Two Options on the Table for Dealing with Higher Ed Issues - KXNet.com - Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson-KXNEWS,ND

Two Options on the Table for Dealing with Higher Ed Issues

Posted:

North Dakota's Higher Education system has been in the middle of countless controversies the last few years between school scandals, conflicts with University Presidents and displeasure with chancellors.

Today two House committees hear about two options for dealing with managing the University system.

Donnell Preskey has the story.

It's no secret, there are many lawmakers who want to change the way the department of Higher Education is managed.

Especially now when there is displeasure with Chancellor Hamid Shirvani.

Republican Rep. Al Carlson of Fargo says,"Presidents are told they aren't supposed to talk to us or speak at board meetings. Is that the type of governance that you would want for a $1 billion investment for the state of ND?" My answer is not."

Carlson, proposes a measure that would have the governor appoint a CEO of Higher Ed. The issue, if approved by lawmakers, would go on the next general election ballot.

"I would hope that we put this forward to voters, and let them have a chance to weigh in on what they see and hear," says Carlson.

"Something really needs to be done. We have the timing to do it and the people of ND know there's something wrong with the current system," says Republican Rep. Rick Becker of Bismarck.

Becker has a different twist to the idea -- have North Dakotan's elect a Director of the department.

"One of primary concerns I have is spending, not many restrictions if appointed. If you are elected by people and costs are soaring tuition is soaring, people are going to be unhappy," says Becker.

"Right now the buck doesn't stop with anyone, and if that person was elected or appointed that would change," says Dustin Gawrylow.

"Time for tough love and time to change the system so it's more directly accountable to people of ND," says Bismarck resident Shawn Johnson.

Johnson says if the elected official doesn't perform, they won't be re-elected and residents will have no one to blame but themselves.

"If current system really is the best system for us, then that will come out. But more importantly by having alternatives on ballot to debate, electors can make the decision. Shouldn't fear that debate," says Johnson.

The only one who spoke against the ideas was the University System Vice Chancellor. Laura Glatt says the board of Higher Education wants lawmakers to make sure any proposed change is evaluated and studied prior to it going before voters.

"Bottom line is are the distractions and uncertainty of the proposed reorganization, be in the best interest of ND stakeholders? We don't think so," says Glatt.

Lawmakers say both plans add accountability, remove the board of Higher Ed and allow the legislature to be involved in setting policies.

There are five constitutional measures that deal with changing how the University System is managed.

Those that are approved will go on the general election ballots for voters to decide.

  • BusinessMore>>

  • Select Income REIT adds to portfolio in $2.7B deal

    Select Income REIT adds to portfolio in $2.7B deal

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 12:41 PM EDT2014-09-02 16:41:33 GMT
    Select Income REIT will spend about $2.7 billion in cash and stock to buy Cole Corporate Income Trust in a deal that adds 64 office and industrial properties to the real estate investment trust's portfolio.
    Select Income REIT will spend about $2.7 billion in cash and stock to buy Cole Corporate Income Trust in a deal that adds 64 office and industrial properties to the real estate investment trust's portfolio.
  • Revel casino follows Showboat, closes its doors

    Revel casino follows Showboat, closes its doors

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 12:34 PM EDT2014-09-02 16:34:18 GMT
    Little more than two years after opening with high hopes of turning around Atlantic City's struggling casino market, Revel will close its doors Tuesday morning.
    Atlantic City's newest casino - and its biggest, costliest flop - went out with barely a whimper.
  • Detroit's historic bankruptcy trial to begin

    Detroit's historic bankruptcy trial to begin

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 12:31 PM EDT2014-09-02 16:31:41 GMT
    Lawyers for Detroit will attempt to convince a judge with the start of the city's bankruptcy trial that its plans to wipe out billions of dollars in debt should be approved.
    Starting Tuesday, lawyers for Detroit will attempt to convince a federal judge at the city's bankruptcy trial that its plans to wipe out the city's billions of dollars in debt should be approved.
  • PoliticalMore>>

  • 2016ers jockey even before congressional elections

    2016ers jockey even before congressional elections

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 11:42 AM EDT2014-09-02 15:42:38 GMT
    The finish line in November's mid-term elections is just the start of the next race for the White House.
    One set of elections ends in early November as another begins when presidential hopefuls cross the unofficial starting line in the 2016 race for the White House.
  • Tax forms could pose challenge for HealthCare.gov

    Tax forms could pose challenge for HealthCare.gov

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:22 AM EDT2014-09-02 14:22:16 GMT
    If you got health coverage through President Barack Obama's law this year, you'll need a new form from your insurance exchange before you can file your tax return next spring.
    If you got health coverage through President Barack Obama's law this year, you'll need a new form from your insurance exchange before you can file your tax return next spring.
  • Pakistan lawmakers back premier amid mass protests

    Pakistan lawmakers back premier amid mass protests

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 8:22 AM EDT2014-09-02 12:22:51 GMT
    Pakistan's parliament has convened over the political crisis roiling the country as thousands of anti-government protesters remain camped out in front of the parliament building, demanding the resignation of...
    Pakistan's lawmakers rallied behind the country's embattled prime minister Tuesday in an emergency session, even as thousands of protesters remained camped outside of parliament demanding his ouster.
Quick Clicks
Closings/Delays
View list
Calendar
What's happening?
Lottery Results
Feeling lucky?
Viewer Photos
Submit yours!
Road Report
Current conditions
TV Listings
See what's on
Gas Prices
Check near you
E-Mail Newsletter
Signup now

Most Popular

Stories
Videos
loading...
Powered by WorldNow
General information or questions:
kxinfo@kxnet.com

News:
Bismarck:
Phone: 701-223-9197
News Fax: 701-223-1985

News:
Minot:
Phone: 701-852-2104
News Fax: 701-838-1050
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KXNET. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.