BISMARCK — More than a year since it was introduced and approved, a plan to raise admissions standards and enhance student success at the state’s 11 colleges and universities is still under construction. The Pathways to Student Success plan, developed by former Chancellor Hamid Shirvani, divides the state’s schools into three tiers, beefs up admissions standards at some, and aims to improve graduation and retention rates and raise the profile of the state’s colleges. The State Board of Higher Education met Friday in a conference call to discuss the plan, approve its goals and give authority
FARGO — North Dakota State University set out in 2009 to curb substance abuse by students, adding more education about drugs and alcohol and more sober events to offer alternatives. One of the plan’s stated goals was to lower high-risk drinking rates — the portion of students who consumed five or more drinks in a sitting within the last two weeks — from 51 percent in 2008 to 48.5 percent in 2012. Instead, the percentage of high-risk drinkers climbed to 52.9 percent by 2012. So on Thursday, school officials unveiled a more intensive plan, which would strengthen sober weekend programming and
FARGO — As part of a new pilot program, North Dakota State University will analyze and transform as many as five introductory undergraduate “gateway” courses. NDSU was selected along with 11 other schools to participate in the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education’s Gateways to Completion program aimed at improving student success, retention and graduation rates, according to a news release from the school. Gateway courses are foundational courses with high student enrollment and high risk for poor student performance, including D and F grades, withdrawals and incompletes, according to the institute.
FARGO — For 30 years, North Dakota State University’s Development Foundation has scooped up homes, apartment buildings and commercial spaces around the school as they become available. In addition to its $3.9 million office on University Drive, the private nonprofit foundation that supports NDSU owns 44 properties near the school worth more than $6.2 million. As the foundation buys more and more property on the east side of campus, residents wonder what’s in store for their neighborhood.
FARGO — North Dakota State University student leaders had the ears of several local lawmakers during a luncheon Thursday. NDSU student government hosts “Higher Education Day” to give students an opportunity to sit shoulder-to-shoulder with policymakers and discuss concerns.