Senate votes to expand North Dakota higher ed board

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Senate has passed a resolution that would expand the state’s higher education board from eight to 15 members.

The Senate passed the resolution 29-14 on Thursday.

The House last month rejected legislation supported by Gov. Doug Burgum to change the state’s higher education governance from one board to two.

Burgum has continued to push for multiple boards, saying it would make North Dakota’s 11 colleges and universities more accountable.

Republican Sen. Donald Schaible says the resolution is somewhat of a compromise.

Schaible says the bigger board could break out into subcommittees that would share the workload and oversight.

The resolution now goes to the House. Voters must ultimately approve any changes to the higher education board because its structure is outlined in the state constitution.

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