Both State University System and DSU administrators say they're happy the Higher Learning Commission voted to take away sanctions the university faced after an enrollment scandal last year, but they're not surprised.
After more than a year of waiting, Dickinson State got the letter it was hoping for on Friday.
"It was an affirmation that an incredible amount of work over a two year period had really paid off," says Dickinson University President D.C. Coston.
Last week, the regional Higher Learning Commission voted to take D-S-U off an "on notice" status, meaning it will stay a fully accredited University.
"This university, we're moving forward. We're working very hard right now, we've got the Higher Learning Commission affirmation that we do things well," says Coston.
President Coston says part of the reason that the Higher Learning Commission took DSU off the on notice status was because they were proactive about finding solutions.
"The staff said that Dickinson State has shown an extraordinary commitment to accreditation and as such we should be commended for the way we approached this," says Coston.
That approach included new, tougher admissions standards, and a stronger focus on individualized student attention.
"Our focus is on the classroom, our focus is on the students and that hasn't changed," says accounting professor Steve Hanson.
And because of those improvements, the State University System says it wasn't worried about the outcome of the Commission's vote.
"Watching that vote, I went toward that with full confidence that DSU had done exactly what they were expected to. I wasn't nervous, I expected that vote," says NDUS Interim Chancellor Larry Skogen.
And now that the worry is behind them, DSU employees say they're looking forward to see the University continue to improve.
"We just assumed that we'd work our way through this and now that we have, let's move on and do the best job we can with our students," says Hanson.
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The Century Patriots took home 1st place overall in the Swim and Dive State event finishing with 349 points. Followed by Minot with 323 points. North Fargo took home 3rd place overall at 297 points. West
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