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Free Tuition For North Dakota Students? Only If We Give It To The Students

Free Tuition For North Dakota Students? Only If We Give It To The Students

Valley News Live asked University of North Dakota President Robert Kelly at a recent event if North Dakota should use its windfall of tax revenues to pay for tuition for the state’s college students. Kelly, as you can see in the video report, seemed to like the idea. And of course he would. What business

Audio: Higher Ed Board Members Talk About Lack Of Trust In University Presidents

On July 31st I filed an open meetings complaint with Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s office. I was guest hosting a radio show for WDAY that morning, but a SAB reader had tipped me off that the State Board of Higher Education had requested that the public leave an open meeting at their retreat on the

UND President Gets A Month Off On The Taxpayer's Dime To Think About Doing His Job

Life is pretty easy for North Dakota’s university presidents these days, what with one of their own serving as Chancellor of the university system. Larry Skogen, the president of Bismarck State College who got the Chancellor’s job after Hamid Shirvani was pushed out by a revolt from the university presidents, doesn’t seem to know the

UND Sorority To Undergo Sensitivity Training After Referencing Fighting Sioux Logo Controversy In Banner

Yesterday I was bombarded by messages from readers sending me the text from an email UND President Robert Kelley had sent to the campus. It was regarding a sorority that had put up a banner to celebrate the UND hockey team competing in the NCAA Frozen Four and referencing the Fighting Sioux logo/nickname controversy. President

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

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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