North Dakota bill seeks group for higher education funding reformA group of legislators and the governor say North Dakota's system of providing state aid to colleges is obsolete.
By: Associated Press,
BISMARCK — A group of legislators and the governor say North Dakota's system of providing state aid to colleges is obsolete.
A North Dakota Senate bill would set up a 14-member commission to look at changing how the state gives money to colleges.
The state now figures college aid based on previous state support. It also compares the aid amounts to what similar schools get in other states.
Supporters say state aid should be pegged to performance standards — such as how many students graduate on time.
A similar commission for local public schools was established in January 2006. Fargo senator Tim Flakoll (FLAH'-koll) says it worked well, and he says the model could be used to examine higher education finance.
The Senate Education Committee reviewed the bill Wednesday. It is SB2300.