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State Board Of Higher Education Wants Another Look At Tuition Increases

State Board Of Higher Education Wants Another Look At Tuition Increases

Last week the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education approved more tuition hikes for the state’s students, but now Board President Duaine Espegard wants a second look While I agree that the tuition hikes do need a second look – the state legislature increased total higher ed spending by 32% for the coming biennium

At This Point Just About Everybody At The Top Of The University System Should Probably Go

I have a letter to the editor in today’s Grand Forks Herald objecting to the idea that Chancellor Hamid Shirvani is everything that’s wrong with North Dakota’s university system. While much of the criticism of his management style may be valid, let’s remember that North Dakota’s universities had major problems before he even arrived. At

Shivani Accuses Critics Of Racism, Says University Presidents Don't Want Change

In a column for the Grand Forks Herald, Chancellor Hamid Shirvani takes the gloves off in responding to some of his critics. This is tough medicine a lot of North Dakotans – especially in the political class – aren’t going to want to hear. BISMARCK — It should come as no surprise to anyone who

Board Of Higher Ed Approves Average 4.1% Tuition Hike

With a representative for the North Dakota Student Association arguing for the increases, as well as Sidney Hull the student member of the State Board of Higher Education, North Dakota’s students got hit with another heavy tuition increase. The average across all the universities is about 4.1%. Chancellor Shirvani opposed the increases which were proposed

Shirvani Survives For Now

It sure seemed like the state was set for an ambush of embattled Chancellor Hamid Shirvani at today’s State Board of Higher Education meeting. A student lobbyist who had pushed votes of “no confidence” in Shirvani in the past was doing some last minute shopping for criticism of Shirvani from legislators last night, and this

Student Lobbyist Pumping Legislators For Criticism Of Shirvani In Advance Of Board Meeting

Student lobbyist Robert Vallie (yes, the college kids have their own lobbyist) has sent out an email by way of former legislator Jim Roers (President and CEO of Roers Construction in Fargo) asking legislators for input into embattled Chancellor Hamid Shirvani’s self-evaluation (read it here). Vallie doesn’t specifically ask for criticism, but given that he

Dalrymple Punts On Shirvani Controversy, Opposes Measure To Restructure University System Governance

Whatever your feelings are about higher education in North Dakota, it is undeniable that there is a civil war going on in the university system between Chancellor Hamid Shirvani and a group of university presidents who want him pushed out. And whatever side of that war you’re on – whether you think Shirvani is a

North Dakota Attorney General Calls Higher Ed Open Meetings/Records Violations "Pervasive"

Previously Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem released an opinion finding that the State Board of Higher Education had only a minor open meeting violation, but upon further review the AG finds “pervasive” violations. “On April 18, 2013, I issued an opinion to the State Board of Higher Education (SBHE) wherein I determined the Board violated the

In The ND University System, The Presidents Are The Probelm

I forgot to post this earlier today, but last night I was on Chris Berg’s show on Valley News Live, and he had a great analogy for the problems in higher education. He talked about the structure as though it were a football team. We have the State Board of Higher Education, which is like

Higher Ed Auditor Resigns Calling North Dakota University System A "Dead End"

According to this Associated Press report Director of Internal Audit and Risk Assessment Bill Eggert – the guy whose audit report uncovered hundreds of phony diplomas at Dickinson State and who more recently rejected accusations of cooked data aimed at Chancellor Hamid Shirvani – is resigning because he sees his job as being a “dead

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