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Higher Learning Commission Wraps Up NDUS Visit

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After complaints and several media articles took issue with the way the North Dakota University System governs 11 state schools, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), an regional accreditation organization in Chicago, scheduled an advisory visit. For two days, HLC peer reviewers met with board members and university presidents, among others, to see how NDUS works.

The meetings wrapped up early this afternoon.

Overall, Larry Skogen says he's happy with how things turned out. He says it was a chance for people to give honest, clear and direct answers.

Being in charge isn't easy; a statement Larry Skogen can agree with all too well.

A visit from the HLC to North Dakota University System was planned last year, after former Valley City State and Mayville University president Ellen Chaffee filed a complaint saying NDUS wasn't governing the schools fairly. On top of that, media articles were identifying issues with NDUS's practices as well, placing them in a bit of hot water.

"This team, of course, with that in hand, come to visit us. And looked at the issues that were raised and asked very direct questions about some of the complaints," says NDUS Interim Chancellor Larry Skogen.

The visit then  became two fold. NDUS and HLC had to talk about Measure 3, a proposed amendment that will legally change the board of higher education selection process. The number of members will change from eight to only three, and that's putting it simply.

"We don't know what the legislation's going to look like. And that's what the Higher Learning Commission has repeatedly said," says Skogen. 

Skogen says he wasn't able to attend every meeting, but is happy with everything overall.

"I don't think that anybody could argue that what's going on at the institutions isn't bad. It's very good and North Dakotans are getting the education they need to become a vibrant part of this economy," says Skogen.

As for any answers, the Higher Learning Commission declined to comment on the visit until after all the information has been reviewed.

NDUS anticipates the results from the commission's visit will come some time in late June.
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