Monthly Archives: February 2015

Board to Discuss Legislative Actions at Crossover

As the State Board of Higher Education meets this week, the North Dakota House of Representatives will likely be voting on its recommended appropriations for higher education for the next biennium. Then in the next few weeks, the Senate will start working on its recommendations.

We appreciate the House Appropriations Committee’s actions supporting increased funding for needs-based and merit-based student aid, campus security, special assessments payoffs and IT investments that increase security, enhance efficiency and promote student success.

The Board’s goal is to ensure the best student outcomes based on a well-planned strategy, using a responsible budget. We recognize that, like every state entity, based on lower revenue projections, the North Dakota University System must responsibly adjust its original $489 million request (which included one-time funding for things like deferred maintenance). Yet we must also seek the funding that is necessary to achieve the goals of our strategic plan without negatively impacting student tuition.

The Executive Recommendation from the Governor’s Office was for a $333.7 million increase (including one-time funding), and we can certainly work with that. However, HB1003, the House Appropriation’s bill, is recommending only a $139.8 million increase for higher education, and also includes restructuring recommendations that may have constitutional and accreditation implications. The Board will be discussing its position on these recommendations at our upcoming meeting.

North Dakota’s elected officials are historically known for thinking in the long term, developing strategies that will make fiscal and practical sense for North Dakotans for generations. These carefully implemented policies are meant to win the marathon, not the 50-yd. dash. It is with that very same intention in mind that the Board developed its transformative, pragmatic 2015-2020 strategic plan, the NDUS Edge.

Many of our strategic plan elements are straightforward and will be absorbed into our base budget with existing resources. Yet other portions require a commitment of additional funds and time to be properly executed. We know this is what is best for our students, both today and long into the future, and also what will maximize the strengths of the unified system.

Our vision is to inspire our future by unleashing the potential of the university system to lead the nation in educational attainment. Our unified strategic plan, coupled with a reasonable budget to accomplish it, will ensure we are able to provide the high-quality education our students deserve at the value our taxpayers expect. We believe that our legislative leaders want the same thing, and by working together, we can achieve that goal.

New Report Reflects Successful Transfer and Graduation Among Colleges and Universities in the North Dakota University System

A recent report released by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center indicates that graduation rates and successful transfer among North Dakota colleges and universities outpaced the national six-year average in nearly every category—whether they started at a two-year or four-year institution or attended full-time or part-time. The new report tracks the progress of students over a six-year time frame and accounts for those who switch from one school to another or take time off.

“This report is more accurate in that it takes into account our state higher education institutions and the close relationship they have with each other. It is more reflective of the actual student progress to graduation than other means of measurement,” said North Dakota University System Interim Chancellor Dr. Larry C. Skogen. North Dakota was one of only five states to have more than 20 percent of its students who start at two-year colleges successfully finish at four-year schools, according to the study. The national average is 16 percent.

The inclusion and analysis of transfer student data is relatively new. Current federal data reporting using the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDs) includes only first-time, full-time students and excludes transfer students. IPEDS is a system of interrelated surveys conducted annually by the National Center for Education Statistics of behalf of the federal government to gather information from postsecondary institutions that participate in the federal student financial aid programs.

Lisa Johnson, director of system-wide student entry, transfer, and retention, said the report provides a more accurate picture of graduation rates than traditional figures that follow student progress within a single institution. “The report is indicative of quality transfer programs, attentiveness to academic advising and student support services, clear transfer pathways, and strong supportive transfer policies,” she said.

Several statewide initiatives continue to facilitate seamless transfer of credits from one North Dakota institution to another. Examples of these programs include common course numbering and the General Education Requirement Transfer Agreement or GERTA, which established an approved set of general education courses that are transferable among NDUS campuses, the five tribal colleges, and Jamestown University. Johnson continued by noting that many campuses publish online resources that enable students to view course equivalencies from other institutions even prior to transfer.

In December, the North Dakota University System launched its public strategic plan dashboards. The dashboards illustrate the measurable objectives behind the main goals of the plan through an interactive website. The dashboards include both IPEDS and Student Achievement Measures (SAM) to give an accurate view of graduation and retention rates in North Dakota, a measure of student success in the NDUS strategic plan. The report also includes SAM Data, which is officially reported by campus registrars.

The report shows that the completion rate for students who start at four-year schools is 64.61 percent in North Dakota and nationally, it is 62.85 percent.

DSU Presidential Search begins with Listening Sessions

On Wednesday, Feb. 18, Board Chair Terry Hjelmstad, Interim Chancellor Larry C. Skogen and Vice Chancellor Linda Donlin traveled to Dickinson State University to kick off the search for the next president of that institution. Six listening sessions were held throughout the day with members of the Faculty Senate; Staff Senate; Student Senate; President’s Cabinet; Faculty, Staff and Student body in an open forum; and community members in an open forum.

Chair Hjelmstad thanked retiring President D.C. Coston for the excellent job he has done during his tenure, leading DSU through some challenging times, while helping to ensure that the university’s accreditation was maintained and students were reaching their full potential.

“Dickinson State University is a hub of intellectual and cultural opportunity to build upon in the community. We are interested in finding a visionary person who can lead you into the future,” Hjelmstad said.

Interim Chancellor Skogen also thanked Dr. Coston for agreeing to stay on while the search was conducted and outlined the steps necessary to get the search process started. Then he asked the attendees to describe the characteristics they thought were important for the next President of their university. Their comments will be analyzed for common themes and will become part of the profile for the Presidential Search.

The State Board of Higher Education will appoint a Chair from its ranks for the Search Committee at its next meeting and will consider approval of an RFP for a search firm to coordinate the process. Search Committee members will come from DSU faculty, staff and students and the local community. The next president will likely be in place sometime late next fall.

Photo provided courtesy of Andrew Brown, The Dickinson Press.

NDUS Will Present Legislative Showcase

North Dakota’s 11 public colleges and universities will present at the 2015 Legislative Showcase in the state Capitol Memorial Hall March 25. Representatives of the 11 North Dakota University System institutions as well as the NDUS Staff Senate, North Dakota Student Association, Council of College Faculties and TrainND will provide displays highlighting some of the high-quality academic experiences and innovative new ventures taking place on its campuses.

New Board Policy on Document Retention Goes into Effect

At their Nov. 20, 2015 meeting, the ND State Board of Higher Education approved a modification to policy 1912.7 for records retention. The policy directs all campuses to manage their records according to the North Dakota Colleges/ Universities General Records Retention Schedule. This policy takes effect on March 1, 2015. The schedule can be found under the ND State Records Management Office, Communication of the policy begins this week on all campuses.

Billie Jo Lorius hired as NDUS Communications Director

Billie Jo Lorius began her new position as Communications Director for the North Dakota University System on Tuesday, Feb. 17. She is located in the NDUS office on the 10th floor of the Capitol. Lorius has more than a decade of senior-level experience in complex organizations, designing specific communications strategies for a variety of audiences.

“I am very happy to be part of the North Dakota University System and the new Strategic Engagement team because I believe that education has a tremendous impact on our citizens and our communities. I think it’s an exciting time to be part of this organization and I look forward to the growth opportunities ahead, as well as learning from the vast amounts of knowledge and experience of my fellow co-workers,” she said.

Her past experience includes working as the public information officer for the North Dakota National Guard, communications specialist for the North Dakota Department of Transportation and as a public relations specialist at Odney Advertising in Bismarck. Lorius has extensive media relations and crisis communications experience on local, state, national and international levels.

Lorius reports to Linda Donlin, NDUS Vice Chancellor of Strategic Engagement. A search is currently in progress for a communications specialist that will replace Chelsea Gleich. The person hired for that position will report to Lorius. The Strategic ​Engagement team has the responsibility for overseeing strategic planning and communication for NDUS.

Bismarck State College Campus Successes

BSC recognized by North Dakota Young Professionals: The ND Young Professionals Network named BSC a runner-up in the 2014 Best Place to Work competition. This is the first time BSC has been recognized at the state level by NDYP. The college has received several local awards from the Bismarck-Mandan Young Professionals Network affiliate.


LGBTQ youth programs offered at BSC: BSC offered two programs dealing with issues of LGBTQ youth in February. Cory Schneider, an LGBTQ educational consultant and psychotherapist from Los Angeles, spoke to students and educators regarding “Interventions for LGBTQ Bullied Youth.” Later parents were invited to a program titled “Helping Parents Understand Their LGBTQ Children.”

Dakota College at Bottineau Campus Successes

Old Main Extravaganza:Dakota College’s Old Main Committee is sponsoring a Weekend Entertainment Extravaganza to raise money to help repurpose and rehabilitate the historic Old Main building on the DCB campus. The event will be held March 13 and 14 and will feature a concert by singer/songwriter Jessie Veeder; dart, poker, and bingo contests; a business showcase and a dance-through-the-decades.


DCB & UTTC Collaborate: DCB’s latest collaborative initiative is with United Tribes Technical College. The two schools have engaged in a cooperative arrangement to educate students interested in pursuing a degree in medical coding. Starting the second eight weeks of spring semester, 2015, DCB will deliver 134 Medical Disorders and 138 Basic Procedure Coding to students at United Tribes.


Community Supported Agriculture at DCB: Dakota College’s 4 Seasons Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program is getting underway. The program is in its fifth year of operation and is a component of the college’s Entrepreneurial Center for Horticulture. The CSA is a local foods, vegetable producing activity in which participants buy shares in a garden located on campus. The CSA customers share the healthy and organically grown produce that is raised.

Dickinson State University Campus Successes

Sgt. Reckless – The Equine Hero of the Korean War: DSU Agriculture Building hosted Robin Hutton, New York Times Bestselling Author of “Sgt. Reckless America’s War Horse.’ In addition to Mr. Hutton, Art Sickler-Sgt. Reckless’s caretaker during the Korean War was also in attendance. This event detailed the heroic actions of this war horse that defended her soldiers and helped save their lives.


Alcohol Awareness Through the Arts: The Sixth Annual Alcohol Awareness through the Arts show was an event on January 29th, 2015. The show was a variety of dances, music, readings, and student art pieces. This program was entirely student led and was aimed to bring awareness to binge drinking on college campuses.


Department of Natural Science Professors Published in a National Science Journal: Dickinson State University’s Dr. Eric Brevik (Department Chair and Professor of Geology and Soils) and Dr. Lynn Burgess (Professor of Biology) published “The Influence of Soils on Human Health” in Journal Nature Education Knowledge.  Dr. Lynn Burgess specializes in Toxicology and has a research lab on campus.

Lake Region State College Campus Successes

Career and Technical Education: February is National Career & Technical Education month. But at Lake Region State College, career and technical education is recognized daily. The college held an open house Feb. 11 to showcase tech-ed careers. About 250 high school students from 11 area schools attended.


$2 Million Raised: Lake Region State College and the Community College Foundation announce that more than $2 million have been raised to support priorities approved by the legislatively funded ND Higher Ed Challenge Fund. During the campaign, many new endowments were established, current endowments were enlarged, and funds were targeted to strengthen technical education.

Mayville State University Campus Successes

MaSU spring semester enrollment record surpassed: The final spring semester headcount at MaSU is at 1,025 students. This tops records set during the last two spring semesters, and is the second time ever that spring semester enrollment has been over the 1,000-student mark.


MaSU hosts professional development opportunity for faculty and teacher education students: Kenneth Williams from the Marzano Research Institute recently presented to MaSU faculty and teacher candidates on “Highly Engaged Classrooms.”  Area teacher leaders Heidi Eckart, Hillsboro Public Schools, and Lisa Gapp, May-Port CG Public Schools, also worked with teacher candidates on methods they use to engage learners in their classrooms.


MSU Foundation experiencing record-breaking year: With six months remaining, the MSU Foundation has raised $1.5 million this fiscal year, which began July 1, 2014. This is a $400,000 increase over the amount raised in entire 2013-14 fiscal year, the most successful fundraising year on record.

Minot State University Campus Successes

Warrior Words II: Veterans of U.S. wars presented monologue writing: Jan. 13 in Minot State University’s Aleshire Theater, veterans of U.S. wars presented work they completed in “Warrior Words,” a monologue-writing workshop offered by The Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre in four North Dakota cities. Conrad Davidson, College of Arts and Sciences dean, taught the Minot workshop, which consisted of six sessions. Warrior Words was open to veterans of any American war or conflict who had an interest in creating work based on their experiences as soldiers.


Minot State spring enrollment numbers up: Official spring 2015 enrollment numbers at Minot State University showed a 2 percent increase compared to last year’s official spring numbers. Final student headcount after the fourth week of the spring 2015 semester was 3,320 students, an increase of 66 students over last year. Spring 2015 enrollment numbers showed gains in a variety of student categories, with increases in new freshmen, new transfer students, new graduate students and students enrolled at the Minot Air Force Base.


Penny Carnival adds to Pennies for Patients campaign: The Jan. 27 Penny Carnival, coordinated by residence life and student activities, raised $2,862.81 and had 650 people in attendance. Last year, $1,602.13 was raised and 320 attended. Minot State University spearheads Pennies for Patients, its annual fundraiser for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, to combat blood cancer.

North Dakota State College of Science Campus Successes

NDSCS receives The College of Tomorrow Award: NDSCS has received The College of Tomorrow award from the John Deere Company. The award serves as a ranking system for the 16 colleges in the United States that offer a John Deere Tech program. NDSCS received the highest ranking of Platinum – the first program to ever receive such a ranking in the two years that this award has been presented.


NDSCS graduates report 98 percent placement: The NDSCS Graduate Placement Report identified a 98 percent placement rate for 2013-2014 graduates. The placement rate includes graduates who are employed or pursuing additional college education.


NDSCS launches new Academic Program Support Initiative: NDSCS is in the initial stages of launching the new Academic Program Support Initiative. The initiative will provide the following: enhanced academic program administrative support, enhanced academic program recruitment and retention, and enhanced academic program partnership development capabilities.

North Dakota State University Campus Successes

Doosan and Bobcat Company gift, state match fund STEM scholarship program: Doosan and Bobcat Company donated $3 million to NDSU to fund a STEM-related scholarship program. The state of North Dakota will match the donation, adding $1.5 million – making the combined gift of $4.5 million the largest for a scholarship endowment in NDSU history. The endowment will distribute approximately $180,000 in scholarships per year.

Helmsley Trust, state match fund scholarships for American Indian public health program: The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust has awarded NDSU’s Master of Public Health program $750,000 to create the first endowed scholarship fund in the nation for graduate students in American Indian public health. The state of North Dakota has provided an additional $375,000 through the North Dakota Higher Education Challenge Fund.

Competition challenges graduate students to communicate the importance of their research: Allison Peltier, a doctoral student in advanced nursing practice, delivered the winning presentation in NDSU’s first Three Minute Thesis Competition. The objective was for students to quickly explain the goals and value their research in terms relevant to government officials, employers and funding organizations. Peltier presented “Addressing Cervical Cancer Disparities Among American Indian Women.”

University of North Dakota Campus Successes

UND reaffirmed as a top school in community engagement by Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching: The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching recently reaffirmed the University of North Dakota’s Campus Engagement classification, securing its place among the 361 across the country and the only North Dakota college or university with such a designation. UND has had full Carnegie Foundation endorsement of its community engagement activities and practices since 2010, thanks to efforts of the UND Center for Community Engagement.


UND Human Research Protection Programs attain full re-accreditation: The University of North Dakota Division of Research & Economic Development’s Human Research Protection Program has been fully re-accredited for five years by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP).


UND’s online programs stand out in affordable colleges rankings: The University of North Dakota earned high marks for extended learning and online-education delivery., a prominent repository for online education news and information, in its most recent rankings, lists UND as 14th in “Best Online Psychology Degree,” and 23rd in “Best Online Communications Degrees.”

Valley City State University Campus Successes

Tufte to serve as staff adviser for State Board of Higher Education: Emma Tufte, administrative and assessment assistant in VCSU’s School of Education and Graduate Studies, has been elected as staff adviser to the State Board of Higher Education beginning July 1, 2015. Tufte currently serves as president of the North Dakota State Staff Senate, which represents all North Dakota University system staff employees.

DECA students fare well in state competition: VCSU students Staci Hovland (Buffalo, N.D.); Carson Sorby (Valley City); Dillon Thomas (Kalispell, Mont.); and Madelyn Zane (Newburg, N.D.) competed at the Collegiate DECA State Conference held Feb. 8–9 in Fargo. VCSU swept the Sales Presentation event with Sorby winning the event, Zane placing second and Thomas coming in third. In other competitions, the VCSU students garnered two second-place finishes, two fourth-place finishes and a sixth-place finish. Each of the VCSU students will go on to compete at the Collegiate DECA International Conference to be held April 18–21 in Orlando, Fla.

Online communication degree ranked 15th in nation: VCSU’s online program for a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication has been ranked 15th on the Affordable Colleges Foundation’s list of Top Online Communications Degrees for 2015. Available entirely online (in addition to being offered face-to-face), VCSU’s professional communication major offers three concentrations: corporate communication, digital media management and media communication.

Williston State College Campus Successes

Record Spring Enrollment: With a 13.24% increase from Spring 2014, Williston State College is at record high with a headcount of 1,009.  Enrollment projections are even better.  While Spring 2015 has shown record numbers with an increase of 13.24%, this Fall applications have had a 60% increase over Fall 2014.

College Night: Williston State College hosted a well-attended College Night on Feb 12. WSC’s Enrollment Services was available to answer any questions or concerns with admissions, dual credit, financial aid, or scholarships. With Fall applications on the rise to due to the Williams Co. Scholarship, enrollment services is also hosting college nights at area high schools throughout February.

$100,000 Donation: A large anonymous donation will be making a difference at Williston State College this spring.  A local family anonymously donated $100,000 to Williston State College for their technical programs. The gift has been equally distributed between TrainND and the diesel, welding, nursing, and agriculture departments.

Legislative Update: State Board of Higher Education Positions

During the Legislative Session, the State Board of Higher Education follows many bills that may have an impact on the higher education institutions in North Dakota and their students. Since the Board only meets once a month, the chancellor is empowered by the Board to act on its behalf and request ratification at the next Board meeting according to SBHE Policy 304.1. This gave him the ability to work with NDUS staff to recommend positions on proposed legislation and testify on behalf of the Board between the time that the Legislative Session began (January 6) and the date of the Board meeting (January 29) ensuring that the legislators are receiving timely information.

Below is a summary of the active bills that the North Dakota University System is tracking, a short description and the Board’s official position on each as approved at its January 29 meeting. Click the bill number to see the full text of the bill.

 Click here to watch the full discussion on the legislative bills from the January 29 Board meeting. 

Bill No. Description SBHE Position
 HB1003  NDUS appropriation bill  SUPPORT
HB1013 Land Dept. appropriation bill.  Includes state land income distributions to NDUS; $4M of appropriation to NDUS campuses located in oil producing counties SUPPORT
HB1014 Industrial Commission appropriation bill.  Includes $16,033,942 in one-time funding for UND Core Library expansion; NDUS bond and energy conservation bond payments; $4.5M from lignite research fund for non-matching lignite marketing feasibility studies; continues housing assistance program SUPPORT, UND Core Library and NDUS bond payment funding
HB1018 Dept. of Commerce appropriation. Includes $1.5M base and $1.5M one-time funds for workforce enhancement fund; $8M for Research ND; $2,718,620 one-time funds for unmanned aircraft system; $1.5M one-time for base retention grants; $6M one-time for tribal community college grants; authorizes transfer of any remaining 2013-2015 Centers of Excellence funding to the Research ND fund; expands internship program to also include educators. SUPPORT, Workforce enhancement and Research ND funding
HB1019 CTE appropriation bill.  Includes $707,452 base funding for post-secondary grants; $4M in base funding for workforce training SUPPORT, post-secondary grants and workforce training funding
HB1020 NDSU Ag Research and Extension appropriation. SUPPORT
HB1021 ITD appropriation bill.  Includes $10,033,401 funding for longitudinal data system; $9,533,666 in base funding for Center for Distance Education SUPPORT, SLDS, network and security funding
HB1025 Dept. of Veterans Affairs appropriation bill.  Includes transfer of State Approving Agency from NDUS. SUPPORT, transfer SAA funding
HB1043 (introduced by Higher Education Funding Committee)  Provides $2.5M general fund appropriations to freeze two-year campus tuition rates SUPPORT,  if amended with full $2.767M
HB1044 (introduced by Higher Education Funding Committee)  Provides $30.69M in general fund appropriations to increase state grant award limit from $1,650 to $2,000; Provides $17,246,748 in general fund appropriations to increase ACA/CTE scholarship from $1,500 to $2,000/year or $6,000 to $8,000 total, beginning with 2014-15 graduates SUPPORT
HB1045 (Introduced by Higher Education Funding Committee)  Requires private postsecondary institutions to notify SBHE or CTE of any changes in accreditation status.  Also, requires private institutions to notify current or potential students if a program or course complies with certification requirements of the appropriate professional board in the state. SUPPORT
HB1051 (introduced by IT Committee)  Requires all of NDUS to receive email services through one consolidated system operated by the SBHE.  Requires all emails to be retained for five years.  Clarifies that NDUS is included in state’s record retention policies. NEUTRAL
HB1052 (introduced by IT Committee)  Requires NDUS CIO, rather than Commissioner to coordinate with ITD and report to IT Committee. SUPPORT
HB1080 Increase employer and employee contribution rates to PERS Hybrid Plan (Main) and Defined Contribution Hybrid retirement plans by 1% each, effective 1/1/16. SUPPORT, increase in employee retirement contribution rates
HB1127 (introduced by SBHE)  Changes resident student definition to include any discharged veteran with at least 90 days (as opposed to current 180 days) of active service and deceased veteran’s spouse and children consistent with the new federal requirement. SUPPORT
HB1128 (introduced by SBHE)  Changes contractor filing requirement from NDUS to construction manager at risk. SUPPORT
HB1131 Removes exemption for veteran’s preference in hiring for School Superintendent, Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, Presidents, Vice Presidents, Provost, athletic coaches, instructors, etc. OPPOSE
HB1139 (introduced by SBHE)  Revenue bonds related to DSU Woods Hall SUPPORT
HB1151 Requires one-half of one percent of any Challenge Grant award be allocated to Governor’s Office; permits President’s designee to present proposal to committee; and eliminates the use of Challenge funds for new construction. SUPPORT
HB1157 Permits an elected official possessing a valid concealed weapon license to have a firearm in a public building. OPPOSE, unless amended to exempt NDUS facilities
HB1182 Increases the public bid for public improvements and architect/engineering specifications from $100,000 to $150,000. NEUTRAL
HB1195 Permits concealed weapon by a licensed individual on school property, with approval of the governing board. OPPOSE unless amended to exempt NDUS facilities
HB1201 Provides $4,800 in general fund appropriations to SBHE for commendatory grants to eligible faculty members for use of technology — $500/year to a faculty member at UND; $500/year to a faculty member at NDSU; $500/year to a faculty member at one of the regional institutions (DSU, VCSU, MaSU or MiSU); $500/yr to a faculty member at one of the two-year institutions (BSC, DCB, LRSC, NDSCS, WSC). SUPPORT
HB1233 Appropriates $29,693,232 in general funds to the NDUS to freeze tuition rates during 15-17 biennium at all campuses. SUPPORT
HB1244 Permits the use of sick leave for state employees during first 12 months following birth or adoption, limited to a total of 12 weeks. OPPOSE, unless amended
HB1261 Permits the carryover of $5M performance funding pool appropriated in 13-15; further, permits $1M of the $5M to be used for open educational resources grants, including to faculty. SUPPORT
HB1301 Expands use of family sick leave and family leave to include employee’s sibling, mother-in-law, father-in-law, grandchild, grandparent or stepparent. NEUTRAL
HB 1303 Would shift tuition and fee setting authority from SBHE to legislature. OPPOSE
HB1319 Provides a sales tax exemption for purchase of tickets or admissions to athletic, musical or dramatic events at institutions of higher education. SUPPORT
HB1402 Exempts hiring records for certain NDUS positions (Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, President, Vice President, athletic coaches, etc.) from open records until finalist stage. WATCH
HB1426 Increases threshold for architecture and engineering services from $100,000 to $500,000 for a public improvement project. OPPOSE
HB1435 Permits Attorney General to assess a fine of $500 to a member of a governing board who has violated open meeting, open records laws. OPPOSE
HB1442 Prohibits executive branch agencies (except OMB as it relates to budget bills) and judicial branch from introducing legislation, other than through request of a legislative committee or through a legislator. OPPOSE
HB1444 Prohibit state entities, including NDUS, from terminating contracts for service if, as a condition of early termination, the state would be legally required to pay for services that are no longer desired. OPPOSE
HB1450 Modifies possession of a firearm in certain public places (musical concerts and athletic events) to require a “ticket for admission.” OPPOSE, unless amended to exempt NDUS facilities
HB1453 Restrictions on collection and dissemination of K-12 student information. OPPOSE
HB1461 Requires ND not participate in smarter balance consortium and prohibits use of state resources in support of common core standards. OPPOSE
SB2013 DPI appropriation bill.  Sections 1 and 15 provide $200,000 in base funding for a higher education interpreter grant program through the School for the Deaf. SUPPORT, interpreter funding
SB2015 OMB appropriation bill.  Includes $10M one-time funding for ACA health insurance pool; $14.7M one-time funding for energy impact pool; Section 14 state employee compensation guidelines SUPPORT, ACA funding
SB2023 Deficiency appropriation.  Includes $2,000,579 to MiSU for flood expenses; $50,000 to WSC for boiler and roof repair; and $3,542,000 to VCSU for demolition of retired science building ($152,000) and Valley City local share of flood protection ($3.3M). SUPPORT
SB2074 For ACA/CTE Scholarship eligibility, requires credits for external experience, along with other enrolled credits, total at least 12. SUPPORT
SB2075 For ACA/CTE Scholarship, clarifies that scholarship does not apply to graduate programs; but, does permit full four-year scholarship if student enrolls in graduate program after completing only three or fewer years of an undergrad program. SUPPORT
SB2089 For ACA Scholarship, permits high school course requirements to be met through college early entrance. SUPPORT
SB2133 (introduced by SBHE) Exempts addresses and telephone numbers of students and individuals communicating with public entities from open records requirements. SUPPORT
SB2134 (introduced by SBHE) Exempts all Chancellor and Presidential evaluation records, except the final evaluation, from open records law; permits executive session for hire/dismissal of Chancellor. SUPPORT
SB2150 Permits students/student organizations involved in a disciplinary proceeding to be represented by attorney. NEUTRAL, providing amendments
SB2158 Permits tax credit for charitable gifts for qualified endowment to be aggregated for purposes of a $5,000 minimum contribution if under a single qualified nonprofit organization. SUPPORT
SB2159 Authorizes sale of existing Dickinson Ag Research property and purchase of new property. SUPPORT
SB2160 Creates a health information hub office at ITD; creates an executive committee which includes Chancellor/designee and UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences Dean/designee; appropriates $1.9 million in general fund to ITD. SUPPORT
SB2171 Permits entering into a contract for general, electrical or mechanical work, where no bid is received, without rebidding. SUPPORT
SB2201 Provides $15M in state general fund to Dept. of Commerce for grants to research institutions for research and development related to energy resources. SUPPORT
SB2203 A single prime bid, instead of multiple prime bids, for projects costing less than $5M would be allowed. SUPPORT, with amendments
SB2233 Requires subcontractor bids to be publicly opened. SUPPORT
SB2246 Increases public improvement construction bid threshold from $100,000 to $250,000. OPPOSE
SB2258 Would require family leave, not to exceed more than 12 weeks in any 12-month period to be paid leave. OPPOSE, unless amended
SB2264 Requires $4.3M of the $5M performance funding pool to be transferred to DCB for dormitory and student center renovation projects. OPPOSE
SB2268 Prohibits state employee from participation in interstate organization if participation requires (or may) require an expenditure of public funds or a change in state laws, unless legislatively authorized. OPPOSE
SB2279 Amends Human Rights and Insurance provisions to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. SUPPORT
SB2281 Requires a tuition reduction for child care provider or spouse, child, sibling or grandchild equal to $3 for every hour that individual provided child care in the state.  The bill does not contain an appropriation. OPPOSE, unless funded
SB2288 Appropriates $5M from student loan trust fund to establish new GAP scholarship program at BND. SUPPORT
SB2326 Expands duties of the state longitudinal data system committee to include access to data, data protection practices, retention, data breach notification, privacy audits, and annual training. SUPPORT
SB2330 Requires student ID’s to include date of birth, address and distribute info to students on voter eligibility requirements. OPPOSE
SB2348 Automated External Defibrillator training SUPPORT