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North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani, left, and University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy meet with The Forum Editorial Board to make the case for more legislative funding for research Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

The Magical Thinking Behind Dumping Money Into Higher Education

The Magical Thinking Behind Dumping Money Into Higher Education

It was illuminating, I think, that the recent headline to a Fargo Forum editorial supporting a proposal to dump more taxpayer dollars into UND and NDSU was “Create brighter future for UND, NDSU.” It was not “Create brighter future for North Dakota students” or “Create brighter future for North Dakotans” but rather “Create brighter future”

The North Dakota State University campus. Forum file photo

Enrollment Numbers Are the Wrong Metric by Which to Measure Higher Education Success

News from North Dakota’s two largest universities – UND in Grand Forks and NDSU in Fargo – is that fall enrollment is down this year. Based on preliminary numbers, NDSU is seeing a drop of about 700 students while UND’s enrollment has dropped by about 500. Those might seem like big drops at first blush,

Linda Thorson: NDSU and Planned Parenthood Teaming up to Offer Classes to Students

This guest post was submitted by Linda Thorson, the North Dakota state director for Concerned Women for America. Have you heard Planned Parenthood is offering classes for any teacher with students Kindergarten through 12th grade and that the workshop is offered for credit by North Dakota State University (NDSU)? The teacher for the course is

Gov. Doug Burgum presents his vision of challenges and opportunities facing the North Dakota University System in the face of technological disruptions. He spoke to an interim legislative committee meeting at North Dakota State University on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. Patrick Springer / Forum News Service

Governor Doug Burgum Is Netflix and NDSU President Dean Bresciani Is the Cable Company

My colleague Patrick Springer wrote a very astute article recently about two different visions for higher education presented by Governor Doug Burgum and NDSU President Dean Bresciani. The venue for these views was this week’s meeting of a legislative committee that’s reviewing the state’s university system. At it Burgum spoke about a world where information

North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani speaks at a presidential search open forum Jan. 12 on Ohio University's campus in Athens, Ohio. Submitted photo.

NDSU President Dean Bresciani Finally Figured Out How to Keep His Mouth Shut

It wasn’t a surprise at all that, after a year of basically being put on probation, NDSU President Dean Bresciani got his contract renewed. He has been “chastened” one higher ed insider told me months ago. After years of fostering a belligerent relationship with state lawmakers and even his superiors in the university system, the

NDSU Faculty Senate Circulating Resolution Claiming “Crisis of Confidence” in State Board and University System Leadership

The faculty at North Dakota State University have approved for circulation to other institutions a draft resolution expressing a “crisis in confidence” in the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education and the North Dakota University System leadership. A SAB reader forwarded me the email below sent out by Kathryn Gordon, an Associate Professor at

Lawmakers Put a Band Aid on NDSU President Dean Bresciani’s Bad Sanford Deal

Lawmakers and the State Board of Higher Education today announced that they reached a new agreement with Sanford to keep a nursing school in Bismarck open. NDSU President Dean Bresciani created the mess when he agreed to a sweetheart deal with Sanford back in 2014 while refusing to loop in lawmakers who would inevitably be

Bismarck Tribune: Bresciani Misled on Sanford Deal Which “Hurts the State” and “Made NDSU Look Bad”

The editorial board at the Bismarck Tribune got it mostly right today backing up lawmakers who are pushing to scrap a sweetheart nursing school deal NDSU President Dean Bresciani handed to Sanford. “It looks like NDSU was so eager for a nursing program that they signed off on an agreement favorable to Sanford,” the paper notes in

North Dakota State Bison players hold up the championship trophy after the game against the Jacksonville State Gamecocks in the FCS Championship college football game at Toyota Stadium. North Dakota State won the championship 37-10. Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Where’s the Evidence That Successful Sports Teams Increase Enrollment at North Dakota Universities?

I am absolutely delighted at the debate we are having in North Dakota right now over the cost of collegiate sports. Things might not change much, unfortunately, and it’s clear from my email inbox and social media accounts that even talking about this stuff makes a lot of people angry. But at least we are talking

Sanford Got Caught With Their Hand in the Cookie Jar

Yesterday we had a bit of a political conflagration caused by NDSU President Dean Bresciani who claimed state lawmakers were trying to close a nursing program in Bismarck. Students at the school, understandably alarmed, organized a protest and showed up at the capitol en masse to weigh in. The truth, which Bresciani may have been trying

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