Monthly Archives: December 2016

Media Coverage Summary – Dec. 30, 2016

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, Dec. 30

 

Bismarck State College
BookTalk at BSC series kicks off discussions on Jan. 8
 

Dakota College at Bottineau
DCB Staff Receives Award
 

Dickinson State University
President Mitzel to deliver State of the University Jan. 3
 

Lake Region State College
LRSC Peace Officer Training year in review
 

Mayville State University
Join us on a journey to magnificent Italy!
Minot State University
Class B holiday hoops at the MSU Dome
 

North Dakota State College of Science
NDSCS offers scholarships to Twin Town high schoolers
 

North Dakota State University
F-M college campus retention efforts aim to help students succeed
NDSU awarded $200,000 to help at-risk students
ND’s fall season was second warmest, 14th wettest since 1895
 

University of North Dakota
Finding the ‘essential’ meaning
No fluke…UND parasite pro named tops in field
EERC secures $10M in grants
 

Valley City State University
Valley City State Women’s Basketball signs Finley-Sharon/Hope-Page standout
 

Williston State College
Bakken U Scholarships Awarded at WSC
 

North Dakota University System

Media Coverage Summary – Dec. 23, 2016

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, Dec. 23

 

Bismarck State College
Holiday Greetings 2016
BSC BookTalk series kicks off discussions on Jan. 8
Partnership offers best-in-class online energy education and training
BSC employees honored for years of service
 

Dakota College at Bottineau
Bottineau educator honored
 

Dickinson State University
DSU’s Rogers invited to choral conducting workshop in NYC
President Mitzel to deliver State of the University Jan. 3
Carpe Diem Ice Fishing Contest
Property gifted to DSU Heritage Foundation
 

Lake Region State College
Lake Region State College, Minot State University partner for new degree
 

Mayville State University
Sean Thom is new head football coach at Mayville State
Join us on a journey to magnificent Italy!
December After Hours social held at home of Allison Johnson
 

Minot State University
Holiday Greetings from Minot State University 2016
UAS company brings drone industry to Minot
 

North Dakota State College of Science
Holiday Greetings 2016
 

North Dakota State University
NDSU School of Nursing named Center of Excellence
NDSU Commencement Brings Many First Generation Graduates
NDSU Celebrates “Project Unpack” Exhibition
91st Little International Agriculturalist of the Year named
 

University of North Dakota
Happy holidays, from Mark and Debbie Kennedy
Scope of connectedness
UND professor takes leadership role in American Diabetes Association
 

Valley City State University
The bountiful holiday season
 

Williston State College
Pumping Unit Donated to TrainND
Holidays Got You Stressed? Wrap for Relay!
 

North Dakota University System
A message from the Chancellor – December 2016 

Media Coverage Summary – Dec. 16, 2016

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, Dec. 16

 

Bismarck State College
The Dakota Interviews
 

Dakota College at Bottineau
Upcoming events at DCB
 

Dickinson State University
Burns tackles writing pedagogy in newly published book
Property gifted to DSU Heritage Foundation
Wolf named Dickinson State’s Student Nurse of the Year
 

Lake Region State College
You can change lives!
Peace Officer graduation Dec. 15
 

Mayville State University
‘International Perspectives in Health’ course includes two-week experience in Belize
 

Minot State University
A family tradition: Trio of Lipinskis thriving at Minot State
Western Plains Children’s Choir to perform
 

North Dakota State College of Science
Richman earns Excellence Award
NDSCS Celebrating 20 Years in Fargo
NDSCS celebrates 20 years, and the great changes that have come in that time
 

North Dakota State University
NDSU winter commencement set for Dec. 16
Ground breaking research being done at NDSU on the treatment of Alzheimer’s
STEM jobs increase by 50 percent at NDSU Research & Technology Park
Interest in high tunnels growing as research mirrors production
Project Unpack exhibit opens at Rourke Art Gallery Dec. 16
Commencement speaker to encourage graduates to be role models
NDSU researcher receives grant for forage sorghum project
 

University of North Dakota
Scope of connectedness
‘Tubs’ effort going strong in seventh year
Legacy of alum, vet newshound lives on
UND students help New Americans embrace change
Winter wing ding
 

Valley City State University
VCSU to celebrate second winter commencement Dec. 15
 

Williston State College
The Gift that Keeps on Giving
Commerce Awards Grant For Williston State College Workforce Training Program
Holidays Got You Stressed? Wrap for Relay!
 

North Dakota University System
New Year, new possibilities
Board reviews budget outlook

New Year, new possibilities

Mark Hagerott - North Dakota University System Chancellor

Mark Hagerott – North Dakota University System Chancellor

Moving into the New Year, or moving into a new semester, can always be a time of great enthusiasm for many. This is the time of year for campuses to take a short break between semesters, giving students and faculty a chance to breathe a sigh of relief after closing out all the hard work that typically comes at the end of a semester.

This is the time of year when I like to look back on challenges and successes of the previous 12 months, and to reflect on them and what made them possible in the first place. I know without a doubt that the work being done at the campus level every day has led to a large portion of our successes. For that, I will continue to applaud the work of our faculty and staff. Without you, our students wouldn’t be receiving their educations or their opportunities for success.

I’d like to take the time in this column space to look back now on some of the successes from the past year, and then note some of the challenges we’re looking at taking on in the coming 12 months.

One recent success is the hopeful, confident outlook by our State Board of Higher Education, particularly in its adoption of a higher statewide attainment goal of 65 percent by 2025. That means that in nine years, an increased number of our citizens will hold postsecondary degrees, or high-quality certificates. With more jobs than ever requiring some form of educational experience beyond high school, that attainment goal could help strengthen our workforce.

The Board was very pleased with its collaboration with the Interim Legislative Higher Education Committee. In a series of joint meetings our educational leadership was able to come together in very encouraging ways that I think were helpful to both governing bodies.

Through studies driven by my cabinet and led by many of our college and university presidents, we at the system level have a more nuanced and detailed look at mission, shared services, governance, administrative costs, tuition, retention and attainment completed or in progress. These studies complement legislative interim studies, as well as workforce studies like the one commissioned by the Workforce Education Advisory Council. Those combined help to provide a full contextual view of our higher education system.

In May, our Envision 2030 initiative kicked off with more than 200 leaders from throughout the business, government and educational worlds coming to Bismarck to set the direction of higher ed. At that time, preliminary goals were noted in a number of areas that intersect with higher education, such as agriculture, or the needs of tomorrow’s student. Later in the year, 10 Pillar discussions continued that process, modifying goals and setting new ones based on more realistic perspectives from key stakeholders. This spring, those conversations will continue on how and when the goals could begin to be put in place.

The implementation of Open Educational Resources in certain courses at three of our universities resulted in tremendous savings already for their students. We were very impressed with this and will continue to foster an environment that is pro-OER.

Predictive Analytics Reporting, a data analytics tool, began statewide implementation. With this tool, intervention strategies can be put into place early for at-risk students, giving them help in a timely, more proactive way.

These are just a few of the reflections on more positive actions from the past year. It’s important to remain realistic and identify challenges, as well. Economic forecasting has resulted in another higher education budget cut. Fortunately, we were able to take that into account and although there will be impacts to some jobs, those could come from vacant positions or early retirements. No matter what, our aim – at the university system and for members of the Board – is to continue to ensure that cuts don’t impact opportunities for student success.

Despite noting that there are challenges, we can remain positive that the work of delivering high-quality educations will continue. And again, for that, I applaud the work of our faculty and staff, and thank the students for choosing our institutions.

Happy Holidays!

Board reviews budget outlook

State Board of Higher Education updated on fee guidelines, budget impact

 

Among the many discussions by the State Board of Higher Education’s meeting this week were details on how a proposed 10-percent reduction in budget would affect the North Dakota University System’s 11 colleges and universities.

Before hearing the potential impacts, SBHE Chair Kathleen Neset kicked off the meeting by congratulating all the students throughout the system who would be celebrating at graduation this week. Neset also noted that she was looking forward to working with legislators during the upcoming session. She stated that working as a team, and working collaboratively with other agencies and legislators, would be in the absolute best interest of the students.

Chief Financial Officer Tammy Dolan spoke on the governor’s 2017-19 budget recommendations. She provided past biennium numbers for reference on operational costs, noting that 313 full-time equivalent positions had already been terminated throughout the system because of prior budget cuts. The recent recommendation calling for a further 10 percent reduction would result in up to 192 more positions likely being impacted. Dolan noted that the campuses and system office would need to decide how and where those impacts would be felt by the end of the legislative session. She added that budget hearings were scheduled for mid-January, with an overview occurring before testimony from the campuses over three days.

During the meeting, Dolan also brought forward Room, Board and Fee guidelines. She said that these were typically set by presidents with limitations by the legislature. Any changes in the rates recommended by the presidents would be factored into the rate set by the Board. Dolan said if the total increase were more than 1 percent at any campus, then statutorily they would require formal Board approval. The guidelines were approved with the caveat that the Board would get another report in February.

Board member Mike Ness led discussion on the creation of a Board Governance Committee.

Ness said so far, a working group has existed in an ad hoc fashion, although, the Higher Learning Commission recommended more formal governance discussion take place on a regular basis. The committee will look at evaluations and other topics, and be the fourth committee under the board, joining academic and student affairs, budget and finance, and audit. The Board unanimously approved the motion to create the committee, which would include Ness, Nick Hacker and Dr. Kevin Melicher.

Director of Facility Planning Rick Tonder spoke on financing of a proposed $22.5 million activated carbon plant at Valley City State University. He said the plant could be financed through revenue bonds or other public financing for construction of the plant, integrating activated carbon production with campus district heating. Tonder stated those involved with the plan were looking for ways to further revenue and retire debt. He noted that the request had to be made to the legislature in the coming months in order to fund it.

Once everything is in place and if everything lines up as it should, we will return to the board to discuss details of agreements with potential vendors going forward. The program had originated from the Center for Excellence.

The plant would be set up in a way to capture the carbon created during the process, to be sold.

Hacker noted that there is a growing demand for activated carbon, and that while markets could change, this project was solvent and met a market need in an entrepreneurial way.

Chief of Staff Lisa Feldner updated the Board on how the system office would track information and legislative requests through the NDUS intranet and content management system. She stated that training could be available if needed through a webinar option.

Johnson brought forward a request for new programs, specifically a new certificate in entrepreneurship from Minot State University, and a new minor in creative writing from North Dakota State University. Both were approved. She also brought forward four organizational changes recommended by the University of North Dakota, including changing the Division of Sports Medicine to the Department of Sports Medicine, move the certificate and minor in Non-profit Leadership from the College of Arts and Sciences to the College of Business and Public Administration, and change the communication program to the Department of Communication. The fourth recommendation, to move and rename the B.A. in Geology from College of Arts and Sciences to a B.S. in Earth Sciences at the College of Engineering and Mines, was deferred to the January meeting pending more information.

CIO Darin King reported on the Functional IT Consolidation. King said that CTS had worked in the past 12 months to drive cost savings and technical efficiencies.

Johnson spoke to the Board on faculty commendation awards, five of which were being given for creative use of technology in classrooms.

The Board held the first reading of policy 402.9 (admission policies – new international students), 410.0 (responsible conduct of research), and 407.0 (reverse transfer). A second reading was held on policy 608.2 (NDUS employees – non-renewal and dismissals).

The next Board meeting is scheduled to take place Jan. 26.

The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Just when you think it’s not possible for Regional and Williams County Graduate (WCG) Scholarship recipients to receive anything else, the Williston State College Foundation provides another scholarship to offset the expense of housing.

For the next three years beginning fall 2017, students attending WSC as part of the Regional or WCG Scholarship can apply for the Regional County Housing Scholarship to receive $1,000 per semester to live in Frontier Hall.

“Our goal is within three years to raise money to reduce our bond and cost for students to stay on-campus,” explained Terry Olson, Executive Director WSC Foundation. “Having these dollars allocated to help with the offset of education expenses from our donors provides an opportunity to fill Frontier and provide the college experience of living in a dorm at reduced rates.”

The primary dormitory, Frontier Hall was opened during the fall of 2011 and provides co-ed dormitory-style housing. Standing three stories high, Frontier Hall can house 170 students in four bedroom suites with double ($2,600/semester) and single room ($3,900/semester) options.

Though both scholarships (Regional and WCG) cover the cost of tuition and fees up to sixteen credits for four consecutive semesters, living in the on-campus dorms has been a cost concern for several students attending WSC with this scholarship.

“We have heard the request and are taking action,” explained Terry Olson, Executive Director WSC Foundation. “We want our regional students to look at WSC to receive a great education for the lowest amount possible while still getting the college experience. If our great dorm is not being utilized as it should, we want to solve the problem.”

To be considered for the Regional County Housing Scholarship, students must submit an Application for Admissions and a Housing Application. The Regional County Housing Scholarship is on a first come first serve basis so early admission is recommended.

To maintain eligibility for the Regional County Housing Scholarship, students must maintain the following minimum requirements that are part of the Williams and Regional County Scholarships: full-time status (twelve to sixteen credits); enrolled for up to four consecutive semesters (excluding summers); a 2.0 term GPA; and enrollment in at least one on-campus course per semester.

These scholarships will continue at WSC as long as funding and donations are available. The WSC Foundation encourages anyone interested in donating to please contact the WSC Foundation at 701.572.9275.

For more information on WSC, please visit www.willistonstate.edu, call 1.888.863.9455, or stop by 1410 University Avenue, Williston, ND.

Media Coverage Summary – Dec. 9, 2016

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, Dec. 9

 

Bismarck State College
Holiday concert set for Dec. 14 at BSC
BSC winter theater production runs through Sunday
BSC students freeze for a massive Mannequin Challenge
 

Dakota College at Bottineau
Upcoming events at DCB
 

Dickinson State University
Dickinson State to feature two student speakers at 2016 fall commencement
Burns tackles writing pedagogy in newly published book
DSU Bismarck teacher ed students exchange letters with Guatemalan students
DSU alum named to PBM’s 40 under 40 list
 

Lake Region State College
Paramedic to Nurse program
 

Mayville State University
Million-dollar gift continues to change lives
Traditional Christmas open house planned at MSU Larson Center December 10
 

Minot State University
‘Every Christmas Story Ever Told’
Technology Day showcases students of all ages
‘Make the call, win it all’ at KMSU Auction
 

North Dakota State College of Science
NDSCS Performing Arts to present Holiday Concert December 8
 

North Dakota State University
Bowman native named NDSU Student Nurse of the Year
NDSU winter commencement set for Dec. 16
NDSU researcher awarded $1.89 million grant for Alzheimer’s study
NDSU’s Project Unpack plans celebration, exhibition
Microbiology major earns fellowship
Faculty selected for endowed professorships
Associate professor named to national pharmacy board
 

University of North Dakota
Best of 2016
Always Homecoming for Cassie Gerhardt
Exception to the rule
Growing young innovators
Transfer students become part of ‘OneUND’
 

Valley City State University
Our second winter commencement
 

Williston State College
Chamber partners with TrainND
The Giving Tree Returns to WSC
Leading By Example< TrainND-Northwest Partnership with The Williston Area Chamber of Commerce
 

North Dakota University System
VCSU’s Wirth named to Prairie Business ‘40 Under 40’ list

Media Coverage Summary – Dec. 2, 2016

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, Dec. 2

 

Bismarck State College
BSC seeks nominations for outstanding alumni
BSC winter theater production opens Dec. 8
The Dakota Interviews focuses on humanities at work in N.D.
 

Dakota College at Bottineau
DCB LumberActs Announces Theatre Production
 

Dickinson State University
Dickinson State named to best online colleges list for 2016
DSU alum named to PBM’s 40 under 40 list
DSU to host workshop for area businesses on developing internships
Dickinson State donates $1,000 to local rescues
 

Lake Region State College
Paramedic to Nurse program
LRSC and Minot State partner to enhance interpreting education
 

Mayville State University
Poinsettia Ball will include opportunities to win fabulous prizes!
Let your Comet pride show on Giving Hearts Day, Thursday, February 9!
Mayville State athletes teaming up to help out in the community this week
 

Minot State University
‘Every Christmas Story Ever Told’
‘Make the call, win it all’ at KMSU Auction
‘Someone You Love: HPV Epidemic’ presentation
 

North Dakota State College of Science
Richman receives Presidential Excellence Award
Commerce Awards Grant to North Dakota State College of Science for Workforce Training Program
NDSCS Performing Arts to present Holiday Concert December 8
 

North Dakota State University
Scientists discover the first Antarctic ground beetle
NDSU center collecting veteran information
NDSU doctoral student selected for health research program
Showcase of Student Writing set for Dec. 5
Produce from NDSU research plots donated to food pantry
Business faculty host Midwest Academy of Management conference
NDSU honored for recycling efforts
Central Dakota Ag Day scheduled
Master of Public Health program passes milestone
NDSU student named Miss North Dakota USA 2017
 

University of North Dakota
Budgeting 101: Sooner rather than later
Growth in the face of cuts
Making the case for UND
The right revenue?
Art of professional tailgating
Staying power
 

Valley City State University
Wirth named to Prairie Business ‘40 Under 40’ list
 

Williston State College
Tetons Host Annual Teddy Bear Toss
Veterans Symposium Hosted by WSC
 

North Dakota University System