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For Lawmakers University System's Transparency Issues Are No "Misconception"

For Lawmakers University System's Transparency Issues Are No "Misconception"

According to Chancellor Larry Skogen, the idea that the state’s university system and its institutions have problem with transparency is just a “misconception.” That despite nearly two dozen open records violations by the university system and its instittuions since 2010. And to prove just how committed they are to transparency, the North Dakota University System

Why The University System Needs To Lose Control Of Their Lawyers And Auditors

Before the state Legislature convened for the crossover break, the House passed a university system budget that trimmed Governor Jack Dalrymple’s proposed spending increase and included a number of reforms for how the universities are governed. Among them, the budget moves the universities lawyers and auditors to the control of the Attorney General and State Auditor

It's Time For Larry Skogen To Stop Making Excuses

North Dakota University System Chancellor Larry Skogen has been on a media offensive the last few days. According to him, the university system’s problems are just “misconceptions,” and it’s really the Legislature who is attacking the university system. According to Skogen, the public should be happy that the North Dakota University System has only violated state transparency laws

Higher Education's Challenge Is That Their Leadership Thinks Problems Are Just Misconceptions

These are truly remarkable statements from North Dakota University System Chancellor Larry Skogen: Larry Skogen, chancellor of the North Dakota University System, said Friday that misconceptions, including those about transparency, are the greatest challenge facing the state’s higher education system. … “People have this perception that no one in higher education is held accountable,” but

Higher Ed Board To Consider Asking Legislature For DSU Foundation Bailout

The most recent chapter in the on-going feud between lawmakers and North Dakota’s university system has to do with university foundations. These organizations like to think of themselves as private entities separate from public universities they serve, but Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has ruled in legal opinions that they must adhere to open records laws,

University System Won't Investigate Disparaging Comments About Auditor's Age

Yesterday the State Board of Higher Education met, and in addition to selecting Terry Hjelmstad to serve as their new president, they finally dealt with their auditor problem which dates back to before Thanksgiving. In early November NDUS Chief Auditor Timothy Carlson was notified by Chief of Staff Murray Sagsveen that he was being placed

North Dakota Higher Ed Board President Kirsten Diederich Resigns

Yesterday I wrote about rumors circulating among lawmakers which held that State Board of Higher Education President Kirsten Diederich was considering resigning in the face of legislative opposition to her appointment to a second term on the board. Today comes news that Diederich has, indeed, resigned though she admits to no culpability for the problems

UND President Has Nothing To Show For Month Off Studying Tenure Issue

What if a university president took a month off to study an aspect of university administration but then had nothing to show for it? Wouldn’t that make it seem as though the president in question…kind of took a vacation instead? Back in July I wrote a post about UND President Robert Kelley requesting a month

NDUS Vice Chancellor Accused Of Manipulating Hiring Process For Auditor

Back in November I reported that two of the North Dakota University System’s top accountability personnel – Chief Auditor Timothy Carlson and Compliance Officer Kirsten Franzen – had been placed on administrative leave pending termination. Carlson was accused of being less than truthful on his resume, and Franzen was accused of (among other things) tipping

University System Will Only Evaluate Presidents If It's Kept A Secret

Last month I wrote a post about a proposal for legislation being pushed by North Dakota University System Chancellor Larry Skogen and the State Board of Higher Education which would exempt university president evaluations from open records requests. Today a couple of Forum Communications reporters picked up on the story, reporting from the organizational session