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

Higher Ed Is Already Run by Politicians, They Just Don’t Have to Stand for Election

Higher Ed Is Already Run by Politicians, They Just Don’t Have to Stand for Election

In North Dakota talk often turns to better ways to govern our sprawling university system. Because that university system is often plagued with scandal. But when it does, you can expect some blinkered defender of the status quo to start talking about how universities ought not be politicized. Then the abuses of a North Dakota governor

Mark Hagerott, new chancellor of the North Dakota University System. File photo. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

Podcast: Chancellor Hagerott Defends Himself and Hiring Choices

I’ve written some pretty negative stories about North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott in recent days, and I’ve had trouble getting him to comment on them, but today he agreed to come on my radio show and talk. The full audio is below. We covered his decision to hire an acquaintance of his from

Mary Stark Elementary School second-grade student Chase Gumeringer uses an iPad with his classmates in teacher Tammy Bopp’s room in Mandan in 2016. (MIKE MCCLEARY, BISMARCK TRIBUNE)

Why Do We Have a Double Standard for Diversity in Education?

Over the weekend my colleague Helmut Schmidt published an article about the lack of gender diversity in leadership positions in our schools in this region. But what caught my eye was that another lack of diversity was, while mentioned, not identified as a similar sort of problem: About 72 percent of all K-12 educators are

Dickinson State University (Forum News Service file photo)

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

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