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University System Backs Off Requests For Open Records Exemptions

University System Backs Off Requests For Open Records Exemptions

The State Board of Higher Education caused a stir recently when they announced their intention to seek exemptions from open records laws. As initially described, the university system wanted to exempt performance evaluations of the university presidents from open records requests. They also wanted to exempt draft audit reports. Now they’re backing off those requests.

LegitSlater: UND Nickname Survey Another Facade

As I wrote about a few weeks back, the University of North Dakota has appointed a nickname and logo taskforce to address concerns surrounding the nomination of a new “identity” for the school and its athletic teams. This taskforce conducted a virtual town hall by video teleconference in several cities across the state simultaneously on

Did The State Board Of Higher Education Break Open Meeting Laws?

According to records from the Attorney General’s office, the North Dakota University System has broken open records and open meetings laws no fewer than 17 times since 2010. According to the AG’s office in the next few days they’ll be issuing an opinion on my complaint over a meeting earlier this year in which they sent

University System Proposes Exempting Personnel Reviews Of Presidents From Open Records

At today’s meeting of the State Board of Higher Education Chancellor Larry Skogen announced a list of proposed bills for the upcoming session of the Legislature next year. Among them, as you can see from this tweet from the official NDUS account, is an exemption from open records laws for personnel reviews of the university

Lawmakers Say They Won't "Rubber Stamp" Appointment Of Higher Ed Board President

As I write this Tom Meredith, a consultant higher by the State Board of Higher Education, is warning board members that the defeat of Measure 3 earlier this month was not an endorsement from voters for their job performance. The Legislature seems to agree. Indeed, in just the few weeks since Measure 3 failed the

ND University System's Top Auditor Says He Was Put On Leave For Promoting Accountability

Perhaps feeling emboldened by the failure of Measure 3 on the statewide ballot (word around the state capitol is that there has been much gloating in the university system office this last week) the North Dakota University System has taken action against some of their top accountability personnel. In a pre-holiday maneuver, Chief Auditor Timothy

SBHE Sends Paid Consultant After Measure 3

Measure 3 is a constitutional amendment on the November ballot that would replace the existing State Board of Higher Education with a new, full-time, three-member commission. Naturally the current members of the State Board of Higher Education – despite presiding over chaos, acrimony, deceit, and mediocrity – hate the idea of this reform. But state

North Dakota University System Has Violated Transparency Laws 17 Times Since 2010

When the Higher Learning Commission, which accredits the North Dakota University System, was in the state recently to investigate complaints filed with them over the university system’s leadership they gave that leadership high marks for transparency. “The team’s review of many NDUS and HLC documents, coupled with individual and group interviews with NDUS staff and SBHE

Higher Ed Board President Kirsten Diederich Pretty Much Lied To Legislators

Back in April I wrote that lawmakers were going to be reviewing a deal struck between the North Dakota University System and Sanford Health Care to take over a nursing college in Bismarck. The deal was controversial, with North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani finalizing the deal before the State Board of Higher Education

Will The Senate Approve SBHE President's Re-Appointment?

According to a press release just sent out by Governor Jack Dalrymple’s office, he’s re-appointing State Board of Higher Education President Kirsten Diederich to a second four-year term and also appointing Kevin Melicher to his first term. The Diederich choice is interesting as some legislators have made noises about not approving Diederich if she is