How does the “Me Generation” announce which college they’ll attend? With a selfie, of course. With deadlines for high school seniors to firm up their post-graduation plans quickly approaching, college acceptances are in the air for colleges in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Excited future North Dakota State University, Minnesota State University Moorhead and Concordia College students are showing their college choice with pride by posting selfies on social media sites. For these students preparing to leave home and high school for the first time, the pictures are about much more than likes.
FARGO — North Dakota State University students may be getting the best bang for their buck, according to a new report that calculates the return on investment at different colleges. PayScale, a salary analysis site, used salary data from alumni to rank colleges and universities based on post-graduate earnings and the total cost to attend school.
FARGO — As tuition at the state’s public colleges is set to rise, Sen. Tim Flakoll, R-Fargo, plans to introduce legislation that would boost scholarships for low-income students by $11 million. The legislation would expand the number of recipients from about 8,000 to 10,000 and increase the scholarship amount by 3 percent, bringing the current $1,648 scholarship to $1,700 per student. Last session, the Legislature increased spending for higher education by 11.9 percent, appropriating more than $900 million for the North Dakota University System and building projects.
BISMARCK — The State Board of Higher Education meets today to set caps for tuition increases at the state’s 11 public colleges and universities for the next academic year. If the schools follow an emerging pattern, the four-year colleges will raise tuition as much as they possibly can – though the system’s chancellor says he thinks that won’t be the case this year. The board sets a limit for each school, but campus leaders ultimately decide how much more students will pay each year.
FARGO — While March Madness may be a gambler’s paradise with 63 games in less than three weeks, the NCAA men’s basketball tournament is also a golden opportunity for statisticians to develop and test their models. For the last three years, the statistics department at North Dakota State University has experimented with models to predict the outcome of tournament games based solely on data and probability, said Rhonda Magel, the department chairwoman. This year, Magel, assistant professor of statistics Gang Shen, and students Yingfei Mu and Bryan Rask developed a model and created a bracket b
FARGO — North Dakota State University Bison fans rejoiced Sunday as the men’s basketball team earned an invitation to the NCAA tournament. But now the reality of March Madness is setting in. Bison fans face a couple of hurdles trying to watch the game against Oklahoma on Thursday night in Spokane, Wash. Those hoping to catch the game on local cable are in a pinch because Fargo provider Cable One does not carry TruTV, the network broadcasting the game.
FARGO — When Melissa Sobolik first ran for the Fargo City Commission in 2010, her campaign materials only read “Sobolik for City Commission.” Without her first name, many people asked her husband if he was campaigning for the seat, Sobolik said. When he said no, they asked if the Sobolik candidate was his father. “That’s probably about people not thinking that a woman could run, so they just assume it’s a man,” she said.
FARGO — While hops may get all the credit for flavor in your favorite IPA, brewing experts say it’s malt’s time to shine. Malt is made from barley — major North Dakota crop. With a growing craft brewing industry nationwide, there’s a renewed focus on types of malt used for beer. Factors such as the variety of barley, how it’s malted and if the malt is roasted, impart different flavors in the beer.
FARGO — A recent wave of phone scams in North Dakota and Minnesota is nothing new, experts say, but this time fraudsters are taking an extra step to appear credible. North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and Gate City Bank both warned consumers this week about a persistent phone scam that targets local area codes, uses the community bank’s name and even imitates the bank’s customer service number to retrieve personal account information from its victims. Using a robo-dialer, scam artists dial thousands of local numbers with a false “security alert” message, according to a release fro
The group that accredits North Dakota’s 11 state colleges and universities is concerned about a proposal to change the structure of higher education governance. Voters will decide in November whether to replace the current eight-member volunteer State Board of Higher Education with a commission of three full-time members. Without details of how the new structure would be implemented, the Higher Learning Commission said the proposal could affect the system’s accreditation. “I believe the proposed structure as described in the legislation raises questions about whether, once the structure goe