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HIGHER EDUCATION: UND gets data analysis center

UND will have a Center for Comparative Effectiveness Analytics after the State Board of Higher Education gave it the green light at a meeting Thursday.

The center will analyze encrypted data from potential providers such as Sanford Health and Altru Health System and insurers such as Blue Cross Blue Shield and be funded by either the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality or the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

It will be housed in the new School of Medicine and Health Sciences building.

More money needed for renovation

The State Board of Higher Education gave UND the go-ahead to spend $360,000 in local funds on the renovation of the food court area inside the Memorial Union at a meeting Thursday.

The extra money will go toward renovating the Old Main Marketplace and cover electrical and mechanical construction costs. According to documents presented to the SBHE, the project is considered autonomous from the Memorial Union renovation the SBHE previously authorized because it will use a separate funding source.

Schools to get upkeep dollars

The State Board of Higher Education will distribute the $5 million remainder of a $10 million deferred maintenance funding pool. North Dakota State University received the most with $1.1 million, and UND received about $948,000 to spend on campus upkeep.

Anna Burleson

Anna Burleson is the higher education reporter for The Grand Forks Herald. She is a 2013 graduate of the University of South Dakota's Mass Communication program and is originally from Watertown, S.D. Contact her with story ideas or tips by phone, email or Twitter, all of which are listed below. Examples of her work can be accessed here.

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