by Grand Forks Herald
August 18, 2012 at 5:59 pm in Grand Forks Herald
Chancellor Hamid Shirvani’s ideas could bring dramatic improvements to the North Dakota University System. Continue Reading
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This is Shirvani’s honeymoon period, where the SBHE, legislators, and the Herald praise his forward looking vision. I hope he cherishes it, because it won’t last long. He is proposing change, which in ND is blasphemy. Once UND and NDSU discover his plan will result in lower enrollments, due to establishing real admission standards, they’ll go running to the powers that be. The political atmosphere that allowed the Potts fiasco is the same; end runs by administrators, much like those made by Chapman, will still occur. I wish him luck, and admire his courage, but I give him two years before frustration causes him to throw up his hands and leave.
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I too worry how legislators, SBHE, the Governor and others will react when certain President’s run to them. I believe we all know the primary institution involved in such actions. However, how those in positions of power react and the support they provide to the Chancellor will be critical the first year.
After that he must stand on his results. Before that he should be given the lattitude and authority to make the changes necessary to try and creat a true SYSTEM of higher education. If any president is found undermining that effort they should be disciplined on first offense and fired on second.
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