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BISMARCK -- Higher education officials pleaded their case to the state Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday with the hopes of getting a bigger budget by the time the legislative session wraps up. Representatives from the North Dakota University System and its State Board of Higher Education said they would rather lawmakers go back to using a funding formula put in place during the last legislative session that bases appropriations on completed student credit hours. The Legislature appropriates money every two years to the SBHE, which governs the state's 11 public institutions. As it
BISMARCK -- Programs, employees, pay raises and a variety of other essential services would be on the chopping block at the University of North Dakota if lawmakers move forward with the higher education funding bill as it is. University officials spoke Monday with the state Senate Appropriations Committee about House Bill 1003 — the higher education funding budget for 2015 to 2017. The House changed the funding formula from the one approved during the last legislative session, which gives more money to universities with more completed student credit hours. UND Vice President f
GRAND FORKS -- The University of North Dakota's School of Medicine and Health Sciences will get a visit from its accrediting agency this fall. Dean Joshua Wynne has announced the Liaison Committee on Medical Education will visit campus Oct. 25-28. This comes after a scheduled visit one year ago and a subsequent July 2014 report detailing several areas the medical school needs to improve in. The school retained accreditation and is not on probation but is currently in a "warning" category. "We're very confident we're addressing the issues," Wynne said.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Students at UND will now have to declare a major around the time they finish their sophomore year. A new policy passed by the University Senate last fall states students must work with the Student Success Center to declare a major once they've taken 60 credits, or about 20 classes, effective fall 2015. "By the time students are ending their sophomore year, which is at about 60 credits, we want them to choose a major because it does some really important things for them," Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Steve Light said.
Panel OKs NDUS' 2015 Student Affordability Report BISMARCK -- The cost of attending college in North Dakota increased in the last year, and students are continuing to accumulate more debt. This data comes from the North Dakota University System's 2015 Student Affordability Report, which was approved by the State Board of Higher Education Budget and Finance Committee at a meeting in Bismarck Friday. The total average estimated gross student cost at the University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University -- which includes tuition, fees, rent, books and various other expenses -- i
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The University of North Dakota's and North Dakota State University's Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternities released a statement Wednesday in response to a video that recently surfaced online showing chapter members in Oklahoma singing and chanting racial slurs. "The members of the (SAE) chapters in North Dakota were disgusted and appalled as we watched the video depicting a racist song sung by members of the chapter at the University of Oklahoma," the statement said.
GRAND FORKS -- Fifty-four days. That's less than two months or eight weeks from Tuesday to May 1. Whatever the timeframe, the University of North Dakota's new 11-person nickname committee faces a time crunch from when it meets for the first time and submitting a "short list" of name possibilities in early May for the public to vote on. But some committee members aren't worried and Karl Goehring, the group's chairman, said he sees the deadline as more of a guideline. "It's always good to at least have a timeline in place to work toward," he said.
BISMARCK -- North Dakota's State Board of Higher Education voted in favor of asking the state Legislature to make several changes to a higher education funding bill when they return this month. House Bill 1003 altered the funding system put in place during the last legislative session, so the board is requesting the original funding formula be used, along with putting money toward several building and maintenance projects that have become safety issues on their respective campuses. The safety issues, they said, includes $16 million in aircraft ramp repairs at the Grand Forks Airport for
Breakout Committee members Karl Goehring, committee chairman: UND alumnus and former men's hockey goaltender, investment consultant at Alerus Securities Jazmyn Friesz, committee vice chairwoman: UND health sciences student, Student Body chief of staff Landon Bahl: UND entrepreneurship and marketing student John Bridewell: UND associate professor of aviation Carla Christofferson: UND alumna, executive vice president and general counsel at the Los Angeles, Calif., based AECOM, an architectural design firm Diane Hillebrand: Certified research administrator, UND alumna, grant and contract
BISMARCK -- The State Board of Higher Education heard passionate testimony at a meeting Thursday from many college and university presidents in response to a House bill that could reduce the amount of funding institutions were expecting to receive this coming biennium. House Bill 1003 alters a funding formula that was developed by a task force and put in place during the last legislative session.