Board to handle major business at final ’15 meeting

June 23, 2015

The State Board of Higher Education will have a full agenda when it meets this week. Among the main topics will be committee appointments, approval of president’s contract terms, review of final legislative action, and authorization for the Chancellor to begin the search for a new University of North Dakota president.

In the lead-up to the meeting, a myriad of recommendations have made their way through the varied councils and committees.

The Budget and Finance Committee recommendations (detailed in the budget review article) include an update from the Government Accounting Standards Board, a project authorization for the Mayville State University fieldhouse renovation, Minot State University facilities management, a Veteran’s Education Training program, an exterior renovations project at North Dakota State University, a purchase for NDSU’s Langdon Research Extension Center, exterior renovations for NDSU’s music building, refinancing for University of North Dakota’s housing and auxiliary facilities system, a transfer of more than $5 million from UND’s budget to the School of Medicine and Health Science, and an increase in spending for Williston State College’s workforce training project.

Business coming forward from the Academic and Student Affairs committee will deal with programs new and old.

Among program changes and distance education updates likely to be given by Interim Chancellor Skogen, there will also be Board action required for new programs to start, others to cease and some to experience an organizational change. New programs will include a Bachelors in Exercise Science Minor at DSU, B.S. in Global Business at NDSU, and Ph.Ds across six engineering specialties at UND. Terminating program include M.S. in Clinical Nurse Specialist and M.S. in Nurse Educator, both at NDSU. Organizational changes could affect UND’s Department of Economics to become the Department of Economics and Finance. Under that chance the Department of Finance would cease this fall.

The Board will hold its first reading of policies regarding worker’s compensation and due process requirements; and its second reading of policies regarding purchasing and job applicant/employee criminal background checks.

Policies under review include those regarding the following: Audit Committee, Foundations, Workforce Training Boards, Due Process Requirements, Academic Freedom and Tenure; Academic Appointment, Legal Representation, Employee Responsibility and Activities: Theft, Fraud, Abuse and Waste, Early Retirement, and Internal Audit Charter.