Monthly Archives: February 2018

Media Coverage Summary – Feb. 16

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


Bismarck State College
Job Fair set for March 1 at BSC

Dakota College at Bottineau
DCB Director Appointed to State Advisory Committee

Dickinson State University
DSU’s School of Business and Entrepreneurship receives 2018 LEAD awards
Dickinson State band students enjoy an orchestral weekend
Dickinson State Theatre presents “Time Stands Still” opening Feb. 22
Putting the Fun in Fundraising- the Inaugural Sweating for Scholarships
Dickinson State celebrates Black History Month
Hawk’s Perch – February 2018

Lake Region State College
LRSC faculty earns honor

Mayville State University
MSU’s biology program graduates enjoy great career and educational opportunities

Minot State University
Minot State adds three criminal justice minors
English students selected to present at Sigma Tau Delta International Convention
Anderson wins Minot Symphony Orchestra’s Young Composers Competition

North Dakota State College of Science
Nihilism expert speaks at NDSCS

North Dakota State University
NDSU students take third place in snowplow competition
NDSU researchers examine dolls/trucks choices by babies
Faculty member honored by national architecture group
NDSU nursing students receive state awards
NDSU event to showcase African culture, heritage
NDSU coordinating Lakota language revitalization event
Nursing faculty member named Nurse Educator of the Year
Three Minute Thesis competition, Graduate Student Showcase to highlight graduate student research
Command performance – Dicamba training draws a crowd
 Garden club to learn about growing apples
Soil Health Minute: Grazing cover crops
NDSU Extension direct contacts top 1 million
Date set for Woodlands and High Plains Powwow at NDSU
NDSU’s Darwin Day Teaches Community About Life Sciences
NDSU Saddles Up for 92nd International Livestock Show
Fundraiser Helping Former NDSU Engineering Student Battling Cancer

University of North Dakota
Talking about tough topics
U.S. Presidents and UND
Knack for giftedness
Passion for preservation
Going for gold

Valley City State University
MLK performer Stephon Ferguson to present at VCSU Feb. 26
What our enrollment growth tells us about VCSU

Williston State College
WSC Enrollment Numbers Released

North Dakota University System
New report highlights distance education facets

New report highlights distance education facets

A recent North Dakota University System report noted two particular facets of distance education in the state.

The report, which is available here. This report supports IPEDS reported data that indicates that North Dakota has a lower-than-average rate of students who are attending college only through online means, yet the state has a higher-than-average rate of students who are currently taking at least one course online.

According to Chancellor Mark Hagerott, that signified that students enrolled in the public system aren’t averse to online courses, yet prefer the in-class instruction offered by traditional classrooms.

“Students today grew up connected to a digital world, so feel comfortable in that realm,” Hagerott said. “However, a majority of our students still prefer to attend class with their peers. What that means for our university system is that we will continue to focus on providing opportunities for student success in the traditional classroom even as we look to see if there’s room to increase an online presence.”

Additionally, the report showed that a majority of students who attended online-only resided in the same county as the school they were taking courses from. For instance, most online-only students taking courses from Bismarck State College reside in Burleigh and Morton counties, and most taking online courses from North Dakota State University reside in Cass County.

Media Coverage Summary – Feb. 9

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


Bismarck State College
BSC men’s ensemble will serenade your Valentine

Dakota College at Bottineau
2018 DCB Space Grant Scholarship Recipients Announced

Dickinson State University
Inaugural Small Business Workshop to provide valuable resources to business owners
DSU students participate in adjudicated jazz festival

Lake Region State College
Customer service training

Mayville State University
MSU’s biology program graduates enjoy great career and educational opportunities
President search update

Minot State University
Accounting students assist taxpayers through VITA
Foreign Language students engage with community
From Nordic Waffles to the Super Bowl

North Dakota State College of Science
Governor visit

North Dakota State University
Local club to feature guest lecture on use of UAVs in photography
In Fargo, a Bittersweet Super Bowl Without Wentz
5 questions with … Tim Petry, extension livestock marketing economist at NDSU
NDSU Saddle and Sirloin Club announces livestock show
NDSU Lends Helping Hand to United Blood Services
NDSU Is Preparing Students for the Future

University of North Dakota
Doctor is in
Liberal arts’ next chapter
Sally Page — dedication and longevity
Giving back now and for years to come
Peace of mind

Valley City State University
VCSU sets spring enrollment records
Fall 2017 honor rolls released

Williston State College
WSC Enrollment Numbers Released
WSC Foundation Adds Academic Scholarship

North Dakota University System
Dolan named NDUS vice chancellor for administrative affairs
Search for new president to lead Mayville State University progressing
Department of Homeland Security Convenes Pilot Leadership Tabletop Exercise for Institutions of Higher Education

Dolan named NDUS vice chancellor for administrative affairs

The North Dakota University System has named Tammy Dolan as vice chancellor for administrative affairs. She continues to perform the duties of the chief financial officer position for the system office as well.

Tammy Dolan has taken on responsibilities as the system’s vice chancellor for administrative affairs as of Jan. 1, 2018. She has been the chief financial officer since November 2015. The new position fills the need for leadership level oversight of financial administration, development of the tuition model and other financial functions at the system level.

Prior to working at the NDUS, Dolan previously served as a management and fiscal analyst at the Office of Management and Budget. She has more than 25 years of experience in state government, including helping to create the higher education funding formula.

Chancellor Mark Hagerott said Dolan continues to be an exemplary fit to the organization.

“Ms. Dolan has extensive leadership-level experience in administrative operations, experience with the higher education funding formula and with the legislative process and a work philosophy that has been an asset to the NDUS,” Hagerott said. “She has helped us navigate the budget cuts across the system and her professional approach has helped us create a budget plan to continue our strategic process while maintaining minimal impacts to our students and campuses.”

Department of Homeland Security Convenes Pilot Leadership Tabletop Exercise for Institutions of Higher Education

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in coordination with North Dakota University System (NDUS) and Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), convened a pilot Leadership Tabletop Exercise for Institutions of Higher Education (LTTX) on Feb. 7, 2018, in Bismarck, North Dakota.

The event brought together the presidents and senior level staff of 11 colleges and universities from across the state of North Dakota. More than 75 individuals representing the emergency management, cybersecurity, tribal colleges and operational leadership of each institution in the System attended. NDUS Chancellor Mark Hagerott delivered keynote remarks. Participants also included representatives from federal, state, and local departments and agencies that support campus resilience. The event focused on cybersecurity threats to higher education.

“We at the Department recognize the importance of fostering resilience best practices and bolstering campus emergency preparedness efforts,” said Office of Academic Engagement Program Manager Lindsay Burton. “The LTTX offers an opportunity for the leaders of institutions of higher education to experience those efforts in action.”

Building upon the success of the National Seminar and Tabletop Exercise (NTTX), the leadership events will be hosted multiple times per year, focusing on risks specific to the participating institutions. The half-day event explores and tests campus resilience and emergency preparedness efforts through an unclassified threat briefing, a series of case studies with immersive discussion questions on leadership’s role during an incident, and an in-depth discussion of options for leadership to consider in building campus resilience.

“This pilot exercise under the guidance of DHS has helped NDUS institutions understand more thoroughly the impacts of cybersecurity on our institutions,” said Hagerott. “I am grateful for the opportunity to gain insight from experts and create a familiar network of resources for our campuses.”

The LTTX is part of the DHS Office of Academic Engagement’s Campus Resilience Program Tabletop Exercise Series (TTX), which is a collection of tailored events, each with unique objectives and outcomes, designed for the higher education community. Each event in the series challenges participants with multi-faceted threat based scenarios that test and strengthen their institution’s preparedness, response, and recovery capabilities.

To learn more about the LTTX, visit:

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Search for new president to lead Mayville State University progressing

Progress is being made in the search for a new president to lead Mayville State University. Current president, Dr. Gary Hagen, has announced his plans to retire on July 31, 2018. He has served as president of the university since 2005. Hagen has served the university in various roles, including as a member of the faculty and also in various administrative positions, since 1976.

AGB Search, the consultants who are assisting with the search at Mayville State, met with several constituents, including Mayville State faculty, staff, and alumni and community members, in listening sessions last fall. The data gathered was used to develop a profile and advertisement that have been strategically marketed in The Chronicle of Higher Education and other higher education publications. In addition, the search firm made contacts with prospective candidates in several other ways.

As a result, 48 candidates submitted application materials to AGB. Of those, 45 met qualifications and were forwarded to the Presidential Search Committee for their initial review. The committee met in executive session on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, to discuss candidates. After thorough discussion and analysis, 12 candidates were identified and have been offered an opportunity for an interview over the Interactive Video Network (IVN) later this month.

Once the IVN interviews are completed, the search committee will determine semi-finalists and those candidates will be invited to campus in early March for on-campus interviews and to meet the Mayville State campus community. Once interviews have concluded, the Presidential Search Committee will convene to discuss the finalists and forward three or more names to the State Board of Higher Education for their review and consideration at the March 28, 2018, SBHE meeting taking place at Mayville State. The Board is ultimately responsible for appointment of institution presidents within the North Dakota University System, as outlined in SBHE policy 601.1.

Media Coverage Summary – Feb. 2

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


Bismarck State College
BSC men’s ensemble will serenade your Valentine

Dakota College at Bottineau
Career and Technical Education Fair

Dickinson State University
Dickinson State has solid representation at 2018 ND Farm Bureau conference
Sixth annual reclamation workshop set for Feb. 20-21
Best of the Western Edge – Dr. Debora Dragseth & the Blue Hawk Boosters Club
Diversity course offers new perspectives to professor

Lake Region State College
Peace officer academy in Minot

Mayville State University

Minot State University
MSU Fall President’s & VPAA Honor Roll Lists
Biology Department presents Darwin Day 2018

North Dakota State College of Science
Day of free dental care for children, youth
High School Bands to join NDSCS for Band Festival

North Dakota State University
Pro snowmobiler racer remains on NDSU academic track despite obstacles of the sport
NDSU Foundation reports record fundraising for 2017
NDSU student’s sexual assault campaign to run for a second year
Soil Health Minute: Soil Health Cafe Talks cover a wide range of topics
Agricultural tile drainage design workshop set
Competition strengthens students’ ability to communicate research
NDSU professor to be honored for teacher education contributions
Powwow scheduled for NDSU campus
Ag and biosystems engineering department students to showcase latest technology

University of North Dakota
Having a ball at the Super Bowl
Engineering’s new era
Strategic Plan only a click away
Rapid-fire research
‘Professional’ hockey of a different kind

Valley City State University
A look at student demographics
VCSU announces fundraising campaign for track and field facilities
Engelhard selected for chemistry research experience in Prague

Williston State College
WSC Student Receives Achievement Certificate from ALEKS

North Dakota University System
Focal points emerge after summit

Focal points emerge after summit


The path toward increasing North Dakota’s postsecondary attainment level took a stride forward recently when officials from around the state convened in Bismarck.

Around four dozen representatives from K-12, higher education, commerce and more met Jan. 11 at Bismarck State College to discuss attainment, or the rate at which individuals complete some type of post-secondary credential. Numerous studies, including data found in the Workforce Education Advisory Council’s Needs and Gaps Report, the consensus-building of the Envision 2030 effort, and reports from business and industry have highlighted the growing need for employees to have some type of higher education – from certificates to graduate degrees.

The Lumina Foundation’s Stronger Nation report highlighted such data, noting that by 2025, 60 percent of all available jobs will require some type of credentialing after high school. Currently, North Dakota’s rate of attainment stands at roughly 47.5 percent, compared to 45.8 percent nationally.

Last year, the Lumina Foundation awarded the North Dakota University System a nearly $100,000 planning grant to begin the process of finding out just how the state could begin to reach its own ambitious goal of 65 percent attainment by 2025. The January summit, facilitated by the North Dakota Consensus Council, aimed to begin answering the question of “how to do it?”

Although the initial grant was awarded to NDUS, a public system, the notion of increasing attainment would include collaboration among employers and businesses, K-12, Career and Technical Education, community colleges, tribal colleges, and universities.

NDUS Chancellor Mark Hagerott noted that the need for additional attainment would only continue to grow as industries of the future were rapidly changed by technology.

“Industries have always changed over time, but the driving force of technology is bringing change at more rapid progress than ever before,” Hagerott said. “Because of that, the skills required on the job across industries are going up. Employers are still requiring graduates with industry-specific knowledge, but more and more need those skills to be complemented by digital know-how plus a communications and critical thinking skillset.”

Other states such as Indiana and Tennessee have adopted similar proposals to increase their respective attainment levels to 60 percent. Aided by significant executive and legislative branch support, those initiatives have taken large steps in those states toward achieving their goals over the past few years. It was an enormous undertaking requiring statewide effort and resources.

At the summit at BSC, the attendees learned that any such effort here would need to be a three-pronged endeavor: Marketing and Communications, Returning Adults, and Expanding Credentials. The first would be necessary to inform the public of the changing workforce needs and availability of credentials, the second would encourage non-traditional students (those outside the typical 18-24 age range) to return to their studies, and the third would analyze workforce needs to aim for a systemic solution for credential delivery into the future.

While challenges to achieving the goal include a state unemployment rate hovering near two percent, opportunities were found during the day that included outreach to non-traditional audiences and the increasing connection between K-12 and higher education. After deliberating much of the afternoon in open-ended discussion, breakout groups noted that it would likely take innovating communications to all populations in the state to begin achieving the goal. Indiana, for example, contacted thousands of citizens who had some college credit, but never graduated, a huge task in itself.

Priorities were different from group-to-group, although nearly all participants agreed that in order to be successful, any future work on the topic would need to consider what barriers to entry existed for potential students, what work could be done between higher education and business and industry to meet real-world certification and credentialing needs, and how that would be funded.

Now, NDUS has gathered the data from the day’s discussions. Following further review, more concrete solutions may be suggested to take the initiative forward on the next step to 65 percent attainment.