January 19, 2011 at 6:00 pm in INFORUM
Bresciani requests 19.9 percent increase
North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani made the case Wednesday for more funding in front of a legislative committee in Bismarck. Continue Reading
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Everyone else has to do with less and so should they. Make cuts like we have to do. This spending is getting carried away and everyone wants to spend the surplus rather than saving it.
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It’s not about spending, it’s about investing. North Dakota stands in the unique position of actually being able to allocate additional funds to education in a time where nearly every other state is forced to castrate their education. Now is the time for the state to allocate funds to expand/improve infrastructure and attract talent (faculty and researchers) well above its level. Faculty searches across the nation have dwindled and even top candidates are having trouble finding jobs. Now is the time to grab these people up who would not otherwise so much as consider North Dakota.
It’s amazing how little people care about return of investment. Spending money is not throwing money away. Spending money should be directed towards the goal of positive returns. Education spending certainly qualifies.
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I’m sure local businesses would like to see a 20% increase in revenues. I’m sure workers in the area would like to see a 20% pay raise. I’m sure local governments would like to see a 20% increase in funding. But none of these entities have the guts to go on public record in this economic climate with this type of egregious request. Mr Bresciani needs to do what the rest of us do these days, learn to live within the budget we currently have and if given an increase in funding, be thankful it is not a decrease.
This also goes to highlight a major problem in the NDUS. The powers that be think that taxpayer money is an endless stream of revenue for the universities, and if that stream isnt flowing enough, they just raise tuition. It seems like those running the universities have a problem with fiscal restraint.
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Local businesses are not state funded and most area businesses are doing quite well. Some are expanding. The state has a surplus. NDSU is already doing more with less.
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I agree Jeff. Plus increased funding for NDSU leads to more jobs at NDSU. More jobs at NDSU means more business for local businesses, which can lead to increased revenue.
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Largest for 3-4 years out of 125. UND by far has more graduates, and will always be considered the largest college in ND. Crapman gave free rides to out of country students to boost his enrollment numbers and his over-inflated ego, and now the taxpayers of ND are paying for it.
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UND has more living alumni, but NDSU has been the state’s largest university for a while now and is currently producing more graduates. When the recession hit, more students were eligible for automatic tuition wavers, and since NDSU receives much less funding from the state (50% less per student), it didn’t have the funds to meet the gap.
UND meanwhile, has been blowing money left, right and center. Over chistmas break, they tossed up another 20 big-screens in gamble hall, which serve no purpose.
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Two brief points:
- Universities are not businesses, and have never been. ROI is not why they should be funded.
- Yet: the arguments made for more funding by NDSU and UND do include the fact that funding to universities does return the investment to the region, and does so many-fold.
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Just tell Sanford they will rename the college Sanford State University, I’m sure you’ll have a check tomorrow.
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NDSU is dramatically underfunded and are being treated like a low level D2 school. Pitiful considering they are the largest school in the state. If schools in larger states were funded like this there would be an uproar.
More funding = more students, more jobs, and more revenue. Its one of the largest employers in the state.
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quit admitting students who are marginal candidates for higher learning and are only there to pass time because they haven’t figured out what they want to do.maybe Tech school would be better suited for some.not everyone can be rocket scientists and settle for a JOB.Don’t need College for manual labor.
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Absolutely. Unfortunately, every resident of the state is all but guaranteed acceptance. Most of these people do effectively turn a profit for the school though (they aren’t making it far enough or in strong enough programs to cost much money). Conversely, they water down the education and hurt the school’s reputation.
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Inflation is running about 2%. How much of the money is Bresciani hoping to pocket? This is just greed!
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How is he going to pocket it? How is it greed? The institutions have a need for funding. If they don’t get more support from the state, they are either going to have to cut or charge more in tuition and fees.
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JEFF ….. RIGHT ON!
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Are they kidding – a 20% increase in funding? Give the state surplus back to the taxpayers instead of it wasting it on more layers of administration at NDSU. The university system in ND is way too large for the state’s population – it is overfunded. Enrollments at UND and NDSU are comprised mainly of non-resident students – they should be paying higher tuition rates and not be subsidized by ND taxpayers. I say significantly reduce or end taxpayer funding of higher education – everyone pay there own way if they want to go to a college or university.
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You have no idea what you’re talking about. Non-residents actually make a profit for the NDUS. North Dakota is paid by other states in exchange for reduced tuition for its residents.
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If a MN kid goes to UND he/she will pay about $13,000 in tuition, fees, room, and meals per year . If a ND kid goes to U of MN he/she will pay about $20,000 in tuition, fees, room, and meals per year. So, ND gets nearly $7,000 less per year from a non-resident than does the U of MN and that is why NDSU needs a 20% funding increase from ND taxpayers. It’s a no-brainer – the ND taxpayer is paying too much and the non-resident student is paying too little. Shrink higher ed in ND by allowing fewer non-residents students, or if we insist on accepting all non-residents, ask them to pay something closer to the actual cost.
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NDSU/UND make a profit on out of state students. That’s a fact. There is a reason Minnesota charges more than North Dakota. They have more students than we do, offer more programs, and have a nicer and more attractive campus. It’s one of the largest colleges in the nation. Of course it costs money to do this. Someday if they invest more money into NDSU/UND, we may see enrollment figures like that.
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the U of M is a vastly superior university to either NDSU or UND, across the board (except in football, heh). North Dakota is getting out pretty well from the deal.
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The money is to update buildings that are 50 years old or older. Not sure if you noticed but we already had an old building collapse!
Our state is not growing very fast and up until recently we were losing people. We need more college choices to retain and attract people in our state.
The state profits off of out of state residents.
Much of that tax surplus comes from the oil companies out west. I’d rather take that money and invest it into the state. There isn’t much to get back.
Sounds to me like your just anti state college period. I tell you what. If you eliminate NDSU, MSUM, and all the tech schools your going to see a dramatic decrease in population. That will hurt business. Also population is tied to federal funding.
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fARGO–YOU ARE RIGHT ON!
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Totally agree, Fargo
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Why are we not looking at them as a model for being able to do more with less for the other institutions that are getting the full kitty? Granted I think some more should be given but in the same part I think we should audit the bloat elsewhere. If there is a program that cost 100k a year to maintain and it has a small student base who can get the credit elsewhere we should question it.
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As someone who works in one of these old buildings, I have not had a functioning heating unit in 6+ years. Our carpeting is threadbare and our walls are in desperate need of paint. We are at the bottom of a list for any upgrades. Admitting less students will not alleviate the need for updated buildings. While I will agree that NDSU is becoming top heavy, I invite you to tour some of our facilities and see if we are in need of funding.
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Get it from Bresciani ; he’s rolling in the dough!
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One of the reasons we can’t upgrade is because of Chez Chapman and his office remodel.
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Do you know the only segment which has had cost raised more then healthcare in the past 20 years…….You got it education. We just spent 2 years debating healthcare reform which divided the country like no other topic in the past 20 years..and not one mention of education reform. Because big education and big government are almost one in the same….bigger, better, more is the only words they know….cutting spending isn’t something they will ever do….heck the football coach at NDSU…makes more salary than the President of the United States.
And what do we get for all these cost increases:
About 45 percent of college students perform no better on a reasoning and writing test after two years of college than before, according to a new study by sociologists Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa. More than 35 percent of students show no improvement on the test even after four years of college. “Growing numbers of students are sent to college at increasingly higher costs, but for a large proportion of them the gains in critical thinking, complex reasoning, and written communication are either exceedingly small or empirically nonexistent,” they write.
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