Monthly Archives: September 2014

Higher Learning Commission team gives State Board favorable review

HLC Report News Conference

Board Chair Kirsten Diederich and Interim Chancellor Larry Skogen hosted a news conference on Sept. 2 to announce the results of the HLC letter.

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. Skogen, HLC President Barbara Gellman Danley said, “I believe that you, the Board and the system office staff members are to be commended on the diligent work you have done in the months between July 2013, when the Advisory Visit was ordered, and April 2014 when the visit took place, to ensure that the system was functioning in compliance with good practices in governance and the requirements of the Commission.”

The HLC ordered the visit following a complaint that was filed in April 2013. The team’s report will go to the HLC’s Board of Trustees for final review at its next meeting on Oct. 30-31.

“We are grateful to the team members for their thorough review and for the professional manner in which they conducted their visit,” said Diederich. “We are looking forward to closing this chapter in our history and are excited about what the future holds for the university system and our students.”

The Advisory Team’s visit focused on four Criteria for Accreditation. The following summarizes the team’s findings:

  • Criterion Two, Core Component 2.A., which requires that an accredited institution operate with integrity and establish and follow fair and ethical policies. The team said that the system is currently functioning with a high degree of integrity. “The Board’s and NDUS staff’s approach to making progress in this area is particularly noteworthy.” The team commends the system for good use of traditional and high-tech communication tools to establish a high degree of transparency as well as appropriate training and changes in practice regarding open meetings.
  • Criterion Two, Core Component 2.C., which requires an autonomous governing board that makes decisions in the best interest of the institution. The team emphasized the importance of autonomy of the SBHE to accreditation and was concerned that undue influence could be exerted by the Legislature. The report acknowledges that there has been tension between the Board and the Legislature, which they said is not unique to North Dakota, but no clear attempts to influence were seen at this time. The team recommends that the Legislature and the Board think about the state’s considerable assets in its higher education system – especially faculty, staff, students, facilities – and redouble their efforts to work together.
  • Criterion Five, Core Component 5.B., which requires that governance and administrative structures promote effective leadership and support collaborative processes. The team said that Interim Chancellor Skogen and his staff were creating a disciplined, systematic approach for input and inclusive dialogue while reviewing policies and procedures and roles and responsibilities of the Board and the staff. The team noted that the Board has returned to an operational style that is inclusive and promotes collaboration between the Board and the individual institutions and among the institutions themselves. The report mentions that the Board’s current focus on the issues at hand appears to be mitigating the circumstances leading to the complaint.
  • Criterion Five, Core Component 5.D., which requires that an accredited institution work to systematically improve its performance. The team said it believes that the current board leadership and staff are working to address goal setting, self-evaluation and accountability for improvement, but at the time of the team’s visit these efforts had just begun. The team recognized that there is only so much change that can be implemented in such a short period of time and recommends follow-up to ensure board and system improvements now in the planning stages will become standard operating procedure for the SBHE.

Chair Diederich said that, since the team’s visit, the Board has received significant training in best practices for effective boards through the Association of Governing Boards and is currently undergoing a Board evaluation process. “In addition, we have made considerable progress in developing the 2015-2020 strategic plan for the university system,” she said. “The Board will review the plan at its October meeting, and we are very excited about unleashing the potential of our system.”

The advisory team extended its thanks to all who assisted in the planning and execution of its visit and offered its best wishes to everyone who will be involved in “designing and delivering a best-in-class system of higher education for the citizens of North Dakota.”

The full report and cover letter from the team may be found at: The video recording of the news conference regarding this letter is also available online:

Unleashing the Potential of Higher Education in our State

A column by Board Chair Kirsten Diederich

Just over a month ago, the State Board of Higher Education, presidents of our institutions and senior system staff gathered to create the 2015-2020 strategic plan for the North Dakota University System.

We came together and successfully developed a new, student-centered vision for the future of higher education in our state. Please watch the video above, which captures the highlights of that day. It was an exciting, inspirational, memorable meeting.

This important event came after months of research and input from business, community and government leaders and stakeholder groups as well as students, faculty and staff. It also came after nearly two years of consideration of the merits of a plan called Pathways to Student Success.

During the next few weeks, the staff is fleshing out the direction that the Board set. We will review and approve it on October 2 and share it broadly. I believe the people of North Dakota will be excited about the plan. Our discussions included statements like “unleashing potential,” “inspiring our future,” “programs people want where and when they need them,” ” delivering degrees that are the best value in the nation,” “maximizing the strengths of a unified system,” and of course “ensuring student success.”

This is something much bigger than admissions requirements and graduation rates that are part of the Pathways plan. Those are benchmarks that will likely be included in the plan in the appropriate places and formats and will help us reach our larger goals.

Rather this is a bold, visionary plan that will help shape the future of our state. We have listened to all of our constituents and set a direction that we believe will fulfill their hopes and dreams for what higher education could look like by 2020. As someone said at our meeting, “This is North Dakota’s moment.” Your board is seizing this incredible moment in our history and shaping it to create the best opportunities possible for our students and our state.

HLC says Measure 3 raises “significant challenges” to continuation of accreditation

HLC_pathway_logoIn a letter sent Sept. 2 to North Dakota University System Interim Chancellor Larry C. Skogen, the president of the Higher Learning Commission shared its team’s analysis of the potential impact of the passage of Measure 3 on accreditation of the 11 institutions of higher education that are part of NDUS.

Measure 3 is a proposal on the November 4 ballot to replace the current citizen-led, eight-member State Board of Higher Education with a three-member paid commission, restructuring the existing governance of NDUS.

The letter emphasized that a change in governing structure, such as that proposed in Measure 3, requires a number of procedural steps prior to implementation, including a Commission Fact-Finding Visit to each of the 11 institutions. Approval of the new structure must occur “prior to implementing the new governance structure.” Barbara Gellman-Danley, HLC president, said that the application deadline is early February 2015 and the proposed implementation date of July 1 provides little time to develop new governance arrangements.

“Approval is by no means guaranteed,” she said. “Even if the Board approves the continuation of accreditation the Board may do so subject to a period of Commission monitoring or even sanction for one to two years of all eleven institutions until the institutions demonstrate the effectiveness of the new governance arrangements. It is very important that you and the public institutions in the NDUS understand the enormity of what is being proposed in this Constitutional amendment.”

In the accompanying summary, the team said it did not identify any provision of Measure 3 that “on its face” violates current HLC accreditation standards or assumed practices, but it is concerned that there are many details related to implementation that could threaten the system’s accreditation. The team said its opinion is that Measure 3 poses “significant risks to the functioning of North Dakota’s system of higher education as a whole and to future reaffirmation of accreditation for its individual institutions.” It also stated that “it challenges the imagination to envision how the proposed commission structure will provide commission members the autonomy to lead NDUS institutions with the welfare of each institution’s students, faculty, staff, and the communities that each serve, as the foremost consideration in the judgments that they would be called upon to make.”

The letter and the team’s report may be found here:


State Board Approves 2015-2017 Budget Request

The State Board of Higher Education met in a special meeting on Sept. 3 to review the NDUS 2015-2017 capital projects budget request, after approving the operating budget request at its June 26 meeting.  The full 2015-2017 budget request includes both the operating budget and one-time funding for capital projects. This request will now be sent on to the Governor for consideration when crafting his budget recommendation.


When crafting the operating budget, the Board and Interim Chancellor Skogen focused on six main strategies:

  • Maintaining student affordability
  • Improving student retention and completion
  • Enhancing student safety and security
  • Elevating the research enterprise
  • Supporting collaborative efforts
  • Supporting the new student credit hour higher education funding model

The sections below breakdown the four areas that make up the operating budget request.

Student Affordability

The Board took some additional steps to help ensure student affordability for this biennium. This operating budget request assumes a tuition freeze at all campuses in 2015-2017. It also states that the ACA/CTE State Scholarship ($1,500 per year merit award) be continued and increased to $2,500 per year. The Board also requests that the State Grant Funding award (a needs-based scholarship) be increased by 4 percent per year bringing it from $1,650 to $1,784.

Major Program and Initiative Requests

The major program and initiative base funding requests focus on a few key areas – student safety, increased IT security, implementation of software designed to improve retention and graduation rates, and an increase in research funding.

To help keep NDUS students safe, the Board is requesting $2.5 million in base funding to complete efforts started in 2013-2015 to offer 24-7 campus security coverage.

To expand IT security, as well as eliminate assessments (including public libraries) and fully fund system-wide IT systems through the centralized technology arm of the North Dakota University System (Core Technology Services), the Board is requesting $4.5 million in base funding.

Predictive Analytics Reporting (PAR) and Starfish/Hobsons are technology programs designed to help track student progress, intervene when necessary and improve communication with students. The request includes $1.9 million in base funding for system-wide implementation of these programs.

In addition, the base funding request for major programs includes an increase in ND EPSCoR  (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) funding to increase competitiveness and external funding.  The request also includes base funding for statutorily required emergency and continuity of operations planning, an expanded internal audit function to add three more positions, and the College-Career Readiness initiative in partnership with K-12.

There are some additional one-time funding requests also included under major programs and initiatives. Other than start-up costs for campus security, centralized technology services, PAR and Starfish/Hobsons, the request includes one-time funding of $750,000 for consulting services to continue subsequent stages of the deferred maintenance inventory and utilization study, $500,000 to expand the use of open education resources to reduce student costs, and continued funding to support the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences Workforce Initiative.

Student Credit Hour Funding Model

The new funding model is based on weighted student credit hours at NDUS institutions. The number of weighted student credit hours increased by 437,000 between 2009-2011 and 2011-2013. This request brings funding to the highest level in each tier. Based on these factors, the full funding model request is a $49 million increase.

Cost to Continue

The cost to continue includes the continuation of FY15 salary increases, utility cost increases from new facilities and estimated increased rates/usage, and operating inflation estimated a 2.4-2.5 percent. It also assumes a tuition freeze at all campuses in 2015-17.  The total cost to continue is $26.7 million.



The budget request for capital projects is made up of one-time funding for facility repairs, remodels and renovations, as well as new buildings and infrastructure. In order to protect the state’s assets and meet the educational needs of 21st century students, the North Dakota University System’s capital budget strategies focus on the following:

  • Protection of the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff
  • Managing our deferred maintenance backlog
  • Addressing capital needs that ensure continuation of accreditation
  • Flood recovery and protection
  • Strategic initiatives

The capital projects requests have been prioritized based on these five criteria, with consideration being given to those projects which alleviate the most deferred maintenance.

Last biennium, the legislature granted the request for funding for the new UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences with the understanding that the funding needed for completion would be appropriated during this biennium. This request includes the $62 million needed to complete that project.

To address flooding concerns in Valley City, VCSU is requesting $25,850,000 to construct a new fine arts building and demolish a building housing programs that are within the flood zone and demolishing another antiquated building on-campus; thereby, reducing the deferred maintenance burden by nearly $7.8 million.

The three projects at the top of the list for health and safety concerns are the construction of a new VCSU heating plant replacement, construction of NDSU Dunbar Hall II (and demolition of Dunbar Hall), and the renovation of the DCB Nelson Science Center. These projects total $61,287,789 while reducing the deferred maintenance burden by $15,971,504.

The request also highlights three major deferred maintenance projects for funding. By replacing the major campus infrastructure at BSC, the campus water and sewer infrastructure at NDSCS and the switchgear, electrical service and windows at LRSC, deferred maintenance will be reduced by $16,146,423 at a cost of $16,521,423.

The capital request also includes projects based on program and accreditation needs such as funding for Phase 1 of the NDSCS Fargo campus expansion, construction of a WSC Allied Health facility and renovation of two facilities at NDSU—Sudro Hall and Engineering. Additionally, the Board is requesting funding of $1.3 million for 15-17 special assessment payments, an increase in extraordinary repair funding from 15 to 50 percent of the OMB funding formula (industry recommended level=100%) through base funding, and a system deferred maintenance pool of $20 million that could be allocated to campuses based on specific criteria.

The total one-time funding request for specific campus capital projects is $202,559,212, excluding the $62 million

legislative appropriation for the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences and $31.63 million for NDSU agriculture-related entities. This total eliminates  $44,881,587 in deferred maintenance.


Lamboley Selected for National Service Member and Veteran Suicide Prevention Academy


Becky Lamboley, NDUS Director of Student Affairs

Becky Lamboley, NDUS Director of Student Affairs

North Dakota’s First Lady Betsy Dalrymple selected Becky Lamboley, North Dakota University System director of student affairs, as a member of the state’s delegation attending the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Suicide Prevention Implementation Academy Sept. 15-17. SAMHSA sought out ND Cares, a statewide coalition dedicated to strengthening an accessible, seamless system of support for service members, veterans, families and survivors in North Dakota which the First Lady chairs. In turn, First Lady Dalrymple invited key players in substance abuse prevention and mental health services to participate on behalf of the organization.

This SAMHSA Suicide Prevention Implementation Academy will engage subject matter experts to work with the teams from 13 states and territories to focus on creating a coordinated, comprehensive suicide prevention strategy. The delegations will work intensively to integrate existing efforts, determine optimal ways to implement evidence-based and best practices, define success indicators and expand their teams’ strategic plan.

While the academy is held onsite in Bethesda, Maryland for only two and half days, the work begins before the delegation arrives and continues long after. The process begins with a one-hour orientation call followed by a two- to three-hour web-based prep session for the delegation. Then after the onsite, intensive work session, SAMHSA continues to offer individualized follow-up and technical assistance as the group puts their plans into action.

Lamboley will be accompanied by Senator Dick Dever, Micki Savelkoul, Cathy Peterson, Sherry Adams and Jody Goodell-Llange.

Two Employees Join NDUS System Office

The NDUS System Office recently gained two new faces – Richard Rothaus, Ph.D., and Jennifer Weber.

Richard Rothaus, Ph.D.

Rothaus serves as the director of academic programs, research and accreditation. In this role, he assists the vice chancellor for academic and student affairs in the ongoing implementation of

Richard Rothaus, Ph.D.

Richard Rothaus, Ph.D.

NDUS policies, procedures and initiatives associated with academic programs, research and accreditation. A large portion of this role involves reviewing and coordinating proposals from the NDUS campuses and tracking programs that already exist.

Rothaus has lived all over the United States and overseas. He holds a B.A. from The Florida State University, a M.A. from Vanderbilt University and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. Most recently, Rothaus lived in Minnesota for many years. He served as a tenured full-professor of History and Assistant Vice President for Research at St. Cloud State University until 2008. Since 2008, he led Trefoil Cultural, a cultural resources management firm that focused on the history and archaeology of the Northern Plains. Rothaus is also a research assistant at the Center for Heritage Renewal at North Dakota State University.

“North Dakota is one of the fastest growing places in the country, so it is a treat to be able to be part of that excitement,” said Rothaus. “Between my faculty, administration and private sector work, I have developed a wide array of skill sets and I’m glad to have a chance to put them to work.”

Interestingly, Rothaus recently participated in the archaeological excavation of the “Atari Graveyard,” a dumping ground for unsellable Atari video game cartridges, in Alamogordo, New Mexico. He co-authored an article recounting their excavation for The Atlantic.

Jennifer Weber, M.S.

Jennifer Weber, M.S.

Jennifer Weber, M.S.

Jennifer Weber took on the position of research analyst. In this role, she is responsible for data collection, analysis and reporting for the university system.  She holds a B.A. in secondary science education from Indiana State University, a M.S. in education from the University of North Dakota and is currently a graduate student in education – institutional analysis through North Dakota State University.

For the past twelve years, Weber served as the technology training and data and assessment coordinator for the Bismarck Public Schools. Prior to that, she was worked with the North Dakota Teaching with Technology Initiative, taught math, science and information technology at United Tribes Technical College, and even taught high school chemistry and physics.

Originally from Indiana, Weber is the fourth of six siblings – all who work in STEM careers. She relocated to Bismarck in 1991, and has lived here with her two daughters ever since.

“I am most looking forward to meeting people, learning new things and expanding my knowledge in data analysis and reporting,” said Weber. “As an educator, I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity to be part of the university system where my work can possibly impact outcomes for students.”


BSC Hosts 75 LIVE, Releases Documentary Online

BSC hosted Quadrennial Energy Review

On Aug. 8 BSC hosted national and local officials for the Quadrennial Energy Review. U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx as well as Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, Sen. John Hoeven, and other officials participated. BSC Interim President Dave Clark was part of a panel on workforce issues. The event was livestreamed by BSC’s video production.

 BSC hosts 75 LIVE, releases documentary online

Torrential rain couldn’t stop BSC’s 75 LIVE anniversary event Aug. 23. Moved from the MDU Resources Community Bowl to the fourth floor of the National Energy Center of Excellence, the celebration brought several hundred community members together. Additionally, on Sept. 4 the BSC documentary, Celebrating 75 Years: The Story of Bismarck State College premiered on Dakota Media Access. It can also be found online on the BSC YouTube channel.

ND Commerce awards grant for BSC Workforce training program

The ND Department of Commerce announced two workforce enhancement grants for BSC totaling $93,651. The Automotive Technology Program at BSC received a $37,167 grant to purchase fender covers, a road force touch wheel balancer, recharging station and various diagnostics equipment. The Precision Agriculture Program at BSC received a $56,484 grant to purchase computers, iPads, various software, a skid sprayer and handheld sensors.

DCB Nursing Pass Rate at 100%

Nursing Pass Rate at 100%

During the last testing year, July 1, 2013 to June 20, 2014, the pass rate for Dakota College nursing students taking the registered nurse and practical nurse licensure examination was 100 percent for first time candidates. The college is a participant in the Dakota Nursing Program.


Math boot camp offered

This summer, for the first time, DCB offered a math boot camp for students who are entering the college underprepared in this general education subject. The camp is an intensive, 16-hour course designed to prepare students for the rigor of college mathematics. The students who enrolled in the class will be tracked to determine their success in subsequent math courses.


Residence Halls at Capacity

Dakota College residence halls are at 110 percent capacity for the start of fall semester in that extra living space was created in the halls to accommodate an overflow of students. The college is anticipating a record number of full-time, on-campus students for fall 2014.

The Strom Center at DSU Facilitates New Childcare Website

Theodore Roosevelt Symposium addresses Roosevelt’s perspective on World War I
Scholars from the around the world will discuss Theodore Roosevelt’s views and influence on World War I during the 9th Annual Theodore Roosevelt Symposium Sept. 25-27 at DSU and in Medora. The event features speakers, a presidential debate, musical performances, a trip to the Elk Horn Ranch and forums hosted by Clay Jenkinson, DSU’s Theodore Roosevelt humanities scholar. The event coincides with the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I.

The Strom Center at DSU facilitates new childcare website, a new website facilitated by The Strom Center at DSU, will link home daycare and other providers with county-specific resources on licensing, continuing education, compliance, organizational effectiveness, programming and successful business management. The Strom Center partnered with the Vision West North Dakota project, a consortium of 28 community leaders in 19 western North Dakota counties.

Students receive $1,500 scholarships from Championship Bull Riding

Two DSU students received scholarships during the 2nd Annual Dielco Crane Championship Bull Riding (CBR) Aug. 23 at the DSU Outdoor Arena. Blake Smith, a bareback rider from Zap and Teddi Schwagler, a barrel racer and roper from Mandan, each received $1,500 from CBR and Barrett and Craig Bucking Bulls to attend school and participate on the DSU Rodeo Team. Both Smith and Schwagler are juniors and previous qualifiers of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Finals.

LRSC Nursing Students Earn 100% Pass Rate

LRSC nursing students earn 100% pass rate

Lake Region State College nursing students have achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the national licensing exams. All student nurse graduates from LRSC’s Devils Lake and Mayville sites that took the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical or Registered Nurses (NCLEX-PN and NCLEX-RN) after completing coursework passed on the first attempt. This NCLEX pass rate applies to all nursing graduates who take the exam for the first time.


LRSC Entrepreneur Center receives certification

Lake Region State College and its foundation (Community College Foundation) have partnered with the North Central Economic Development District and regional economic development agencies from northeast North Dakota to create an entrepreneurship center certified by the ND Department of Commerce. The center—known as Lake Region Entrepreneurs in Technology Center—is based in LRSC’s Dakota Precision Ag Center just north of the main campus. Its mission is to serve entrepreneurs from regional economic development agencies. The model allows virtual support for those located in communities throughout the region.

Fifth-straight Enrollment Record Set at MaSU

Fifth-straight enrollment record set at MaSU

With 1,066 students enrolled at MaSU, a first-day fall semester enrollment record has been set for the fifth-straight year. The number of full-time students enrolled is up by nearly 9.5% and the number of beginning freshmen is the highest it’s been since 2002. To go along with record enrollment, residence halls are at capacity.


Campus-wide drainage project completed

MaSU’s Stan Dakken Drive re-opened August 22, marking the completion of a $2.2 million campus-wide drainage project that will greatly improve safety.  The occasion was highlighted by a celebratory ribbon-cutting. MaSU President Hagen was the first to travel the refurbished street, accompanied by Stan Dakken, the MaSU icon for whom the street is named.


Grand opening held at alumni and leadership center

An official grand opening of the Edson and Margaret Larson Alumni and Leadership Center at MaSU was held in June as part of the University’s 125th Anniversary Alumni Days festivities. Formerly known as Northwest Hall, the historic building has been restored and now houses the offices of the MSU Foundation.

Dr. Steven W. Shirley Fills the President’s Post at MiSU

Dr. Steven W. Shirley fills the president’s post at MSU

Steven Shirley began serving as MiSU’s 11th president July 1, leading the university into its second century of service. As MiSU president, he also has oversight for DCB. Prior to joining MiSU, Shirley, who is a fourth-generation North Dakotan, served as VCSU president from 2008 to 2014.


MiSU’s Summer Theatre 49th season

“The Musical of Musicals” kicked off MiSU’s Summer Theatre 49th season. Other productions included “Spamalot,” a musical comedy adapted from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” and “Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” The company is comprised of community members and MiSU students, faculty and staff and annually performs for over 10,000 attendees.


MACIV hosts Columbian visitors

In June, MACIV, a nonprofit, community-and MiSU-based organization, hosted 15 European government officials and politicians, and in July, it hosted four Columbian government officials. They were interested in American social, political, environmental and economic issues and traveled under the International Visitor Leadership Program of the U.S. State Department. The delegation met with MiSU and regional representatives and toured the “oil patch.”

NDSCS Ranks No. 6 in Public Two-year College Graduation Rates

NDSCS Ranks No. 6 in public two-year college Graduation Rates

NDSCS is ranked No. 6 among two-year public colleges. This national recognition, which was recently released by the Chronicle of Higher Education in the report “Large Colleges With the Best 6-Year and 3-Year Graduation Rates, 2012”, ranks colleges according to graduation rates.


NDSCS Receives Top Marks for Online Options recently ranked NDSCS No. 40 among two-year colleges for the “100 Best Online Colleges for the 2014 Academic Year”. An initial list of colleges offering degrees online was compiled from the latest information from the IPEDS and College Navigator databases.


NDSCS Summer Enrollment takes a leap

North Dakota State College of Science 2014 summer enrollment increased almost six percent over 2013 as of Monday, July 7, the College’s official census reporting day. Total enrollment for Wahpeton, Fargo and online students was at 822 compared to 2013 when enrollment was at 779.

NDSU Research Program to Study Dust Impacts in Bakken

Research program to study dust impacts in Bakken

President Bresciani has made $350,000 available for NDSU research projects focused on studying road dust issues in western North Dakota over the next two years. Upon proposal review, projects selected for funding will include opportunities for NDSU undergraduate and graduate students to participate in and contribute to this research. The proposed projects will engage students in research that can help benefit communities in the Bakken.


NDSU establishes American Indian Public Health Resource Center

NDSU established a public health resource center for American Indians in North Dakota and the upper Midwest. The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust provided a three-year grant of more than $1.4 million and the North Dakota Higher Education Challenge Fund provided a match of more than $720,000. The center will address inequalities in American Indian health status.


ND EPSCoR provides research funding

NDSU and UND are collaborating on new research centers studying Sustainable Materials Science and Regional Climate. They are among many programs funded by a $20 million National Science Foundation competitive grant and state funding to the North Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (ND EPSCoR). The NDUS program supports research and education programs for Tribal Colleges, undergraduate and graduate institutions, and students and faculty across North Dakota.

UND Receives $16.8 Million National Institutes of Health Grant

UND Receives $16.8 million NIH grant

The National Institutes of Health granted $16.8 million to Professor Donald Sens, Ph.D., in the Department of Pathology at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The five-year grant renews the NIH’s longstanding investment in the work by Sens that began in 2001.


UND Receives $1.6 million for HIV-1/AIDS research

The National Institutes of Health granted $1.6 million to Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor Jonathan Geiger and Assistant Professor Xuesong Chen, of the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The grant funds research on  novel and potentially important mechanisms that may explain neurological complications associated with HIV-1/AIDS.


UND Professor Recognized by Rural Sociological Society

UND Professor Curtis Stofferahn was recently recognized for outstanding service to the Rural Sociological Society (RSS) at an awards banquet in New Orleans.  Stofferahn, a full professor in the UND Sociology Department, was presented with a plaque and certificate for his stellar service to the RSS organization.

VCSU’s Prairie Waters Center Receives Grant for High School Wetlands Program

Eleven join VCSU faculty

Eleven new full-time instructors have joined the VCSU faculty this fall, including Sharon Bratrud, M.S., AT, LAT, assistant professor and athletic training clinical coordinator; Luis da Vinha, Ph.D., assistant professor of geography; Karri Dieken, MFA, assistant professor of art; Rachelle Hunt, M.Ed., AT, LAT, assistant professor and athletic training program director; Razib Iqbal, Ph.D., assistant professor in software engineering; Susan Kilgore, Ph.D., assistant professor of geology; Jason Laczkoski, M.A., instructor of woodwinds and music history; Steven Listopad, M.S., assistant professor of communication arts and director of student media; Nicholaus Meyers, D.M.A., assistant professor of music; Angela Williams, M.Ed., assistant professor of physical education; and Laurel Westby, M.S., instructor of education.


Prairie Waters receives grant for high school wetlands program

VCSU’s Prairie Waters Education and Research Center has received a $9,900 grant from the North Dakota Natural Resources Trust to implement a wetlands education program for North Dakota high schools. The program will incorporate three seasonal field activities at Stoney Slough National Wildlife Refuge. High schools participating this year are Enderlin, Hatton, Linton, May-Port CG and Wahpeton.

WSC to Host Nationally Known Speaker for Women’s Expo

Steven’s Hall renovation update

The Stevens Hall Renovation is currently ahead of schedule and is expected to be completed in the next few months. The completion of this project will put students, faculty, staff, and administration back into WSC’s main academic building by or before the end of this fall semester.


WSC to host nationally known speaker for Women’s Expo

WSC to host the Women in Leadership Expo on September 26th. The expo features Amilya Antonetti – successful entrepreneur, author, and speaker. There will be a lunch session for both men and women and an evening venue for women only. All events are open to the public.