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BISMARCK — The University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences leaders say any cuts to the higher education system could hurt the school, especially its residency programs. The school is asking the Legislature to provide the requisite funding to continue its work by accepting the North Dakota University System’s needs-based budget without any cuts, said David Molmen, former CEO of Altru Health System and head of the medical school’s advisory council, said
BISMARCK — Voters in 2020 could eliminate language about higher education institutions from the North Dakota Constitution should House Concurrent Resolution 3016 pass this session. The concurrent resolution, introduced by Rep. Rick Becker, R-Bismarck, would eliminate the names and locations of North Dakota’s state colleges and universities from the state constitution.
BISMARCK — University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy says he is “excited” about a bill backed by legislative leaders that could bolster research and economic development in North Dakota for years to come. Senate Bill 2282 would transfer 15 percent of Legacy Fund earnings to an economic diversification research fund that would support work by UND and North Dakota State University.
BISMARCK -- Presenting to the House Appropriations Education and Environment Division Tuesday, Jan. 15, University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy said the university and the state need to work together to help prepare for the “new economy.” “We do believe UND and North Dakota are at an inflection point between sinking and swimming,” Kennedy told the committee members.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — The family of Daniel Fuller, a Devils Lake man who was fatally shot by a detective in July, want the officer who killed their son to be fired. Fuller, 26, was shot in the back of the head by Detective Brandon Potts after a foot chase led to a reported struggle between the two on July 5, 2018. Ramsey County State’s Attorney Kari Agotness did not charge Potts in the case because the officer "had probable cause to believe the use of deadly force was necessary," Agotness wrote in a memorandum about the shooting in November.
GRAND FORKS — The North Dakota Student Association has identified grants, funding for a free online textbook program and overall system support as its three legislative priorities for the 2019-21 biennium, NDSA President Jared Melville said. Students from across the state unanimously approved NDSA’s positions during its general assembly meeting in November, said Melville, who attends North Dakota State University.
GRAND FORKS — A new federal regulation requires U.S. hospitals to post a list of prices on their websites, and North Dakota hospitals are following that rule. According to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the new regulation requires hospitals to list the charge for everything from medications to supplies and cost of procedures. The list must also be in a “computer-readable” format, such as an Excel spreadsheet or CSV text file.
BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum again made his pitch for a multi-board structure to oversee the North Dakota University System Thursday, Jan. 3, an option he says could be done without requiring extra money. “For North Dakota to remain competitive and to reach its fullest potential, we need robust and innovative institutions of higher education,” Burgum said during his State of the State Address. “We need stronger governance boards with the appropriate capacity to focus on the very missions of our two-year, our four-year and our research institutions,” he said.
BISMARCK — Combined North Dakota University System and student spending was almost $1.9 billion in fiscal year 2017, creating a total economic impact of $5.3 billion, according to a new report from the North Dakota State University department of agribusiness and applied economics. The report, compiled by two NDSU professors, is similar to studies conducted in reports going back to 1999. The report breaks down the various economic impacts both on a state and local level. It also includes the economic impacts of both direct and secondary expenditures.
BISMARCK — A request proposed by North Dakota State University that would have given all university presidents flexibility to allow out-of-state students to have in-state tuition was rejected by the State Board of Higher Education Monday night, Dec. 17. However, board member Daniel Traynor instead made a motion that would allow NDSU the chance to deviate tuition for out-of-state students from Iowa, Nebraska, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota and Colorado but only for two years. NDSU would also be required to report its financial findings back to the board after the two years is up.