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Guest Post: Higher Ed Board Should Resign Along With Chancellor Shirvani

Guest Post: Higher Ed Board Should Resign Along With Chancellor Shirvani

With the late breaking news this afternoon that the North Dakota Board of Higher Education has voted unanimously to buy-out Chancellor Hamid Shirvani’s contract, less than a year after hiring him, board members themselves should now question why they would continue serving on the board. This on-going saga is the result of a power play made during

The Proponents Of Drones Want You To Stop Calling Them Drones

According to this report in the Grand Forks Herald the proponents of the coming drone mission in North Dakota – state political leaders and the University of North Dakota have teamed up to push the state as a sort of national testing grounds for them – want you to stop calling the unmanned flying objects

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

Dorso Column: Legislature Should Demand Accountability For Tribal Appropriations

If you don’t get accountability from the state higher education system why would you expect it from a North Dakota’s tribal colleges? Back at the beginning of this century the legislature started giving an appropriation to the tribes for jobs training. That number has grown to 5 million dollars. During the 90’s a succession of

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

In 40 Out Of 50 States The Highest Paid Public Official Is A Coach

This inforgraphic from Deadspin represents a pretty said commentary on the state of our priorities. In 40 out of the 50 states, the highest paid person on the public’s payroll is a university athletics coach. Also worth noting is that in 100% of the states, the highest paid public official is someone in higher ed:

There Appears To Be A House Cleaning Underway In The University System

Fresh off the news of North Dakota University System auditor Bill Eggert resigning comes news that the University of North Dakota’s Chief Information Officer Joshua Riedy has also resigned. UND’s Chief Information Officer has turned in his resignation. Joshua Riedy is leaving the university for a new position at a school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Riedy

House Approves Amendments Paring Down Higher Ed Budget Growth

Earlier this week I posted about a dog fight pending in the House over amendments cutting down Governor Jack Dalrymple’s massive 38.7% budget increase. The reduction in higher ed spending the amendments mandate really doesn’t amount to much of a decrease. Higher education is still getting a windfall: But even a small reduction in the

House Readies For "Dog Fight" Over Amendments Reducing Higher Ed Budget Increase

Legislators are expecting some blood to be left on the floor tomorrow over amendments to higher ed budgets that one legislator told me is sure to set off a “dog fight.” What’s frustrating is that the fight in question is over what is really a modest reduction in spending growth on higher education. At the

North Dakota Professor Salaries Lagging According To Association Of Professors

According to the American Association of University Professors, professor pay at North Dakota’s top two universities ranks in the bottom 20% of the nation. Of course, groups such as the AAUP love to bully states into raising professor pay with these sort of “national average” statistics. Because the national average is the national average. The

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