Category Archives: NDUS

Board preps in last meeting before session

The last meeting of the 2018 calendar year and the start of the legislative session was packed with plenty of business for the State Board of Higher Education. Among that business were updates on Envision 2030, a Lumina Foundation grant, and of course, processes involving the upcoming session. In addition to preparations for the legislative… Read More »

NDUS cited as positive example of financial reporting

North Dakota University System has been cited as a superior example of clear financial reporting and monitoring by a national organization focused on governance in higher education. In its recent recommendations report titled “Monitoring and Assessing the Financial Health and Risk of Colleges and Universities,” the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) has named… Read More »

Contracts renewed at SBHE

The State Board of Higher Education last week reviewed its leadership contracts, including the chancellor and presidents, in addition to hearing details on several budget requests for the 2019-2021 biennium. The Board opened the meeting and entered executive session twice, initially to discuss a construction company’s claim concerning North Dakota State University’s A. Glenn Hill… Read More »

Board updated on Envision process

Among the largest updates heard by the State Board of Higher Education this week was one that provided an in-depth look into the past two years of the Envision 2030 process. Through much of the morning session, Chancellor Mark Hagerott provided details on the consensus-building effort of the initiative, which ranged in methods from formal… Read More »

Faculty leave remains untouched

State Board of Higher Education votes to exempt faculty leave from reconciliation of ‘data inconsistencies’   Among numerous topics handled by North Dakota’s higher education board this month were a final discussion on the contentious topic of faculty sick leave, as well as a review of tuition policies going into the budget planning cycle. Policy… Read More »

Board conducts policy review

The State Board of Higher Education met this week for some basic housekeeping items after closing out a presidential search at Mayville State University. After taking much of the morning and early afternoon in open interviews and executive session deliberations, the Board named Dr. Brian Van Horn as the new MaSU president. He will serve… Read More »

Baesler Seeks Applicants for ND Board of Higher Education

State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler is inviting North Dakotans to apply for two openings on the Board of Higher Education, which sets policy for the state’s 11 public colleges and universities. A seat on the Board of Higher Education is considered one of the state’s most prestigious appointments. The two open positions carry four-year terms, which… Read More »

New digital dashboards to prove insightful

A collaborative effort among three state agencies has resulted in a brand new set of digital dashboards that aims to make the most up-to-date data available to parents and taxpayers. Referred to as North Dakota Insights, the project took a page out of previous public data repositories – Department of Public Instruction’s (DPI) State Longitudinal… Read More »

Board hears Commerce presentation, system policy revisions

The State Board of Higher Education heard numerous proposals and policy revisions at its meeting this month, including a technology commercialization proposal from the Department of Commerce, and revisions to a policy regarding faculty sick leave. Early in the meeting, Commerce Secretary Jay Schuler presented to the Board on the topic of technology transfer, noting… Read More »

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… Read More »

Climate survey among Board reports

State Board briefed on policy, Bank of North Dakota education programs, and more.   The November meeting of the State Board of Higher Education covered extensive ground, beginning with a brief from Bank of North Dakota President and CEO Eric Hardmeyer. Speaking about his agency, Hardmeyer detailed numerous programs that positively affected higher education in… Read More »

‘Reverse Transfer’ helping provide further credentials

Current students within the North Dakota University System may be eligible for an additional degree under a recent initiative. The “Reverse Transfer” initiative is designed for students to complete and transfer coursework back from the four-year to the two-year institution, essentially granting them credit via a degree for work already accomplished, said Lisa Johnson, NDUS… Read More »

Task forces kick off work

Five task forces comprised of more than 40 North Dakota University System presidents, senior staff, researchers, and State Board of Higher Education members rolled up their collective sleeves this week to move forward on work on a legislatively-mandated study. Senate Bill 2003 called for a study with the aim to address five key areas throughout… Read More »

Lumina names NDUS recipient of Challenge Grant to boost attainment

The North Dakota University System was selected to receive a $99,500 Attainment Challenge Grant from Lumina Foundation. Funding will support strategic initiatives to increase the state’s postsecondary attainment rate to 65 percent by 2025, with the potential to reach 70 percent attainment by 2030. According to the 2017 issue of A Stronger Nation, Lumina’s annual… Read More »

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… Read More »

Board talks budget guidelines, faculty leave

  With the 65th Legislative Session adjourned, the regular May meeting of the State Board of Higher Education had a natural point of discussion: 2017-18 budget guidelines. North Dakota University System Chief Financial Officer Tammy Dolan presented the topic, noting that the Board would need to approve the guidelines, and the individual institutions would submit… Read More »

Faculty leave among main topics for Board

A major topic of discussion revolved around faculty leave when the State Board of Higher Education met for its regular April meeting. The topic was one of a handful of first readings for newly proposed policy. Among those were policies 340.2 (foundations), 305.1 (college and university presidents’ authority and responsibilities for campus IT security), 505… Read More »

Online Application for STEM student loan forgiveness opens May 1

College graduates employed in STEM-related occupations in North Dakota may be eligible for student loan forgiveness through the STEM Occupations Student Loan Program administered by the North Dakota University System and the Bank of North Dakota. STEM-related occupations include jobs in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Applications for the STEM Student Loan… Read More »

ND Ranks Above National Average in Recent Student Metric

A report released last month shows North Dakota’s college students as being ahead of the curve nationally. According to the report released by the National Student Clearinghouse, students in N.D. had a higher rate of bachelor degree completion after previous enrollment at a two-year school than much of the rest of the nation. That rate… Read More »