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First year students at North Dakota State University gathered on the campus green on the first day of classes Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. Photo special to The Forum.

North Dakota’s College Students May Not Be as Liberal as You Think

North Dakota’s College Students May Not Be as Liberal as You Think

The perception of America’s college campuses – a perception very much grounded in reality, I believe – is that they’re very liberal places. From the administrators to the faculty to the students themselves, our campuses lean left. How true is that here in North Dakota? I think it’s fair to say that the administrators and

Plain Talk: Minnesota Governor Continue’s His Predecessor’s Politically-Driven Delay of Line 3 Pipeline Project

On this episode of Plain Talk, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has decided to continue his predecessor Mark Dayton’s political obstruction of the Line 3 replacement project. Mel Olson from Minnesotans for Line 3 talks about it. Also, an analysis shows there were no reported contributions to Republicans from faculty or administrators at NDSU during the

North Dakota State College of Science President John Richman and North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani on Monday, June 18, at NDSU. David Samson / The Forum

State Board of Higher Education Wisely Declines to Give University Presidents a Blank Check on Tuition

A recent spat between State Board of Higher Education members and a couple of university presidents over tuition policy for out-of-state students illustrates exactly why Governor Doug Burgum’s proposed changes to university governance are such a bad idea. If you haven’t been following along, recently South Dakota announced that they would be granting in-state tuition

North Dakota State students cheer a touchdown against Robert Morris Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in the Fargodome. Michael Vosburg / Forum News Service

Bison Football Should Raise the Price for Season Tickets

Those of you are familiar with my work know that I’ve got little love for collegiate athletics generally, and little interest in football specifically. But even I’ve noticed some of the griping about empty seats at North Dakota State University football games. The Bison are apparently on pace for another championship season, yet according to

North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani, left, and University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy meet with The Forum Editorial Board to make the case for more legislative funding for research Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

The Legacy Fund Was Created to Benefit All of North Dakota, Not Just Fargo and Grand Forks

Tammy Miller and Steve Burian had a letter to the editor recently, on behalf of the Fargo and Grand Forks based Valley Prosperity Partnership, backing a proposal which would take $100 million out of the state’s Legacy Fund to fund research projects at North Dakota State in Fargo and the University of North Dakota in

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum does a live Snapchat video as NDSU President Dean Bresciani flashes the Bison horns during the afternoon commencement address at graduation ceremonies from the Fargodome on Saturday, May 13, 2017. David Samson / The Forum

Burgum’s Proposal for Governing North Dakota’s Universities Isn’t Likely to Fix Anything

Much of the turmoil in North Dakota’s university system in recent years has been a product of the struggle by the State Board of Higher Education, and the Legislature, to get the state’s 11 public campuses to work together as a unified system. The NDUS is addled by parochialism, particularly at the largest institutions in

North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani, left, and University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy meet with The Forum Editorial Board to make the case for more legislative funding for research Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

The Magical Thinking Behind Dumping Money Into Higher Education

It was illuminating, I think, that the recent headline to a Fargo Forum editorial supporting a proposal to dump more taxpayer dollars into UND and NDSU was “Create brighter future for UND, NDSU.” It was not “Create brighter future for North Dakota students” or “Create brighter future for North Dakotans” but rather “Create brighter future”

North Dakota State football fans Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Don’t Crack Down on the Secondary Market for Bison Tickets

“True fans wouldn’t try to turn a profit from Bison tickets,” reads the headline over a letter to the editor in the Fargo Forum today. The letter’s author is upset over some NDSU football fans looking to maximize their return for tickets they’re selling on the secondary market. “I think it is really great that

The North Dakota State University campus. Forum file photo

Enrollment Numbers Are the Wrong Metric by Which to Measure Higher Education Success

News from North Dakota’s two largest universities – UND in Grand Forks and NDSU in Fargo – is that fall enrollment is down this year. Based on preliminary numbers, NDSU is seeing a drop of about 700 students while UND’s enrollment has dropped by about 500. Those might seem like big drops at first blush,

North Dakota State celebrates its win against Sam Houston State for the 2011 FCS national championship in Frisco, Texas. Forum file photo

Where’s the Evidence That Football Championships Boost Campus Enrollment?

Collegiate sports at most universities – including North Dakota’s two largest campuses, UND and NDSU in Grand Forks and Fargo respectively – do not make money. In fact, they cost taxpayers and students quite a bit of money. Not even the top-tier teams, which would be the men’s hockey team at UND and the men’s

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