Bismarck Tribune: University system should make do with what it has

The chancellor of the North Dakota University System wants 30 staff members to hold the administrations of the state’s 11 colleges and universities accountable.

Hamid Shirvani wants lawyers and auditors. He has the support of the state Board of Higher Education and some lawmakers. Gov. Jack Dalrymple was a harder sell; in the executive budget, he only put seven new full-time equivalent positions in the University System’s office.

The state’s public higher education system has 17,500 employees, including 4,000 faculty members. The idea that the chancellor needs to hire 30 additional employees to monitor the existing administrators, faculty members and staffs strains belief.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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