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Print Column: Burgum Can’t Paint Over the Mold Problem in Higher Education

Print Column: Burgum Can’t Paint Over the Mold Problem in Higher Education

MINOT, N.D. — I am dubious of a proposal to change the governance structure of the North Dakota University System. The idea comes from a task force Gov. Doug Burgum created to consider the issue, and it would replace our current eight-voting-member State Board of Higher Education with three boards consisting of nearly 40 members.

Rep. Thomas Beadle, R-Fargo during floor debate Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, at the state Capitol in Bismarck. Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune

Audit: North Dakota’s Use of Open Source Textbooks Has Saved North Dakota Students a Lot of Money

For generations now the cost of higher education has been out of control. This isn’t exactly news to you, I’m sure, but it may surprise you to know that the cost of textbooks has grown even faster than the rapid increase in tuition costs. Check out this graph from a recent report from the North

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

Dickinson State University Sign Dickinson Press photo

Trump to Sign Funding Ban for Universities Hosting Chinese Institute Once Touted at North Dakota Universities

Back in 2010 the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education approved requests from Dickinson State University and North Dakota State to create Confucius Institutes on their campuses. In 2012 the folks at DSU, mired in a horrendous diploma mill scandal, announced they were ending the program. It doesn’t seem as though a similar program

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

North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark R. Hagerott (Jesse Trelstad / Forum News Service)

North Dakota University Presidents Get “Reminder” About Policies Prohibiting Retaliation Against Whistle Blowers

Earlier today I wrote about a state lawmaker Emily O’Brien, a former University of North Dakota employee who feels she was treated unprofessionally by superiors there because of political biases. Specifically she says Provost Thomas DiLorenzo made disparaging comments about Republican lawmakers, generally, and was upset that O’Brien specifically defeated former lawmaker and North Dakota

Gov. Doug Burgum dishes out high-fives during his visit with Fargo Lincoln Elementary fourth grade students on Tuesday, April 24. David Samson / Forum News Service

Why Can’t the North Dakota University System Be Satisfied With a 31 Percent Increase in Funding for a 7 Percent Increase in Students?

At a State Board of Higher Education meeting yesterday there was a lot of griping among some board members about Governor Doug Burgum’s suggested budget cut. Board Chair Don Morton sounded a different tone in an interview with me earlier this week (audio here). “Every organization has room to find efficiencies,” Morton told me, adding that

Podcast: SBHE Chair Says Burgum’s Proposed Cuts to University Budgets Are Achievable, “We Will Live Within the Budget”

Superintendent Don Morton spoke about Governor Doug Burgum’s proposed 10 percent cuts to the North Dakota University System on the radio show today. “Every organization has room to find efficiencies,” Morton told me, acknowledging that the universities “let programs grow” in the past which perhaps shouldn’t have. “I really like Doug’s approach,” Morton continued. “Let’s

North Dakota State Board of Higher Education member Kathy Neset, left, and chairman Don Morton, center, and university system chancellor Mark Hagerott TOM STROMME/Bismarck Tribune

Did the State Board of Higher Education Make Another Bad Hire for Chancellor?

At this point the question needs to be asked: Are certain members of the State Board of Higher Education standing behind Chancellor Mark Hagerott because they’re convinced he’s still the best man for the job? Or because they want to avoid admitting they made another mistake in hiring for the Chancellor position? Either way, it

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