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Dickinson State University Foundation Headed For Dissolution

Dickinson State University Foundation Headed For Dissolution

During the 2015 legislative session one of the hot topics of discussion was whether or not North Dakota’s university foundations are accountable to the public. These foundations claim that they’re private and thus cannot be audited and do not have to abide by open records requests. To the latter point, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has

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,

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

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

Here's What Legislators Are Investigating With Regard To UND's REAC Building

Yesterday news broke that the legislature would be investigating the sale of the REAC building from the UND Research Foundation to the University of North Dakota. I spent some time yesterday talking with legislative friends, including some member of the legislature’s interim Government Finance Committee, chaired by Rep. Jeff Delzer, to find out what it’s

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