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Higher Ed Staff Say They Have “Fear Of Retaliation” For Correcting Illegal Practices

Higher Ed Staff Say They Have “Fear Of Retaliation” For Correcting Illegal Practices

As two top accountability officers in the North Dakota University System say they’re being pushed out of their jobs for promoting new transparency standards a survey (see below) of university system employees shows many of them feel bullied and intimidated. The survey was administered by the Core Technology Services/System Office Staff Senate, and university system employees were


As Usual Taxpayers Will Have To Bailout Supposedly “Independent” University Foundation

The Dickinson Press today continues their excellent in-depth coverage of the Dickinson State University Foundation scandal, including this starting revelation of just how large an impact the foundation’s problems may have on Dickinson State University: The attorney general’s complaint alleges that the Foundation has not paid DSU for money that the university has already provided


Attorney General: Higher Ed Board Violated Open Meetings Law Again

Earlier today I noted that the North Dakota University System has violated open meetings/records laws no fewer than 17 times since 2010. Make this number 18. Currently the university system is trying to fire their chief compliance officer Kirsten Franzen for, in part, allegedly tipping me off to a State Board of Higher Education meeting


Did The State Board Of Higher Education Break Open Meeting Laws?

According to records from the Attorney General’s office, the North Dakota University System has broken open records and open meetings laws no fewer than 17 times since 2010. According to the AG’s office in the next few days they’ll be issuing an opinion on my complaint over a meeting earlier this year in which they sent


NDSU Pres. Dean Bresciani Cuts And Runs From Email Demands

Earlier this year NDSU President Dean Bresciani was throwing a fit over a plan to unify the North Dakota University System’s email accounts. After being accused multiple times of deleting emails on purpose to evade open records requests, Bresciani argued that it would be a “terrible embarrassment” for the university system if NDSU was forced


University System Proposes Exempting Personnel Reviews Of Presidents From Open Records

At today’s meeting of the State Board of Higher Education Chancellor Larry Skogen announced a list of proposed bills for the upcoming session of the Legislature next year. Among them, as you can see from this tweet from the official NDUS account, is an exemption from open records laws for personnel reviews of the university


Lawmakers Say They Won’t “Rubber Stamp” Appointment Of Higher Ed Board President

As I write this Tom Meredith, a consultant higher by the State Board of Higher Education, is warning board members that the defeat of Measure 3 earlier this month was not an endorsement from voters for their job performance. The Legislature seems to agree. Indeed, in just the few weeks since Measure 3 failed the


Heidi Heitkamp, Party Switcher?

At Hot Air, Ed Morrissey says the Keystone debacle may have a couple of Senate Democrats “on the radar” for switching sides. “Even the Democratic leadership in the Senate left Landrieu twisting in the wind, which prompted public disgust from Joe Manchin and Heidi Heitkamp, two Democrats that might be on the GOP radar for


University System Removes Termination For Auditor, Compliance Officer From Agenda

Last night the North Dakota University System filed an updated agenda for the November 20th (tomorrow) meeting of the State Board of Higher Education. On the original agenda (I wish I’d kept a copy) was a line item to address the terminations of NDUS Chief Auditor Timothy Carlson and Chief Compliance Officer Kirsten Franzen. If