Monthly Archives: June 2016

Bismarck State College campus successes – June

Students learn cybersecurity and more at BSC Tech Camp

More than 50 students in grades 6-10 were on the BSC campus June 7 for BSC Tech Camp. The students did hands-on work in areas ranging from cybersecurity to website development and programming


Golf, hall of fame raise scholarship funds

Golfers raised money for BSC athletic scholarships during the BSC President’s Cup Golf Classic Friday, June 17. The event included the induction of both the 1975-76 men’s basketball team and Tanya Bullhead, an outstanding scorer during the 1995-96 basketball season, into the BSC Hall of Fame


BSC names 612 students to President’s Honor Roll for Spring 2016 semester

In Spring 2016, 612 students have maintained at least a 3.50 grade point on a 4.00 scale while enrolled in at least 12 semester hours of classes and have been named to the President’s Honor Roll.

Dakota College at Bottineau campus successes – June

Graduation ceremony a success

The 2016 commencement exercise held at Dakota College at Bottineau marks the 110th graduation ceremony conducted by the college.  Dakota College at Bottineau opened in 1906 as the North Dakota School of Forestry.  Graduates received diplomas in the fields of health care, web design, information technology, wildlife along with liberal arts.  One-hundred seventeen students were candidates for their associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates and over half were in attendance for the event.


Baseball coach, admission counselors hired

The Admissions Office at Dakota College has two new employees, who both started their new positions during the week of June 6th.

Mike Greene has accepted a dual role as Admissions Counselor and Baseball Coach at DCB.  Mike is originally from Seattle, WA.  He has twenty-five years of coaching experience from the t-ball to the pro-ball level.  He previously coached a professional baseball team, the Douglas Diablos and has been the head baseball coach at the high school and junior college level as well as assistant coach at the Division I and II collegiate levels.

Beth MacDonald is the new full-time Admission Counselor at Dakota College at Bottineau.  Originally from Devils Lake, ND, Beth understands the important role of small communities and small colleges and the opportunities they contribute to being a successful student.  She completed thirty-one credits in high school through the dual credit system and completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in three years at the University of North Dakota.


Nelson Science Center undergoes renovations

Renovations to the Nelson Science Center’s heating,ventilation and air conditioning systems are well underway this summer.  Through this project, essentially all of the equipment in the building’s mechanical room is being replaced and updated with new technology.  Additionally, ventilation upgrades will be occurring in the Center’s chemistry lab, electrical panels will be replaced and the building’s restrooms will be updated.  This project is funded by an appropriation of approximately $1,050,000 which was approved during the 2015 legislative session.  T.F. Powers Construction Co. of Fargo is providing construction management services and Hepper Olson Architects, Ltd. of Buxton is the architectural firm for the project.

Dickinson State University campus successes – June

Dickinson State pilots new advising program

Starting with our enhanced New Student Orientation this year, we are piloting a Shared Advising Model which the majority of academic departments have elected to participate with. An Academic Advising Center was denoted, co-located within the Academic Success Center (ASC). Two ASC staff are serving as full-time advisors, and three staff are serving as part-time advisors – all of whom are working with freshmen, sophomores, undecided, Bachelor of Universities Studies (BUS), Associate of Arts and online students. The advisors work closely with the Department Chairs to review program entrance criteria, curriculum updates and course rotation updates, to ensure students receive well-rounded, fully informed program information. Moving forward, students will transition to a Content Academic Advisor in their major field of study when reaching specific milestones, such as declaring a major or accumulating a specific number of credit hours.


Dr. Mitzel to give keynote address at EDND conference

Dr. Thomas Mitzel, president of Dickinson State University (DSU), was invited to speak at Economic Development Association of North Dakota’s (EDND) 2016 summer conference being held Wednesday, June 22, in Bowman. The conference, hosted by Bowman County Economic Development Corporation and EDND, brings together economic developers from across the state to participate in educational sessions, networking and the exchange of ideas. The theme of this year’s conference is “Live to Lead, Lead to Achieve.” Mitzel’s keynote address will emphasize the importance of demonstrating strong leadership in challenging times as well as education as a partner in economic growth.


DSU Heritage Foundation

In March 2016 the DSU Heritage Foundation began the Centennial Campaign with the intention of raising funds for student scholarships at Dickinson State. The Centennial Campaign consists of two smaller campaigns, the Cornerstone Traditions Scholarship Campaign and the College on the Hill Endowment Campaign that are also eligible to receive a match from the State of North Dakota of $1 for every $2 that are donated.

Currently, the Cornerstone Traditions Campaign has raised $500,000 of its $1.6 million goal and has received a state match of over $165,000. The College on the Hill Campaign has exceeded $1 million of its $1.6 million goal and has over $300,000 in state matched funds

Lake Region State College campus successes – June

CHS Foundation Grant award strengthens LRSC Precision Ag program

Students and producers will have opportunity for advanced education and training opportunities thanks to a $100,000 grant from the CHS Foundation.  The grant will fund the Next Gen Simulation in Agriculture Laboratory (SAL), a portable training lab which will include five simulators designed to teach aspects of agriculture difficult to bring into a classroom setting, such as precision ag equipment, soil to crop characteristics and crop production techniques


LRSC Celebrates 75 years

The numbers of lives touched by Lake Region State College the past 75 years is hard to measure, so it’s only fitting that to celebrate its 75th anniversary, Lake Region State College is inviting the entire community and region.

We’ve always considered ourselves a true community college…a community college by mission and a community college because it’s the community’s college where citizens can participate in arts, theater, sporting, lectures and other special events, said Dr. Doug Darling, LRSC President. Special activities commemorating the anniversary will be held July 7-9 including a 7.5 K walk/run, golf tournament, open house and picnic. A complete schedule is available at

Mayville State University campus successes – June

CCNE grants accreditation to MaSU baccalaureate degree program in nursing

MaSU’s RN-to-BSN nursing program has received full accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Official notice was received May 31, 2016, and the accreditation effective date is Nov. 16, 2015, extending to June 30, 2021. MaSU’s RN-to-BSN nursing program was established in an effort to assist with the severe shortage of nursing professionals.


MaSU receives Head Start and Early Head Start grant funding

MaSU will receive $1,902,132 annually from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the next five years to support Head Start and Early Head Start programs. MaSU Child Development Programs provides collaborative programming to meet the changing needs of families across the rural service area of Traill, Steele, Nelson, and Grand Forks counties in eastern North Dakota.


MaSU offering STEM learning opportunities in June

Teachers and students can pursue learning opportunities in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) at MaSU during the month of June. Activities are geared at enhancing STEM knowledge for K-12 teachers, as well as college students pursuing early childhood degrees, and early learners, age kindergarten through grade three.

Minot State University campus successes – June

MiSU’s Summer Theatre enjoys another great season

“Godspell,” the first of four plays, kicked off MiSU’s Summer Theatre 51st season. Other productions are “Schoolhouse Rock Live!” June 17-21, “Noises Off,” June 28-July 2 and “Oklahoma,” July 13-17. Comprised of community members and MiSU students, faculty and staff, the company annually performs for over 10,000 attendees.


Dakota Chamber Music celebrating 20th anniversary

The Dakota Chamber Music, an institute and competition, celebrates its 20th anniversary and the legacy of co-founder Lynne Rumney June 20-26. The institute brings professional artists together with talented, motivated students for intensive performance and study. Luminus, MiSU’s resident trio of Erik and Dianna Anderson and Jon Rumney, forms the core DCM faculty. DCM draws 40-50 musicians from the region


Minot State re-accredited with high-health commitment standard

MiSU was re-accredited with the CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ certification. This recognition shows the university’s continued commitment to the health of Minot State employees and family members, by certifying MiSU’s efforts to meet an exceptionally high standard of cancer prevention, screening and care guidelines.

North Dakota State College of Science campus successes – June

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 for the second consecutive year. In 2014, the College received the second highest ranking of Gold.


NDSCS Auto Body Repair & Refinishing Technology program receives National Reaccreditation

The North Dakota State College of Science Auto Body Repair and Refinishing Technology program recently received reaccreditation by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). To achieve this coveted recognition, the College’s program underwent rigorous evaluation by NATEF. Nationally accepted standards of excellence in areas such as instruction, facilities and equipment were used.


NDSCS Names 383 Students to President’s Honor List

The North Dakota State College of Science has named 383 students to its spring semester 2016 President’s Honor List. The Honor List recognizes students who have achieved grade point averages of 3.5 or higher while taking at least 12 credit hours.

North Dakota State University campus successes – June

New endowment supports entrepreneurship and innovation

A new endowed chair at NDSU will galvanize the institution’s growing entrepreneurial culture, thanks to a $4.5 endowment, which includes $1.5 million from the Higher Education Challenge Fund. The goal of the endowed chair is to nurture faculty excellence in entrepreneurship education and to encourage students to pursue big ideas and innovative thinking and activity.


College of Engineering joins national scholars program

NDSU was one of 28 engineering programs to be accepted into the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenge Scholars Program. Up to 20 students per year will be selected for the program, which provides specialized preparation for taking leadership in solving the toughest engineering issues facing society.


NDSU summer programs help prepare North Dakota students for the future

NDSU hosts many summer programs, such as North Dakota Governor’s Schools and STEM Bootcamp, that give the state’s students access to hands-on learning experiences and exposure to career options. The summer programs are another way NDSU helps the state’s youth prepare for future education and careers.

University of North Dakota campus successes – June

UND Engineering Researchers Honored for Geothermal Power Plant

The University of North Dakota College of Engineering & Mines researchers were recognized for Technological Advancement on June 7 at the Geothermal Energy Association Honors 2016 in Reno, Nev., for launching the first commercial project co-producing geothermal power from an oil and gas well. The facility started generating electricity for the first time in late April.


UND Student Sol Eagle Riad Receives Prestigious Udall Award

University of North Dakota Entrepreneurship and Chinese Studies major Sol Eagle Road has been awarded the prestigious Udall Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship to promote studies in tribal public policy and Native healthcare. Winners receive $7,000 awards for their junior or senior year of college and a mentoring experience.


UND Robotics Team Places Successful in NASA Competition

The University of North Dakota recently competed with more than 50 universities in NASA’s Robotics Competition at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. UND took first in “public outreach” and second in “presentation and demonstration.” UND placed fifth overall. The objective was to build a robot capable of mining Martian soil.

Valley City State University campus successes – June

Teacher preparation programs accredited

The teacher preparation programs at VCSU have been reaccredited under the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards at both the initial teacher preparation and advanced preparation levels. The NCATE standards are administered by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The recommendation to continue VCSU’s NCATE accreditation was approved by CAEP’s Selected Improvement Commission at its April 30–May 3, 2016, meeting in Baltimore, Md. “Special congratulations are in order because the Commission cited no areas for improvement relative to any of the standards,” said Christopher Koch, CAEP president, in a May 17, 2016, letter to VCSU President Tisa Mason conveying the reaccreditation news. The university now offers bachelor’s degrees in elementary education and in secondary education in the following areas: art, biology, business, chemistry, English, health, history, mathematics, music, physical education, social science, and technology. VCSU also offers a master’s degree in education.


Geisler wins national championship in javelin

VCSU freshman Seri Geisler won the national title in women’s javelin at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships in Gulf Shores, Ala., on May 26. Geisler’s career-best throw of 51.37 meters beat the second place by more than two meters. A native of Grand Rapids, Minn., Geisler entered the meet with the top throw in the nation—50.20 meters—by more than three meters. In her first season ever throwing javelin, she set a VCSU school record and won conference and national titles.


Legislature’s Interim Higher Education Committee meets on campus

The Interim Higher Education Committee of the North Dakota Legislature met on the VCSU campus Tuesday– Wednesday, June 7–8. Included on the agenda were presentations and committee discussion regarding higher education budget issues, student financial assistance programs, the North Dakota University System (NDUS) campus master plan and space utilization study, and potential legislation to be recommended by the committee, along with updates on issues affecting VCSU. Chaired by Representative Mark Sanford of Grand Forks, the Interim Higher Education Committee heard from several NDUS administrators, including Chancellor Mark Hagerott; Tammy Dolan, chief financial officer; Rick Tonder, director of facilities planning; and Lisa Feldner, vice chancellor for information technology and institutional research, and interim chief of staff. VCSU presenters included President Tisa Mason; Peter Smithhisler, vice president for student affairs; and Julee Russell, professor of English. Russell presented on VCSU’s new three-year programs, which allow undergraduates to complete bachelor’s degrees in three years in business administration, elementary education, English education, mathematics education, and professional communication. Higher Education Committee members were also shown the construction work being done on the Valley City flood wall in front of Foss Hall, and offered tours of the Gaukler Family Wellness, Health and Physical Education Center, opening this fall. At an evening reception, area K–12 teachers working with the Great Plains STEM Education Center at VCSU presented some of the hands-on activities they are using to engage their students.

Williston State College campus successes – June

TrainND Trainers Receive HAZWOPER Certifications

Alan Billehus and Jason Mathers completed 40 hours of training to be certified HAZWOPER (Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response) instructors.

Michael Hampton University of Utah School of Medicine and Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational Environmental Health conducted the training at TrainND’s new training facility December 14 -18, 2015.


Student Athletes Excel in Classroom

Jabrie Bullard and Jeremy Ruffin, both players on Williston State College’s men’s basketball team, were awarded Certificates of Achievement from Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces (ALEKS) this May after completing their first year at WSC.

ALEKS is software that designs a course shell for students based on their initial assessment taken at the start of the course. Course shells provide each student a successful learning path with positive reinforcement along the way. Students are able to learn the material at a rate that works best for them.

Funded through the Title III Grant established in 2012, ALEKS was listed as a choice in the grant to improve the retention rate from developmental mathematics courses through college algebra.


Hunter Berg Joins Williston State College Foundation

Williston State College Foundation (WSCF) is restarting its Alumni Association, bringing back WSC alum, Hunter Berg, to become as WSCF’s Alumni Association Director in July.

With its goal to provide a database for WSC alum and keep past students up-to-date with current events at the college, the WSC Alumni Association is something that has needed updating and attention. A longtime goal of the Foundation the Alumni Association has been patterned after several other colleges in the state and region.

The right time for a system foundation

Mark Hagerott - North Dakota University System Chancellor

Mark Hagerott – North Dakota University System Chancellor

Recently, the State Board of Higher Education and the North Dakota University System hosted an educational summit to discuss the needs of higher education. With support from campuses, legislative leaders, business community representatives and students, we were able to talk about what’s working and what we need to work on, from now until 2030.

In much the same way of thinking, the NDUS Foundation was recently reinvigorated. Board members and university system staff felt the effort at revitalizing the organization would help to increase the fundraising needs of individual campuses.

Now isn’t just the right time to revamp that infrastructure, it’s the best time.

Realistically, the foundation’s purpose is to bolster and complement the campus’ foundations. From an organizational standpoint, this is accomplished by drawing its trustees from throughout the state to build a combination of institutional, legislative and business representation to create a board with varied and unique perspectives. We believe that effort has already proved successful in reinforcing the foundation’s structure.

While the foundation itself was in need of fine tuning after years of inactivity, it is not without its own historical success. Much like the Chancellor’s office serves to support the efforts of our 11 public colleges and universities to enhance the quality of life and economic opportunity of our students, the foundation can provide the same high-level approach to fundraising.

In facilitating those fundraising drives for efforts like the successful “Bakken U” initiative or the upcoming Arts and Humanities summit, the system can be a guiding force that supports and shapes our own future while also allowing for campus autonomy. For instance, Bakken U began as a system initiative, but now encompasses fundraising efforts at the respective campuses. That small bit of direction has given those campuses a bit of a guiding light in that area that they may meet local needs knowing they have systemic support.

Knowing that they have that direction and support creates a better foundation from which each of the campuses can move forward. Having the organizational support in the form of a complementary organization increases the reach and draw of those fundraising efforts, and will help us to capitalize in the future on public/private partnerships recently encouraged by Gov. Jack Dalrymple during his keynote at the Envision 2030 event. That event was made possible by Lumina Foundation funding directed to the NDUS Foundation on behalf of the systemwide effort.

At its most basic, the NDUS Foundation is an organization capable – and made up of trustees who are willing – to leverage the system as a whole for large profile donations or grants that may not have been accessible by, or available to, individual campuses.

Without the foundation, the system could continue forward. With the foundation, the system can move forward better. It isn’t just about drawing donations, but using them for scholarships and recognition of deserving students. It’s about grants for worthy projects created by hard-working faculty and staff. It’s about development and promotion of the NDUS and all the initiatives to come that seek to water the garden of education in our state. And, a system foundation could foster cross-campus collaborative efforts that create new research and opportunity right here at home.

It’s an exciting time, and the best time for the foundation to spring back to life.

Board evaluates tiered process, contracts during special meeting

IMG_6268The State Board of Higher Education took time this week to hold detailed discussion revolving around evaluations of its leaders and executive salaries throughout the North Dakota University System. The agenda items had been tabled from a previous meeting to allow for Board members to digest the wealth of information on each topic before making any final decisions.

“We are working together as a unified system,” Board Chair Kathleen Neset said to open the meeting. “Each of the colleges and universities is equally important as we discuss the agenda.”

The Board immediately began discussion on the tiered evaluation process. The topic had been broached by the Chancellor’s Cabinet’s study on governance. Chancellor Mark Hagerott said there had been solid feedback that lent itself to a two-tiered review method where the five community colleges would have their presidential evaluations done in the fall, while the four-year universities and research institutions would have their evaluations done in the late spring or early summer.

Board member questions prompted clarification of the plan, which would only be implemented after further review, and would allow for more time for individual reviews and greater Board involvement. After discussion concluded, the Board moved to enter executive session to consider the reappointment of and any new contract terms for presidents at Bismarck State College, Lake Region State College, Mayville State University, Minot State University, North Dakota State College of Science, North Dakota State University, and Valley City State University.

“I think collectively we can say that we are professional, thoughtful and deliberate Board,” Neset said. “I’m very pleased and proud to be part of it.”

After reconvening, the Board moved into contracts for the two-year schools. Vice Chair Don Morton motioned to extend contracts by 12 months for BSC President Larry Skogen, LRSC President Doug Darling and NDSCS President John Richman. Board Member Greg Stemen seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

Next were contract renewals for the four-year universities. Morton motioned to extend contracts for MaSU President Gary Hagen, MiSU President Steve Shirley, and VCSU President Tisa Mason. Stemen seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

Last was the contract for President Dean Bresciani at NDSU, the only research institution with a presidential contract eligible for renewal. Board Member Mike Ness motioned to table extension of the contract until the November meeting, at which time it would discuss progress made on issues of communication, teamwork/collaboration, IT consolidation and research. The motion included the Board delegating to Chancellor Hagerott the responsibility for developing measurable goals for President Bresciani on those topics. Stemen seconded. Brief discussion followed, as well as a 7-1 vote to approve the motion.

Neset thanked the Board for continuing to focus on student success and a unified system. Several Board members expressed their support of NDSU and the wonderful things that are happening there, reiterating their deep commitment to ensure its continued success while still addressing areas of concern that could impact the long-term best interest of the university.

Chancellor Mark Hagerott opened discussion on the agenda item of salary ranges for presidents and vice chancellors. He noted that many of the presidents had taken the lead in refusing pay increases to show solidarity for the budget conditions. Stemen commended the presidents for the hard work they continued to do without a pay increase, noting that it was “symbolic, but not unnoticed.” Ness agreed, noting that the effort was appreciated by all.

Hagerott said that while he was also not taking a pay increase, his recommendation was to provide raises for his office staff, who in many cases were doing two or three jobs. The Board expressed concern about some positions being compensated much below market value. Chief of Staff Lisa Feldner commented that this is a problem not only in the system office but also across the entire university system – although there is not consistency. An administrative cost study, headed by Feldner and CFO Tammy Dolan, will likely result in recommendations to create more consistency. A motion to approve modest salary increases for the vice chancellors passed unanimously.

Neset then broached discussion revolving around the chancellor’s evaluation. She said at this time there was not a contract extension for the chancellor, but an evaluation would likely be addressed within 15 days of the meeting’s conclusion. Neset said she had received the Chancellor’s self-assessment and would be seeking Board input for the evaluation. Once finalized, it would be sent to the full Board and placed in the chancellor’s record.

The next Board meeting will be held September 29.

Board approves system budget request

The State Board of Higher Education took steps to finalize its budget June 16-17 when it met for its annual retreat and budget meeting.

Thursday’s strategy session saw a wealth of details as members of the chancellor’s cabinet presented findings on six studies that have been underway for some time. Those studies – Administrative Costs, Governance, Mission, Retention, Shared Services and Tuition – provided details for the future of higher education. Paired with findings from the Envision 2030 educational summit, the studies provided the North Dakota University System and Board members a more defined path forward as the afternoon session progressed.

Involved discussion on strategy continued Friday morning as the Board’s annual meeting kicked off with a presentation from a local executive and author, who focused on the need to utilize technology now more than ever in fostering success in a younger workforce.


Embracing millennial technologies

Vern Dosch, CEO of NISC, presented on millennials and technology.

Vern Dosch, CEO of NISC, presented on millennials and technology.

Vern Dosch, CEO of the National Information Solutions Cooperative, presented on culture, millennials and technology as noted in his book, “Wired Differently.” During the presentation, he encouraged the university system to both embrace how millennials worked, as well as how technology could be, and was, the driving force for that change.

“We’re using words like honesty and passion, and appreciation and determination,” Dosch noted. “That’s the language of a successful leader. Someone who motivates people who report to him.”

He expanded on the ‘servant leadership’ outlook – that the notion of serving others was key, and when paired with humility, would create a successful leader. Dosch drew comparisons between his private sector work as CEO of a cooperative and the public sector work of campus or system leadership, and how both types of leaders “serve many masters.” He expanded on the idea that collaboration was key – not just in working with those who might be considered competitors, but in listening to team members and leadership in top-down and bottom-up approaches.

Highlighting an example of NISC’s transition from being a regional service company to an international company? through a merger that brought different cultures together.  People who had been competing for years were asked to “take those swords and make them into plowshares.” The result, he said, was a once cash-strapped company that grew from 300 employees, 350 customers and 15 percent equity in 1990 to a 1,300-employee, 55-percent equity organization serving 750 customers, that is able to utilize cash flow to pay for infrastructural and system costs today.

“That was because our board saw that our business model was broken, and that we needed to change it to fit with the needs of the times and grow,” Dosch said, noting that the university system and higher education could now find itself in a place to do the same. Doing so would increase system output – high-quality students.

“The quality of our employees is a direct result of the educations that they’re getting in this state,” Dosch said. “We’re fortunate for that.”

“If you want to partner with business, we’re all in,” he continued. “You have systems and processes that we need to grow our employees. The average employee of 30 years will change their skill set three to four times. We need help in growing those employees. You are bringing a vitality to our communities that we wouldn’t get any other way.”



Jim Kelly, executive director of the Theodore Rooselvelt Presidential Library Foundation, described details of the Teddy Roosevelt Presidential Library.

Roosevelt Library

Jim Kelly, executive director of the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation, presented the Board with details of the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library to be located on the Dickinson State University campus. A 99-year ground lease agreement with DSU would give the 55,000 to 60,000 square foot facility a construction site of about 28 acres at the current DSU rodeo grounds, which were already planned for relocation to south Dickinson.

Kelly said that the foundation was creating a team of construction developers to detail plans and funding. He noted that projected funding would include $12 million from the N.D. Legislature, $3 million from the city of Dickinson, and with an additional $5 million made available conditionally. He noted that the organization would seek another $5 million from the state. Proposed site construction would total $55 million with another $15 million needed for interior exhibits. The foundation would also seek to set up two endowments of $15 million each for ongoing operations.

Kelly said the facility would be open to the public and allow for all types of public events, with a “strong connectivity to Dickinson State University.” He added that a working library and museum would be the main attractions of the facility, and access to digital libraries would also be available.

“There are only 13 presidential libraries in the country,” Kelly said. “North Dakota will have the fourteenth. That’s a huge feather in the cap for our state and it will impact many things, including academically.”

After further discussion with more input from Kelly and DSU President Tom Mitzel, the Board voted unanimously to approve the agreement.


SBHE Chair Kathy Neset and Vice Chair Don Morton hear details of the budget request.

SBHE Chair Kathy Neset and Vice Chair Don Morton hear details of the budget request.


During budget talks, the Board delved into discussion of budget implications from the prior day’s Board retreat, and needs for the system office, campuses and forest service, State Board of Agricultural Research and Education, Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, and Northern Crops Institute.

Chief Financial Officer Tammy Dolan reported on the system office, campus and forest service needs. NDSU President Dean Bresciani and the UGPTI, SBARE, and NCI heads spoke to the other budget agenda items.

In her report, Dolan noted a decrease of nearly $62 million, which fully complies with the 10-percent reduction guidelines recommended by Gov. Jack Dalrymple. She said the amount included completed student credit hour production, which generated an $11 million increase for the campuses. Brief discussion touched on employee raises, and how those would be determined after the governor makes his recommendation.

Detailed conversation followed, including questions concerning the formula, salaries and necessary timelines for budgets. Dolan explained the base budget request, the optional base budget requests, and one-time requests including capital projects. Rick Tonder also spoke to the Board on how capital projects had been prioritized. Only two projects were recommended by the Board to be added to the budget request.


Other business

During his report, Hagerott thanked his cabinet for the members’ diligent work on the six studies. He recapped key findings of those studies, including governance, tuition and fees, administrative costs, mission, retention, and shared services.

“We are in epic times, so this is the time to think big in lots of categories,” said Hagerott. “We have to frame everything because money is tight. Nothing has to be solved today, this is the beginning of an 18-month effort.”

Vice Chair Don Morton brought forward the consent agenda from the Budget, Finance and Facilities Committee. That consent agenda included the NDUS office and SBHE FY17 budget, the authorization for NDSU to proceed with the Walster Hall Lab renovation, the authorization for NDSU to enter into a capital lease agreement, the authorization for NDSU to adopt a new resolution regarding bonds. Each item of the consent agenda items was approved by the Board.

Board member Kari Reichert brought forward the recommendations from the Academic and Student Affairs Committee, which included authorizations from Central Michigan, Embry-Riddle, Park University and Rasmussen College to operate in North Dakota in 2016. The recommendations were approved.

Neset took a moment near the end of the meeting to thank Interim UND President Ed Schafer for his work.

“You’ve been an active, statesman-like leader,” Neset said. “That’s one thing that’s missing in this world these days: statesmanship.  You’ve done that, and you have elevated the University of North Dakota with the work you’ve done there. You’ve taught Leadership and Our Food Systems, at both UND and NDSU. To me that is the culmination of “lead by example” and was collaboration at its finest. I commend you for that. You came into this role at a difficult time, a time in our budget cycle that’s been trying at best. Overall, in the end, the university, through your guidance, has trimmed $21.5 million to balance the budget, which allowed the university to invest in top priorities. And, President and First Lady Schafer have truly involved yourself in the campus community. You’ve endeared yourselves to the students. That is something that’s so important to us. You’ve created an atmosphere of open communication.”

The Board also held its internal election of officers and committee appointments, and presented plaques to its outgoing Board members: Emma Tufte, Eric Murphy, and Brett Johnson. Neset and Morton were both nominated and unanimously approved to continue serving in their current capacities as Chair and Vice Chair, respectively.

It also held the second reading of policy 302.2 (audit committee), 802.8 (internal audit charter), and 1202.1 (acceptable use of use of information technology resources). A special meeting to finalize presidential evaluations and salary increases was scheduled for June 29.

SBHE holds strategic retreat

Board reviews Cabinet studies, discusses self-assessment


BSC President Larry Skogen presented details on the Mission study.

BSC President Larry Skogen presented details on the Mission study.

The State Board of Higher Education took a full day recently to reflect on its ongoing efforts to shape the vision of the North Dakota University System. During the Board’s annual strategic retreat held earlier this month, members heard updates on several studies from the Chancellor’s Cabinet, talked self-assessment, reviewed results from the Envision 2030 educational summit, and discussed the importance of having a sound governance model.


The morning’s studies were kicked off by Bismarck State College President Larry C. Skogen, who spoke on the study regarding Missions. Skogen said that the study was based on a five-year trend from statistical analysis from each institution. The study was based around the question of whether or not the state’s economic, education and workforce needs were being met by the current structure of and program delivery of the system and its institutions.

Taking into account historical background of the system and those institutions, and the current trends in statewide demographics, Skogen said that under the statewide analysis, certain needs were found to have been met, but others, such as those providing enough K-12 teachers, were falling short. Throughout varied regions in the state, agriculture remained a high priority, and education with technology also trending higher as a regional priority.

Skogen concluded that education and training needs differed throughout the state, as did the employee pools in regions and from rural to urban areas. Surveys indicated that while six four-year degree-granting institutions comprised 77 percent of the study body, there was a need in the western part of the state for more four-year programs. He noted that the five two-year degree-granting institutions that made up 23 percent of enrollment could be expanded to help meet the changing needs of the workforce, which was increasingly looking for employees in the medical and skilled trades.

“We need to have a stronger connection between elementary, secondary, higher ed, business and industry so that students understand what is available out there,” Skogen said.


Mayville State University President Gary Hagen spoke to the Board next, providing them details on the Retention study. Hagen began by noting that the committee looked to find gains in retention and graduation rates through successful implementation of the Predictive Analytics Framework, ensuring appropriate retention and graduation metrics to ensure continuous improvement, reporting progress and challenges the system office and Board, and providing ad-hoc committee oversight as needed.

Hagen said that in recent years, focus throughout the nation has shifted away from access and enrollment to outcomes such as retention and completion rates. Retention rates were relatively new to higher education, but funding had been provided by the N.D. Legislature to implement PAR and early intervention tools like Starfish, both of which helped drive methodologies to increase positive outcomes at NDUS institutions already.

He continued, noting that campuses were set to accelerate retention rates by sharing best practices before the Fall 2016 semester begins. The collaborative efforts would quickly assist retention needs and culminate in a year-end report that would detail statistics, implementation progress, student improvement activities, summary of campus organizational and structural changes, and major concerns and accomplishments.

Administrative Costs

NDUS Chief of Staff and Vice Chancellor for Institutional Research and Informational Technology Lisa Feldner provided findings on the Administrative Cost study. Feldner introduced the study with the current best breakdown across campuses of students and employees in the following areas: academic administration, academic disciplines, athletics, external affairs, information technology, institutional and business affairs, physical plant, student affairs, and research.

Feldner compared system data against national averages, and listed industry-banded job families that provided a further breakdown of similar positions throughout the 11 public colleges and universities. She stated that certain job counts by banded job families remained to be completed. A salary market study compared N.D salaries to those elsewhere.

Shared Services

Minot State University President Steve Shirley provided details for the Shared Services study next, noting that a number of initiatives were already in place throughout the system. He noted that systemwide collaboration was underway for topics relating to Learning Management Systems, procurement, library databases and more. Regional collaborations were also being considered that would create “hub” approaches where the largest institution in a given region would serve the needs of one-to-three smaller area campuses for responsibilities such as internal audit, Title IX, international students, and more.

Feldner said that other opportunities for collaboration existed in expansion of current practices, such as shifting video/audio conferencing to ND ITD this year, processing payroll more centrally or as expanded regional approaches, possibly expanding the institutional research model currently in place at BSC, NDUS and University of North Dakota, and more.

Tuition and Fees

North Dakota State College of Science President John Richman gave the study on Tuition and Fees next, first noting that the current cost-based funding model per student had been put in place by the 2013 Legislative Session. At that time the approved funding for base appropriations was done using a three-tiered approach for two-year colleges, four-year universities and research institutions with a goal of equalizing Student Credit Hour funding within each institutional tier by 2015, which was achieved.

Richman compared tuition and fees, and their descriptions, between North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota, Montana, Oregon, Tennessee, Colorado, Maine and Wyoming, and against assistance provided for in-state and non-residents. Richman added the potential impact to each institution, should the model change.

“The best value I think the modified Pathways program presents to you, for your consideration, is to allow for that flexibility,” Richman said. “I realize that we’re asking for a template to work with in tuition, yet we’re not trying to refine and put an institution into a box.”


Valley City State University President Tisa Mason provided the last of the Cabinet studies, on governance. She noted that effective governance included creating a culture that enabled high levels of trust and flexibility in accomplishing work and making timely and responsive decisions. Doing so would be facilitated with focus on oversight, insight, and foresight.

Mason found that using a self-study based on an article from the Association of Governing Boards indicated that there was a balance for any governing board in holding authority and wielding it judiciously. Furthermore, the system and the Board must serve the state, citizens, and students, while at the same time providing autonomy for each institution.

Recommendations moving forward would be to review the assessment processes and procedures for the presidents, chancellor and the Board.

Envision 2030

Chancellor Mark Hagerott presented system findings on the recent Envision 2030 summit on education. Reiterating discussion points from the days’ speakers, he focused on summarized goals found during the breakout sessions on nine topics as they related to higher ed and the needs of the future.

After discussion surrounding the day’s proceedings, and accompanying handouts, the session facilitator asked attendees to write down their thoughts on how to align breakout session ideas with the Board’s strategic plan.

Dirk Huggett, project manager with Core Technology Services, led that goal refinement process to start the afternoon session. He asked that presidents and Board members bring their ideas forward and he would aim to align them with the four main strategic plan goals: deliver degrees that are best in the nation; provide programs that people want, when and where they want them; equip students for success; and maximize the strengths of a unified system. After several dozen ideas were posted under the topics, Huggett selected one idea from each  – denoting either a challenge or a goal – to prompt conversation about how that idea could be implemented. They were:

  • Single out areas of focus and invest in them.
  • Leverage small size for higher quality.
  • Recognize that providing needed programs may not equal 4- and 6-year graduation rate goals.
  • University of North Dakota’s 10-year plan to become an AAU member.
  • Increasing automation requiring fewer employees.

Assessments & Self-assessments

Board member Kari Reichert spoke about the purposes of assessment during the afternoon session. She said that many details on the topic were presented at a meeting of the Association of Governing Boards. Among the points made regarding the purposes of assessment were fiduciary duty, fulfilling requirements of accreditation, contributing to collaborative strategic leadership, creating an opportunity to develop plans and actions that increase the effectiveness of a president’s work, expanding the board’s knowledge of president’s work, and providing insights on governance effectiveness.

Later, Vice Chancellor of Strategic Engagement Linda Donlin opened up the Board’s self-assessment portion of the meeting. She noted that the Board self-assessment was vital to successful Board function and was equally important to the Higher Learning Commission. The last self-assessment was done in 2014. The current self-assessment used that same framework.

Using the previous self-assessment as a baseline, Donlin was able to provide side-by-side comparisons of where the Board was in 2014 and where it stood today. Numerous areas showed significant growth by the Board and its vision for the system. Some areas highlighted that growth by noting successful completion of previous goals allowed the Board to focus on working toward new ones. Some accomplishments, such as implementing of the five-year strategic plan and reinstituting committees, had been instrumental in moving the Board’s mission forward.

The self-assessment was split into varied sections, including biggest issues facing North Dakota, the most important challenges facing NDUS, what Board practices should be enacted or discontinued, the Board’s top accomplishments and top issues to be addressed.

Media Coverage Summary – June 24, 2016


The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, June 24.


Bismarck State College
BSC announces President’s Honor Roll for Spring 2016
BSC offers Summer Ag Academy in July
BSC Boomers will be missed
>A different breed of patient
BSC President’s Run set for July 8

Dakota College at Bottineau
DCB Hires Baseball Coach and Admission Counselors
Dickinson State University
Dr. Mitzel to give keynote address at EDND conference
2016 Blue Hawk Club Seat Season Packages On Sale

Lake Region State College
LRSC hopes overseas pipeline continues with Marshall’s recent trip to Australia
LRSC Honors List
CHS Foundation funds training equipment for LRSC

Mayville State University
After Hours social planned for June 21
Come check out the Military Honor Garden during Alumni Day festivities!
Summer swim program among opportunities for kids and adults at Mayville State

Minot State University
Trauma sensitive schools
Flag Day Ceremony at Minot State University
‘101 Ways to Age Gracefully’
‘Fill Your Plate with Color’ application announced
MSU Athletic Director Rick Hedberg

North Dakota State College of Science
NDSCS receives Innovative Program Award
Teamwork, giving back taught through doghouse construction
Locals on president’s honor list at NDSCS
NDSCS Announces Spring 2016 Graduates

North Dakota State University
Hope Camp at NDSU lets students learn about various health care jobs
NDSU Extension agent in Walsh County, N.D., named Sustainable Ag Hero
NDSU graduate combines engineering, MBA degrees to reach career goals
High school STEM camp registration open
Hettinger Research Extension Center field tour set
Farm Credit gift yields $1.2 million to NDSU Center for Risk and Trading
NDSU School of Nursing listed among top 30 in nation
NDSU camp introduces high school students to health care careers
College of Engineering joins national scholars program
NDSU graduate thrives in expanding role as pharmacist at Sanford
Cyanobacteria can be toxic to livestock, wildlife, humans
Small-Business Savvy: Who should your first customer be?
Artist, veteran marches 20 miles with rucksack made of ice

University of North Dakota
Party crashers
UND unveils Fighting Hawks graphic identity
UND Art Collections: Chester Fritz in Shanghai
‘Soaring’ soul
Cycling with Salfer:update 2
UND welcomes new director of International Programs
UND researchers release initial forecast for 2016 summer mosquito-trap counts
UND history student, football captain wins 2016 Merrifield Award for academic research
Evers makes history with Academic All-America® nod

Valley City State University
VCSU in less than 4 years

Williston State College
Hunter Berg Joins Williston State College Foundation
Active Minds Active on WSC Campus

North Dakota University System
Challenge Funds distributed
Interim Higher Ed committee meets

State-of-the-art plant heating up

Artist's rendition of the new heating plant scheduled to be built at Valley City State Universtity

Artist’s rendition of the new heating plant scheduled to be built at Valley City State Universtity

New combined plant at Valley City State University moving forward


A proposed two-stage plant is moving closer to generating heat, and revenue, at Valley City State University.

After a detailed presentation on the plant to the State Board of Higher Education at its April meeting, VCSU’s combined heat and carbon production system is gaining steam on its way to producing much of the same. On the way it’s also serving as an educational tool.

The proposed activated carbon plant began in 2008 as a concept for integrating carbon production with steam plants. Later, the concept was applied to the VCSU steam plant project, although only the steam plant project has been finalized and approved. According to Wesley Wintch, VCSU’s vice president for business affairs, the reason it began was the need to decrease the cost of production of activated carbon.

“We looked for ways to integrate with other systems to improve the economics of the process to make activated carbon,” Wintch said. “The best opportunity we found was to integrate steam and activated carbon materials production.”

To achieve that end, the plant is fueled be either lignite coal or some form of biomass – both readily available in North Dakota. Once the need for a heating plant came up on campus, Wintch said it was a natural fit to do a joint project. From there, partnership opportunities with the University of North Dakota’s Institute for Energy Studies and Energy and Environmental Research Center seemed like a natural fit. A UND student group was added this year as two UND faculty – Steve Benson and Michael Mann – felt its inclusion would be a great opportunity for engineering students.

“The students have been on campus and done a fabulous job explaining, diagramming and projecting expenses for this activated carbon plant,” Wintch added. He noted that in addition to serving VCSU’s heating needs, the combined facility will also serve as a one-of-a-kind research opportunity that fits well into the university system’s top priority of education.

Mann, the UND distinguished professor of chemical engineering, and executive director of the IES, served as the technical advisor to the student group as it worked through its work on the plant, which also served as the group’s capstone project. He noted that UND had been working with the NDUS on the concept for years.

“It is based upon a technology developed at UND in conjunction with a small business (Envergex) that is a partner in a number of our projects,” he said. “A preliminary study was performed using UND as a case study to determine if the concept was feasible. Since the answer was yes, the next step is to look at the process in more detail.  At the next level of detail more attention was given to the details of the design and obtaining better cost estimations.

“In this particular case, since VCSU was looking to build a new steam plant, it seemed like a perfect opportunity to get involved,” he continued. “Our involvement has been to understand their current situation so we can develop the study at the size and scale that could be implemented in Valley City.”

Those details came from the students’ work. Mann said the group’s scope included a preliminary design of the process including the sizing and selection of potential plant equipment, determinations on plant economics, and plant layout options. The students also looked into alternatives, and economic sensitivity to changing market conditions.

“The main conclusion from their work is that this process has strong potential for the NDUS system and definitely warrants strong consideration,” Mann said. He added that it had been highly beneficial for the students. “This is a great example [of] how students can meet their educational requirements while generating a valuable product for the state. It seems like a great investment of the state’s resources. Also, from a student’s point of view, working on a real project that has the potential to actually be built really gets them excited. They put in much more effort on the project, and are more concerned that they are properly applying what they have learned in their classes. It has been a great learning experience for them.”

The learning experience for the students will give tomorrow’s researchers something to learn, as well.

“The combined carbon/heat plants are unique and will educate the energy and environmental experts of tomorrow, who together with today’s research scientists will develop the gateway technologies that may become the most important energy advancements of this century,” Wintch said.

Currently, the system exists as two plants. One side is dedicated as the heating plant, which will provide steam heat to the campus. The other plant is the activated carbon plant, which will connect to the heat plant and be used to produce activated carbons. Those activated carbons can be used for numerous products ranging from infrastructural to filtration systems. A third plant focused on producing power has been explored, but not formalized.

Wintch noted that the school was actively looking for external funding, including grants and business partners, to help cover those costs.

The “cost savings” of the plant will come in its ability to generate revenue as it generates steam heat. According to Wintch, the operation of the plant is projected to create revenues “above and beyond” its expenses.

He added that two types of carbons could be produced that include activated carbon for gas and water purification and specialty carbons used for energy storage. Steve Benson, professor at the IES and associate vice president for research at the EERC, explained that the process involves heating coal with low levels of oxygen to produce a hydrogen-rich gas and a carbon-rich material called char.

“The gas is combusted to produce steam to heat the campus,” Benson said. “The steam is also used to convert the char to activated carbon. The yield of activated carbon from lignite is about 25 percent, so one pound of lignite produces about one-quarter pound of activated carbon. Activated carbon sells for about $1 to $1.5 per pound. Specialty carbons can sell for much more that activated carbons. The operation of this plant would create revenues above and beyond the expenses. Those revenues can be used to further the interests of the university and our partners.”

Planners have noted that the successful operation of the combined heat and carbon production system could be a boon for other steam plants throughout the university system. As those other systems age, the potential would now exist for them to be replaced or modified into a facility similar to the one planned for VCSU. Wintch stated that doing so could provide a revenue-generating facility with the ability to pay for itself, and in the long term generate revenue that could be used for other institutional needs including maintenance.

Wintch said the much of the timetable is dependent on securing funding for the carbon plant operation.

“We’re excited about the new heating plant on many levels,” said VCSU President Tisa Mason. “First, it will be good to have a stable, reliable source of heat for the campus. Second, combining the steam plant with a carbon plant has the potential to generate revenue. And finally, we hope that the carbon plant will provide a host of unique research opportunities for our students and faculty.”

Challenge Funds distributed

Eight out of the 11 public colleges and universities in North Dakota were recently awarded funding by the North Dakota Higher Education Challenge Grant Committee.

Bismarck State College, Dickinson State University, Lake Region State College, Mayville State University, North Dakota State College of Science, North Dakota State University, University of North Dakota, and Valley City State University received a total of more than $5.2 million in funding through a process set up by the N.D. Legislature in 2013.

State Board of Higher Education Chair Kathleen Neset said the funding was vital to the longevity of endowments and scholarship programs throughout the North Dakota University System’s campuses.

“The foresight of the N.D. Legislature’s actions three years ago has continued to pay dividends for our schools,” Neset said. “Thanks to this matching funding formula, fundraising efforts by each of our campuses is going to go a lot further once again.”

This is the sixth round of awards for the 15-17 biennium, which must meet needs within four categories: education infrastructure, endowed chairs, scholarships and technology.

The announcement brings the total awarded to over $14 million, out of more than $22.6 million set aside for this purpose by the legislature as matching funds. Under the grant process, the Challenge Fund Grant Review Committee awards one dollar in matching grants for every two dollars of non-state, non-federal funding raised by the institutional foundations.

The latest round of awards was as follows:

Bismarck State College: $75,086.13 for a scholarship endowment.

Dickinson State University: $303,080.83 for endowments and scholarships.

Lake Region State College: $1000,000 for endowments.

Mayville State University: $33,719.82 for scholarships.

North Dakota State College of Science: $45,000 for endowments and scholarships.

North Dakota State University: $3,459,862.82 for endowments, scholarships, and a student support initiative.

University of North Dakota: $432,700 for scholarship and faculty endowments.

Valley City State University: $750,656.33 for an endowed scholarship.

Earlier this year, Dickinson State University, Lake Region State College, Minot State University, North Dakota State College of Science, North Dakota State University, University of North Dakota and Williston State College received financial awards through the Challenge Fund. For more information, check out the previous grants story posted here.

Interim Higher Ed committee meets

The Interim Legislative Higher Education Committee recently held its regular meeting at Valley City State University. At the meeting, legislators heard detailed updates from North Dakota University System representatives on ongoing business including the higher ed funding formula, budget reductions, capital project requests, studies and more. Meeting attendants were also able to take a tour of VCSU during the day. Photos by Greg Vanney, VCSU.

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Media Coverage Summary – June 10, 2016


The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, June 10.


Bismarck State College
BSC offers Summer Ag Academy in July
Finding their way – blind students navigate college life
The strength of generations – Atkinsons honored with first Legacy Family award
A different breed of patient

Dakota College at Bottineau
Dakota College Recognizes Excellence

Dickinson State University
2016 Blue Hawk Club Seat Season Packages On Sale
Dr. Mitzel to give keynote address at EDND conference

Lake Region State College
LRSC Auto program participates in Devils Run
Student awards presented at graduation

Mayville State University
North Star Athletic Association recognizes Mayville State athletics personnel
Sprinkler system upgrades will enhance safety in Old Main

Minot State University
Summer theater season opens with ‘Godspell’
Carter gets 1st shot at interviewing for MSU AD position
MSU research project selected for N.D. EPSCoR funding

North Dakota State College of Science
30 percent of work is complete
College of Tomorrow
NDSCS Honor Roll announced

North Dakota State University
Germans from Russia tour set for 2017
NDSU departments receive Research ND, Venture Grant awards
NDSU graduate finds professional fulfillment after earning master’s degree 
NDSU-educated architect makes a difference by developing design leaders
Area student receives NDSU scholarship
NDSU Helps to Expose Kids to Technology
$4.5 million in scholarships for innovative business students at NDSU
NDSU announces $4.5 million entrepreneur endowment
Anonymous donation sparks $4.5 million NDSU entrepreneurship endowment
NDSU President Bresciani announces $4.5 Million endowment for entrepreneurship and innovation

University of North Dakota
The NATURE of things
Finding strength
On Target
Every mile matters
UND to host bar association meeting and acclaimed guest speakers
High-flying UND students master gravity-defying stunts
UND-NDSU project aims to build science interest among Native American students

Valley City State University
Successes abound in spring semester

Williston State College
Williston State College president announces earlier resignation

North Dakota University System

Media Coverage Summary – June 3, 2016


The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, June 3.


Bismarck State College
BSC legend finishing a 50-year chapter
Conversations at BSC presents program on Custer expedition

Dakota College at Bottineau
Dakota College Recognizes Excellence

Dickinson State University
BAC to show 3 family friendly feature films this summer

Lake Region State College
Student awards presented at graduation
Excellence in Educating award presented

Mayville State University
CCNE grants accreditation to Mayville State baccalaureate degree program in nursing
STEM College for Kids scheduled
Mayville State will recognize distinguished alumni at June 24 dinner

Minot State University
MSU host friend-raising golf tour
‘Search and Discover’ for Veterans’ Stories
Students say farewell
20 seasons of chamber music
Nursing Honor Society holds events

North Dakota State College of Science
N.D. Colleges Partner on Pharmacy Tech Degree

North Dakota State University
NDSU student coordinates national conference
Student to receive Astronaut Scholarship
NDSU graduate uses hands-on education to succeed at Appareo
Food manufacturers respond to changing consumer demands with help of NDSU

University of North Dakota
Truman show
O Captain! My Captain!
New school of thought
MBA program makes distance learning a possibility for students around the United States
Professor Grijalva Presents at U.S. Mission to the United Nations

Valley City State University
N.D. Legislature’s higher education committee to meet on campus
Teacher preparation programs at VCSU reaccredited

Williston State College
Teton Fundraiser Prepares WSC Athletics For Next Year

North Dakota University System