Ham Shirvani--The Board of Higher Education Chancellor is presenting the plan for the Pathway to Student success to state representatives--a day after getting unanimous approval from the board.
Jon Schaeffer has the story.
Ham Shirvani has been chancellor for about 2 months--and is already turning heads with the new Pathway to Student Success.
Shirvani"The basic message to me was Hit the ground running!"
and he has done just that--presenting details of the board's plan to lawmakers on the higher education committee.
(Chairman Bob Skarphol/ Higher Education Committee )"Over the last six years we've discussed wanting to improve our university system wanting to improve our K-12 system. We finally have someone who is going to bring us a proposal that seems to be able to accomplish that."
The proposal puts the colleges and universities into tiers--but some representatives on the committee say that they are putting them into classes of quality. Shirvani's answer is simple.
Ham Shirvani "It means they're different. They are all good they are all necessary. They are all in demand. But they're different. They serve different students with different preparations."
and the board says that for different schools there is a need for different requirements to get in. This proposal pushes for higher demands of students to get into the top tier schools...North Dakota State and the University of North Dakota.both research universities, something that one president says could keep more students in state for their higher education.
(Dean Bresciani/ President NDSU) "One of the most common things I hear from our best students in the state is that they're looking for a rigorous academic environment when they go to college and some are concerned that the 2 flagships aren't tough enough at this point and they look at other state flagship institutions. We want them to stay in North Dakota and we want to offer them the academic challenge that they're looking for."
The proposal will also work with the K-12 school systems to prepare students for the increased academic expectations.