BISMARCK, N.D. – The State Board of Higher Education has approved a “Maximizing Results through Efficiencies” plan of key initiatives for the North Dakota University System. The Board passed the proposal Thursday during a conference-call meeting.
A SBHE oversight committee will be appointed and system-wide work groups will be formed to develop action plans for the initiatives.
“A critical role of the State Board of Higher Education is to promote and encourage North Dakota University System institutions, individually and collectively, to maximize their capacity to meet the needs of students and the state while improving quality, access and affordability,” said Grant Shaft, SBHE president.
Broad-based initiatives include information technology, review academic functions, review legal services and capital budgeting.
“A great deal has been accomplished to date thanks to the hard work of faculty, staff and administrators,” Shaft said, adding that a 2009 white paper showed that “the costs per credential are lowest in Florida, Colorado, Washington, Utah and North Dakota; these states convert resources into credentials that have value in their marketplace.”
Work groups will be guided by a student-centered philosophy with the following objectives: Improving student retention and success, improving student access to programs and services, improving the quality of the student experience, controlling student costs, reducing the complexity across the system and within individual campuses, providing effective and efficient delivery of instructional and administrative services, and reinvesting savings into the system to enhance student success, strengthen programs tied to state needs and retain high-quality faculty and staff.
“We must protect the unique mission of each campus,” Shaft said. “At the same time, we must explore opportunities to maximize our individual and collective campus resources and talents without jeopardizing mission-critical activities.”