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Migler named DCB Dean

Dr. Jerry Migler, Campus Dean of Dakota College at Bottineau

Dr. Jerry Migler, Campus Dean of Dakota College at Bottineau

Dr. Jerry Migler was named Campus Dean for Dakota College at Bottineau.

Migler currently serves as vice-president of academic affairs for the Colorado Community College System.  The CCCS, based in Denver, is Colorado’s largest higher education system and oversees career and academic programs in the 13 state community colleges as well as career and technical programs in more than 160 school districts and six other post-secondary institutions.

Migler previously served as provost and executive vice chancellor at Pima Community College in Tucson, AZ.  Prior to that, Dr. Migler served in administrative roles at Minnesota State Technical and Community College in Moorhead, MN and at the North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton. He is a Rugby, ND native with strong ties to north-central North Dakota.

“We are excited to appoint someone with the depth and breadth of experiences like Dr. Migler has to the role of campus dean at Dakota College at Bottineau,” said Minot State University president, Dr. Steve Shirley. “His impressive background, dedication to student success, commitment to community college and career and technical education missions, and his love of North Dakota, all combine to make Jerry a superb fit for this role.”

“I am extremely honored to be the new campus dean at Dakota College at Bottineau,” said Migler.  “Having been both a student and former faculty member at DCB, the college is a very special place to me.  I look forward to working with everyone at the college and in the community and region to continue the strong tradition of student success that exists at DCB.”

Migler earned his doctorate in education from the University of Minnesota. He earned a master of science in agricultural education and a bachelor of science in agriculture, both from North Dakota State University.  Migler also attended Dakota College at Bottineau before transferring to NDSU.

Migler will take over as campus dean on September 8, 2015. He will succeed Dr. Ken Grosz, who recently announced his retirement after a successful 40-year career at DCB.

Migler and his wife, Jacalyn Jelleberg Migler, have two grown children, Jessica and Jakob.


Defensive Driving Course offered online

Vehicles at the Capitol. Employees will no longer be required to drive to on-site training thanks to the implementation of the online course.

Employees will no longer be required to drive to on-site training thanks to the implementation of the online course.

A long-sought online defensive driving course is now up and running after months of work at implementing the service.

The course is required by the North Dakota State Fleet Services Policy manual for anyone who operates fleet vehicles on a monthly basis or more. Those who do must take the Department of Transportation-required Defensive Driving Course once after employment and then again every four years. Employees who drive fleet vehicles less than monthly may take the exam at the discretion of agency trainers or risk managers.

Previously, the course had only been offered in the classrooms. After work from Core Technology Services, it was made available online through the North Dakota University System Instance of Community Moodle, and can be accessed with the same credentials an employee uses for Campus Connection or Human Resources.

According to Patti Heisler, assistant director of Advanced Learning Technologies, five CTS employees worked on the main aspects of the course including course design, enrollment, training campus contacts, working with the DOT and the tutorial vendor, and troubleshooting. Many more CTS employees helped with testing.

Now with the offering in place employees are encouraged to attend the instructor-led training whenever possible. Prior to this, qualifying employees would have to drive to Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks or Valley City for the annually-scheduled half-day courses. The move is expected to generate some savings to include actual travel costs along with time away from the job.

“The DOT wishes to emphasize the online course is an option when the instructor-led sessions cannot be attended,” Heisler said. “As they do now with the instructor-led training, campus administrators will be responsible for communicating course completion information to the DOT.”

The course was put in place online, Heisler said, because NDUS campuses were always on the lookout for flexible course delivery options.

“While the instructor-led course remains the recommended option, the online course provides a great deal of flexibility,” Heisler said. “Individuals can take the course when it fits into their work schedule, they don’t have to do the entire course in one sitting, and they don’t have to travel to a different community to take the course.”

Participants must complete three main course activities, including reading the State Fleet Policy Manual, taking a quiz on the policy manual, and watching an interactive tutorial before completing the final exam. The online course is equivalent to a four-hour classroom session, although completion time can vary, as it can be started and stopped at will. To pass the online final exam, employees must score 80 or higher.

Heisler said the course was just recently made available to all of the institutions of the NDUS. The first training session for campus administrators took place in June.

Following the initial two-day training earlier this month, seven employees representing five campuses (Bismarck State College, Dickinson State University, North Dakota State University, Valley City State University, and University of North Dakota) participated in the training.

Heisler noted that each campus designates someone to be responsible for ensuring compliance with State Fleet policies and procedures. Those campus contacts will manage the enrollment in this course for their institution.

“Our role is to train those campus contacts on how to manage the course and how to provide their reports to the DOT,” she said.

The online course is available in the NDUS Employee Learning Portal located in Community Moodle. For quick access click the Training link on It is supported on either a PC or Mac, and requires users to access it through Firefox, Chrome or Safari. Completion certificates are issued by the DOT.

Intranet goals advancing

Sharepoint usage

Employees will find that each department has a specific site to help organize ongoing projects, research and communications.

The North Dakota University System’s group charged with building up the local Intranet into an information clearinghouse made another step forward.

The Inside.NDUS Strategy Team held a teleconference recently to get its members back on track just before the holiday weekend. The revamping of mission comes after a large push last year to get the Inside.NDUS site into more widespread usage over the commonly-used shared drive. Now, after the conclusion of the legislative session and with a new Chancellor on board, the team was able to begin refocusing its efforts to get the eventual SharePoint migration back on track.

The migration is intended to update certain modes of communication. System office and CTS employees historically communicated through varied internal and external mediums, including millions of emails. The Intranet is effectively poised to reduce some of that by serving as a one-stop shop for HR announcements, system-wide news, collaborative projects, research, forms and reports.

Vice Chancellor of Strategic Engagement Linda Donlin said the transition to regular use of the password-protected site would boost productivity and keep employees informed. She has been spearheading the efforts surrounding the SharePoint site since its inception.

“This process is designed to bring everyone along at a steady pace in a crawl-walk-run process,” Donlin said. “It went live last September and since then has become the first thing employees check when they start their day. We want it to be as easy as possible for all our NDUS team to read the news of the day and access the tools they need to do their jobs.”

Jerry Rostad, director of Advanced Learning Technologies, said one challenge in making SharePoint the go-to method of information exchange within NDUS was its sheer scope.

“Because SharePoint is so capable of doing all of its tasks, it can be hard for people to understand exactly what it does,” Rostad said, adding that the team would need to take on that task to ensure the Intranet would come into more common use. “In general, Inside.NDUS is a communication and collaboration tool specifically intended internal use.”

The site was built with a handful of goals in mind. First, it would house all the relevant system data currently being stored on the external website, Second, it would have to be easily searchable in order to cut down on what could be series’ of labyrinthine folders and file names. Third, it would have to be a site where employees could collaborate easily to be able to edit team documents and reference other team’s work. Fourth, it would have to be efficient and accessible enough to someday be an option for implementation among the 11 colleges and universities.

“We’ve spent a lot of time and resources building this so that if campuses decided to use this locally, they could,” Donlin said.

Rostad said the purpose was to make it as easily searchable as possible, not just for SO/CTS staff, but for eventual use as a tool by the State Board of Higher Education and the campuses themselves.

Newland said things were going smoothly.

“I’ve been pretty happy about this and am looking forward to further progress,” he said, adding that the shared drive wouldn’t disappear entirely right away. Once the migration was underway, teams would be able to use their “team site” as a research library of sorts.

He noted that SharePoint was essentially a next-generation file server that also functioned as a web server, and a workflow and process tool. That high range of functionality allowed it to “wear a lot of hats,” he said, including eventual replacement of the entire shared drive and potential system-wide accessibility and availability.

Rostad said the site was built as an open records system, so the general concept was to keep things as open and available as possible, first for System Office and Core Technology Services staff, and further extended to all NDUS faculty and staff. That openness was combined with the data classification and Information Security Standard to keep the system open, yet secure.

According to Rostad, the migration process was already underway, with some departments in SO/CTS well down the path with others getting started.

Bismarck State College campus successes – June

Successful Summer Open House
BSC’s first summer open house for juniors and seniors in the area was held in June. More than 150 students and parents attended, toured and learned that it isn’t too late to apply to BSC. Almost a quarter of the students applied for admission that day.


Tech Camp gets raves
BSC’s 2nd annual Tech Camp filled to capacity and received raves from parents and students this month. The camp offers middle and high school students an opportunity to work on technical projects and explore careers in the technology industry. Participants worked hands-on with networking, Web development, computer programming and hardware.


Surgical Technology students earn 100 percent pass rate
For the seventh straight year, students in the Surgical Technology program at Bismarck State College achieved a 100 percent pass rate in the most recent national Certified Surgical Technologist exam cycle.

Dakota College at Bottineau campus successes – June


Turtle mountain birding festival

Dakota College at Bottineau held its 12th Annual Turtle Mountain Birding Festival on June 5, 6, and 7.  This year’s birding contingent reported that they added to their life lists at J. Clark Salyer and Lostwood National Wildlife Refuges as well as in the Turtle Mountains.


classes for kids

This summer, Dakota College is offering summer classes for area preschoolers – all of which will be held in June.  Following are the names of the classes:  Water, Water Everywhere; Animal Signs; and Animal Adaptations.  In July, the Campus will sponsor a Summer Science Camp for grades K-3.


“turtle trot” at dcb

The College’s Annual “Turtle Trot” 10K and 5K walk\run event was held on June 20.  The venue for the activity is the Lake Metigoshe\Turtle Mountain area.  Money raised at the walk\run is used to provide student scholarships.

Dickinson State University campus successes – June

Dickinson State Graduate Promoted to Brigadier General

On May 20, DSU alumna Gisele “Gigi” Wilz (’90) was promoted to Brigadier General in a ceremony held at the ND Heritage Center in Bismarck, ND.   On June 9, Wilz a native of Richardton, became the commander for NATO for the Balkan states and is headquartered in Sarajevo.

Pemberton Selected As Fulbright Foundation Specialist

Dr. Cynthia Pemberton, provost and vice president for academic affairs, was selected as a Fulbright Foundation Specialist. This places her on a roster of outstanding professionals from which educational institutions around the globe may choose to help them address educational opportunities and administrative challenges.  This is Dr. Pemberton’s second major recognition by the Fulbright Commission.

Conference on Bakken Shale Oil Development

On May 18 and 19, in collaboration with the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank, DSU’s Strom Center hosted a conference of scholars who are conducting research on the Bakken Shale oil development.  This event was so successful that the Minneapolis Fed has asked the Strom Center and DSU to organize an international symposium on shale oil development to be held in Dickinson in 2016.  The attendees will include community leaders from throughout the world coming to hear about the lessons learned during the Bakken development.

Lake Region State College campus successes – June

Peace Officer Training

Peace Officer Training program is again running academies in Fargo and Grand Forks during the summer months. The academies help meet the need for law enforcement openings in North Dakota. The Fargo academy has run each summer since 2002 and in Grand Forks since 2009.


LRSC Arts and Science students work on joint project

This past spring, Lake Region State College experienced a twist to the standard coursework. Biology II and Drawing II classes collaborated on a project to merge the two diverse subjects. The project was made possible through funding from the NDCCC. NDCCC is sponsored by the North Dakota University System (NDUS) with the purpose of fostering innovation, cooperative, and ongoing development opportunities for all faculty members by improving teaching and learning strategies within all disciplines.

Mayville State University campus successes – June

Mayville State hosts Tech Day

Area K-12 teachers, MaSU faculty and students, and a visiting professor from Zimbabwe recently participated in Tech Day, a day of professional development sponsored collaboratively by Mayville Area Teacher Center, Red River Valley Education Cooperative, and Grand Forks Area Teacher Center. Sessions focused on using Google tools and other technologies to support students in collaborative and creative learning.


MaSU provides opportunities in STEM education

MaSU offered professional development opportunities for K-12 educators in June. STEM Boot Camp for Educators 2.0 provided 25 K-12 educators the opportunity to engage in STEM concepts and provided networks for peer support beyond the course. The Educational Engineering Institute is an intensive program in which 20 teachers attended a summer institute and will complete a year-long online graduate class.


MaSU faculty receive Space Grant Consortium fellowships

MaSU faculty members Dr. Aaron Kingsbury and Dr. Thomas Gonnella received North Dakota Space Grant Consortium fellowships to develop courses that will provide and support opportunities for students to pursue research in the STEM fields and prepare them for careers that support NASA’s goals and the high-tech workforce development needs of North Dakota.

Minot State University campus successes – June

Veterans honored

The MiSU Veterans Center honored veterans May 22 with a search-and-discover-fallen-heroes mission on the MiSU campus and in nearby First Lutheran Church Cemetery. The MiSU Veterans Center, Minot American Legion Post 26 and the Minot American Legion Auxiliary Unit 26 developed questions on service members interned in three Minot cemeteries.


Dakota Chamber Music marked 19th season

The Dakota Chamber Music celebrated its 19th season June 8-14. The institute brought professional artists together with talented and motivated students and adults for intensive performance and study. Typically drawing 40-50 musicians, DCM was by audition only and coordinated by the Division of Music. Attendees rehearsed for four hours daily with the faculty and participated in master classes and group presentations.


Summer Theatre commemorates 50 years

Possessing a rich history, Summer Theatre is celebrating its 50th season by producing five favorite shows. Two, “Nunsense” and “Greater Tuna,” will be performed by their original casts, and the other shows are “Annie,” “Little Shop of Horrors” and “The Music Man.” Summer Theatre started out as a tent theater and a dream of founders Harold Aleshire and Tom Turner, MiSU faculty. In 1971, it found its permanent home on a grass-lined hillside north of campus with the MSU Amphitheater.


Staff Senate donates $2,000 to Minot Backpack Buddies Program

Through its annual silent auction, MiSU Staff Senate raised $2,000 for the Minot Backpack Buddies Program. Minot Backpack Buddies was launched in April 2013 by MiSU staff members in a College of Business leadership development initiative. The program provides nonperishable food items to students in grades k-5, who are at risk of missing meals on weekends.

North Dakota State College of Science campus successes – June

NDSCS Holds Commencement Ceremony

The North Dakota State College of Science awarded degrees, diplomas and certificates to 720 Wahpeton, Fargo and online graduates this year from 19 states and three international countries. Commencement took place on Friday, May 15 in the Ed Werre Arena located in the Clair T. Blikre Activities Center.


Williams and Wall Named NDSCS Honorary Associate Degree Recipients

NDSCS has named Clark Williams, former State Representative, and the late John Wall, former State Representative, as Honorary Associate Degree recipients. Both recipients were honored on Friday, May 15 in Wahpeton during the College’s commencement ceremony.


NDSCS Announces New Practical Nursing Option for Fall 2015

Thanks to a new practical nursing option added at NDSCS, students looking to complete a practical nursing degree in southeast North Dakota, need look no further. The NDSCS North Dakota Southeast Practical Nursing option will be delivered over a three-year period in the Oakes, N.D. area to allow students to continue with current employment and maintain other responsibilities.

North Dakota State University campus successes – June

NDSU students develop pediatric prosthetic arm
A team of NDSU students has won an inaugural OZY Genius Award for developing a pediatric prosthetic arm. The NDSU entry and nine other recipients from around the world will receive stipends of up to $10,000 to pursue their projects. They also will be part of a documentary that chronicles their progress.

NDSU student receives prestigious Astronaut Scholarship
Senior Bridget Eklund has received the Astronaut Scholarship, a national award for outstanding undergraduate students majoring in STEM disciplines. Eklund, a microbiology major, is researching a bacterium that can cause an infectious and potentially deadly disease called tularemia.

President Bresciani selected for NCAA leadership group
President Bresciani has been selected to serve on the newly formed NCAA Division I Presidential Forum, the primary presidential advisory body for the NCAA Division I Board of Directors. He is the first president of a North Dakota college or university to join a major leadership group of the NCAA.

University of North Dakota campus successes – June

UND Selected to Lead New National Research System to Integrate Unmanned Aircraft into National Airspace

The FAA has selected the University of North Dakota to lead a new national research system to integrate unmanned aircraft into the National Airspace. The Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence will be led by UND and Mississippi State University, and comprises the world’s leading research universities and UAS industry partners.


UND Ranked Among 50 Best Online Colleges, Also 14th Out of 700 for Lowest Student Default Rates


The University of North Dakota’s online and distance programs have been ranked in the 50 Best Online Colleges for 2015-2016 by  Coming in a number 22, UND offers more than 45 online degrees and graduate certificates, 200 online college credit courses and more than 600 online non-credit courses. UND also ranked 14th out of more than 700 public colleges in lowest student loan default rates by said “UND rose to the top in 2015 in this metric of affordability.”


UND Music Professors Represent U.S. in 125-member World Orchestra

University of North Dakota Music professors Alejandro Drago and Ronnie Ingle were hand selected to perform as part of the 125-member World Orchestra that played recently at the national opera house of Armenia to observe the centennial of Armenian Genocide. The UND professors were among only eight U.S. representatives in the concert.

Valley City State University campus successes – June

Faculty participate in teaching academy
Fifteen select VCSU faculty members participated in the third annual Summer Teaching Academy on campus May 19–21, 2015. Led by the university’s six-member Instructional Design Team, the academy focused on strategies to improve teaching and learning at VCSU, especially in regard to efficiency, innovation and technology.


Student research projects recognized
Eight collaborative student-faculty research projects were funded in VCSU’s Student Opportunities for Undergraduate Research (SOAR) program and recognized at a May 6 banquet on campus. Awarded projects included:

  • Monika Brown (Dina Zavala-Petherbridge, M.A.), “Entransed: The Making of a Transnational Woman”
  • Tarah Cleveland (Razib Iqbal, Ph.D.), “Investigating a New Approach to Web Visitor Engagement Measurement”
  • Niklas Ernst (Luis da Vinha, Ph.D.), “The Unfinished Presidencies: Why Incumbent Presidents Lose Their Reelection Campaigns”
  • Cassy Gilbertson and Kaylee Johnson (Karri Dieken, M.F.A.), “3D Printing K-12 Project Curriculum”
  • Maxwell Kollar (Hilde van Gjissel, Ph.D.), “Creating a Bacterial Mercury Sensor Using Synthetic Biology”
  • Logen Olesen (Susan Kilgore, Ph.D.), “The Use of Sand Fraction Lithology Analysis to Differentiate Sediment Layers at an Archaeological Site in Grand Portage, Minnesota”
  • Eric Schauer (Gary Ketterling, Ph.D.), “Engineering an Autonomous Ecosystem for Use in Science Classrooms”
  • Justin Tangen (Andre DeLorme, Ph.D.), “Using Side-Scanning Sonar to Detect Mussel Beds in North Dakota Rivers”

Williston State College campus successes for June

New VP for Academic Affairs

WSC is excited to welcome Dr. John Miller as our new Vice President for Academic Affairs beginning July 1.  Miller comes to WSC with a wealth of knowledge and 30 years of experience in education.  Miller is currently employed at the College of Southern Idaho where he is an Instructional Dean.


Gonzaga Interns

For the third year in a row WSC is housing interns from Gonzaga University in Spokane.  The interns stay in WSC’s Frontier Hall and work at locations throughout the community, including WSC and TrainND.  The partnership has proven valuable for everyone involved, with the interns gaining real-world experience and short-staffed employers able to fill their ranks for a while with bright young students.

Outdoor movies

Williston State is showing three outdoor movies on the Front Drive this summer, one per month during June, July and August.  A great summer activity to liven up campus.

Introducing the new Chancellor

Mark Hagerott takes charge at North Dakota University System

Mark Hagerott - North Dakota University System Chancellor

Mark Hagerott – North Dakota University System Chancellor

The path back toward the capital was one not envisioned by a farmer’s son from northwest Mandan, but it was one taken with vigor. While he had returned regularly to help out on the multi-generational family farm, he’s now moved back after being selected to head a system housed just across the river.

Chancellor Mark Hagerott has formally taken charge at the North Dakota University System, taking on a new role that is both literally and figuratively close to home. Although he spent many years as a Navy officer, Hagerott is no stranger to the world of higher education. He comes from the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., where he served as the top civilian, and the deputy director of the Center for Cyber Security Studies.

Those experiences allowed his perspective to take shape, from the roots of agriculture to the 10,000-foot views of policy. He’s always aimed to be mindful to what students would need to find their own success, but he’s also kept an eye on where policy met reality.

The apple didn’t fall far from the tree. His father, Don Hagerott, spent plenty of time on the farm before striking out into the world to make his way. There, he also found a life as a sailor, working on electronics ranging from the old vacuum tubes to more solid state items.

So it was that service came to Mark. Long before moving back home with his wife, Ann, and before their kids James, Jill and Virginia had arrived, he entered military service.

“I felt that service to the country was important, and I saw an outlet in working with technology and as part of a technical work force,” Hagerott said, noting that myriad moments spent training or in education were emphasized in day-to-day duties. He recalled his time in the Navy and the accountability that came from a formal ship-bound relief-of-duty when the official hand-off with Interim Chancellor Larry C. Skogen drew near. “On June 30 we looked at each other at 5 p.m. and I said, do I take over now? No matter what, on July 1, this system became my responsibility.”

Looking back at his initial time at the academy, he reflected on how his cohort had transitioned from civilians to service members.

“I realized how amazingly my classmates and I had changed – it helped us to see the world in whole new ways: to better understand people, and also understand and master our machines,” he said. “In the early days our challenge was nuclear reactors. Today that challenge has changed.”

As his career matured, he transitioned from the narrow passageways of ships to the broader halls of academe. Hagerott credited part of the transition to Navy leaders who identified a shortage in faculty who’d served outside academia. To remedy this shortfall, they recruited fleet officers and engineers to become professors and administrators.

That experience underscored the value of a broad education, while at the same time giving him different perspective on furthering veterans’ educations.

“It’s crucial that veterans, who have a record of selfless service to the country, return to advance their education so they serve in different parts of our society,” he said. “Their experience fighting and defending our country will help strengthen the values of others who go to college without such experience.”

Hagerott was quick to note that although veterans could add a wealth of experience to programs of study, the focus needed to remain on the larger student body to create an educational environment that was welcoming for all. His background, which includes both education in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and the humanities, may help.

“I can appreciate the challenge our faculty face teaching technical, but also crucial importance of humanities and social sciences, which help answer, ‘Why are we here?’” he said. “How do we strengthen our state, both the people/communities but the machines they use throughout the oilfields, medical labs and computer centers?

“We have a wonderful ‘team of teams’ in our higher ed system here in North Dakota who have produced generations of N.D graduates,” he continued. “I’m honored to join them, to help understand future needs of the state and its communities and how we can adjust to those needs. Similarly, I’m looking forward to partnering as we can with private and tribal schools in our region to help deliver the best education possible.”

Hagerott stands in the pasture of his family's fourth-generation farm northwest of Mandan.

Hagerott stands in the pasture of his family’s fourth-generation farm northwest of Mandan.

In addition to those possible partnerships, Hagerott is planning to meet with legislative, business and community leaders from throughout the state. He hopes the listening tour will give him insight into how these leaders see the future of higher ed in N.D.

“I want to just get out and listen,” he noted. “I expect state organizations and the North Dakota University System will have to do more than ever to build a competitive, prosperous state. I’ve worked at the federal level in the Navy and at the Pentagon, and the federal government seems to be facing increasing limits on problem solving. That means we have to solve things locally and regionally. You can’t do that without listening.”

Gov. Jack Dalrymple said he is looking forward to a new chapter in the advancement of higher education in North Dakota. Dalrymple noted that the 11 campuses are currently functioning very well and creating great opportunities for our young people, but work remains to be done in improving the public perception of the overall governance and effectiveness of the system. The Governor is very optimistic that Chancellor Hagerott will bring that opportunity.

Hagerott added that he hoped to help bring a positive light to many aspects of higher education.

“Higher education is a crucial tool to make our workforce competitive, lifelong learners,” he said. “We need to explain the importance and value of everything from our two-year programs to our doctorate programs.

“NDUS is a dedicated, committed and robust system,” he added. “I plan to work with the presidents, vice chancellors and the State Board of Higher Education committees to find the right balance of efficiency, quality, accessibility and affordability.”

Burgum presents at SBHE strategic retreat

The State Board of Higher Education's strategic planning retreat at the Microsoft campus wouldn't have been complete without a keynote presentation from Doug Burgum. Burgum spoke this morning on the need for creative solutions to higher education's changing problems. Referencing the current strategic plan, NDUS' The Edge, he noted that Daring to be Great required courage. "This is the time that leaders at the Board and university level have to have more courage to step out and drive change," Burgum noted.

The State Board of Higher Education’s strategic planning retreat at the Microsoft campus wouldn’t have been complete without a keynote presentation from Doug Burgum.
Burgum spoke on the need for creative solutions to higher education’s changing problems. Referencing the current strategic plan, NDUS’ The Edge, he noted that Daring to be Great required courage.
“This is the time that leaders at the Board and university level have to have more courage to step out and drive change,” Burgum noted.

Board covers ground at June meeting


Outgoing Chairman Terry Hjelmstad oversaw the proceedings for the last time during June's meeting in Fargo. Kathleen Neset will assume the chairmanship next.

Outgoing Chairman Terry Hjelmstad oversaw the proceedings for the last time during June’s meeting in Fargo. Kathleen Neset will assume the chairmanship next.

The State Board of Higher Education moved forward with unanimous approval to accept the North Dakota University System Office budget for fiscal year 2016.

Interim Chancellor Larry Skogen took the opportunity to clarify some misconceptions about the budget, noting that only 5 percent of the $158.6 million administered by the system office is used for office operations. Approximately 95 percent of the funds are pass-through funding for student financial aid, campuses, federal funding, or set aside specifically for Core Technology Services security, equipment and software.

Vice Chairman Don Morton, who chairs the Budget and Finance Committee, thanked Skogen for the clarification, adding that every tax dollar carried with it an obligation to spend it wisely. He noted that $250,000 deficit will need to be addressed. Skogen agreed but said it was important to get incoming Chancellor Mark Hagerott input on the budget going forward. Board Member Kevin Melicher said he felt the Board didn’t need to “get down into the weeds about finding $250,000 or $300,000” as he said possible changes under the new Chancellor may take care of that amount.

In addition to handling larger agenda items at its last meeting, the Board heard updates to other topics such as legislative actions, policies, approval of the meeting calendar and more.

Chief of Staff Murray Sagsveen offered a summary of the legislative actions for the Board, including topics across categories of legislative directives to the Board, required reports, legislative mandated studies, NDUS office operations, attorneys, external and internal auditors, students, amendments to the North Dakota Century Code, and contingent appropriations.

During that report, discussion by the Board moved quickly toward the topic of future meetings. Some members expressed ideas on how to move forward with business when meetings resumed in September.

Morton said bringing campus leaders together once per month might not be the best way forward long-term, adding that the time necessary to meet could be best utilized back in the leaders’ respective locations. Morton stated that other options, such as Skype for Business and Office 365, could make for easily accessible meetings in the digital space. Those could allow for regular teleconference or virtual meetings with the Board meeting in a physical location on a quarterly basis.

Faculty Adviser Eric Murphy said a vertically-integrated system like NDUS would be well-served with regular campus visits coinciding with the Board meetings.

Discussion among board members and presidents followed, noting that having on-campus visits could be too time-intensive to add to any regular Board meetings, although they could provide good insight into the character and challenges of any campus. No action was taken to change the nature of the future meetings, although the schedule of meetings for the rest of 2015 was approved.

The Board also reviewed the recommendations made by the Academic and Student Affairs committee, which included existing programs and tracks of study.

Chairman Kathleen Neset spoke next on audit committee recommendations including the project management team that had been put together within the system office in order to work on data inconsistencies.

The Board also held the first reading of HR 8 (worker’s compensation) and Policy 514 (due process requirements), as well as the second reading of Policy 803.1 (purchasing) and Policy 602.3 (job applicant/criminal background check). Other policies that were still under review ranged from the audit committee to foundations to workforce training boards and early retirement.

Outgoing members recognized for service

State Board of Higher Education Chairman Kathleen Neset presented plaques of recognition to all outgoing members of the Board at the June meeting in Fargo. Pictured above, Neset thanked Dr. Terry Hjelmstad, outgoing Chairman, for his dedicated and enthusiastic service.

After approving the fiscal year 2016 budget unanimously and discussing a few policy items the State Board of Higher Education offered congratulations for its members who had reached the end of their terms. Board Chairman Kathleen Neset presented plaques of recognition to all outgoing members at the June meeting in Fargo. Pictured above, Neset thanked Dr. Terry Hjelmstad, outgoing Chairman, for his dedicated and enthusiastic service. Members Grant Shaft, Chris McEwen, Janice Hoffarth, Interim Chancellor Larry C. Skogen and retiring Dakota College at Bottineau Dean Ken Grosz were also recognized.