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Higher education negotiates transition

August 29, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

One of the concerns about hiring an interim chancellor for the North Dakota University System was that good candidates would not apply because of the turmoil in higher ed. That was a possibility. Continue Reading

45,000 emails not gone for good, acting chancellor says

June 28, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

The more than 45,000 reportedly deleted emails from North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani’s inbox are not gone for good, according to Larry Skogen, acting North Dakota University System chancellor. Continue Reading

After years of waiting, ND’s new higher ed funding formula to kick in July 1

May 25, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

FARGO A new formula to fund North Dakota’s public colleges and universities pulled off a “rare” achievement this spring, Sydney Hull said: earning the support of all 11 campuses for a change that he believes will lead to more transparency and efficiency in the system. Continue Reading

Higher ed board torn over Shirvani criticisms

May 18, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

FARGO The day after she was grilled at a legislative committee hearing about perceived efforts to discredit North Dakota’s higher education chancellor, a member of the board overseeing the system sent an email critical of how her board and staff responded. Continue Reading

Higher ed official questions NDUS leaders

May 17, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

GRAND FORKS A commission charged with accrediting the North Dakota University System is investigating a complaint filed by a former university president about the system’s leadership. Continue Reading

NDUS whistleblower files lawsuit

May 10, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

A North Dakota University System whistleblower who questioned her boss’ conduct before a legislative body earlier this year said she plans to file a defamation lawsuit against her employer. Continue Reading

Higher ed board plans anonymous surveys to evaluate Shirvani’s leadership

May 9, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

GRAND FORKS The North Dakota State Board of Higher Education unanimously decided Thursday to conduct a performance evaluation on the chancellor that allows college presidents, staff and students to “speak without fear,” according to one member. Continue Reading

Behind the silence: Emails show ND university, college presidents have bristled at Shirvani’s leadership

April 27, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

BISMARCK Minot State University President David Fuller had some tough talk for presidents of North Dakota’s 11 public colleges and universities after the March 7 meeting of the board that oversees the system. Continue Reading

Higher ed board vice president asked about open meeting law at dinner

April 25, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

FARGO Recollections from a Jan. 16 dinner meeting at Chancellor Hamid Shirvani’s home show that one State Board of Higher Education member recalled asking whether it was subject to the state’s open meeting law and, if so, whether the board had followed the required procedures. Continue Reading

Higher ed board future up to voters

April 23, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

BISMARCK Voters will decide in 2014 whether a three-member, full-time commission should replace the current eight-member, part-time State Board of Higher Education. Continue Reading