Andrew Haffner covers higher education and general assignment stories for the Grand Forks Herald. He attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where he studied journalism, political science and international studies. He previously worked at the Dickinson Press.
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GRAND FORKS — A recent survey of North Dakota University System employees suggests office climate has improved from the contentious mood captured in a 2016 study released earlier this fall — even as a system leader fired in September has begun the process of filing a retaliation complaint. "There's definitely been a culture improvement," said Don Morton, chair of the State Board of Higher Education, which oversees the system. "I think there's more confidence in leadership now."
BISMARCK — A North Dakota faculty group has issued an official letter of concern about a plan to cut the monthly in-person meetings of the university system's governing board.
GRAND FORKS — The northern Plains are no stranger to fall snowflakes, but these past few weeks have delivered a heavy opening salvo that might signal a snowy winter ahead. Grand Forks streets and facilities manager Mark Aubol said the recent snowfall was one of the biggest autumn weather events he can remember over the past eight years or so. That's not to say he found it unusual.
Professor Mark Trahant is leaving the University of North Dakota at the end of the academic year — but not before hosting a spring conference devoted to exploring the ways in which the stories of the Standing Rock protests spread across the internet.
PORTAL, N.D.—A pair of of nationally known musicians were arrested on marijuana offenses earlier this year after their tour buses were stopped at the Canadian border crossing in Portal, N.D., and are facing court appearances in coming days. Grammy Award-winner Melissa Etheridge and rock musician Todd Rundgren were both stopped at the border on separate occasions while returning to the U.S. from engagements in Canada.
The University of North Dakota's total fall enrollment sits at one of its lowest points so far this decade, but a university admissions leader says there's more to the number than meets the eye.
BISMARCK—The governing body of North Dakota's public university system could be reducing its monthly in-person meeting schedule to a quarterly arrangement—a possibility that has "disappointed" the head of a state faculty organization.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Disruption is in the air for the entrepreneurs of UND. The university is coming near to launching its search for a new leader — or leaders — to head up its startup-minded University of North Dakota Center for Innovation and its academic School of Entrepreneurship. Such leaders would likely take the helm in a transitional period for both organizations.
BISMARCK — North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott has called for a formal investigation of what he describes as a political attempt to influence his office in the most recent gubernatorial election as well as a subsequent campaign to “discredit my office and myself.”
GRAND FORKS—The University of North Dakota's fall enrollment numbers are in, showing a decline in total undergraduates balanced by a rise in first-year students. Overall undergraduate enrollment stands at 14,406, a drop of 1.7 percent from last fall. However, even as that number has fallen, the flow of incoming students has increased. Enrollments of new freshmen picked up by about 1 percent, resulting in a population of 1,939 students.