State spending on higher education in North Dakota continues to rise -- but still, with more state dollars flowing to the institutions, the bill being passed on to students continues to rise.
Representative Mark Sanford is the chairman of the legislative Higher Education Funding Committee that met at Minot State today.
The Grand Forks Republican says school tuition is always a concern for legislators...
But he says the schools that may get the first look when it comes to reigning in tuition may not be the large institutions in the state, rather community colleges. (Rep. Mark Sanford - (R) Grand Forks) "We know that our two year schools still have tuition that are above their peer groups in the region and nationally so if there was a target group to start with it would most likely be those two year institutions."
The Higher Ed Funding Committee also looked at increasing the role of distance learning within the university system moving forward -- and continuing to work toward keeping graduates in-state to start careers.