Fact Check: SBHE proposes bill to allow executive session discussions on chancellor hiring/firing

Fact Check is a segment of Extra Credit that pulls out sections of published news stories about higher education in North Dakota and fact checks them for you. Note: Some statements may have been updated in the web version of the article.  What you read: “Discussion about hiring or firing the head of North Dakota’s university system could be kept secret if the Legislature passes a bill proposed by the State Board of Higher Education.” (Article) Fact check: The editorial comment “kept secret” sensationalizes the intent of the bill. The bill would allow the Board to hold discussions regarding the hiring and removal of the chancellor in executive session. The Board is already …Read more  »

Fact Check: NDUS Dashboards and Dr. Bresciani Travels to Bismarck

Fact Check is a segment of Extra Credit that pulls out sections of published news stories about higher education in North Dakota and fact checks them for you. Note: Some of these statements may have been updated in the web version of the article.  What you read: Tuition at North Dakota public community colleges is $575 more than the regional average EACH SEMESTER. (Article) Fact check: Tuition at North Dakota public community colleges is $575 more than the regional average EACH YEAR. What you read: “The number of degrees awarded at NDUS institutions in the 2012-2013 school year decreased by 103 from the previous year, which is out of line with …Read more  »

Apples to apples comparisons in higher ed funding

Critics of increased funding for higher education in North Dakota are fond of adding numbers together and creating charts that create false pictures of where money is going and then declaring, “These are the facts.” The truth is these exaggerated visuals are not the facts because critics are not comparing apples to apples.  One-time funding is not the same as ongoing funding Because of the booming economy in North Dakota and the resulting positive position of the state’s finances, the Governor and Legislature last session approved generous one-time funding for capital improvements for many state agencies. For higher education, that one-time state appropriation for capital projects was $178 million.  As …Read more  »

Dispelling myths about higher education spending

Information comes at us from all directions and in ever-changing formats in today’s world. It’s often difficult to tell the difference between fact and fiction, myth and reality, responsible journalism and tongue-in-cheek entertainment. This section in our newsletter was created to provide a resource for those who want to know the “rest of the story.” Using headcount paints false picture of staffing increases Yes, the number of people employed by the North Dakota University System has increased over the years. There are many reasons, but here’s an important one to remember: To serve our students’ growing needs and use resources efficiently, we hired part-time people at a faster rate than …Read more  »