Tag Archives: Kirsten Diederich

Higher Learning Commission team gives State Board favorable review

An Advisory Team from the Higher Learning Commission has released an in-depth report giving the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education and the North Dakota University System a favorable review of their current leadership practices and significant progress in overcoming past challenges. In her letter to Board Chair Kirsten Diederich and Interim Chancellor Larry C. […]

Commencement: a time to say thank you

I had the opportunity recently to represent the State Board of Higher Education at two North Dakota University System commencements – Dakota College at Bottineau, Mayville State University, and I was honored to be the Commencement speaker at Lake Region State College. Dr. Terry Hjelmstad, Don Morton, Dr. Doug Munski, Kathy Neset, and Kari Reichert […]

Governor reappoints Board Chair Diederich, appoints Melicher to SBHE

On May 20, Governor Jack Dalrymple reappointed Kirsten Diederich, Ph.D., to a second four-year term on the State Board of Higher Education. Dalrymple also appointed Fargo optometrist and former Fargo School Board president Dr. Kevin Melicher to serve his first four-year term on the Board. Both appointments are effective July 1. Melicher will replace Duaine […]

We have a system that works

We’ve had some good news lately both nationally and locally about North Dakota and about the university system’s key role in its success. A recent story in Forbes magazine highlighted our state’s booming economy, saying “North Dakota leads the nation in virtually every indicator of prosperity: the lowest unemployment rate, and the highest rates of […]

Planning for tomorrow’s North Dakota

In 2009, the State Board of Higher Education developed a comprehensive strategic plan that the North Dakota University System has been following since then. It was an inclusive process involving business leaders, community leaders, legislators, campus leaders, faculty, staff, students and the Board. The common themes reflected by the four goals were: access, funding/affordability, economic […]

Community college investments pay off for students and for the state

By Kirsten Diederich, Board Chair Community colleges nourish both students and society, according to a February report on the value of a community college education. “Where Value Meets Values: The Economic Impact of Community Colleges,” said community college graduates receive nearly $5 in benefits for every dollar they spend on their education, while the return […]

Developing the Roadmap for Student Success

We are in the midst of a gigantic shift in education. Think about this for a moment: Our faculty are preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist where they will use technology that hasn’t yet been invented to solve problems that we don’t yet know are problems. Here are some interesting facts from a […]