GRAND FORKS -- Sen. Ray Holmberg, R-Grand Forks, said he is in favor of a bill that would devote a certain percentage of Legacy Fund earnings to the state’s two research universities, but noted it is just one of two similar bills being worked on in the Legislature. Senate Bill 2282 would transfer 15 percent of Legacy Fund earnings to an economic diversification research fund that would support work by the University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University.
BISMARCK, N.D. -- As Gov. Doug Burgum continues to push his plans for a revamped, three-board governance system for higher education, the State Board of Higher Education is taking steps of its own to consider campus needs through new committees. The SBHE Governance Committee recommended that three additional committees be created under the State Board, including a committee for community and polytechnic colleges, one for regional or dual-admission institutions and one for the research universities.
BISMARCK -- Higher education officials are asking the state Legislature to consider allowing higher education institutions to use a loan program through the Bank of North Dakota to help reduce deferred maintenance costs. Senate Bill 2116 would allow institutions under the control of the State Board of Higher Education to become a part of the Bank of North Dakota’s infrastructure revolving loan fund.
BISMARCK — More than 329,000 North Dakotans turned out to vote in this year’s midterm election, smashing 2014’s record and inching close to the record-breaking 2016 election. This year’s voter turnout was an all-time high for a midterm election, surging past the previous midterm record set in 2014, when more than 255,000 North Dakotans cast their ballots, according to the North Dakota Secretary of State’s website.