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Media Coverage Summary – Sept. 30, 2016

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, Sept. 30


Bismarck State College
Nacelle tower dedication at BSC on Oct. 3
BSC recognizes Summer 2016 graduates
Auditions are Oct. 4 for BSC’s winter theatre production

Dakota College at Bottineau
ECH Assists as Growers Diversify

Dickinson State University
DSU Homecoming week kicks off Oct. 9< Dickinson State recognized as safest college in North Dakota
TRHLP to hold silent auctions to benefit Dickinson Backpack Program
DSU ranks first in ND for lowest student loan debt at graduation

Lake Region State College
Signature fundraising event Oct. 21

Mayville State University
Nationally recognized leader in K-12 education to visit Mayville State
Philanthropist Ted Dintersmith, advocate for change in education, visits Mayville State
Alumni and friends will be honored during Homecoming 2016 festivities

Minot State University
Minot State and Polish university partner
Swedish journalist explores American election process
Minot State fall enrollment numbers up

North Dakota State College of Science
NDSCS accredited status continues
Enrollment up nearly 3 percent at NDSCS

North Dakota State University
Students awarded NDSU Women’s Club Scholarships
NDSU student-athlete named semifinalist for Campbell Trophy
NDSU faculty awarded grants for materials and nanotechnology research
Something to crawl about: Artists open up for annual FMVA Studio Crawl
What you need to know about Friday’s NDSU homecoming parade through downtown Fargo
Band uniforms get second life thanks to upcycle project

University of North Dakota
Core investment
Wellness milestone
University of North Dakota Geology Associate Prof knows safe cycling
Science of ‘Sully’
UND’s master translator Elizabeth Harris is a finalist for two more national prizes
UND to inaugurate 12th President, Mark R. Kennedy, on Monday, Oct. 10 at the Chester Fritz Auditorium
UND program accepts first class of disabled vets with entrepreneurship ambitions
UND’s Cassie Gerhardt to receive distinguished service award
UND to allocate nearly $2 million to libraries, research, arts and sciences and engineering

Valley City State University
U.S. News ranks VCSU No. 1 among public regional colleges in Midwest
VCSU to host Envision 2030 discussion on liberal arts
Squash harvest by VCSU freshmen to benefit Great Plains Food Bank

Williston State College
Williston State College enrollment tops 1,000 students for 4th consecutive semester

North Dakota University System
Striving higher in educational goals
Board talks budgets, future

Striving higher in educational goals


With Fall semester well underway, it’s a great time to take stock of where we are as a system. From the perspective of the State Board of Higher Education, it’s challenging, but also invigorating.

We as a Board are tasked with helping to shape the policy that guides the North Dakota University System and its 11 public colleges and universities, which in turn shape their respective communities and tens of thousands of young minds. Each and every Board member takes that task to heart, and in times of challenge we try to work together to meet the needs of our students and maintain the trust placed in us by the public.

We know that challenge can help us become more educated, and more healthy – as individuals and as a system. So when one of those challenges includes cuts to finances, we do everything we can to ensure that those cuts don’t impact opportunities for student success.

We know that diligence is required on our parts to make sure that happens. The campuses have already taken up the charge of combining and sharing services, and providing more opportunities for united efforts. That is accomplished along multiple lines, from offering collaborative classrooms through distance learning options, to combining staff roles, to putting in place data systems like Predictive Analytic Reporting to help predict when and how students will need help.

We’re also cognizant of how we are striving to always improve. That was reflected in our Board meeting this past week, when we opted to increase our attainment goals. Attainment – or the percentage of North Dakota citizens who have post-secondary education – is a metric being looked at closely by those of us in-state, as well as nationally. We’re working with the Lumina Foundation to move toward increasing our current attainment goal of 60 percent by 2025 to 65 percent. We’re also open to considering the possibility of increasing it to 70 percent by 2030, but as with all things, these goals are accomplished in steps.

Some of those steps have already been put in place through the efforts I mentioned above like collaborative learning and the implementation of Predictive Analytic Reporting. Others will come in time, and can be helped along by ongoing conversations within the system and across the state, such as those happening under the Envision 2030 initiative. Two inclusive discussions have already taken place on Diversity and Energy, and more will come, including those that take into account more specific issues that face our students. Two of those talks – Tomorrow’s Student and The Whole Student – are sure to bring up ways to create a healthier, more focused environment from which our students can increase their own rate of success. Stay tuned to university system updates on when and where those talks – and other Envision 2030 Pillars – will be held.

No matter what, we will keep our noses to the grindstone as we work through challenges, because our singular goal of fostering student success is one that has to continue to be met, no matter what challenges face us as a Board or as a system.

Board talks budgets, future

Regular meeting covers updates on budget, IT plans and strategic processes


Dr. Joshua Wynne, dean of the UND Medical School, gave a tour of the med school to members of the State Board of Higher Education and campus presidents during the Sept. Board meeting.

Dr. Joshua Wynne, dean of the UND Medical School, gave a tour of the med school to members of the State Board of Higher Education and campus presidents during the Sept. Board meeting.

The State Board of Higher Education tackled numerous topics at its recent meeting, including an update to a presidential library lease, a new information technology plan, and amendments to its strategic plan that included an increased attainment goal for the state. Included in the day’s talks were details on the 2015-17 and 2017-19 budgets.



North Dakota University System Chief Financial Officer Tammy Dolan presented to the Board on budget reduction plans. She brought the Board’s attention to impacts of the budget allotment of 6.55 percent for the 2015-17 budget and the 10 percent reduction by Gov. Jack Dalrymple for the 2017-19 budget. She stressed that the plan presented was the best estimate at the time of the meeting, adding that it wouldn’t be finalized until the end of the next legislative session when the budget was set.

Dolan stated that 70-80 percent of typical budgets were comprised of salaries and benefits, so budget cuts in the 6-10 percent range would impact personnel. Voluntary separation and early retirement options had been looked into at the system and institutional level, as had reductions-in-force, which Dolan noted was usually the last option sought in order to retain a qualified workforce. She said that 60-70 percent of the identified savings that had been realized for the latest allotment had come from personnel changes by closing vacant positions, combining others, reducing the number of part-time employees and offering early retirements. She said this was done throughout the system with campuses aiming to maintain as little impact to student success as possible.

Board member Kevin Melicher asked if there was any indication that further allotments would be implemented. Dolan said that it was unlikely the state would see another allotment before the legislature met again. She said she did expect that the legislature would expand on the 10 percent reduction for the 2017-19 biennial budget.

During the meeting, Dolan also spoke about the Tuition and Fees Waivers study group report. She noted that since the numbers were put together in April, changes within the state’s budget outlook had presented challenges to the campuses. Additional time is needed to create updated recommendations based on current budget forecasts. Dolan asked the Board to allow for an extension on the discussion, which was granted.


Legislative outlook

Rep. Mark Sanford, chairman of the Interim Legislative Higher Education Committee, spoke at length to begin the Board meeting. He noted that he had seen good things from the Board, and the system, in recent months, and urged Board members and system staff to continue that progress. He stated that the interim committee had met on eight campuses and was likely the most aggressive of the interim committees, with numerous major studies underway. He thanked Chancellor Mark Hagerott and system staff, noting that the interim committee’s work couldn’t have gone forward without the data they provided. He expanded that gratitude to the campuses, which had been “marvelous” hosts throughout all the meetings.

Sanford stated that the committee would give a report to the full legislative assembly after the election, to bring sitting and newly-elected legislators up-to-speed on the state of higher education in North Dakota. He said five major studies including Board governance, campus visions, administrative costs, the facilities master plan, and course delivery methods, would all help color that reporting along with updates on the Challenge Grant, auditing, and more. He also spoke about proposed legislation that involved the loan forgiveness program, e-transcripts for public schools, and potential changes to the funding formula.


Attainment, performance

Vice Chancellor for Strategic Engagement Linda Donlin then presented on amendments to the strategic plan. She began by referencing the annual retreat in June, where the Board discussed the plan and potential adjustments to it in light of the financial climate of the state and the ongoing Envision 2030 discussions. Through a prioritizing exercise, the Board detailed what they’d felt were the most important issues, including implementation of shared services, improved retention and attainment numbers, and metric-driven performance measures. Donlin drew the Board’s attention toward two changes. The first is a change in the attainment goals, from 60 percent by 2025 to 65 percent by 2025 and the possibility of increasing it to 70 percent by 2030. The attainment goal – which refers to the percentage of a state’s citizens who have an associate’s degree or higher – was increased in line with the Lumina Foundation’s goal to increase attainment throughout the U.S. while also counting high-quality credentials and certificates, and paralleled efforts in adjacent states to do the same. The second goal is defining metrics by which to evaluate presidents and the chancellor. Donlin noted that it could be achieved by rolling up the new three- and five-year retention and completion goals Chancellor Hagerott had asked the presidents to submit. The Board had a discussion about doing that, and felt it made the most sense to do it by tiers (two-year colleges, four-year and research universities). Language will be adjusted accordingly.

After extensive discussion among Board members and system staff, the Board moved to accept the strategy to increase attainment, but to table further strategic plan updates until the tuition study is reviewed, likely in October. The tuition study is a big factor in accomplishing Goal One: Deliver Degrees That Are the Best Value in the Nation. The motion passed, which will enable the system to start working on a plan to achieve the new attainment goal and seek grant funding through the Lumina Foundation to help with that process.


System updates

Nick Vaughn, legal counsel from the Attorney General’s office assigned to the university system, brought forward a lease agreement for the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library. The initial agreement was brought to the Board during its annual meeting this summer, where an amended agreement was asked for containing stronger language that held the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation responsible for any misuse of the premises. A second provision would allow the land to be brought back to the system if no construction occurred within 10 years. Vaughn said the foundation had signed the agreement. Dickinson State University President Thomas Mitzel noted that his university had been working closely with the foundation, and was happy with the lease as written at the time of the meeting. He said many at the university were excited at the prospect for the presidential library to be constructed and open in Dickinson.

Minot State University President Steve Shirley brought forward a new mission statement and strategic plan. Shirley said the previous strategic plan was titled “Vision 2013,” which had since become dated. The new plan, titled “Empowering Generations,” contains new vision and mission statements, six broad goals, and comes in the lead-up to next year’s campus visit by the Higher Learning Commission. The new mission statement reads “Minot State University is a public university dedicated to excellence in education, scholarship and community engagement achieved through rigorous academic experiences, active learning environments, commitment to public service, and a vibrant campus life.”

NDUS Chief Information Officer Darin King presented the strategic IT plan, which is required by law to be updated every two years. King spoke on IT systems and security initiatives that had been implemented throughout the system’s 11 colleges and universities, offering more specific details on functional consolidation of certain systems. He also spoke of IT goals moving forward, including supporting NDUS infrastructure needs, improving IT-enabled business processes and services, improving student learning and users’ focus, and improving collaborative efforts. King elaborated on all the goals, noting that collaborations specifically had increased within the system’s campuses, and with other state agencies.

Chancellor Mark Hagerott presented an update from the system, including personnel updates and presidents’ goals, which he had approved per Board policy. Hagerott then presented for Board approval an overview of his goals, which consist of three parts: overseeing the presidents’ goal accomplishment, leading the system and managing the system office.

He noted that data inconsistencies had begun to be addressed, key positions had been filled, strategic planning had been implemented, and initiatives involving Strategic Planning Online, Open Educational Resources and Predictive Analytics had all been progressing forward.

Hagerott said that the system had begun working with DPI to implement best practices. That cooperation was being undertaken to help high schools and higher education work together. He noted that this “distributed think tank” was moving quickly to address ongoing issues. Hagerott added that more scholarships had been awarded under the BakkenU initiative, and technology-based programs were progressing under the Nexus ND initiative, which focused on Cybersecurity, High Performance Computing and Unmanned Aerial Systems.

Hagerott then provided details on studies that had been undertaken by the Chancellor’s Cabinet, including retention, mission, tuition and fees, governance, administrative costs and more. The Board later approved his goals.

Board member Mike Ness provided an update from the recent, annual Joint Boards meeting, which had concentrated much of its discussion on the implications for higher education and K-12 of new requirements for dual-credit instruction.

Board Chair Kathleen Neset reported on Board training in light of budget constraints, touching on training that could be provided by bringing in speakers from various higher ed organizations, rather than having Board members travel to meetings. They also discussed how the Chancellor’s Cabinet study on governance could help focus training needs and opportunities.

Hagerott detailed the next steps in the Envision 2030 timeline. He noted that two Pillar discussions had already taken place successfully at DSU and Williston State College, on diversity and energy, respectively. Further Pillar talks would continue to incorporate perspectives from all stakeholder groups throughout the state on the topics of agriculture, health care, liberal arts & humanities, manufacturing, technology, tomorrow’s student, and the whole student.

Melicher gave an update on the NDUS Foundation, noting that its available funds had increased by nearly 1,000 percent, from $68 to $6,500. He noted that a financial committee had been created to approve and award expenditures including grants and scholarships. He stated that the foundation was looking into grant opportunities to increase funding availability and potentially increase scholarship funding through Bakken U. That initiative had recently awarded two $5,000 scholarships to students at Bismarck State College and MiSU. He added that a partnership with Gate City Bank had created an opportunity to give two faculty awards.

The Board unanimously approved the consent agenda from the budget, finance and facilities committee, as well as unanimously approving recommendations from the academic and student affairs committee.

In other business, the Board held the first reading of policies 302.3 (budget and finance), 1200.1 (information technology consolidation services), and 1202.3 (data policy). Additionally, the Board set the 2017 meeting schedule, which allowed for a mix of face-to-face and distance meeting options.

The next Board meeting is scheduled for Oct. 27 at Dakota College at Bottineau.

State Board of Higher Education sets ambitious attainment goal

At its meeting this month, the State Board of Higher Education voted unanimously to increase the state’s attainment goal from 60 percent to 65 percent by 2025. The goal is to increase the percentage of North Dakota citizens who have post-secondary education.

The Board decided to immediately upgrade the attainment goal in its current strategic plan and study the possibility of increasing it to 70 percent by 2030 with the addition of high-quality credentials to the goal of having at least an associate’s degree. The attainment goal, which refers to the percentage of a state’s citizens who have an associate’s degree or higher, was increased in line with the Lumina Foundation’s goal to increase attainment throughout the U.S, and parallels efforts in adjacent states to do the same. In 2014, the Census Bureau’s Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) showed that 44 percent of citizens ages 25-64 have at least an associate’s degree.

“Having more citizens with higher levels of education increases their earning potential and also the potential of the state to attract businesses and help diversify our state’s economy,” said Board Chair Kathleen Neset. “At the same time, we will also will be studying our state’s changing demographics and making sure our goal is inclusive of underserved populations. We are committed to increase our attainment goals because we are not satisfied with the status quo, we want to set our sights high for our students and our state.”

The Board’s decision will enable the system to start working on a plan to achieve the new attainment goal and seek grant funding to help with that process. Discussions being held in upcoming weeks on the pillars of the Board’s long-range strategy initiative, Envision 2030, will also support shaping the possibilities for higher attainment.

Media Coverage Summary – Sept. 23, 2016

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, Sept. 23


Bismarck State College
UND deans take campus tour
Conversations at BSC begins with Gloria Steinem on Sept. 25
Job fair scheduled on BSC campus Sept. 29
Author to speak at BSC about ND photography project
U.S. News ranks BSC in top Midwest Regional Colleges

Dakota College at Bottineau
DCB Announces Fall Enrollment

Dickinson State University
DSU to showcase artwork by Donna Watts
TRHLP to hold silent auctions to benefit Dickinson Backpack Program
Fall 2016 total enrollment up 5% at Dickinson State
Dr. Wohletz to present at Digital Humanities Forum
DSU welcomes public to attend 11th annual TR Symposium

Lake Region State College
LRSC Star Party
Fall enrollment at LRSC
LRSC Playmakers present Sweeney Todd

Mayville State University
Mayville State all-time enrollment record topped for fifth-straight year
Craig Hockenberry, leader of transformation at Oyler School in Cincinnati, to visit Mayville State
Ceremony of remembrance at Military Honor Garden planned as part of Homecoming 2016 festivities

Minot State University
Minot State Homecoming Parade
Top 10 Universities with the Best Out-of-State Tuition Rates
Attendance up at Minot State
Minot State shows rise in fall enrollment
Minot’s only brewery has new brew master
Styled by a Child Raises Money and Awareness

North Dakota State College of Science
Higher Learning Commission continues NDSCS Accredited Status
NDSCS Fall Enrollment tops 3,000 for Sixth Consecutive Year
NDSCS Wildcats head into Homecoming Week
NDSCS oral cancer awareness 5K is Sept. 24
Enrollment numbers decline slightly at ND colleges, universities
Dahlgren and Adam crowned 2016 NDSCS Homecoming Royalty

North Dakota State University
NDSU math department to host Sonia Kovalevsky Day Sept. 24
NDSU releases official fourth week enrollment
State of the University Address, center dedication planned for Homecoming Week
Glenn Hill Center naming dedication set for Sept. 30
Town hall meeting to discuss alcohol and drug prevention efforts
Commemoration to highlight importance of Battle of Hastings
Hispanic Heritage Month events scheduled

University of North Dakota
Fit kids?
In harmony
‘Social’ networking
Afternoon music
University of North Dakota Potato Bowl French Fry Feed
UND Computer Science accreditation has been renewed
UND’S Nonprofit Leadership Program’s flamingos will fly the coop
UND final fall enrollment check once again shows most academically prepared and diverse freshman class ever

Valley City State University
VCSU sets enrollment record
VCSU named Champions of Character Institution for 14th straight year
VCSU Alumni Association to celebrate Homecoming
Wellness center intended to benefit everyone

Williston State College
Cuts to CTE programming draw concern
Scotland and Ireland Trip Welcomes Community Members
Enrollment Holding Steady at WSC
Envision 2030 Energy Pillar to take place Wednesday

North Dakota University System
Challenge Funds awarded

Seven campuses report increased headcount

Lower overall numbers attributed to smaller cohort of graduating seniors (incoming freshmen) for 2016 year

Seven colleges and universities throughout the North Dakota University System have shown growth for the fall 2016 semester. Dakota College at Bottineau, Dickinson State University, Lake Region State College, Mayville State University, Minot State University, Valley City State University, and Williston State College all showed increased enrollment over previous years according to the most recently-reported numbers.


Bismarck State College kept its place as the third largest college in the system, although with a slight decrease in its student body to 3,976, a decrease of 2.5 percent from the same time last year.


Dakota College at Bottineau has shown an increase in its student body since last year. According to the most recent numbers, the official count for fall 2016 semester is 811, up from 692 last year at the same time – a 17.2 percent increase. Those positive metrics were also reflected in the number of full-time equivalencies (students with credit hours equaling 15 or above), an increase of 6.8 percent.


Dickinson State University indicated a fall 2016 enrollment that rose 5.2 percent to 1,386 students. According to the university report, the FTE indicated an increase of 4.1 percent.



Lake Region State College showed a slight increase in total enrollment this year to 1,947 students, an increase for the college of 1.5 percent over last year.


Mayville State University’s headcount grew again, with 1,130 students enrolled this semester, up from 1,110 one year ago at the same time. This year’s enrollment continues the universities record-setting growth.


Minot State University saw a 1.9 percent increase in headcount. According to the university report, there were 3,412 students enrolled this semester, up from 3,348 students at the same time last year.


North Dakota State College of Science has shown a student body of more than 3,000 for the sixth straight year. According to the campus report, NDSCS has 3,003 students enrolled in four groups: Wahpeton, Fargo, on-line and early entry.


North Dakota State University indicated slightly lower enrollment numbers for the fall 2016 semester. According to the university report, total headcount for fall 2016 was 14,432, down from 14,516 last year. Institutional researchers noted that the decline was attributable to a smaller class of seniors that graduated this May, which resulted in a smaller cohort of incoming freshmen.


The University of North Dakota has reported a decreased enrollment of two percent for fall 2016, with a headcount of 14,648. That number is down from last year’s 14,516, which registered as the third largest enrollment in UND’s history.


Valley City State University broke last year’s record high enrollment with a total fall 2016 student body headcount of 1,452, up 30 students from one year ago.


Williston State College slightly increased its enrollment for the third straight year with an increase of .1 percent over from last year’s headcount with a total of 1,039 students enrolled for fall 2016.

Challenge Funds awarded

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.

Dakota College at Bottineau, Dickinson State University, Lake Region State College, Mayville State University, North Dakota State College of Science, University of North Dakota, Valley City State University, and Williston State College received a total of more than $2 million in funding through a process set up by the N.D. Legislature in 2013.

The announcement brings the total amount awarded to nearly $18.8 million, out of more than $22.1 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 awards must meet needs within four categories: education infrastructure, endowed chairs, scholarships and technology.

State Board of Higher Education Chair Kathleen Neset said that the grants represented the state legislature’s continued commitment to higher education.

“This matching funding represents an opportunity to invest in our educational future,” she said. “These funds will help our colleges and universities provide more opportunities to our hardest-working students through additional scholarships.”

The latest round of awards was as follows:

Dakota College at Bottineau: $50,933.

Dickinson State University: $114,367.

Lake Region State College: $15,000.

Mayville State University: $179,618.

North Dakota State College of Science: $216,114.

University of North Dakota: $1,195,938.

Valley City State University: $194,153.

Williston State College: $112,500.

Earlier this year, Bismarck State College, Dickinson State University, Minot 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.

Media Coverage Summary – Sept. 16, 2016

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, Sept. 16


Bismarck State College
Author to speak at BSC about ND photography project
Bismarck State College’s Power Plant Technology program celebrates 40 years
U.S. News ranks BSC in top ten Midwest regional colleges
BSC to observe Constitution Day with special activities
Theater festival features plays prepared in 24 hours

Dakota College at Bottineau
DCB Announces First Speakers for Book Read

Dickinson State University
DSU hosts first of 9 Pillar events across the state
Redefining Traditional
TRHLP holds retreat for freshman
DSU recognized by U.S. News & World Report
DSU – Bismarck SEA hosts Welcome Back Picnic
Dickinson State to observe Constitution Day Sept. 19

Lake Region State College
Employees receive service awards

Mayville State University
Mayville American Legion post establishes scholarship at Mayville State
Near-space balloon launch at Mayville State yields amazing photos and data
Induction of hall of famers will highlight Homecoming 2016 festivities

Minot State University
At home in Minot
Minot artist shows work at BAGA
Minot State Alumni Association to bestow awards during homecoming
MSU Homecoming King and Queen named
Mexican heritage inspires artist at NAC
Governor Dalrymple Addresses Budget Cuts to North Dakota University System
‘We got our butt kicked’ by flooding and are adapting

North Dakota State College of Science
NDSCS to celebrate Homecoming

North Dakota State University
NDSU College of Business ranked in top 100 for supply chain research
Kovalevsky Day events scheduledNDSU students fighting back violence against women
In the honey capital of America, bees are adapting, too
NDSU Marching Band Teams Up with Fargo South High
State Of The Universities: NDSU President Dean Bresciani

University of North Dakota
Triumph and tradition
Market on wheels
Returning home
Hawks and spuds
UND to host Constitution Day event on Friday, Sept. 16
UND Engineering programs receive accreditation
UND deans bus tour of North Dakota set for Sept. 20-21
UND Mortar Board chapter among ‘most outstanding,’ receives Gold Torch Award

Valley City State University
VCSU named Champions of Character Institution for 14th straight year
U.S. News ranks VCSU No. 1 among public regional colleges in Midwest
20 Years of Laptops

Williston State College
WSC Foundation Continues to Increase Donations

North Dakota University System
NDUS continues Envision 2030 discussion with Pillar events

NDUS continues Envision 2030 discussion with Pillar events

The North Dakota University System has scheduled nine “Pillar” events that will continue the discussions started earlier this year at the Envision 2030 education summit.

The events will take place throughout the state starting next week and running through October. In May the initial Envision 2030 breakout sessions allowed stakeholders from the academic, business and legislative communities to discuss and set short-term, mid-term and long-term goals for higher education in North Dakota. The Pillar events will continue those discussions with further input from expanded groups of stakeholders on how to best reach those goals.

Chancellor Mark Hagerott said the events will shape the future of higher education in the state.

“We’re excited to begin this next series of discussions with input from lawmakers, business and industry representatives, staff, faculty, and of course, students,” Hagerott said. “We’ve come together to set the goals, now we’ll come together again to discuss how we can best reach them.”

The schedule of Pillar events is as follows (all times listed are Central Time):

Thursday, Sept. 15. 10 a.m.-noon. Dickinson State University. Diversity.
Wednesday, Sept. 21. 6-8 p.m. Williston State College. Energy.
Thursday, Oct. 6. 1-3 p.m. Valley City State University. Liberal Arts & Humanities.
Tuesday, Oct. 11. 8-10 a.m. University of North Dakota. Tomorrow’s Student.
Thursday, Oct. 13. 1-3 p.m. North Dakota State University. Agriculture.
Tuesday, Oct. 18. 1-3 p.m. Lake Region State College. Health Care.
Wednesday, Oct. 19. 1-3 p.m. Bismarck State College. Technology.
Thursday, Oct. 20. 1-3 p.m. North Dakota State College of Science (Fargo). Manufacturing.
Wednesday, Oct. 26. 1-3 p.m. Minot State University. The Whole Student.

Participants interested in attending one or many Pillar events may RSVP at this link.

Media Coverage Summary – Sept. 9, 2016

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, Sept. 9


Bismarck State College
BSC announces President’s Honor Roll for Summer 2016
BSC and DSU music faculty perform in a recital Sept. 11

Dakota College at Bottineau
Paramedic Technology Program Accredited

Dickinson State University
Groundbreaking for Woods Hall scheduled for Monday
Eacret-Simmons’ love of art leads to career
Heart River Writers’ Circle invites community to Native Americans & the Media Arts
DSU to celebrate inauguration of 12th president

Lake Region State College
LRSC golf takes 7th at Jimmies Kickoff

Mayville State University
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with us at Mayville State
Mayville State to host college fair
Everyone who attends the Farmers Bowl Auction has a chance to win $500

Minot State University
Minot State University president talks budget cuts
Minot State to go ‘Wild with Beaver Pride’ this homecoming
Powerful drama, recognizable tunes
Former Canora resident is new hall of fame inductee

North Dakota State College of Science
NDSCS Announces 2016 Homecoming Honorees
NDSCS announces Letterwinners Hall of Fame inductees
NDSCS Announces Letterwinners Hall of Fame Inductees

North Dakota State University
NDSU doctoral student recognized for research
Psychology professor named to journal editorial board
Cereal science graduate student receives fellowship
Ethics institute to host panel discussion on health care
Germans from Russia Heritage Collection publishes new book
Blue Key Homecoming show to benefit Valley Senior Services
NDSU faculty member leads Fargo’s effort to win energy competition

University of North Dakota
High recognition
On the job
UND Music to hold concert to welcome Kennedys to campus
UND ROTC cadets to hold 9/11 Silent Vigil and Memorial Honor Guard on Sunday
UND awarded nearly $1M in nursing student assistant grants

Valley City State University
VCSU online history education program ranked 3rd in nation
Viking Hall of Fame set to induct 6 individuals

Williston State College
Third Annual Women in Leadership Expo Will be Held next month at WSC

North Dakota University System

Media Coverage Summary – Sept. 2, 2016

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, August 19


Bismarck State College
Reception for artist Greg Walter exhibit on Sept. 8
BSC student earns Bakken U scholarship
BSC and ND National Guard join forces to host Community Fit Fair

Dakota College at Bottineau
Trinity Health commits to help nurses of the future

Dickinson State University
International Students Studying at DSU Hope to Make Impact
DSU Chamber Singers invited to perform at Carnegie Hall
From superfan to coach

Lake Region State College
Employees receive service awards
HLC closes books on NDUS review

Mayville State University
Near-space balloon launch planned at Mayville State
Performing Arts Hall of Fame inductees for 2016 have been named
Mayville State alumni and friends enjoy Norway tour

Minot State University
‘Dressing for Success’
Discussing ‘The Art of the Portrait’
2 students selected to receive $5,000 Bakken U scholarships
Funds for Backpack Buddies Program
Bakken U awards more funding to N.D. students
Oilfield worker earns scholarship to continue education
Trinity commits $1.75 million to MSU, DCB nursing programs
Trinity Health commits to help nurses of the future
Minot State commemorates 9/11 anniversary

North Dakota State College of Science
Richman explains how NDSCS will respond to budget shortfall
NDSCS honorees
NDSCS names Grindberg vice president of workforce affairs
NDSCS appreciates W-B’s understanding
GES, NDSCS program gives students experience, financial aid
Becoming The Center Of The Workforce – Fargo Monthly p. 38

North Dakota State University
Students earn awards at horticulture conference
NDSU doctoral student named to petroleum history board
NDSU Holds Student Involvement Expo
What do patients know about generic biotech drugs?
NDSU receives grant for colon cancer treatment research
Coaching Study Results: Your Student Athlete is in Good Hands
Enjoy safely canned foods this winter
NDSU Extension offering educational activities at Big Iron
New Disaster App Helps Small Businesses Prepare for the Worst
NDSU startup invited to Demo Day at Congress

University of North Dakota
Catching them early
‘Un-manned U’
UND awarded nearly $1M in nursing student assistant grants
UND to host expert on First-Generation students on Sept. 7-8
UND Chemical Engineers part of U.S.-China research collaboration
UND to compete in National Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge
UND lists 2016 summer graduates
UND geography looks to unveil new earth science education tool to the public

Valley City State University
Strength and conditioning receives NSCA recognition
Introduction of New Staff

Williston State College
A Teton Fan From a Land Down Under

North Dakota University System
Bakken U awards second round of scholarships