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

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

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”

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,

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

Public Meetings Held Out of State Should Be Illegal

Back in 2012 I requested from Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s office an opinion on open meetings law as it applied to a supposedly public meeting of North Dakota State’s Technology and Research Park which was held in Minneapolis. How in the world can a meeting be open to North Dakotans if it is held hundreds

NDSU Sends Out Email Supporting “Dreamer” Students Impacted by Trump’s DACA Recision

President Donald Trump, who is visiting North Dakota later today to talk about tax reform, announced recently that he would be phasing out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy implemented by executive order by the Obama administration. If you’re not up to speed on this issue, that policy is a de facto amnesty for illegal

Burgum May Be a Threat to the Status Quo in Higher Education and That’s a Very Good Thing

Governor Doug Burgum delivered a commence address to graduates at North Dakota State University this weekend. Prior to the speech faculty at the university expressed anxiety about his policy agenda for higher education in our state. They were right to be anxious, I think. He concluded his address urging courage. “Courage to challenge the status quo,

What if Those Demanding Trump’s Taxes Are the New Birthers?

Remember the birther movement? It was an ugly bit of American politics from the Obama era. In fact, our current President was a major figure in birtherism. The conspiracy, for the uninitiated, was that President Obama isn’t really a naturally-born U.S. citizen and thus was ineligible to be President. Feeding into the conspiracy was President

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