Monday, March 20, 2017

What did the university system do with the money? - Rob Port, West Fargo Pioneer

"We got a truckload of money for the past several biennia with the same number of students so we should have made huge gains with the ones we had," a campus insider told me this week. "We have nothing to show for it but some new buildings." University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy and North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani have been in the media recently calling for tuition hikes. Campus academics have been carpetbombing the state's opinion pages with letters decrying layoffs and spending reductions. UND professor Thomasine Heitkamp — sister to U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp — even called on lawmakers to tap the state's Legacy Fund to prop up higher ed budgets.

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