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Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, Published September 26 2010

Higher Education Notebook: Chancellor readies for legislative session

The North Dakota University System chancellor is putting on a lot of miles this fall.

Bill Goetz is hosting meetings at all 11 campuses with current legislators and legislative candidates to prepare for the upcoming legislative session.

At a meeting at North Dakota State University last week, Goetz talked to participants about the system’s budget request, emphasizing benefits the state receives from higher education.

“I’d encourage you to think about higher education as an investment, not a cost,” Goetz said.

Sen. Judy Lee, R-West Fargo, said during the meeting that although some legislators have been “beating up” on higher education during committee meetings, there is support for higher education in the Legislature.

“I think it’s important that people in higher education know that not everybody feels that way,” Lee said.

Goetz’s next meeting is Oct. 5 at the North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton.

Goetz also is meeting with economic development officials and newspaper editorial boards as he travels around the state.

Team North Dakota

The group that wants to combine NDSU and the University of North Dakota into one large flagship university has launched a website, www.teamnorthdakota.


Bill Kiefer, the group’s spokesman, said he’s received mixed reaction to the idea of putting the issue to a public vote.

The website includes a list of about 70 members and supporters.

The group plans to hold its first public meeting in Bismarck-Mandan, likely in late October, Kiefer said. Updates will be posted to the site.

Business accreditation

Concordia College plans to pursue international accreditation for the new Offutt School of Business.

Dean Greg Cant said Concordia will pursue an assessment from the European Quality Improvement System, which has 127 accredited schools in 35 countries.

Many other colleges have accreditation through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, including North Dakota State University and recently Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Cant said Concordia considered that group but decided EQUIS fit with Concordia’s international emphasis.

“That actually suits our model better,” Cant said. “It’s very globally focused.”

Sonia Kovalevsky Day

NDSU’s math department hosted high school girls Saturday for an event called Sonia Kovalevsky High School Mathematics Day.

The event is named after a widely known Russian mathematician from the late 19th century.

The event aims to increase the representation of women in math by helping high school girls learn about math careers.

Students from eight high schools planned to participate.

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