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Shirvani The Scapegoat Is Gone, North Dakota University System's Hostility To Transparency Remains

Shirvani The Scapegoat Is Gone, North Dakota University System's Hostility To Transparency Remains

“So Shirvani is gone now, and lo and behold in Friday’s edition of The Press ran the headline, ‘Another illegal meeting for state higher ed board?’” writes Klark Byrd for the Dickinson Press, noting that the former chancellor who had quickly become a scapegoat for all the ills in North Dakota’s university system isn’t around

With Approved Increases, Tuition At North Dakota's Largest Universities Up 115% Since 2002

Earlier this week the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education went along with a plan for tuition increases promoted by the university presidents and opposed by Chancellor Hamid Shirvani. These are just approved maximums, which technically means that the actual tuition increases might be lower, given the university presidents argued for these maximums on

Higher Ed Auditor Resigns Calling North Dakota University System A "Dead End"

According to this Associated Press report Director of Internal Audit and Risk Assessment Bill Eggert – the guy whose audit report uncovered hundreds of phony diplomas at Dickinson State and who more recently rejected accusations of cooked data aimed at Chancellor Hamid Shirvani – is resigning because he sees his job as being a “dead

Higher Ed Report Card Shows Abysmal Track Record For North Dakota Universities

The Chronicle of Higher Education has new information out for their College Competition database which compares how both public and private universities are performing in the various states. Despite taxpayers having increased spending on higher education by more than 150% over the last decade, and despite North Dakota coming in at #2 in the nation

One Year Later, Where's The Justice For Dickinson State University?

On February 10th, 2012, the North Dakota State Auditor released a devastating report about diploma fraud at Dickinson State University. The audit found that some 584 fraudulent degrees were issued to foreign students, mostly from China. The students had also enjoyed relaxed admissions standards and even fake grades, all the while using their enrollment at

Television Debate: Milk For Kids And University System Chancellors

During my television segment last night on Valley News Live with Chris Berg and High Plains Reader publisher John Strand we talked about “milkgate” as well as the turmoil over Chancellor Hamid Shirvani: Valley News Live – KVLY/KXJB – Fargo/Grand Forks On the chancellor issue, Mr. Strand’s contention is that the legislature is overstepping its

House Passes Mandatory Evacuations Bill, Senate Kills Limits To State Auditors

The legislature voted today on a couple of bills I’ve written about in the past. First, the House passed HB1120 allowing the executive officer of any county or city in the state to order mandatory evacuations for up to seven days, and beyond with the approval of the city council/county commission. Currently only the governor

Legislators Friendly To Higher Ed Seek To Gut Power Of The State Auditor

Over the last couple of years the State Auditor Bob Peterson’s office has produced some very inconvenient reports for the university system. When the State Auditor was looking into the Dickinson State University “diploma mill” fiasco they pushed back against efforts by then-university system Chancellor Bill Goetz to limit the scope of the audit. Eventually

Respondents To Dickinson State University Survey Ask Questions University Officials Don't Want To Answer

In a blatant bit of holiday news dumping, the officials at Dickinson State University gave up on a fight to keep a section of a recent campus quality survey dedicated to written comments hidden from the public. Previously only a redacted copy was given to the media as university officials hid behind their lawyers, but

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