Small College Gets Chancellor Visit

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One of the state’s smallest campuses is seeing more students these days.
Dakota College at Bottineau reported its largest spring enrollment ever this year.

Jim Olson reports students and staff think their college is just the right size.

(Dr. Mark Hagerott, ND University System Chancellor)  “They’re human scale.”

That’s how the chancellor of the state university system describes two-year colleges in North Dakota – like Dakota College at Bottineau. And it’s a feeling that’s shared on campus.

(Scott Johnson, DCB Math Professor)  “Its important to have the smaller colleges. You become family almost as you progress.”
(Quinn Billaney, DCB Freshman)  “I’m super happy. It reminds me a lot of home. Classes are small. You know everyone on campus, everyone is nice.”
(Lexi Kvasnicki-Gates, DCB Psychology Associate Professor)  “I love it..absolutely love it. I love the small classes, I like knowing my students.”

Lexi Kvasnicka-Gates says the small feel of her classroom is something she much prefers to the huge lecture halls of major colleges.

(Lexi Kvasnicka-Gates, DCB Psychology Associate Professor)  “I was in those 400 student classes and you teach to the front row of students and past that, who knows? And here, people care.”

The faculty and students at the Bottineau campus say that caring means a lot to students – many of whom come from small town high schools. Or in the case of Dior Dioum, from the Netherlands.

(Dior Dioum, DCB Sophomore)  “I like the fact that it’s small and you get to know everybody and teachers are very involved with students and their progress.”

They also like that the cost is at the lower end of the higher education spectrum.

(Johnathan Mueller, DCB Freshman)  “It’s a good option for many people.”

And it can launch anyone willing to put in the work to much bigger things.

(Quinn Billaney, DCB Freshman)  “Will go to University of Alberta to finish education – I want to be a kindergarten teacher, I love kids.”
(Scott Johnson, DCB Math Professor)  “I’ve had students who’ve gone on to do well – one is an orthopedic surgeon who has become very successful, started here.”

Here – where a student count close to 900 is a record high. Jim Olson, KX News.

Chancellor Hagerott’s visits to Williston and Bottineau this week were part of ‘listening sessions’ he holds at campuses across the state.
 

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