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NORTH DAKOTA UNIVERSITY SYSTEM

The eight-member board oversees the North Dakota University System, which includes the University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University.
The state is waiting for the U.S Department of the Treasury to release nearly $70 million in funding for career and technical education projects across the state.
According to data, more needed teaching positions are being filled "irregularly" or not being filled at all.
Despite becoming one of the top paid public officials in North Dakota, David Cook's pay will fall below the median president salary for public colleges that offer doctoral degrees in the U.S.

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After selecting David Cook to lead North Dakota State University, board members approved raising the budgets for two sports complexes at NDSU, and increased construction budgets at UND and Mayville State University.
Outgoing NDSU President Dean Bresciani, measured by his job performance as the leader of an academic institution, was not good at his job. That's why his contract wasn't renewed by the state Board of Higher Education. Yet he's widely seen as a successful president because of the success of NDSU's football team during his tenure, a reflection of the same cruddy priorities that lead the NDSU Foundation to raise 10 times more for athletic scholarships than they did for math/science scholarships.
Board members on Thursday quickly went into executive session to discuss the procurement of a vendor to conduct the salary study.
The five finalists were chosen from a national pool of 47 applicants and will be interviewed on the NDSU campus in February.
Some employees must pay back more than $10,000, and one owes the university more than $37,000.
At best, we have a university president who leaned a bit too heavily on some personal relationships while supervising a sloppy procurement. At worst, we have a significant contract that was deliberately steered toward some friends of the president. Even worse, when asked to provide oversight, the NDUS issued some superficial findings completely out of step with just how serious a matter this was.

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The Challenge Grant program provides higher education institutions with $2 in funding for every $1 that is raised privately. The funding is for scholarships and endowments, among other uses.
It took board members nearly an hour and a half of discussion at the SBHE’s meeting on Thursday, Oct. 29, to approve the measure, with two of the board’s eight members voting against it. Presidents and senior administrators of state universities and colleges appeared united in asking for the measure to be passed, as they face the possibility of losing out on millions of dollars of federal contracts should some employees not get vaccinated.
"If you had not wrote about it, we probably would not have learned about the proposed policy," Christopher Dodson, general counsel for the North Dakota Catholic Conference, told me. "A number of students and interested persons missed the official deadline for comments, which ended Friday."

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