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Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, Published September 08 2010

Audit finds concerns at NDSU, but specifics haven't been made public

FARGO – Concerns about North Dakota State University were raised in an audit discussed today by a committee of the state Board of Higher Education.

The meeting was closed to the public and the document has not been released.

However, a news release issued today by the North Dakota University System says the operational audit raised concerns about NDSU.

“A number of concerns at NDSU were cited, ranging from a lack of documentation and other issues related to use to purchase cards to needed improvements in stewardship of public resources,” the press release states.

The news release did not go into specifics about the concerns at NDSU.

John Grettum, audit manager with the State Auditor’s Office, said the document is being finalized and will take a day or more before it’s made public.

Grettum said he won’t comment until the document is final.

Operational audits are done every two years, Grettum said. This one is for fiscal years 2008 and 2009. It also covered the University of North Dakota, North Dakota State College of Science and Lake Region State College.

There were no formal audit findings at UND, the press release states. The other campuses were not mentioned in the release.

Laura Glatt, vice chancellor for administrative affairs for the university system, and Jon Backes, state Board of Higher Education president, also declined to comment until the document is public.

The board’s Budget, Audit and Finance Committee met today in Bismarck.

For more on this story, read Thursday’s Forum.

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