New student representative Devin Hoffarth said the State Board of Higher Education will need to “make peace” over the next year to move past months of controversy and the contract buyout of former Chancellor Hamid Shirvani.
North Dakota University System Chancellor Hamid Shirvani provided “clear and compelling evidence” the State Board of Higher Education is “committed to and compliant” with accreditation guidelines, according to a document released Saturday.
North Dakota University System Chancellor Hamid Shirvani has less than one month left in his position, and he’s not going quietly. Shirvani heaped criticism on three campus presidents in their annual performance evaluations in recent days, calling for full reviews of the presidents at the University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University and recommending no raises for the heads of UND and Minot State University.
Graduation rates have been at the center of discussions of how to improve the quality of North Dakota’s colleges and universities. But the numbers are not necessarily simple indicators of institutions’ success, according to UND faculty and administrators.
The North Dakota State Board of Higher Education would violate open meetings laws if it goes into closed session to discuss whether to renegotiate or end the embattled chancellor’s contract, a lawyer who represents news organizations said Saturday.
The State Board of Higher Education will meet here behind closed doors Monday to discuss the contract of Chancellor Hamid Shirvani.
But North Dakota University System spokeswoman Linda Donlin said that executive session is a regular part of the board’s two-day annual retreat, which this year also will include two training sessions.
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.
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