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Proposal would revamp ND support for colleges

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- The presidents of North Dakota's two largest universities say they're backing a new way to distribute state aid to public colleges.

The formula is part of Gov. Jack Dalrymple's budget recommendations to the Legislature.

It includes information on the number of classes that students finish, the types of courses they take and the building space on each campus.

The formula's goal is to compare each college's cost of educating students.

Dalrymple wants the Legislature to approve $21 million to implement the formula. North Dakota State University would get $6.4 million of that.

NDSU President Dean Bresciani says the formula is objective and fair.

The University of North Dakota would not get extra money, but UND President Robert Kelley says he's committed to making the formula work.