE and $1.2 million to State Auditor’s Office
  • Requires competitive hiring process
  • Terminate current staff ($102K unfunded)
  • New SAO average salary $64,250; current average $89,575
  • Likely lose 56 years of higher ed experience and 72 years of professional internal audit experience
  • Loss of internal audit function
  • Increased risk of noncompliance
  • Consulting costs passed along to NDUS, unfunded
  • Terminate current staff ($102K unfunded)
  • New SAO average salary $64,250; current average $89,575
  • Likely lose 56 years of higher ed experience and 72 years of professional internal audit experience
  • Loss of internal audit function
  • Increased risk of noncompliance
  • Consulting costs passed along to NDUS, unfunded
Section 5 Appropriation – Attorney General
  • Removes 8.6 FTE and $2.6 million from NDUS
  • Provides 6 FTE and $1.6 million to AG’s office
  • Requires competitive hiring process
  • Terminate current staff ($383 K unfunded)
  • New AG average salary $85,500; current average $124,435
  • Likely loss of 80 years of higher ed experience and 130 years of professional legal experience
  • Terminate current staff ($383 K unfunded)
  • New AG average salary $85,500; current average $124,435
  • Likely loss of 80 years of higher ed experience and 130 years of professional legal experience
Section 21 State Board of Higher Education Audits
  • Authorizes State Auditor’s Office to employ audit manager and determine NDUS audits, following consultation with Board
  • Does not require SAO to perform duties that would compromise independence
  • Permits SAO to asses NDUS for consultants
  • Shifts role from internal to external audit function
  • Possible consultant costs passed along to NDUS, without funding availability
  • Shifts role from internal to external audit function
  • Possible consultant costs passed along to NDUS, without funding availability
Section 22 Amendment – assistant and special assistant AG appointment, revocation and compensation
  • Prohibits the Board from employing legal counsel

 

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 response to these pressures, UND and WSC recently signed agreements that will help the institutions work in partnership to serve the needs of WSC in financial aid and financial services. These agreements represent the culmination of conversations among UND, WSC and the North Dakota University System (NDUS) office, and support the State Board of Higher Education’s vision of a unified system.

 

However, to continue the momentum in their collaborative initiatives, the three entities have decided to initiate conversations with stakeholders about expanding the collaborative arrangement to help address the needs in the Bakken region.

 

“In line with our strategic plan, these conversations will look at ways we can efficiently use our resources to create the best opportunities for students and the communities that we serve. This step forward will allow us to have open discussions with the community to see what needs should be addressed and where can we equitably fill the gaps to create a cohesive system that will take us into the future,” said NDUS Interim Chancellor Dr. Larry C. Skogen.

 

WSC has a strong history with UND. Before becoming Williston State College, the college operated as UND-Williston. The current finance and financial aid shared service agreement between the two institutions is rooted in this history. Moreover, in recent years, due to the oil boom in the western region, inadequate access to baccalaureate education has become a major and urgent problem. The state’s four-year public institutions are not located in the heart of the Bakken region, yet a growing concentration of the state’s population and employment opportunities are occurring there. Higher education leaders say that the situation creates inequities in education participation across the state, as well as creates hardships for students and disadvantages for many businesses.

 

“Williston State College reached out to us for some help as it continues to experience the stresses associated with being located in a rapidly expanding portion of the state.  We are committed to looking at ways in which we might be of assistance to our North Dakota University System sister institution,” said UND President Robert Kelley.

 

UND continues to have an active presence in northwest North Dakota. The energy field is driving the northwest economy and UND has taken a leadership role in this area, especially through its new petroleum engineering program. Infrastructure needs are critical to the area especially in the areas of health services and UND has taken the state’s leadership role through the school of medicine and its healthcare initiatives.

 

“Discussions about furthering this relationship are timely given the enormous surge in population growth in cities like Crosby, Stanley, Tioga, Watford City and Williston. Any further cooperation between our institutions will only facilitate increased higher education access and support for this growing community,” said Dr. Raymond Nadolny, president of WSC. “The partnership will provide the opportunity to address growing workforce and infrastructure needs in the Bakken.”

 

The conversations will be based on the foundation of the NDUS strategic plan, which looks toward future efficiencies and savings that can be achieved by building economies of scale. Over time, the combined resources of both institutions will be able to provide increased access opportunities to growing student and business populations in Crosby, Stanley, Tioga, Watford City and Williston.

 

“The largest benefit of a UND-WSC partnership would be the increase in higher education access for this growing region,” said Nadolny.

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 determine students’ eligibility for federal student aid. Every year, the federal government awards about $150 billion in the form of grants, work-study funds, and low-interest loans to help millions of students pay for college. Many state governments and colleges also use the FAFSA to determine eligibility for nonfederal aid.

Unfortunately, some students feel like they shouldn’t bother filling out a FAFSA because of some common myths. These include:

  • “I (or my parents) make too much money, so I won’t qualify for aid.”
  • “Only students with good grades get financial aid.”
  • “I’m too old to get financial aid.”
  • “The form is too hard to fill out.”

However, these concerns are usually unfounded and may need further research on the applicant’s part to ensure eligibility. For more information, download “Myths About Financial Aid” at http://studentaid.ed.gov/sites/default/files/financial-aid-myths.pdf.

Additionally, students who qualify for the ND Academic Scholarship or the ND Career & Technical Education Scholarship are required to complete the online application at

https://www.dpi.state.nd.us/dpi/Scholarship/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=/dpi/Scholarship/default.aspx.  The deadline for submission of the scholarship application is June 5, 2015.  Applications received after this date will not be funded.

The April 15 deadline applies to the 2015-16 school year. The FAFSA can be completed online at www.fafsa.gov.

Bismarck State College Campus Successes – March

BSC VP Kari Knudson named one of Top 25 Women in Business by Prairie Business magazine: Kari Knudson, vice president NECE, has been named one the top 25 women in business in the northern Plains by Prairie Business magazine. Honorees were selected through a nomination process that emphasized professional achievement and community contributions.

Commerce awards grant for BSC workforce training program: The North Dakota Department of Commerce announced a workforce enhancement grant for BSC totaling $406,129. Workforce enhancement grants enable two-year colleges to apply for funds to help create or enhance training programs that address workforce needs of North Dakota’s private-sector employers. Projects require a dollar-for-dollar match of all state money with private funds.

Dakota College at Bottineau Campus Successes – March

DCB PHOTOGRAPHY STUDENTS TO BE PUBLISHED: Two DCB Photography students will be published in a national photography book. Samantha Pedie of Bottineau, ND, and Tonya Slaubaugh of Mylo, ND, were selected as finalists, from over 17,000 entries, in the Photographer’s FORUM national college photo contest. They will be published in a national hard cover edition of the FORUM’s publication.

FIRST ANNUAL DCB PHOTO CONTEST: DCB held its first annual photo contest this spring. Many entries were received from high school students around the state. The judges narrowed down the entries to 25 photos. A photo exhibition was held on March 7, 2015 to highlight the 25 selected photos. Three finalists were selected by a panel of judges. First place won a $700.00 camera and lens combo. Second and third place won two $500.00 scholarships. DCB STUDENTS ATTEND

ANNUAL WILDLIFE TRIP: Over spring break, ten DCB students attended the annual wildlife trip to Wind Cave National Park in Black Hills, South Dakota. Students attended classes at Black Hills State University where they learned about black-footed ferrets, radio telemetry, and wildlife forensics. They also took a tour of Mount Rushmore.

Dickinson State University Campus Successes – March

PURDUE NAMED FINALIST FOR TRUMAN SCHOLARSHIP: DSU junior, Matthew Perdue of Ray, ND, has been named a finalist for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship. Perdue completed regional interviews on Mar. 18, in Minneapolis. Purdue is passionate about his home state and plans to use his education to work with and on behalf of regional farmers and landowners. Purdue is the first Truman finalist in DSU history. Scholars will be announced April 15.

WOMEN’S VOICES 2015;  LIFTING THE VEIL—WOMEN AND RELIGION:  In celebration of women’s history month in March, DSU hosted a series of interactive educational events. Susan Froetschel, author of Fear of Beauty and Allure of Deceit, spoke about her journey and hosted a writing workshop for aspiring authors.  Additional events engage in intellectual exploration of the influence of religion and women’s issues.

DEVELOPING LEADERS: The Strom Executive Briefing Series kicked off on Feb. 24, with Lt. Governor Drew Wrigley speaking on leadership to a group of emerging leaders from the Dickinson area. Designed to engage leaders in thought provoking and introspective evaluation, the five part series begins in February and runs through April.

Lake Region State College Campus Successes – March

Grant puts spotlight on paramedics becoming nurses: Lake Region State College has received a grant in the amount of $75,000 from Dakota Medical Foundation to support a paramedic to nurse program. With this grant, Lake Region State College will develop a bridge curriculum for certified/licensed paramedics to be able to obtain their Associate Degree registered nursing license in the state of North Dakota.

Grad sets example that you’re never too old to learn: Katherine Schuler, a 71 year old student at the Devils Lake Adult Learning Center at LRSC, recently graduated with her GED.  Katherine came to the adult learning center in the beginning of November 2014 after over 50 years of being out of the classroom. Katherine wanted to be role model for her grandchildren so, she began to study for a dream that had been in the back of her mind for years.

Mertens earns coaching honors: Danny Mertens, first-year LRSC women’s basketball coach and LRSC athletic director, was named Region 13 and District D Coach of the Year. Coach Mertens led the Royals to regional and district titles, earning a berth in the NJCAA tournament.

Mayville State University Campus Successes – March

MaSU awarded $1,117,837 Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Grant for North Dakota: MaSU Child Development Programs will receive $1,117,837 in the first year of funding in a new Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership grant for North Dakota. MaSU will collaborate with numerous entities to provide collaborative, affordable, and comprehensive early care and education services to more infants and toddlers in the state. The grant is funded on a five-year cycle.

 

Grant provides professional development training in Common Core State Standards: MaSU was awarded a competitive Higher Education/Teacher Preparation Grant through North Dakota DPI to be used to deliver professional development opportunities with regard to the Common Core State Standards. Dr. Jennifer Beasley with the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development shared her expertise with MaSU education faculty, teacher candidates, and area in-service K-12 teachers in March.

 

Lighting project will enhance safety while integrating energy conservation and efficiency: MaSU has received 12 solar-powered street lights and poles that will be installed in various locations on campus. The lights will enhance the safety of students, staff, and campus guests along campus walkways. Nearly $25,000 to fund the project was secured through a State Energy Program grant from the N.D. Department of Commerce.

Minot State University Campus Successes – March

Darwin Day 2015: Celebrating science and humanity For its seventh year running, Darwin Day returned to Minot State University Feb. 12-13. Darwin Day is a global celebration of science and reason, with a focus on how all living creatures evolve.

MSU’s Darwin Day celebration included a presentation by Minot native Barry Williams, evolutionary biologist and professor at Michigan State University, “Evolution in the limelight: Why research on the history of life is spearheading innovation in science,” as well as a variety of biology activities about evolution, exploring the human brain, behavioral neuroscience with mice and evolution games. Aaron Coleman, a nationally acclaimed artist/printmaker from Chicago, presented “At the center of never enough.” A new addition to this year’s Darwin Day celebration was the Brain Bee competition for high school students, grades 9-12, challenged students with questions about the brain.

Democracy Cafes highlight pertinent issues: Democracy Café, Windie Lazenko, National Survivor Network executive director, lead discussion on ” Incomprehensible:  Human Trafficking in North Dakota,” on Feb. 19. March 3, Dave Thompson, Prairie Public news director, presented “North Dakota Legislative ‘Flip Days’:  Mid-session Recap.

Democracy Café hit the road for its March 12 installment. Minot State University students and legislative members discussed “Legislative Experience” in the Capital Café of the State Capital.  Democracy Café fosters nonpartisan discussion on important civic issues. It generally meets every three weeks. Funded by the College of Arts and Sciences, the event is free and open to the public.

Science Open House captivates audiences of all ages: The Cyril Moore Science Center and AUGITE, the geology student club, hosted an open house Feb. 24, for students in grades 3-6. Minot State University faculty and students explained and demonstrated current science research projects and perform chemistry “magic shows.”

As a special treat for the public, the Division of Science hosted a chemistry magic show. Faculty and students performed experiments developed by MSU classes that included things parents warned their children to never do — play with dangerous chemicals, fire and explosions.

“When we perform these demonstrations, we generally warn people these are not safe,” said Guy Hanley, assistant professor of science and curator of collections.

North Dakota State College of Science Campus Successes – March

NDSCS Honored by NASPA: The NDSCS “Making Student Success a Priority” program was named the 2015 Grand Silver winner of the NASPA Excellence Awards. The awards, presented each year by Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA), recognize outstanding contributions of members who are transforming higher education through exceptional programs, innovative services and effective administration.

NDSCS Announces Fall President’s Honor List:  NDSCS named 381 students to its fall semester 2014 President’s Honor List. The Honor List recognizes students who have achieved grade point averages of 3.5 or higher while taking at least 12 credit hours.

NDSCS Graduates 82 Students:  NDSCS awarded degrees, diplomas and certificates to 82 graduates from the Wahpeton and Fargo locations at the conclusion of the 2014 fall semester.

North Dakota State University Campus Successes – March

NDSU physicist receives grant to research materials used in aerospace industry

NDSU physicist Andrew Croll is receiving a $305,046 three-year award from the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research. His research team, which will include undergraduate and graduate students, will examine how randomly crumpled and purposefully folded polymeric materials could be used as lightweight structural components in aerospace applications.

NDSU students recognized at Clinton Global Initiative event

NDSU students Drew Spooner and Alex Koppy were members of the winning team in the Clinton Global Initiative’s Codeathon. The team created MathMagic, an interactive network to connect middle school students with tutors and peer mentors. It uses a game-like interface conducive for math exploration outside of the classroom.

NDSU hosts Cyber Security Conference

NDSU, in partnership with the North Dakota Education Technology Council, EduTech and the North Dakota Information Technology Department, hosted the North Dakota Cyber Security Conference on March 17. The event was the largest of its kind in the state and brought together professionals from education, government and industry to explore strategies, best practices and innovative solutions to cyber security challenges.

University of North Dakota Campus Successes – March

UND’s Lori Reesor Receives National NASPA Award: University of North Dakota Vice President for Student Affairs Lori Reesor is the 2015 recipient of the Fred Turner Award for Outstanding Service by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).  The Fred Turner Award for Outstanding Service, a national award, is given annually to a student affairs administrator who has serves NASPA in a leadership role for more than 10  years and who has done outstanding work in the student affairs profession.

 

UND Hockey Team #1 in Nation, #1 in Attendance, #1 in Home Game Wins: The University of North Dakota Men’s Hockey team was ranked #1 in the nation.  In addition, UND led the nation in home attendance, averaging 11,515 per game, and also led the nation with 16 home wins this season.

 

UND Online & Distance Education Named One of Top 25 Programs: The University of North Dakota’s Online & Distance Education program was named one of the nation according to the article The 25 Best Accredited Online Colleges by Create a Career.

Valley City State University Campus Successes – March

VCSU online bachelor’s program ranked 7th in nation in affordability: College Choice has ranked VCSU No. 7 in the nation in its list of “2015 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Bachelor’s Degrees.” The rankings were based on total cost, number of online degrees offered and regional accreditation status.

Music students selected for national band: Three VCSU senior music education majors—David Burgess, Bradyn Good and Courtney Pederson—have been selected to participate in the National Intercollegiate Band. Chosen from more than 270 applicants, the three will perform with the band at the College Band Directors National Association conference in Nashville, Tenn., March 25–28.

Dixon named to NAIA student-athlete advisory panel: VCSU junior Courtney Dixon has been selected as one of 27 student-athletes nationwide to serve on the new NAIA Association of Student-Athletes (ASA). A member of the VCSU women’s basketball team and president of the VCSU Viking Athletic Council, Dixon will represent both the North Star Athletic Association and women’s basketball on the ASA, an advocacy group for student-athletes.

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 Instruction. “She is honorable, has mentored several faculty over her years, and has educated hundreds of people who have made a difference in the health care industry.”  Tharp began her career as a nurse and later transitioned into education at Williston State College when she worked as Nursing Coordinator.  For over 20 years, Tharp served on numerous committees, taught classes, advised students, mentored staff, received tenure, and was a founding member and later led the Dakota Nursing Program.  Tharp was the past chair of the Health & Wellness Department and later the Dean for Instructional Effectiveness & Curriculum until her retirement in 2014.

UND/WSC Collaboration Conversations: 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.

“In line with our strategic plan, these conversations will look at ways we can efficiently use our resources to create the best opportunities for students and the communities that we serve. This step forward will allow us to have open discussions with the community to see what needs should be addressed and where can we equitably fill the gaps to create a cohesive system that will take us into the future,” said NDUS Interim Chancellor Dr. Larry C. Skogen.

Summer Internship-Housing Program: With so many great summer job opportunities in Williston, housing for college interns has become a concern.  Last year Williston State College housed 73 student interns in Frontier Hall.  Students from over America were attracted by Williston’s economic growth, and WSC was able to provide them affordable and safe housing in an area that often does not have that luxury.  After the success of last year’s program, WSC will be offering this internship-housing program again this summer.