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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.”

“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

The University of North Dakota campus is shown in this file photo. Eric Hylden/Forum News Service

North Dakota University System Warns Students About Where They Declare Residency for Voting

The North Dakota University System has issued a student guide for voting in the 2016 election cycle. You can read the whole thing here, but in this excerpt the NDUS distributes a bit of advice that some are finding controversial. Note the highlighted sentence: “This is beyond inappropriate,” Bismarck attorney Tom Dickson said of the

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

University System Should Get Open Records Exemption for President Applications

Over the years of writing this blog I developed something of a reputation as a strong supporter of open records and open meetings. So when the North Dakota University System – an organization with an unfortunate history of violating our state’s transparency laws – began making noises about getting an exemption from the state’s open

Following a three-hour executive session, North Dakota State Board of Higher Education chair Kathy Neset, left, and vice chair Don Morton, center, and university system chancellor Mark Hagerott listen to a discussion on not offering North Dakota State University president Dean Bresciani a new contract until the board's November meeting. The SBHE meeting was held in Bismarck. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

SBHE President Says They’re Investigating Bresciani Texts and Will “Consider Next Steps”

NDSU President Dean Bresciani has been caught being something less than honest about his handling of controversial media restrictions last week, with texts I obtained through an open records request showing that his behind-the-scenes statements and actions didn’t match his public words. Since then the Fargo Forum editorial board has called on Bresciani to resign. Now


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