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North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum speaks at the first meeting of the Fargo-Moorhead Flood Diversion Task Force on Monday, Oct. 23, at the Fargodome. Blake Gumprecht / Forum News Service

Governor Burgum’s Picks for His Higher Ed Task Force Are Deeply Uninspiring

Governor Burgum’s Picks for His Higher Ed Task Force Are Deeply Uninspiring

I’ll admit to being excited when Governor Doug Burgum announced a new committee tasked with scrutinizing the governance of North Dakota’s university system. It will come as no surprise to you readers that I feel our state’s universities have deep-seated problems, and that many of those problems have roots in the way the universities themselves

North Dakota State Board of Higher Education member Kathy Neset, left, and chairman Don Morton, center, and university system chancellor Mark Hagerott TOM STROMME/Bismarck Tribune

Did the State Board of Higher Education Make Another Bad Hire for Chancellor?

At this point the question needs to be asked: Are certain members of the State Board of Higher Education standing behind Chancellor Mark Hagerott because they’re convinced he’s still the best man for the job? Or because they want to avoid admitting they made another mistake in hiring for the Chancellor position? Either way, it

UND officers take their places on stage at the University of North Dakota summer commencement, held at Chester Fritz Auditorium in Grand Forks, N.D. on August 5, 2016. (Meg Oliphant/Grand Forks Herald)

UND Graduate School Tells Students to Oppose Republican Tax Reform

An email sent out last week by the University of North Dakota’s School of Graduate Studies urges students to oppose the Republican-backed tax reform which is set to be voted on by the House of Representatives today. The email contains statements opposing the reform from the Council of Graduate Schools, and encourages students to contact

Doug Burgum addresses the crowd after winning the office of governor Tuesday night, Nov. 8, 2016, at the Sanctuary Events Center in Fargo. Brent Sanford, at right in the photo, is the new Lt. Governor Dave Wallis / The Forum

Audio: Governor Burgum Says New Task Force Could Consider Removing Universities From State Constitution

I had Governor Doug Burgum on my radio show today to talk about his new task force aimed at possibly reforming the governance structure of the North Dakota University System. I’m pretty excited about the effort. I told Burgum that this had the potential to be one of the most important things he does during

Gov. Doug Burgum presents his vision of challenges and opportunities facing the North Dakota University System in the face of technological disruptions. He spoke to an interim legislative committee meeting at North Dakota State University on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. Patrick Springer / Forum News Service

Governor Doug Burgum Is Netflix and NDSU President Dean Bresciani Is the Cable Company

My colleague Patrick Springer wrote a very astute article recently about two different visions for higher education presented by Governor Doug Burgum and NDSU President Dean Bresciani. The venue for these views was this week’s meeting of a legislative committee that’s reviewing the state’s university system. At it Burgum spoke about a world where information

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

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


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