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Media Coverage Summary – Oct. 27

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, Oct. 27


Bismarck State College
BSC haunted theater creates ‘Stage Fright’

Dakota College at Bottineau
DCB Project Culminates in Poster Display

Dickinson State University
Silence: Being female in a Medieval world; DSU to present fall comedy
TRHLP to host 10th annual Miss(ter) Blue Hawk beauty pageant
Meet Holly Gruhlke, chair of the School of Business and Entrepreneurship
Dickinson State nursing students win award at NDCN conference

Lake Region State College
Ag All-Stars: college gives back to community
LRSC students selected for theater festival
Hanlan named Educator of the Year from ND Association for Lifelong Learning

Mayville State University
Dream Maker Campaign for academic scholarships underway
Public invited to participate in Great Plains Affirming Campus Conference
Support the work of Cope Well Foundation at athletic events October 20-22

Minot State University
Grandniece donates Hartnett letters to MSU
Minot State plans Take Back the Night event
Minot State unveils four-year renewable award

North Dakota State College of Science
NDSCS opens $1 million HVAC/R lab


North Dakota State University
New NDSU Equine-assisted Therapy Program accredited
Dick Beardsley Gives Motivational Speech to NDSU Students
Ag Producers Income Tax Management Program set for Nov. 14
Does regulating artificial intelligence save humanity or just stifle innovation?
BeefTalk: Long-term cow-culling rate, replacement rate and cow age
Wind energy is growing North Dakota’s economy

University of North Dakota
Leon’s legacy
‘Betting’ on others
From nest to the skies
Collaboration to build network capacity
Nursing on a mission

Valley City State University
VCSU named Champions of Character institution for 15th straight year

Williston State College
Engineering the Future at WSC
Annual Teton Trail [of Treats] Returns to WSC
Stenberg Nominated to North Dakota Historic Preservation Review Board

North Dakota University System

Media Coverage Summary – Friday, Oct. 6

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, Oct. 6


Bismarck State College
Job fair scheduled for Oct. 18 on BSC campus
High school juniors and seniors invited to campus Oct. 20
National board honors BSC associate professor of surgical technology

Dakota College at Bottineau
Book Read Announces Panel Discussion

Dickinson State University
Sofi & the Baladis: Israeli music group to perform at Dickinson State University
Dickinson State professor selected to join ND Change Network cohort
Dickinson State recognized as Outstanding Chamber Business of the Year
CommUniversity seeks course proposals for February 2018
Homecoming kicks off Friday, Oct. 6, at Dickinson State University
TRHLP to hold silent auction to benefit Dickinson Backpack Program

Lake Region State College
How Precision Agriculture is Helping North Dakota Farmers

Mayville State University
The U.S. Air Force Offutt Brass will perform at Mayville State October 21
Edenloff shares information about her journey to becoming a veterinarian

Minot State University
Minot State NOTSTOCK: Come create art with us

North Dakota State College of Science
NDSCS still confident this fall
NDSCS to celebrate Homecoming October 2-7, 2017

North Dakota State University
NDSU research efforts, building projects touted in State of University address
Alumni Remember College Years at NDSU Homecoming
‘Moos, Ewes and More!’: Annual NDSU farm animal event set for Oct. 7
Area pharmacy professors advocate ramping up opioid antidote prescriptions
NDSU Extension transforms lives through education
Zaleski: New history of old Fargo is a fun read
Two Harbors native to compete as cyber warrior
NDSU Research improves beef cattle production
Cyberopportunity: That’s how to think of cybersecurity, one of the upper Midwest and the world’s fastest growing fields

University of North Dakota
TopDog teaching comes to UND
Helping students soar
Student-Athlete of the Month: Alivia Fraase
In the eye of the storm
Athletics: Fair and equitable

Valley City State University
L2L students pick squash for food bank

Williston State College
WSC Student Completes Schlumberger Internship

North Dakota University System
Board hears nursing, system reports at Sept. meeting
Task forces kick off work

Bismarck State University campus successes

BSC EMS director heads to heart of hurricane

Within 24 hours of Hurricane Irma’s decimation of Florida, Darci Grunett was headed into the heart of the destruction. Grunett is a veteran Paramedic and BSC’s Emergency Medical Services/Paramedic Program Director. Grunett was part of the North Dakota EPR (Emergency Preparedness and Response) Medical Volunteer Reserve team helping to care for victims of the storm.


BSC and VCSU announce collaborative elementary ed degree

Students who earn an AS degree focused on elementary education from BSC, can now stay on the BSC campus and earn a BS degree in Elementary Education from Valley City State University.


Surg tech professor earns high honor

Trudy Riehl, associate professor and program director of surgical technology, was recently recognized as the recipient of the Fellow of the Association of Surgical Technologists (FAST) award. The FAST award is AST’s highest honor.

Dakota College at Bottineau campus successes

TRIO receives grant re-funding

The TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) program at Dakota College at Bottineau (DCB) has received their most recent grant award for the TRiO program. This funding assures that the program will be actively helping TRiO-eligible DCB students throughout the 2017-18 academic year.  This funding also assists with DCB students on the Minot State University campus.


DCB relocates program to Minot

Prior to the start of the Fall 2017 semester, Dakota College at Bottineau (DCB) relocated an Information Technology (IT) teaching position to Minot (at Minot State University-MiSU) with the intent of providing additional career and technical education opportunities to students in Minot and the surrounding area. Upon completion of a one-year diploma in web design or a two-year associate’s degree in webmaster or IT, students will be able to land entry-level positions to help serve the varied IT needs of businesses. Students will also have the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems or Applied Business Information Technology from MiSU under a new articulation agreement between DCB and MiSU.


Highest Student Head Count Recorded

Following the generation of the fourth week Fall 2017 census report, Dakota College at Bottineau (DCB) is pleased to report the highest student headcount in its history.  The Fall 2017 headcount came in at 909 students, which is up 12 percent from the same time last year.

It should be noted this year’s headcount does not include 147 students taking developmental courses only through DCB.  The previous  headcount record of 863 students occurred during Fall 2010.

In addition to the increase in headcount, DCB experienced an increase in FTE from 490 during Fall 2016 to 527 during Fall 2017, an eight percent increase and the second highest FTE count in the history of the institution.

Dickinson State University campus successes

Dickinson State sees enrollment growth for the second year

Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, marked the fourth week census for the Dickinson State University campus community. The census report reflects a total head-count enrollment of 1425 students. This is an increase from 1386 students in fall 2016 and represents more than an 8 percent growth compared to fall 2015 enrollments of 1317 students.


Retention rates improve at Dickinson State

The percentage of first-time, full-time students enrolled in fall 2016, who returned to Dickinson State in fall 2017, increased by 10 percent resulting in 64 percent retention of this cohort. This is significant in that the average retention of this cohort for the previous five years was 55 percent.


Dickinson State University announces School of Business and Entrepreneurship

The North Dakota State Board of Higher Education recently granted approval for the Department of Business and Management at Dickinson State University to form the School of Business and Entrepreneurship.

As the largest field of study, at approximately a quarter of the total campus enrollment per year, the School of Business and Entrepreneurship’s mission is to educate and prepare skilled, principled, and entrepreneurial graduates who will have a positive impact in their professions, their companies and their communities.

Lake Region State College campus successes

LRSC auto accolades

The automotive training program at LRSC received continued accreditation by National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). The NATEF Master certification shows program instruction, facilities, and equipment meet or exceed standards. The program has been accredited for more than 30 years.


Paying it forward

Lake Region State College Precision Ag students grew and are donating farm-fresh food to the local food pantry. Winfield Ag Solutions and Land O’Lakes Foundation supported the club to purchase supplies to grow the produce.

Mayville State University

MaSU experiences record enrollments

MaSU notched an 86-year high enrollment record for the summer session of 2017. Headcount enrollment was up 2% overall, when compared with last year. The all-time fall semester enrollment record was topped for the sixth-straight year this fall, with a one percent increase over 2016.


MaSU Child Development Programs providing Early Head Start services in Fargo, West Fargo

MaSU Child Development Programs is partnering with the YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties Early Learning Program to provide Early Head Start Services (EHS) to eligible families in the Fargo-Moorhead area. EHS is a low-income-based program that provides quality child care for families who cannot otherwise afford it.


MaSU students, faculty, staff achieve goal to send backpacks to Nepal in honor of North Dakota 9/11 victim

MaSU students, faculty, and staff achieved their goal of securing 200 backpacks that will be sent to school children in Nepal. The fund-raising project supported the goals and dreams of Ann Nicole Nelson, Stanley, N.D. native, who perished in the Sept. 11, 2011 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City.

Minot State University campus successes

Alumni Association honors five

The Minot State University Alumni Association honored four individuals with the Golden Award and one with the Young Alumni Achievement Award at their 50th Anniversary Dinner during Homecoming 2017.

Dr. Joseph Hegstad (posthumously), Dr. Richard Jenkins, Roger Looyenga (’68) and Marv Semrau were chosen for the Golden Award, while Wade Regier (’08) received the Young Alumni Achievement Award.

The highest award bestowed by the Minot State University Alumni Association, the Golden Award selections are based on outstanding service to the university or alumni association and distinguished leadership in the recipient’s career or community. The Young Alumni Achievement Award recipient is between the ages of 21 to 39.


Walther earns Bakken U Scholarship

Minot State University student Nicole Walther is one of two individuals who was awarded the Bakken U Scholarship for 2017-18, the North Dakota University System announced.

The scholarship is given through donations from the North Dakota Petroleum Council. Dickinson State’s Owen Short was named as the second award winner.

Walther, a Williston native, is currently pursuing a degree in finance. She earned a degree in math in 2012 at MSU and worked for five years for Pilot Thomas Logistics until May 2017 to return to school. During her five years with the company her duties include working with inventory, logistics and customer service. She believes that getting a degree in finance will help her become a more efficient and valuable employee.


Minot State celebrates record year of giving

For the second straight year, the Minot State University Development Foundation has reported a record year in giving to the university during Fiscal Year 2017.

The foundation reported a total of $4.362 million in support from all donors. The total was up from $3.569 million in Fiscal Year 2016, marking the fourth time in five years the total increased over the previous year and the third time in four years the total reached more than $3 million.

Along with increased money raised, Minot State also showed an increase in the growth of endowed funds supporting scholarships and programs. MSU reached a total of 323 endowed scholarships providing $879,517 in support of the university, with 74 percent of these funds going directly to support student scholarships. In total, the Minot State Development Foundation gave $2.271 million to support academic programs, $1.049 million to scholarships, $560,308 to athletics and $168,480 to facilities at MSU.


NDCPD awarded Administration for Community Living Core Grant

The North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities (NDCPD), a University Center of Excellence on Developmental Disabilities, Education, Research and Service at Minot State University, was awarded a $2.735 million grant from the Administration for Community Living (ACL).

“NDCPD is recognized – because of this grant – as a university center of excellence, which is a federal designation,” said Brent Askvig, executive director for NDCPD. “This is the first of a five-year grant and we have developed a five-year plan around four key areas: Aging, health, employment, and high quality education. We can take this core grant and leverage it to find other monies to accomplish those key areas.”

Forty-two University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs) were awarded five-year grants. The UCEDDs will receive a total of $22,974,000 a year to address issues, find solutions, and advance research in order to improve the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their families. ACL also awarded continuation grants to an additional 25 UCEDDs, to continue their five-year grant cycles.

NDCPD will be awarded $547,000 each year over the next five years.

North Dakota State College of Science campus successes

NDSCS fall enrollment remains steady at just below 3,000

Total student enrollment at NDSCS is 2,985, which includes Wahpeton, Fargo, online and early entry students. This is a slight drop compared to fall 2016 enrollment, which totaled 3,003. Fall enrollment data shows 442 students taking at least one class at the NDSCS-Fargo location, which is a nearly 3% increase over 2016.


NDSCS accepting applications for Practical Nursing Program in Fargo

The Practical Nursing Program at NDSCS-Fargo features early evening classes four days per week, with laboratory and clinical instruction during daytime hours. New students to the program will begin classes in January 2018.


NDSCS announces summer 2017 President’s Honor List

NDSCS has named nine students from its Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician program to its summer 2017 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 credits with letter grades.

North Dakota State University campus successes

NDSU master’s program ranked highly for exam pass rates

NDSU’s Master of Accountancy program was highly ranked by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy in pass rates for the certified public accounting exam. NDSU has a CPA pass rate of 81 percent. It is among only 27 schools that offer advanced accounting degrees with pass rates exceeding 80 percent.


Physics student receives prestigious national scholarship

Carly Snell, a senior majoring in physics, received the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation scholarship for this academic year. She is one of 45 students from across the country to be selected for the $10,000 scholarship. She is a standout undergraduate researcher at NDSU and plans to pursue a doctorate in astrophysics.


NDSU researcher awarded highly competitive grant to study diabetes

Yagna Jarajapu, associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences, received a $1.3 million National Institutes of Health R01 grant for diabetes research. The funding will help find solutions to diabetes complications that cause severe damage to organs and tissues.

University of North Dakota campus successes

Enrollment progress

The University of North Dakota made progress in a variety of enrollment categories for the fall of 2017. Compared to last year, our new freshman are up 1%, transfers are up 5%, and our professional enrollment is up 4%. Our freshman class also represents the best academically prepared UND freshman class, with an average high school GPA of 3.47 and an average ACT score of 24.


Top 25 Innovative Schools

UND is proud to be named to as one of the Top 25 Most Innovative Schools by U.S. News. This places our university in the company of innovative powerhouses such as MIT, Yale, and Stanford. This list is created through surveys of college presidents, provosts, and admissions deans, showing that UND is known to its peers as being on the cutting-edge of change in higher education.


FED Pres. visits UND

UND welcomed the President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Neel Kashkari, to campus to kick off this year’s Eye of the Hawk Lecture Series. Mr. Kashkari spoke in front of hundreds of students, faculty, staff, and community members on the state of the economy and the role of the Federal Reserve.

Valley City State University campus successes

VCSU garners No. 1 ranking among public regional colleges in Midwest

Valley City State University has garnered the No. 1 ranking among public regional colleges in the Midwest in the 2018 U.S. News and World Report Best College rankings. VCSU—which also earned the No. 1 ranking in 2017, 2016, 2013 and 2012—tied the University of Minnesota Crookston for the top position in the 2018 rankings. VCSU has now been ranked a U.S. News “Best College” for 20 consecutive years.


VCSU sets enrollment records

Valley City State University has set enrollment records with a total headcount of 1,522 and an undergraduate headcount of 1,372, according to official numbers released by the university for Fall Term 2017. The total enrollment figure of 1,522 surpasses the previous record of 1,452 set in Fall 2016, while the undergraduate mark of 1,372 exceeds the previous record of 1,369 from 1970. “Our record enrollment is an indicator of the robust learning environment that students, faculty and staff have created together at VCSU,” said President Tisa Mason.


Bass named NAIA Faculty Athletics Representative of the Year

Dave Bass, assistant professor in the VCSU School of Education and Graduate Studies, has been named the 2017 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Wally Schwartz Faculty Athletics Representative of the Year. Bass has served as VCSU’s Faculty Athletics Representative for more than 20 years, acting as a liaison between the athletic department and the institution as well as handling eligibility and academic questions. Bass will be presented with the national award at the NAIA Convention next April in Kansas City.

Williston State College campus successes

WSC Receives Director’s Award of Excellence for Massage Therapy Program

WSC’s Massage Therapy Program Director, Wendy McGinley, traveled to Bismarck, Monday, August 7 to accept the North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education’s (NDDCTE) 2017 Director’s Award of Excellence in the Health and Sciences area for the college’s Massage Therapy program.

The Director’s Award of Excellence is an acknowledgement of superior career and technical education programs in North Dakota from secondary, postsecondary, or continued education levels that have been operational for at least two years.


WSC Receives CPR/AED Training

To help kick off in-service week, one third of WSC employees became CPR/AED certified by the American Heart Association on August 11.

The course was led by WSC Nursing Instructor, Lynn Douglas MSN, RN, a licensed American Heart Association Instructor.

The 37 employees completed a four-hour online training prior to attending a two-hour hands-on course where they tested their knowledge in six topics: first aid; medical emergencies; injury emergencies; environmental emergencies; CPR and AED; and how to prevent illness and injury.


Enrollment Numbers at WSC Break Another Record

Record-breaking enrollment continues at WSC with 1,098 registered students according to census totals released Tuesday, September 19.
A 5.68% increase from Fall 2016, 885 students are from North Dakota while 104 are from Montana. The remaining 109 come from several other states, Canada, and other countries.   Released four weeks after the first day of school, census totals have shown that enrollment at WSC has been on the rise since Spring 2015 when the highest reported enrollment was 1,009 students

Board hears nursing, system reports at Sept. meeting

SBHE members differ on chancellor review, hold off until November

September’s meeting of the State Board of Higher Education had an energetic start last week.

Board Vice Chair Greg Stemen opened the meeting with a statement on the topic, noting that overall it was in the Board’s and North Dakota University System’s best long-term interests to approach the topic with patience and due diligence. He stated that Board Chair Don Morton had noted the importance of the topic, but that it needed to be addressed with all members present during the next face-to-face meeting. Morton was physically absent from the meeting due to a schedule conflict but was present via teleconference. Board member Kathleen Neset was absent for part of the meeting due to travel delays, but was present via teleconference before arriving at Lake Region State College in the early afternoon.

“Chair Morton and myself, along with all Board members, understand and recognize the importance of dealing with these issues in a timely, but more importantly, well-prepared and judicious manner,” Stemen stated. “With that being said, the agenda for today’s meeting was set well in advance of recent developments. It is an extensive agenda, with issues that will impact our most important people: the 46,000-plus students who attend the institutions comprising our system. We are obligated to address the agenda in front of us, to the best of our ability. The Board’s agenda is not driven by the media cycle and it will not be driven by personal agendas. Truth and facts have no expiration date. We owe it to the students, the institutions comprising our system, and to our state to act in a manner which puts their interests first.”

Stemen read on from the statement, adding that the previous day’s meeting regarding a Lumina Foundation grant to raise attainment, and a separate meeting kicking off the work of five legislatively mandated task forces, had been a critical day to improve higher education in North Dakota. Moving forward with the Board agenda as accepted would be the best for the students, system and state, he concluded.

Board member Mike Ness then moved to add an agenda item to schedule a special meeting to discuss Chancellor Mark Hagerott’s contract and possible litigation. Board member Nick Hacker seconded the motion. A roll call vote was then held, although delayed due to a technical issue with the teleconferencing system. The vote was deadlocked at 4-4, with Board members Ness, Hacker, Jacob Dailey and Dr. Casey Ryan voting in favor of the motion and members Stemen, Neset, Morton and Dr. Kevin Melicher voting in opposition. Without a clear majority, the motion failed.


Legislative Welcome

With the agenda then set, Rep. Dennis Johnson made opening comments. Johnson represents District 15, which includes the area surrounding Lake Region State College and Devils Lake.

“We appreciate having you folks coming to Devils Lake so we can showcase our facility here,” Johnson began. “When you come to Devils Lake and see what we have to offer here at this facility, it’s what all your small communities have that have colleges. It’s why I feel so strongly to advocate for what we do have here.”

Johnson said the community college represents a way to bring opportunity to smaller communities and the people who live in the surrounding regions.

“We’re here for the children and to provide a service to offer education to the people who are close by,” Johnson added. “For the colleges to focus more on certain programs that they can specialize in so there isn’t the duplication.”

Johnson took the opportunity to highlight the Dakota Nursing Program, Precision Ag Program and Wind Technician Program. Those programs respectively helped provide good educations for local students who stayed and worked in the state. Johnson also spoke briefly about the system’s membership in the Midwest Higher Education Compact, a consortium of Midwestern states that focused on higher education. He noted that membership in MHEC continued to be of great benefit to NDUS. He asked that the Board should aim to continue the membership, which he stated offered a 7-to-1 return on investment.



Dr. Patricia Moulton and Ms. Susan Gunsch provided the first academic program presentation of the meeting, which included recommendations from the Nursing Workforce Shortage Group. In the past year, several studies had highlighted the severe need for nurses throughout the state.

Moulton noted that several agencies were looking at the problem, as it affected so many populations. She noted that the plan was still only in draft form, although it contained extensive data representing a culmination of work across several agencies and schools.

Moulton stated that not only was the state’s population growing, it was aging. The nursing workforce was also aging, although North Dakota’s nurse’s average age was slightly younger – by one year – than the national average. Moulton noted that a number of factors drove the nursing shortage, including access to the program. While there were numerous programs throughout the state, a shortage of qualified nursing instructors resulted in some programs having to deny qualified nursing student applicants. That could mean more than 200 qualified applicants not being able to pursue a nursing degree each year. Increasing program capacity could result in long-term growth if more faculty could be recruited and retained. Promoting the development of remote sites to increase distance education offerings for nursing candidates could also help, she said.

Gunsch then spoke on retention and if a difference was possible in keeping N.D. students in the state, as well as retaining nurses in the workplace. She said that if a nurse chose to leave the state, it was typically after their second year of nursing. Over the last seven-year period retention had only grown from 49.8 percent to 50.9 percent. Gunsch added that other ways to mitigate the problems that created the nursing shortage could include increasing loan repayment funding programs, increasing coordination throughout N.D.’s institutions, recruiting from other states, increasing program capacities and retaining more of our nursing staff.


System reports

North Dakota State Staff Senate President Retha Mattern then provided an update on behalf of that group. She provided brief background on NDSSS, notably how the budget situation had affected staff morale throughout the system. She said staff understood how difficult budgetary decisions could be, and expressed encouragement that they could be heard by the Board.

Chancellor Mark Hagerott then provided his regular report, touching on the Digital Initiative, and on President Kennedy’s work with Unmanned Aerial Systems at UND. Kennedy said there was a “huge opportunity” for the state to further work and research in UAS. He noted that an interim director was appointed to the newly created Research Institute for Autonomous Systems. That lead, Mark Askelson said N.D. was a “premiere UAS ecosystem” that the institute sought to leverage into something greater. He said the purpose was to create autonomous systems, apply them and create world-changing technology in the UAS space.

Consultant Linda Donlin provided an update on a grant from the Lumina Foundation. The grant would help study available means to increase educational attainment of all ND citizens, as well as the rate of program completion and graduation throughout the university system. She stated that the world had changed from an industrial economy to a knowledge-based economy and the resulting goal was to provide access to quality education to all. Donlin said the grant for NDUS was for $99,500 and could be explained as three distinct parts: attract adult learners, develop a plan to identify needed credentials and high-quality certificates, and communicate the plan to the state,.


Board Committee Updates

Stemen then gave a brief update on the Audit Committee’s work, including personnel changes, an audit manual and more.

On the Academic and Student Affairs Committee agenda, Ness brought forward one recommendation for an organizational change at Bismarck State College to create the new Dakota Institute. Also recommended were five program terminations at University of North Dakota for a master of arts in Theatre Arts, a graduate certificate and master of science in Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, graduate certificate in psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, graduate certificate in nurse anesthesia, and graduate certificate in family nurse practitioner.
On the Budget and Finance Committee agenda, Hacker brought forward numerous recommendations. They included adoption of resolution regarding financing by the N.D Building Agency; approval of the allocation of $260,000 total between North Dakota State University and UND to support doctoral programs; and authorization to NDSU to provide Burlington Northern Santa Fe with an easement. Hacker also proposed ratification of Chancellor’s interim authorizations for NDSU to proceed with construction of a Seed Cleaning Facility, construction of the NQ Parking Lot, renovation of the NDSU University Village Phase 1,, and  to name its newest residence hall, Catherine Cater Hall. Further recommendations were for ratification of interim authorizations at UND to increase spending authorization for fire protection systems at Brannon Hall and the construction of a parking lot along James Ray Drive and University Avenue.

Other Budget and Finance Committee business included authorization to remove withdrawal or rollover restrictions for terminated employees participating in the NDUS Defined Contribution Retirement Plan; and recommending changing the first principle of the tuition model to state that “Tuition will be charged per credit hour or at a flat rate assessed at either 12 or 13 semester hours.” All recommendations found approval.

Neset provided an update on the SBHE Governance Committee. Neset noted that the committee reviewed the evaluation processes, the self-assessment process, and Board meeting timetables. Valley City State University President Tisa Mason then provided a more detailed look into higher education governance.

N.D. Student Association President Kaleb Dschaak provided a report via email to the Board, but was unable to comment directly on NDSA activities due to technical issues of the teleconference system.

Birgit Pruess commented on behalf of Council of College Faculty President Deb Dragseth, who was unable to be present. Pruess posed questions on staffing decisions, research royalties, and a grading system that CCF would be creating for individual colleges and universities.

In other Board business, the Board waived the first reading and approved the second reading for Policy 302.6 (student financial assistance program advisory board). It also held the first reading of Policies 1912 (public records), and 611.2 (employee responsibility & activities intellectual property). The Board then heard Hagerott provide updates on his and the presidents’ goals. At this time Board members offered brisk discussion on the review process for goals and if it could be more easily summarized, as well as how it tied to evaluations and contracts. Hagerott also provided updates on the presidential search for Mayville State University, SBARE, granting Josh Duhamel an honorary degree from UND, and NDUS annual Strategy Modifications.

The next Board meeting is scheduled for Oct. 26, 2017, via the Interactive Video Network.