New Rockford Transcript - Official Newspaper of Eddy County since 1883

Bold change needed for higher education governance


November 26, 2018

When North Dakotans voted 80 years ago to create a single board to govern the state’s public colleges and universities, the world was still being introduced to the ballpoint pen. Oil had recently been discovered in Saudi Arabia. Non-stick Teflon had just been invented. And Superman made his first comic book appearance.

Few could have predicted a fivefold increase in enrollment at North Dakota’s state-funded colleges and universities, from just under 8,000 students in 1938 to over 45,000 students today, or that the number of institutions would increase and their missions and offerings wo...

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