Jennifer Johnson covers K-12 education for the Grand Forks Herald.
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The elimination of two bachelor's degrees at UND is being considered by the State Board of Higher Education today. The bachelor's degree of business education in the Education Department and the bachelor's degree of education in the Industrial Technology Department are targeted for elimination due to low demand, say university officials in both departments. Timothy O'Keefe, chairman of the information systems and business education department, said the market for business education teachers has been soft for some time. North Dakota had roughly five institutions that offered business educati
At the start of Gordon Iseminger's class one morning last week, students received a lecture that had nothing to do with European history. "Some of you are having difficulty understanding what's in the textbook, and you shouldn't be having any difficulty, because it's written for college and university students," he said as a few stragglers wandered in. "And some of you are having difficulty writing and spelling, and you shouldn't be.
One of the Bakken's biggest players is funding a new geology school at UND's College of Engineering and Mines with a gift that will cover new equipment, faculty pay, student scholarships and a virtual library, the university announced Monday. Harold Hamm, an oil billionaire who has been a lead player in drilling the Bakken shale, and his Oklahoma-based Continental Resources Inc. donated $10 million toward the $14 million project.
Nearly 100 new immigrant and refugee students entered the Grand Forks School District this fall, up 43 from the previous year, according to district documents. It's the mark of a trend that's been happening the last five years. While the number of these students enrolling each fall has generally stayed the same, the total number in the district this year is 426, double the number in 2008. The district directly serves about 200 students identified as having limited English proficiency.
Final fall enrollment at UND grew significantly compared to NDSU, maintaining its hold as the largest campus in the state. Enrollment was 15,250, an increase of 553 students from last year's record-breaking figure, according to the university. "These are very good numbers. We're very pleased to see the increase," said UND spokesman Peter Johnson. While the increase is widespread and can't be attributed to one thing, he noted the growing number of incoming freshmen.
Long after the oil boom and its workers have left, sprawling patches of leveled gravel, colored only by hints of blue tarp or a few grommets, may be all that's left of man camps in western North Dakota. At least that's what UND professors William Caraher and Bret Weber imagine as they collect information on man camps from five cities in the Oil Patch. Grommets, once attached to the blue tarp used for housing, and some staples from disintegrated wood pallets could be found. Fragments of utilities masts or bits of plastic might litter the ground or there may be nothing at all, they say.
A welcome intrusion n In pursuit of success, advisor will also pursue students By Jennifer Johnson Herald Staff Writer At Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls, one student success coordinator says he will hunt you down if you miss class. Jason Pangiarella isn't joking. He's the lead adviser of an initiative intended to motivate students toward academic success. "It's not just cutting class," he said.
A proposed budget asks for the same tax rate the Grand Forks Public Schools has had for three years, plus some extra funding, was approved by the School Board on Monday. The tax rate is 139.35 mills, which means about $22.6 million in the 2012-2013 fiscal year, or a 3.17 percent increase compared to the last fiscal year, according to district documents. In 2009, the legislature passed a 75 mill reduction for all schools, dropping from 214.35 to 139.35.
Thompson Public School was given the 2012 National Blue Ribbon School Award for outstanding academic achievement, one of two North Dakota schools to be recognized, a release from the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction said Monday. Thompson and Carrington Elementary School were the only two schools in the state to meet Average Yearly Progress standards last year. Schools also had to have at least 40 percent of students from disadvantaged backgrounds, and these students had to reduce the achievement gap by progressing in reading and math tests. U.S.
A year ago, Grand Forks middle school students were given orange wristbands to remind them to stop and think twice before sending a hurtful message. It didn't come from the school district administration, but from students themselves. ""We're trying to start with the younger generation," said Mandi Egeland, Red River High School senior and member of the city's Youth Commission, which came up with the campaign. She said she feels it has made more students aware of the effects of bullying, that bullying can hurt even bullies down the road. "Years down the road, anything that's on the Interne