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Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, Published May 09 2010

Higher education notebook: NDSU to award record number of doctoral degrees

North Dakota State University will set another record this spring for the number of doctoral degrees awarded.

NDSU anticipates presenting 46 doctoral degrees this week, a 53 percent increase over the 30 degrees awarded at last spring’s graduation.

A recent survey shows that North Dakota leads the nation for growth in graduate degree production.

North Dakota increased doctoral degree production by 226 percent between 1998 and 2008, compared to 25 percent nationally, according to the Council of Graduate Schools.

Dave Wittrock, dean of NDSU’s Graduate School, said the large increase is in part due to the limited number of doctoral programs available in North Dakota in 1998.

Since that time, NDSU has added 26 doctoral programs.

“We did not have as many opportunities within the state for students to get doctoral degrees,” Wittrock said.

However, the survey also affirms that universities in North Dakota have been successful in enhancing their missions.

In all, NDSU will award about 252 graduate and professional degrees this spring.

Wittrock anticipates that graduate education will continue to increase at NDSU.

“Graduate education needs to be an important part of where we move in the future,” he said.

The University of North Dakota estimates it will award 104 doctoral degrees for this academic year.

MSUM professor honored

A Minnesota State University Moorhead professor is the first woman to receive an education award from the American Institute of Constructors.

Norma Andersen is this year’s recipient of the W.A. Klinger Construction Education Award.

The award honors educators who have distinguished themselves in teaching, research and/or service in the advancement of the construction profession. It was first awarded in 1976.

Andersen has taught at MSUM since 1999. Prior to that, she and her husband operated a construction company.

UND family medicine

The University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences tops a list of medical schools that have a high percentage of students entering family medicine.

The American Academy of Family Physicians recognized UND and nine other schools that graduated the greatest percentage of students who choose family medicine during a three-year period.

UND had 20.4 percent of graduates entering family medicine.

The University of South Dakota ranked third with 16.9 percent, and the University of Minnesota ranked sixth with 16.3 percent.

Cobbers study abroad

More than 140 Concordia College students are studying abroad this spring and summer.

Eighty-three students are participating in eight May seminar trips to 18 countries.

Another 19 students will participate in summer field studies in Africa and the Middle East, and 38 students will be in the summer abroad program in China, Germany, Italy and Spain.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Amy Dalrymple at (701) 241-5590 or adalrymple@forumcomm.com