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Higher Ed Board Approves Bailout Purchase For Dickinson State Foundation

Higher Ed Board Approves Bailout Purchase For Dickinson State Foundation

The Legislative Audit and Fiscal Review Committee (LAFRC) has voted for audits for the state’s university foundations, and it wasn’t even close. During its January 29 meeting, LAFRC voted 11-4 for the audits. The folks at the universities aren’t happy about it, including NDSU President Dean Bresciani who claims that the state doesn’t have the

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,

Uh Oh: Legislators To Review NDSU "Bailout" Of Sanford Nursing College

About a month ago the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education rubber-stamped a deal pushed for by North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani which has his institution taking over a Bismarck-based nursing college currently run by Sanford Health. Now I’m told the issue will be reviewed by one of the Legislature’s interim committees. During

What Makes Higher Ed Officials Think The REAC Building Will Succeed After Dumping It On The Taxpayers?

“In my 38 years in the legislature, this is one the most egregious examples of thumbing nose at a legislative directive. Period.” That’s what state Senator Ray Holmberg, a Republican from Grand Forks, had to say about the North Dakota University System’s handling of the sale of the REAC Building from the now-defunct UND Research

Why On Earth Would We Want To Keep The Status Quo In The North Dakota University System?

The controversy over the REAC building on the University of North Dakota campus – a $17.1 million project from 2009 that now sits half empty and uncompleted – is one taxpayers ought to be paying attention to. Last year the legislature ordered the State Board of Higher Education to negotiate a deal to sell the

State Senator: REAC Building Loan May Be Illegal

The interim Government Finance Committee is addressing the controversial REAC building sale from the now-defunct UND Research Foundation to the University of North Dakota. North Dakota University System Chancellor threw himself under the bus on the sale, apologizing to the State Board of Higher Education for handling it inappropriately. Legislators are upset that the deal

Major UND Donor Got Cushy Loan Deal Out Of Controversial Building Sale

“Interim chancellor’s building snafu leaves lawmakers unhappy” That was the headline from the Associated Press this weekend, reporting on the REAC building controversy at the University of North Dakota. Last week Chancellor Larry Skogen apologized for the handling of the matter during a meeting of the State Board of Higher Education (after previously telling the

Video: Chancellor Skogen Apologizes For Handling Of REAC Building Sale

The sale of a research building from now-closed down UND Research Foundation to the University of North Dakota itself has raised eyebrows. The legislature is currently investigating the matter (an interim committee is hearing it today), but at a meeting of the State Board of Higher Education a contrite Chancellor Larry Skogen apologized for the

REAC Building Boondoggle Dumped On The Taxpayers By Unapologetic Higher Ed Officials

“In my 38 years in the legislature, this is one the most egregious examples of thumbing nose at a legislative directive. Period.” That’s what state Senator Ray Holmberg, R-Grand Forks, told Prairie Public about the deal in which the UND Research Foundation, controlled by UND officials, dumped the financially-challenged REAC building onto taxpayers. I’ve written about

Legislator: Chancellor Skogen "Overlooks And Ignores Facts" In REAC Building Sale

Last week Senator Ray Holmberg, R-Grand Forks, asked the interim Government Finance Committee, chaired by Rep. Jeff Delzer, R-Underwood, to investigate the sale of the REAC building from the UND Research Foundation to the University of North Dakota (here’s a summary of the issues being investigated). Senator Holmberg and other legislators I’ve spoken to feel

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