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Associated Press , Published September 25 2013

Board looking into ending college's affiliation with Minot State

BISMARCK — The North Dakota Board of Higher Education is looking into the possibility of ending Dakota College at Bottineau's affiliation with Minot State University.

The two-year college at Bottineau has been associated with four-year colleges since 1969 when it joined with North Dakota State University. The school connected with Minot State in 1996.

Bottineau Dean Ken Grosz says former chancellor Hamid Shirvani had planned on announcing that Bottineau would become a stand-alone institution, but it never happened.

Board member Grant Shaft says there have been ongoing discussions about the move and some believe it makes sense to combine it with next year's retirement plans by Minot State and Dakota College president David Fuller.

The board voted Wednesday to allow the interim chancellor to "engage stakeholders" on ending the affiliation.

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