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 — Easternwings Airlines Flight 576 departed recently from Sioux Falls, S.D., much as it always has, bound for Grand Forks International Airport. It didn't make it—not in one piece, anyway. The plane is very real, but the flight is a work of fiction. Even the airline is fake, a dreamed-up carrier that only operates a route from Sioux Falls to Grand Forks.
A public program to entice private donations to North Dakota higher education will be funded at a reduced level in the upcoming two-year budget after initially losing its state dollars.
GRAND FORKS — What does identity mean for an institution in flux? And, more specifically, how do you pinpoint what it means to be a part of a university?
GRAND FORKS—Tuition at the University of North Dakota is likely to increase as campus leaders eye a hefty deferred maintenance backlog. As permitted by the North Dakota Legislature, UND has delivered proposals to the State Board of Higher Education to lift its rates for the next academic year by 4 percent for both resident and nonresident undergraduate students, the former of which fall under caps set by state lawmakers.
GRAND FORKS — After more than 40 years at the University of North Dakota, Leigh Jeanotte, director of American Indian Student Services, is retiring at the end of June. As he considers the end of his career at the university, Jeanotte reflected last week on the beginning.
GRAND FORKS — Bruce Gjovig, former leader of the entrepreneurship-focused University of North Dakota Center for Innovation, says his recent retirement from the organization wasn't entirely by choice. "I was told I was going to retire," Gjovig said.
GRAND FORKS – North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum sees a future of disruption including -- but hardly limited to -- a reimagining of higher education in North Dakota. In meetings Wednesday, May 3, with the editorial boards of The Forum and the Grand Forks Herald, the governor reflected on his first legislative session and the initial 100-plus days of his term, which started in the waning period of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests.
MINOT, N.D. — Though the North Dakota Board of Higher Education briefly paused midway through its Thursday, April 27, meeting to celebrate the passage of the higher ed budget, the gathering was otherwise business as usual.
GRAND FORKS — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe will continue to fight the Dakota Access Pipeline even as the date nears for expected oil transportation, Tribal Chair David Archambault said Tuesday, April 18, at the University of North Dakota. "We're going to try to stop the oil from flowing," Archambault said. "We're going to build awareness about the investors, the lenders, the banks, the financial institutions who fund projects like this and who fund companies like Energy Transfer Partners."
GRAND FORKS—The University of North Dakota University Senate will consider a draft resolution issued by its counterpart at North Dakota State University expressing a "crisis of confidence" in the leadership of North Dakota higher education, said the senate's elected head. Dana Harsell, chair of the UND campus senate, said the body's executive committee will discuss the proclamation in good faith at its Wednesday meeting to "get some consensus if this body would support it or not."