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Attempt to Whitewash Dickinson State’s Diploma Mill Scandal Is Despicable

Attempt to Whitewash Dickinson State’s Diploma Mill Scandal Is Despicable

Recently in his weekly political column my colleague Mike Jacobs described the political situation around funding for Dickinson State University like this: DSU faced an existential threat this session. The reasons are tied to a scheme that enrolled Chinese students and granted them degrees without requiring anything other than money from them. This is best

A Governor-Appointed Chancellor Can Lose Us Accreditation, But Not Hundreds Of Phony Degress?

At the Grand Forks Herald today, the editorial board engages in a bit of fear-mongering over proposed changes to how the state’s university system is governed. The Herald, apologists for the state’s universities and proponents of the university system (which gobbles up more than $1 billion of our tax dollars every biennium) being “independent” of

Sad: North Dakota Senate Rubber Stamps Dalrymples Board Of Higher Ed Appointments

Yesterday the North Dakota state Senate considered, and approved, three appointments to the State Board of Higher Education by Governor Jack Dalrymple. That three nominees were being considered all at one time is, in and of itself, remarkable. It’s the result multiple members of the SBHE leaving their terms on the board early in the

It's Time To Ask Voters Again About Constitutional Protections For Universities

Earlier this week I wrote about HCR3008, introduced by Rep. Mark Dosch, which would remove from the state constitution mentions of eight of the state’s eleven college campuses. Because those campuses, and their intents/locations, are named in the state constitution they existence is required by law. Meaning that regardless of enrollment declines, performance problems or

The Lamest Argument You've Ever Heard For North Dakota's Constitutionally Protected Universities

One of the peculiarities of North Dakota’s system of universities is the fact that eight of the eleven campuses, and their locations, are mandated in the state constitution. Which means that no matter how poorly these universities might perform, no matter how few students actually attend them, they must exist per the law. On a

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

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