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GRAND FORKS – The University of North Dakota has received 16 applications from parties interested indesigning a logo
MAYVILLE, N.D.—A budding online nursing program at Mayville State University has received full accreditation. Mayville State's registered nurse to bachelor's of science in nursing program received accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education last month, retroactively effective from November 2015 through June 2021. Director Tami Such said the program is open to those who have already earned an RN certification and is meant to help address North Dakota's shortage of healthcare workers by producing nurses who are educated at a higher level.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—More than a year after the state Legislature put $110,000 into the North Dakota University System to fund a free textbook initiative, the first schools to see those funds are hoping to save students a lot of money. Based on calculations using the full cost of textbooks, the University of North Dakota is going to save students about $1.2 million in textbook costs next school year. Valley City State University is already cutting up to $82,000 in costs, with the aim to eliminate between $30,000 and $50,000 in textbook expenses next school year.
GRAND FORKS—With deep budget cuts, angst among students and administrators and an athletic nickname transition behind him, interim University of North Dakota President Ed Schafer said he tried to clean the slate for a new president to take over. "It's an absolute blur," he said. "It's like two years of work jammed into six months."
GRAND FORKS—Enrollment has been suspended for the University of North Dakota's advanced public health nurse program. The program is a part of the master's of science in nursing track at the UND College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines. Dean Gayle Roux said the decision was made because of limited faculty resources within the college, the specialized nature of the program and its small size.
GRAND FORKS—The University of North Dakota's Fighting Hawks athletic logo design is down to two options, and it's unknown to the public what they look like. Interim President Ed Schafer said seven or eight semi-final concepts have been narrowed to two after several recent focus groups. The next step is deciding the appropriate time to release the final logo. "I want to have a new university for the new president," Schafer said in reference to incoming President Mark Kennedy. "New nickname, new logo, new budget and new president."
BISMARCK—The State Board of Higher Education Audit Committee voted to change a policy allowing it more leverage to get university audits completed. A law passed during the 2015 Legislative Session made the State Auditor's Office responsible for external audits and left $300,000 for the North Dakota University System to fund internal audit positions.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—The University of North Dakota's Joshua Wynne said he is flattered the University of Minnesota wants to build a medical school at its campus in Minneapolis.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Despite teaching a leadership course, interim University of North Dakota President Ed Schafer said he doesn't believe leadership can be taught. Instead, in a class he led for UND and North Dakota State University students this semester, Schafer tried to lead his pupils to finding the qualities of a leader within themselves. "It isn't telling them what to do, it's showing them they have the capability to be a leader," he said.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D.—Lake Region State College President Doug Darling has had to make difficult decisions. Lower than projected enrollment at Lake Region State College created a $400,000 budget shortfall, which was followed with a state mandated 4.05 percent cut to the school's 2015-17 appropriation. Soon, the total budget problem ballooned to about $1.5 million.