Anna Burleson is the higher education reporter for The Grand Forks Herald. She is a 2013 graduate of the University of South Dakota's Mass Communication program and is originally from Watertown, S.D. Contact her with story ideas or tips by phone, email or Twitter, all of which are listed below. Examples of her work can be accessed here.
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GRAND FORKS -- With more students enrolling in online courses every year, the University of North Dakota is trying to stay ahead of the curve. Interim Vice President for University and Public Affairs Peter Johnson said the university plans to increase its offering of "enroll anytime" courses, which students can take online at whatever pace they choose as long as they complete it within nine months, from 65 classes to 90.
VALLEY CITY --Many students taking classes at colleges and universities in North Dakota are doing so online. At the 11 North Dakota University System institutions, 47 percent of students take at least one distance course, which is defined as a class delivered via video, online, or other long distance instructional method. In 2012, that number sat at 40 percent, according to information presented to the interim Legislative Higher Education Funding Committee.
BISMARCK--The North Dakota University System Office and State Board of Higher Education budgets for next year have been reduced by $10.7 million. The SBHE Budget and Finance Committee unanimously approved a $72.2 million budget for fiscal year 2017 at a meeting Friday, a more than $10 million decrease from the $82.9 million budget the year prior.
VALLEY CITY -- Lawmakers had a lot of questions for North Dakota University System representatives at a meeting this week. Lisa Feldner, the NDUS vice chancellor for information technology and...
GRAND FORKS -- Wayne Stenehjem's gubernatorial campaign is sending online advertisements using university student emails obtained by a consulting firm's open records request. One such email went to University of North Dakota student Michael Dulitz. It depicts Stenehjem and his running mate Nicole Poolman and includes a message about their track record of "championing the needs of our state's college students."
GRAND FORKS -- Ed Schafer said some North Dakota legislators have come close to crossing a line. On Tuesday, the UND interim president said he has been told state lawmakers have contacted the North Dakota University System Office to complain about his decision to endorse Doug Burgum, a Republican candidate for governor.
GRAND FORKS -- More than a year after the state Legislature put $110,000 into the North Dakota University System to fund a free textbook initiative, the first schools to see...
GRAND FORKS -- With deep budget cuts, angst among students and administrators and an athletic nickname transition behind him, interim University of North Dakota President Ed Schafer said he tried...
GRAND FORKS -- Enrollment has been suspended for the University of North Dakota’s advanced public health nurse program. The program is a part of the master's of science in nursing...
GRAND FORKS -- The University of North Dakota’s Fighting Hawks athletic logo design is down to two options, and it's unknown to the public what they look like. Interim President...