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The Time Is Right for a Debate About Closing Down Some of North Dakota’s Universities

The Time Is Right for a Debate About Closing Down Some of North Dakota’s Universities

Governor Doug Burgum is hinting at it. He told the Grand Forks Herald back in May that, when it comes to the state’s public institutions, some North Dakotans “cling” too tightly to the “idea of location,” though he didn’t specifically say that any of the state’s universities should be closed. Rep. Rick Becker, a rival of

Mark Kennedy addresses people after being selected as the next President of the University of North Dakota Tuesday at the Gorecki alumni center. Jesse Trelstad/ Grand Forks Herald

UND President Mark Kennedy Gets It: Improved Completion Rates Need to Be the Priority in Higher Education

UND President Mark Kennedy has a column in the Grand Forks Herald today which illustrates why he is the sort of leader the North Dakota University System has been in desperate need of. Kennedy writes about the ways in which universities like UND need to adapt to serve students of the future. The entire piece is

Rep. Rick Becker, R-Bismarck John Hageman / Forum News Service

Audio: Lawmaker Says North Dakota’s University System Needs to Change or Go the Way of Blockbuster

Blockbuster Video was a corporate juggernaut. Until it wasn’t. The movie rental market got upended by a different approach. Everything from Netflix to Redbox to on-demand video rentals available through cable boxes or streaming services made trips to the video store, that staple of American life from another generation, obsolete. Could the same thing happen

Ths is the front of U.S. Bank Stadium, as seen in late June 2016, which is home to Minnesota Vikings games and other events, large and small. (Minnesota Vikings photo)

Senators Introduce Bill to Stop Taxpayer Funding of Professional Sports Stadiums, but It Should Include College Sports Too

A bipartisan group of Senators are backing legislation to prohibit the use of public bonds to finance professional sports stadiums. “Professional sports teams generate billions of dollars in revenue,” Senator Cory Booker (D-New Jersey) said in a statement. “There’s no reason why we should give these multimillion-dollar businesses a federal tax break to build new

Fargo entrepreneur Doug Burgum asks for the NDGOP endorsement for governor during the during the NDGOP convention Saturday, April 2, 2016 in Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Governor Burgum: Higher Ed Leaders Need to Feel More Fear

Forbes today has a very good interview with Governor Doug Burgum. The whole thing is very interesting and worth your time to read, but this exchange regarding education policy jumped out at me. In it Burgum, who has been saying some provocative things about education reform of late, suggests that people in higher education are

Many graduating North Dakota State University students displayed messages on their caps like this one during ceremonies at the fargodome on Saturday, May 13, 2017. (David Samson / The Forum)

“It’s Cheaper to Help a Student Stay in School Than to Recruit a New One.”

The headline comes from this New York Times article from last week about some of the new realities universities are facing. Realities which threaten their existence. The article’s author describes universities desperately trying to maintain enrollment by offering steep tuition discounts. Sound familiar? North Dakota’s public universities, NDSU in particular, have drawn criticism for years

FILE PHOTO: Chancellor Mark Hagerott of the North Dakota University System. (Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald)

Audio: Chancellor Mark Hagerott Says ND University System Has “Dilemma” Handling “Speed of Change”

“We have a dilemma here,” North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott told me during an interview on my radio show on Friday. That dilemma is North Dakota’s eleven institutions of higher education keeping up with the “speed of change,” he continued. He identifies part of the problem as a somewhat stagnant pool educators who

Former NDUS Chancellor Ham Shirvani shares a laugh during his meeting with UND staff at the UND Memorial Union in 2013. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Former North Dakota University System Chancellor Accused of Sexual Harrassment

Hamid Shirvani had a tumultuous eleven-month tenure as the chancellor of the North Dakota University System which ended when the State Board of Higher Education opted to buy out his contract for north of $900,000. He’s now the President of Briar Cliff University, a Catholic institution in Sioux City, Iowa, and he’s been accused of

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum does a live Snapchat video as NDSU President Dean Bresciani flashes the Bison horns during the afternoon commencement address at graduation ceremonies from the Fargodome on Saturday, May 13, 2017. (David Samson / The Forum)

Burgum May Be a Threat to the Status Quo in Higher Education and That’s a Very Good Thing

Governor Doug Burgum delivered a commence address to graduates at North Dakota State University this weekend. Prior to the speech faculty at the university expressed anxiety about his policy agenda for higher education in our state. They were right to be anxious, I think. He concluded his address urging courage. “Courage to challenge the status quo,

Doug Burgum gets a briefing on the Cardinal IG plant Friday, May 27, 2016, in Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Governor Burgum: Everyone Wants Lower Taxes “as Long as It Doesn’t Mean Cuts in Government Jobs in Their Location”

I had Governor Doug Burgum on my radio show on Friday and we talked about property taxes and the push for health policy reform in Washington D.C. (more on those things in a moment), but the most interesting things he had to say were about higher education I think. I flagged some of Burgum’s comments

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