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Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, Published February 20 2011

Higher Education Notebook: NDSU reaches highest ranking for research school

North Dakota State University has joined an elite group.

NDSU is now categorized as a research university with “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

That puts NDSU among the top 108 public and private research universities in the country.

“That’s the crème de la crème,” said President Dean Bresciani.

Making this list will provide new and better opportunities for NDSU in terms of pursuing grants and collaborations with other top universities, he said.

“Being in this category is kind of the qualification for a lot of funding agencies to work with you,” Bresciani said.

Kalpana Katti, NDSU distinguished professor of civil engineering, said the university will now be considered one of the “big boys.”

“We start to become players in a playing field where we weren’t before,” Katti said.

That has impacts for the whole state of North Dakota, Katti said, including enhancing the economy and diversity.

This is the first time North Dakota has had a university listed as “very high research activity.”

Previously, NDSU was categorized as “high research activity,” which is the category where the University of North Dakota is listed.

The Carnegie Foundation is a nonprofit policy and research center and has categorized higher education institutions since 1970. The classifications are not rankings, but are intended to group institutions into categories.

The classifications can be found at www.carnegiefoundation.org.

NDSU to add new lab

NDSU officials will ask the Fargo City Commission on Tuesday for a property tax exemption for a new materials and nanotechnology lab.

NDSU plans to lease about 8,500 square feet from Appareo Systems, a business in the NDSU Research and Technology Park.

The 10-year property tax exemption for the lab space is estimated at $15,402.

Students oppose cuts

Students from the North Dakota Student Association will be at the Capitol on Monday to oppose amendments to House Bill 1003 that would result in tuition increases and other cuts to higher education.

Mary Christian, a student and lobbyist for NDSA, said students from all 11 campuses in the university system are concerned about cuts to higher education that have been approved by a House Appropriations subcommittee.

The students will hold a press conference at noon Monday at the Capitol.

“We feel like this is a really big deal for students,” Christian said. “We’re trying to change some of the outcomes that can come from this.”

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