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 Burleson by either phone or email, both of which are listed below, or on Twitter @AnnagatorB.
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Applications are currently being accepted for the North Dakota University System’s next chancellor. The new chancellor will replace Interim Chancellor Larry Skogen, who has served in the position since June...
The future of the cost of college in North Dakota is in limbo as state lawmakers look at the possibility of taking control of tuition rates at the state's 11 public institutions. In-state undergraduate tuition and fees alone at UND went from $6,726 in 2010 to $7,741 in 2014, according to the school's 2013 financial report and information from the Office of Institutional Research. Estimated total costs at UND and North Dakota State University, the system's largest universities, have gone from $11,700 in 2003 to $18,800 in 2013, according to the system's 2014 Student Affordability Report.
Lake Region State College is pushing forward with providing free online textbooks to students. Michelle Murphy, an assistant professor of biology and other pre-nursing science courses at LRSC, recently wrote and implemented her own general biology textbook. "It was getting to be overwhelming for me to have to change all these books and it was getting overwhelming for the student to have to pay for all these books, so it just seemed like the right time to start writing my own," she said. Murphy teaches all of her classes online and in 2014 began testing sections of her book on her students a
Local and state agencies are moving forward with BNSF Railway to fund the installation of automated crossing arms at the intersection near Larimore, N.D., where a school bus and train collision killed two people. County Highway Engineer Nick West told the Grand Forks County Commission Tuesday that the North Dakota Department of Transportation has agreed to fund 90 percent of the project, which is estimated to cost between $250,000 and $500,000.
County commissioner John Schmisek said the county's agreement with the Grand Forks Air Force Base to create the Grand Sky Tech Park will be finalized by early February. The unmanned aerial systems park has been in the works since 2013 and Schmisek said at a meeting Tuesday that he plans to sign the final agreement this week and the GFAFB will do so by Feb. 5. A commemorative ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. Feb. 18 at the Air Force Base. Preregistration will be required for security purposes and guests will take a shuttle from the Alerus Center to the base beginning at 9 a.m. that day.
First-day headcount enrollment numbers at Mayville State University are the highest they've ever been for the spring semester. A total of 970 students enrolled, which is 20 more than the first-day headcount enrollment a year ago. This is the school's fifth straight spring semester of increased headcount enrollment. "It's always nice to see results, and you have to attribute that to the faculty and staff," President Gary Hagen said.
With one open seat left on the State Board of Higher Education after Chairwoman Kirsten Diederich stepped down last week, it's still unknown whether Grand Forks will be represented by a voting member when new appointments begin their terms this summer. It would be unusual to not have a person from Grand Forks on the board, as it has had continual representation since 1951, according to SBHE documents. But of the board's current voting body, Grant Shaft is the only member who lives in Grand Forks and he will be giving up his seat to Greg Stemen of Fort Ransom, N.D., this summer after serving
UND now has a confidential resource on campus for those seeking help after experiencing sexual assault or violence. Logan Kassa began working at UND about a week ago as an adviser through the Community Violence Intervention Center.
Applications are being accepted for an open seat on the State Board of Higher Education. Chairwoman Kirsten Diederich, who has served on the board since 2010, announced her resignation last week, citing the controversy surrounding her reappointment as the reason for her decision to leave. Applications for the position will be accepted until Jan. 30 and reviewed by a constitutionally-mandated committee consisting of Department of Public Instruction Superintendent Kirsten Baesler, Chief Justice Gerald VandeWalle; Rep. Wes Belter, R-Fargo, Sen.
Several building projects on UND's campus are currently underway. The largest project, a new $124 million, 325,000-square-foot, four-story structure to house the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences, is still under construction. The building is slated to be completed in 2016. UND Law School spokesman Rob Carolin said the school's $11.4 million renovation and addition project is on time and on budget.