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Dickinson State University (Forum News Service file photo)

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

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 Gov. Doug Burgum meets with the Grand Forks Herald editorial board Wednesday, May 3, to discuss the 2017 legislative session. Eric Hylden / Forum News Service

Governor Burgum Is Saying the Right Things About the Bloated University System, but Does He Have the Courage of His Convictions?

Governor Doug Burgum should call for some of North Dakota’s college campuses to be closed. He stopped short of doing that during recent discussions with the editorial boards of the Grand Forks Herald and Fargo Forum – “He didn’t show any favor for eliminating NDUS schools” – but the logical conclusion from the arguments he made about

A drone hovers around a skywalk at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND on Friday, June 19, 2015. (Grand Forks Herald/ Joshua Komer)

North Dakota’s Universities Need Spending Reform Not a Bailout

In a letter to the Grand Forks Herald today University of North Dakota professor Thomasine Heitkamp (sister to U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp) argues that the state ought to tap into its Legacy Fund amid revenue shortfalls to fund the state’s universities. “The Legacy Fund was created for just the sort of fiscal crisis we face now,” she

Larry Skogen, president of Bismarck State College

Thanks, Bismarck State College, for Illustrating Why We Can’t Trust the University System

For years there has been tension between the North Dakota University System and state lawmakers. Most of it having to do with the universities playing politics over budget issues. A recent case in point is this media blitz by Bismarck State College which has the institution’s leadership feeding cooked numbers to credulous reporters in the hopes

A graduate has her mortarboard decorated with "NDSU 2014" on Saturday at the Fargodome. Photo by Dave Wallis / The Forum

North Dakota Has More to Gain From Improving University Completion Rates Than Increasing Enrollment

There has been a long standing debate in the area of higher education policy in North Dakota over the issue of tuition waivers. On one side of the debate are those who insist that our state gains by increasing enrollment through policies like tuition waivers. They tell us that this brings in students from out

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