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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 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

This Nov. 9, 2010, photo shows the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux logo in front of the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, N.D. (AP Photo/Dave Kolpack)

That Supreme Court Ruling Won’t Change a Thing With the Fighting Sioux Nickname Controversy

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling today regarding offensive trademarks, and now some supporters of the University of North Dakota’s retired Fighting Sioux nickname are saying it gives them new hope that their beloved logo/nickname might be restored. They’re wrong. The Supreme Court case really isn’t related at all. The SCOTUS opinion in question

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

North Dakota State Bison players hold up the championship trophy after the game against the Jacksonville State Gamecocks in the FCS Championship college football game at Toyota Stadium. North Dakota State won the championship 37-10. Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Where’s the Evidence That Successful Sports Teams Increase Enrollment at North Dakota Universities?

I am absolutely delighted at the debate we are having in North Dakota right now over the cost of collegiate sports. Things might not change much, unfortunately, and it’s clear from my email inbox and social media accounts that even talking about this stuff makes a lot of people angry. But at least we are talking

Senator Heidi Heitkamp called the decision to cancel the women's hockey program at the University of North Dakota "horrible" during an interview on ESPN.

Senator Heidi Heitkamp, at Dawn of Re-Election Campaign, Jumps Into Fight Over UND Women’s Hockey Program

In a decision she probably wouldn’t have made were she not up for re-election this cycle, Senator Heidi Heitkamp has jumped into in fight over the now-canceled women’s hockey program at the University of North Dakota promising to help “ignite” activism against the decision. UPDATE: “I’m taking the steps to prepare to run, but am still

UND Athletics Director Brian Faison announces athletic department cuts to members of the media Tuesday afternoon at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. Jesse Trelstad/ Grand Forks Herald

At UND Sports Programs Lost Over $13.3 Million in 2016

With the controversy over cutting the women’s hockety team at the University of North Dakota making headlines I’ve had a lot of people asking me about the financial status of other sports teams both at UND and rival North Dakota State University. I put in requests for information to both schools, and while I don’t

The Lamoureux twins, Monique (left) and Jocelyne Herald photo by John Stennes

The Truth Is Not Very Many People Like Women’s Hockey

UPDATE: If you want an overall financial picture of sports at the University of North Dakota check out this post based on numbers I received from the school this morning. According to a report from my colleague Brad Schlossman the Lamoureux twins, high profile product of the women’s hockey program at the University of North Dakota, are

UND students draped banners across the western side of the parking garage reading "Cut Admin Not Sports" early Friday morning. (Jesse Trelstad/Grand Forks Herald)

These Students Have a Point About UND Avoiding Cuts to Administration

News this morning is that a group of UND students have hung banners on a school parking garage protesting cuts to sports programs and urging cuts to the university’s administration instead. It’s depressing to me that cuts to sports programs are the rallying cry they’ve chosen. After all, academics are the mission of these universities.


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