Monthly Archives: August 2017

Media Coverage Summary – Aug. 25

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, August 25

 

Bismarck State College
BSC and VCSU announce collaborative elementary education bachelor’s degree
 

Dakota College at Bottineau
Paramedic Technology Program has Record Enrollment
 

Dickinson State University
Dickinson State University named one of the best 4-year colleges in North Dakota
DSU ag freshmen look to the future
 

Lake Region State College
Orientation schedule
 

Mayville State University
Faculty and staff, new and returning, will make this an exciting and rewarding academic year
‘Field Frenzy 5K’ planned in conjunction with Farmers Bowl on September 9
Everyone who attends the 2017 Farmers Bowl Auction has a chance to win $500
 

Minot State University
NDCPD awarded Administration for Community Living Core Grant
 

North Dakota State College of Science
NDSCS announces summer 2017 President’s Honor List
NDSCS to offer evening business classes
Enrollment edges up at many local college campuses
New kids on the block … moving in
NDSCS welcomes students to campus
 

North Dakota State University
NDSU Welcomes Incoming Freshman Class to Campus
NDSU Students Move in For Fall Semester 2017
Local businesses see spike in revenue with college move in weekend
Study tracks soy aphid resistance
Rare total solar eclipse spreads wonder across United States
North Dakota wheat yields better than expected
Williston to host parenting sessions
Digital monitoring of crops offers farmers new vantage points
NDSU Physics Department Hosts Eclipse Viewing Party
Trolley brings fresh produce to neighborhood spots
GAIN FROM CROP DIVERSITY
Fast food in jars is the latest lunch craze
Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships awarded
Incoming students receive McGovern scholarships
Researchers to explore sustainable energy solutions
 

University of North Dakota
UND on the move
Rising above the autonomous world
Igniting the future
Boundless energy
Meet UND’s oldest staff member
 

Valley City State University
This week’s Hotline!
 

Williston State College
College Receives CPR/AED Training
NDUS launches new initiatives to increase degree completion
 

North Dakota University System
Interim Higher Ed Committee meets

Interim Higher Ed Committee meets

Chancellor, institutions provide update to legislators

The Interim Legislative Higher Education Committee met this week for its annual post-session meeting with representatives from the North Dakota University System.

Following an afternoon session where the legislators heard from Joe Garcia, president of the Western Interstate Council for Higher Education and a tour of Bismarck State College, the committee reconvened to learn details on systemwide objectives and campus goals.

Chancellor Mark Hagerott provided the first presentation of the morning, noting goals that had been met in the past two years. He also touched on the goals as set in the system’s five-year strategic plan, the metrics therein and what had been modified in the past two years. Hagerott also spoke briefly on the 10 focus areas, or “Pillars” of the Envision 2030 initiative before speaking to the five task forces that had been put together in response to a legislatively-mandated study.

Legislators offered a host of questions on the strategies, ranging from attainment to intervention to retention and more.

University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy spoke next, offering lawmakers the opportunity to view details on UND’s strategic plan. Included in his report were measures to put in place by 2022, included two experiential opportunities in every degree such as writing intensive courses, undergrad research and study abroad opportunities. Kennedy noted that he wanted to increase UND’s AASCU comparison among flagship universities, increase four-year graduation rate from 28 percent to 34 percent, increase credit hours by 10 percent by higher growth online and graduate programs, increase internal and external funding by $120 million, participate in credit hour / graduate rate improvement, and increase engagement of credit hours by servicemembers, veterans and their families.

Valley City State University President Tisa Mason followed suit, offering insights into her campus and its goals. She began by noting that the strategic planning processes had included several analyses, town hall meetings and other consensus-building. Mason offered how the university was growing to meet the meets of North Dakota and beyond. This included expanded methods and metrics for intervention; providing distinctive learning opportunities; implementing co-curricular activities to positively impact the learning and growth of students; and increasing efficiencies through innovation, collaboration, streamlining and reallocation.

Bismarck State College President Larry C. Skogen presented on how the two-year community college was moving forward next. He touched on how BSC had offered opportunities for cost savings, including promoting OERs and textbook rentals; fully developing cybersecurity and computer networking programs; increasing retention and completion; increasing the availability of reverse transfer options.

NDUS launches new initiatives to increase degree completion

North Dakota University System (NDUS) launched the first of two initiatives last fall to increase degree completion in the state. The first initiative was to coordinate a system-wide effort to contact students who had previously enrolled at a NDUS two-year institution, completed a substantial number of credit hours, and had transferred to a four-year institution prior to completion of an associate degree.

The purpose of the initiative was to encourage students, for the betterment of their career, to complete the associate degree at the two-year institution so they would be able to have that accomplishment on their resume while still working toward their four-year baccalaureate programs.

Lisa Johnson, NDUS director of academic affairs, said, “Students have invested significant time and money in their initial pursuit of an associate degree. Our outreach is to those who have made substantial progress towards the award of an associate degree, but have transferred to a four-year institution prior to the award of the associate degree.  Most notable about this initiative is that we aren’t asking students to physically return to the community college to complete the remaining coursework. Rather, our community colleges are working with students on an individual basis to determine remaining coursework that can be taken at the four-year institution and transferred back to the community college.”

The initiative was designed for students to complete and transfer coursework back from the four-year to the two-year institution—thus the name Reverse Transfer. Previously, reverse transfer broadly described students who withdrew from a four-year institution to pursue an associate degree at a two-year institution. Today, more formal Reverse Transfer initiatives encourage students to remain at the four-year institution while concurrently completing both an associate and a baccalaureate degree.

A second and more recent initiative has been developed at the request of NDUS campuses to identify and contact students who began their studies at any NDUS institution, completed a substantial number of credits towards an associate or baccalaureate degree and are no longer enrolled anywhere in the state.

Johnson said, “The success of initiatives like these rely heavily on committed staff who make the additional effort to follow up on inquiries and complement the system’s original outreach.”
Kene Miller, an academic records specialist at Bismarck State College, has been involved in both initiatives. Miller promotes the idea at her campus by emphasizing the phrase “life happens.”  Miller said, “It may be a student’s intent to finish a four-year degree; however, it is not unusual that things occur that are beyond their control.  By documenting the completion of a two-year degree, it is a permanent record of the student’s academic progression.” She continued, “Our campus strives to recognize students’ accomplishments and to award the important credential(s) that each student deserves.”

“According to Job Service North Dakota, annual average job openings for 2016 totaled 14,262 of which 4,117 typically required a credential beyond a high school diploma. Of the 4,117 job openings, roughly 34% required a vocational certificate, associate’s degree, or similar credential while the remaining 66% required a bachelor’s degree or higher.”

The NDUS, like many other institutions and educational systems in the United States, are stepping up efforts and outreach to encourage current and former students to successfully complete degrees along their educational pathway to ensure students are ready to be successful in their chosen careers.

For now, Miller’s efforts and those of the faculty and staff at BSC appear to be paying off—particularly surrounding the Reverse Transfer initiative. In the three terms since the initial planned pilot, each semester an average of 25 students have responded to the initial communication they received. Additional students continue to emerge and express interest in Reverse Transfer after learning about it via word of mouth. The NDUS will assess the success of the second initiative and the response of students who return to NDUS colleges and universities when more data becomes available.

Media Coverage Summary – Aug. 18

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, August 18

 

Bismarck State College
BSC and VCSU announce collaborative elementary education bachelor’s degree
 

Dakota College at Bottineau
Paramedic Technology Program has Record Enrollment
 

Dickinson State University
DSU President: ‘We’re in very good shape’
Biology faculty at DSU attend Genome Consortium for Active Teaching Workshop
Dr. Varney participates in panel discussion to be aired on C-SPAN
 

Lake Region State College
Orientation schedule
 

Mayville State University
President Hagen gives state of the university address, announces he will retire in 2018
Farmers Bowl is just around the corner!
Comet Athletic Club sponsoring Sportsmen’s Raffle and social event to raise academic scholarships for MSU student athletes – Tickets on sale now!
 

Minot State University
NDCPD awarded Administration for Community Living Core Grant
 

North Dakota State College of Science
NDSCS to begin 115th academic year August 21
 

North Dakota State University
NDSU graduate student develops new way to battle mosquitos
Extension offers ‘Powerful Tools for Caregivers’
Using drought stressed field crops as emergency forages
Kids learn coding, computing and character design in video gaming
NDSU Puts on One-Act Play to Teach Kids How to Deal with Conflict
PPG Foundation Donates $40,000 to NDSU Foundation and Alumni Association to Benefit Coatings and Polymeric Materials Department at North Dakota State University
NDSU hosting first Cow Efficiency Congress
NDSU physics department to offer safe viewing of eclipse
Wenzel throws out first pitch at Twins game
Hay lottery to benefit growers in ND, SD and MT
Researcher helping save rare, iconic trees
Meeting the enemy up close: ND, MN aggies learn about Palmer amaranth
Exhibit featuring Jewish contributions to North Dakota comes to Bonanzaville
 

University of North Dakota
Total eclipse of the sun
All creatures small and smaller
Driven to learn
Champions of change
Robots rock
 

Valley City State University
Longtime coach DeVries named VCSU athletic director
Introduction of new faculty
 

Williston State College
Second Annual Teton WOW Kicks off Sunday
Hockey Standout Goes D1
State Funds Available for Dual-Credit Instruction
 

North Dakota University System

Media Coverage Summary – August 11

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

 

Bismarck State College
BSC and VCSU announce collaborative elementary education bachelor’s degree
BSC associate professor recognized by Association of Surgical Technologists
 

Dakota College at Bottineau
MSU and DCB Sign Articulation Agreements
 

Dickinson State University
Hawk’s Perch – August 2017
President Mitzel to deliver State of the University Aug. 15
Dickinson State ranks 8th on national list of colleges with best economic mobility
 

Lake Region State College
Orientation schedule
 

Mayville State University
Mayville State notches record-high enrollment in 2017 Summer Session
 

Minot State University
Begin your college journey with us
 

North Dakota State College of Science
NDSCS doesn’t blow its stack
NDSCS to begin 115th academic year August 21
NDSCS-Fargo to offer popular Business Pro early evening classes
 

North Dakota State University
NDSU master’s program highly ranked in exam pass rate
Researchers to examine socioeconomic impacts of flood forecasts
NDSU students research Pancreatic cancer, hoping to reduce side effects
Cow Efficiency Congress to be held in North Dakota
Seeding winter annual cover crops
5 questions with … Greg Lardy, head of NDSU Animal Sciences Department and associate VP for agricultural affairs, Fargo, N.D.
NDSU extension ag personnel honored
Fargo mattress factory teams up with NDSU for research to better meet sleepers’ needs
Farmers deal with dicamba drift
Livestock forage disaster payment calculator available
“Feed the soil to feed you”; Langdon Research Center held a cover crop meeting
NDSU Celebrating the Little Golden Book and 75 Years of Publishing
Carrington Row Crop Tour set for Aug. 24
The “Land in Her Own Name” exhibit, on loan from the North Dakota Historical Society
 

University of North Dakota
Parting ‘shots’
Friends in flight
Critters of campus
Flood of research
UND hosts emotional opioid abuse panel
 

Valley City State University
Valley City’s McBeain Named To College Football America Starting Lineup
 

Williston State College
College Receives Director’s Award of Excellence for Massage Therapy Program
WSC Massage Students Enjoy Success
 

North Dakota University System
State Board of Higher Education Creates Task Forces for Legislative Study

State Board of Higher Education Creates Task Forces for Legislative Study

Letters were sent this week inviting several dozen people to participate in several task forces that will study reshaping higher education in North Dakota.

 

“Technology is disrupting every segment of our economy, and higher education has to address this new challenge. We have the choice to either drive disruption or be outpaced by it. As a leadership team, we will develop key initiatives around metric centered decision making that address research, technology transfer, operational efficiencies, and attainment. Organized task forces will start the dialogue and move us toward a working plan to keep higher education in North Dakota moving ahead in the 21st Century,” said Don Morton, chair of the State Board of Higher Education.

 

In Senate Bill 2003, the 65th Legislative Assembly established a study to address five key areas, primarily for community colleges in the state. At its June strategic planning retreat, the Board expanded the study to include the entire university system. The areas include shared administration; shared services, including a common course catalog; articulation agreements that link elementary, secondary, career and technical education to postsecondary certificates and associates degrees; centralized processing, and centralized services.

 

“We appreciate the Legislature’s and the Governor’s support, and we look forward to working together to bring about positive change to benefit our students and our state,” Morton said.

 

The task forces will begin their work at a kick-off meeting Sept. 27 at Lake Region State College.

Media Coverage Summary – Aug. 4

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, August 48

 

Bismarck State College
BSC and ND National Guard to host annual Community Fit Fair
BSC Business and Office Technology programs and professor receive top honors
 

Dakota College at Bottineau
MSU and DCB Sign Articulation Agreements
 

Dickinson State University
Student-led changes to DSU Student Center
DSU’s Rasmussen attends ND Indian Education Summit
 

Lake Region State College
Orientation schedule
TrainND helps fill EMT shortage
 

Mayville State University
Mayville State University notches record-high enrollment in 2017 summer session
Around the Horn Golf Classic held August 4
Dr. Joseph Mehus and his students lead the way with MSU’s first IACUC-approved wildlife research protocol
 

Minot State University
Begin your college journey with us
 

North Dakota State College of Science
NDSCS-Fargo to host Practical Nursing Informational Meeting
 

North Dakota State University
North Dakota Department of Agriculture, NDSU N.D. Agricultural Experiment Station partner to take hay donations, offer lottery
Students share in science at research farm
Rugby native named director of Economic Development & Finance
N.D. drought prompting calf health questions
Student brings passion to South Africa
NDSU Horticulture Research Farm Field Day Aug. 9
The tech to expect: How technology is changing architecture
Big Iron field demos to highlight alternative grain storage and effects of tile drainage
 

University of North Dakota
Presidential pages
Moving forward together
Intern of integration
Disruptive times
Master of engagement
 

Valley City State University
The Valley City Welcome Window Project and Back to the City Night
 

Williston State College
WSC to Feature Njos Sculpture
Mental Health Services Continue to Expand at WSC
 

North Dakota University System
Interim Vice Chancellor of Strategy and Strategic Engagement Hired at NDUS

Interim Vice Chancellor of Strategy and Strategic Engagement Hired at NDUS

James P. Wisecup has accepted the position as the Interim Vice Chancellor of Strategy and Strategic Engagement for the North Dakota University System. Wisecup, who goes by Phil, is a retired Navy vice admiral, a former college president and has deep experience in strategic planning and technology innovation.

“Phil is a great asset for our higher education system and our state. He brings skills, knowledge and experience of great value to our strategic efforts,” said NDUS Chancellor Mark Hagerott.

Wisecup previously served as the director of the Strategic Studies Group and Navy civilian faculty member of the U.S. Naval War College after retiring from active duty. Prior to that, Wisecup had served as Naval Inspector General, and before that, President of the Naval War College after holding several Naval commands.

Wisecup holds dual Masters of Arts degrees in National Security and Strategic Studies, and International Relations. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in International Security Affairs. He is the recipient of the Admiral James B. Stockdale Award for Inspirational Leadership, as well as the Superior Civilian Service Award from the U.S. Navy.