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NDUS Chancellor Mark Hagerott

Chancellor’s Comments on Former UND President Mark Kennedy Proves the Impotence of Higher Education Governance

Chancellor’s Comments on Former UND President Mark Kennedy Proves the Impotence of Higher Education Governance

One of the most persistent and confounding problems in North Dakota’s higher education system are university presidents – backed by politically loud constituencies made up of alumni and sports fans and hometown media – who don’t want to be governed. Who resent the governance of the State Board of Higher Education and the Legislature and

Larry Skogen. Forum News Service file photo

Do We Measure the Success of a University President in Terms of Buildings Built?

Bismarck State College President Larry Skogen has announced that he’ll be retiring next year, which means the State Board of Higher Education will soon be paying consultants a silly amount of money to provide them with a slate of replacement candidates who will, in all likelihood, be mostly from other parts of the country. Because

North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark R. Hagerott Jesse Trelstad/ Grand Forks Herald

Plain Talk: NDUS Chancellor Says It’s Time for Higher Ed to “Get Out of the Ivory Tower”

The North Dakota University System needs funding from taxpayers that is more stable. But also, the university system itself needs to “get out of the ivory tower” and do a better job of serving the labor and career needs of the state. That’s what NDUS Chancellor Mark Hagerott said on this episode of Plain Talk.

UND grad student Alyssa Rowland asks Bernie Sanders how to convince people that free education benefits everyone during Sanders visit to Archives Coffee House on the UND campus in 2016. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

The Bernie Sanders Plan to Eliminate Student Debt Is Hardly a Free Lunch

There’s no such thing as a free lunch. It’s an undeniable truth. Somebody always has to pay. The Bernie Sanders plan for eliminating the roughly $1.6 trillion in student loan debt some 45 million Americans are carrying is no exception to the rule. “At a Capitol Hill news conference, Sanders unveiled the plan to eliminate

Joshua Wynne, dean of the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences, was named interim president of the university on Thursday, May 30. (Photo courtesy of UND Today)

Plain Talk: Wynne Says Former UND President Mark Kennedy’s Progress Was “Tainted” by “Personality Issues”

Former University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy, who left that position under a cloud of criticism to take a new one at the University of Colorado, did a lot of good things according to interim UND President Joshua Wynne. He said, on this episode of Plain Talk, that you have to “separate the message

A group of UND graduates coordinate their mortarboards at Saturday's commencement. Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

The Soaring Cost of Higher Education Is What Forces Students to Choose Between the Humanities and STEM Studies

This letter to the Fargo Forum – headlined “The liberal arts are not useless” – is excellent, though it misses what I think is the most important driving factor behind the trend it describes. Parents and business leaders and political figures have been putting a heavy emphasis on STEM-centric studies, the acronym standing for science, technology,

Print Column: Legislature’s Decision to Gut Auditor’s Powers Looks Worse and Worse

MINOT, N.D. — The State Board of Higher Education is getting a babysitter for North Dakota State School of Science President John Richman. “The state’s university system may keep a closer eye on North Dakota State College of Science management after a state audit found problems with how the school handled business regarding its planned career academy,”

Red River seniors react to a tribute video during commencement in Grand Forks in 2017. Eric Hylden / Forum News Service

North Dakota Among States With Biggest Drop in Higher Education Enrollment, and Maybe That’s Not a Bad Thing

“College enrollment in the U.S. has decreased for the eighth consecutive year, according to new data released Thursday by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center,” Inside Higher Ed reports. “The report covers 97 percent of enrollments at degree-granting postsecondary institutions that are eligible to receive federal financial aid.” You can read the entire NSCRC report here. “Alaska, Florida,

NDSCS President John Richman

University President With a $200,000 Salary Is Getting a Babysitter

We shouldn’t be surprised that the State Board of Higher Education decided to do, well, something in response to the serious and long-standing leadership problems at the North Dakota State School of Science. Despite board President Don Morton preemptively poo-pooing an ugly audit of NDSCS, and a cadre of powerful Fargo-area business interests circling the

North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark R. Hagerott visits with the Editorial Board at the Grand Forks Herald. Jesse Trelstad/ Grand Forks Herald

Chancellor Hagerott’s Open Records Dodges Are Too Cute by Half

From what I’m hearing the interim President at the University of North Dakota, who will be taking over for departing President Mark Kennedy, is the school’s medical school dean Joshua Wynne. He’s one of the named finalists, and I’m also told he’s not interested in the gig long term. He told my colleague Sydney Mook

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