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The Fight Over NDSU’s Dunbar Hall Reveals an Ugly Truth About Our Priorities in Higher Education

The Fight Over NDSU’s Dunbar Hall Reveals an Ugly Truth About Our Priorities in Higher Education

Dunbar Hall is a chemistry lab building on the North Dakota State University campus. It’s also in embarrassingly poor condition, and has been for some time. Back in 2014 the Associated Press was reporting that people who work in the building had to lug water because the pipes didn’t work. In June of 2017 fire

Print Column: Subjecting Mark Kennedy to an Ideological Litmus Test Is Unfair

MINOT, N.D. — Once upon a time I thought Mark Kennedy was going to be a good leader for the University of North Dakota. I cheered when he made tough decisions like closing down the women’s hockey program which bled money because, despite vocal support from some, few showed up to watch the games or

What Is the Point of the State Board of Higher Education?

There are two very ugly, very tumultuous situations in North Dakota’s university system right now. Situations in need of accountability. Transparency. Strong leadership. Unfortunately, we’re not getting it from the State Board of Higher Education. Case in point, University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy sent a letter to campus which said he’d be leaving

Plain Talk: Burgum Vows Veto Fight With Legislature Isn’t Over, University of Colorado Student Says Kennedy Will Face Protests on Visit

On this episode of Plain Talk, Governor Doug Burgum says a separation of powers fight with the Legislature isn’t over after lawmakers overrode his veto. He stopped short of saying his administration might take the matter back to the courts, but said if it does end up back there “the [state] Supreme Court has been

Print Column: Let’s Talk About How We’re Going to Replace Kennedy at UND

MINOT, N.D. – Reading the headline, I’m sure some of you readers think I’m getting ahead of myself. After all, University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy got a bit ahead of himself when he sent a goodbye letter to the campus community, touting himself as the sole finalist for a new gig at the

Judge Mark Kennedy on His Competence as a Leader Not His Politics

A decision by the University of Colorado to make current University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy their president has proved controversial. But not because Kennedy has been a poor communicator, and a poor leader, here in North Dakota. Most of the rancor seems focused on Kennedy’s politics, per this report in the Denver Post.

Whatever Colorado Decides, North Dakota Needs to Be Done With Mark Kennedy

Yesterday University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy sent the campus community what sure seemed like a resignation letter. “With mixed feelings, excited for this new opportunity, but sorry to leave UND, we look forward to keeping in close contact with our many friends in North Dakota and returning to witness UND’s continued progress,” he

Would a New Governance Structure for North Dakota’s Universities Really Change Anything?

Earlier this week it appeared as though the cause of reforming the North Dakota University System’s governance structure was dead. But then the state House reconsidered a previously defeated bill which would enlarge the State Board of Higher Education, and because it’s an amendment to the state constitution the issue will be in front of

Plain Talk: More Than You Ever Really Wanted to Know About Pore Space

On a previous episode of Plain Talk, state Senator Jessica Unruh made the case for her bill (which has now passed the House and Senate and is currently in conference committee) address the issue of pore space and other issues important to the oil and coal industry in the state. On this episode Troy Coons,

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