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Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, Published January 30 2011

Higher Education Notebook: MnSCU chancellor finalists will be announced Monday

Finalists for chancellor of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system will be announced Monday morning.

The MnSCU board of trustees will meet at 9 a.m. Monday, and names of finalists will be announced immediately following. The meeting will be streamed online at www.mnscu.edu.

Finalists will meet on Tuesday morning with small groups of trustees and other system leaders.

At 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, the finalists will be interviewed individually by the board of trustees. At 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, the board will deliberate and select a new chancellor. The audio of those meetings also will be available online at www.mnscu.edu.

Chancellor James McCormick plans to retire in July.

For more information about the search, visit www.mnscu.edu/about/chancellor_search/index.html.

Students rank third

Students from the North Dakota State College of Science placed third in the National Association of Home Builders Residential Construction Management Competition in Orlando, Fla.

The seven-member team of architectural drafting and estimating technology students from the Wahpeton-based college beat out 47 competitors. The students presented their solutions for a partial house plan project.

The annual competition gives students a real-life construction management project to solve and then present their solutions to a judging panel of residential construction industry experts.

This was the third time NDSCS students competed at the national contest.

Online education grant

A grant received by Minnesota State Community and Technical College seeks to improve online education.

Marcus Lacher, an instructor at the Detroit Lakes campus of MSCTC, received a $2,500 award that will provide training for instructors.

The grant, from the MnSCU system office, will support training for instructors at four MSCTC campuses to improve distance education for students.

MSCTC has 3,000 students enrolled in online courses. The college offers more than 200 courses and 22 online majors and programs.

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