Andrew Haffner covers county, health and general assignment stories for the Grand Forks Herald. He attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where he studied journalism, political science and international studies. He previously worked at the Dickinson Press.
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The State Board of Higher Education is set for new leadership this summer. During its Monday meeting, the board unanimously selected Vice Chair Don Morton to serve a one-year term as chair beginning July 1. SBHE member Greg Stemen was elected to serve out a one-year term as the organization's vice chair. Morton is replacing outgoing Chair Kathleen Neset, who has served the maximum of two consecutive terms and will step down from the role when her term ends June 30.
A public program to entice private donations to North Dakota higher education will be funded at a reduced level in the upcoming two-year budget after initially losing its state dollars.
What does identity mean for an institution in flux? And, more specifically, how do you pinpoint what it means to be a part of a university?
Motorists approaching the four-way intersection near Northlands Rescue Mission in downtown Grand Forks may have noticed a change in signage.
UND's tuition is likely to increase as campus leaders eye a hefty deferred maintenance backlog. As permitted by the North Dakota Legislature, UND has delivered proposals to the State Board of Higher Education to lift its rates for the next academic year by 4 percent for both resident and non-resident undergraduate students, the former of which fall under caps set by state lawmakers. Tuition for students in graduate programs and the UND School of Law are not subject to legislative controls and could see even greater rate hikes for the 2017-18 academic year.
After more than 40 years at UND, Leigh Jeanotte, director of American Indian Student Services, is retiring at the end of June. As he considers the end of his career at the university, Jeanotte reflected last week on the beginning.
A UND assistant professor is marking a first for the state of North Dakota as a recently elected member of the 237th class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. "It's an amazing collection of people and, to me, I like the diversity of it," said Mark Trahant, who has served since 2015 as a Charles R. Johnson Endowed Professor of Journalism at UND.
Bruce Gjovig, former leader of the entrepreneurship-focused UND Center for Innovation, says his recent retirement from the organization wasn't entirely by choice. "I was told I was going to retire," Gjovig said. According to Gjovig, the direction came from UND, though he was informed by members of the board of the center's foundation who flew to Grand Forks in March to tell him it was time for a change.
UND President Mark Kennedy began his Friday presentation of the university's strategic plan by describing the current environment of higher education. The landscape he outlined is one undergoing an enormous amount of changes prompted by an information-rich society on the edge of even greater transitions. Bearing that in mind, he ended his discussion of the plan with a mandate for the university's future. "If it's not in the plan, it's not important," Kennedy said.
North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum sees a future of disruption including—but hardly limited to—a reimagining of higher education in North Dakota. The governor reflected Wednesday with the Herald editorial board on his first legislative session and the initial 100-plus days of his term, which started in the waning period of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. Of the protests themselves, Burgum said he was "grateful every day" that the dissolution of the pipeline resistance camps had ended in a relative peace.