Jun 27, 2014 at 7:44 am
The North Dakota Board of Higher Education has approved its biennial budget request that asks for a nearly 14 percent increase in funding and freeze tuition at the state's 11 colleges and universities from 2015 to 2017.
The Board says it will freeze tuition for the next two-year cycle if the state agrees to fully fund the salary and benefit increases. The board added the tuition freeze and asked for $9.5 million more a few days before Thursday's meeting in Grand Forks.
A large part of the almost $774 million base budget request comes from the implementation of a new higher education funding model. The model funds schools based on the number of credits completed and calls for $49 million more in operating funding.
The NDUS board got its first look at proposed changes to admission standards for colleges and universities around the state. A task force report suggests high school GPA is the single most important predictor of student success with ACT test scores a distant second. Among the recommendations is raising the minimum high school GPA requirement from two-point-five to two-point-75 at UND and NDSU -- plus boosting core course requirements…
The new standards could be implemented as soon as the 2016-17 academic year.
KNOX / Doug Barrett
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