Higher ed board approves presidential contracts

Members of North Dakota’s higher ed board are cautioning campuses and the university system that they must be careful as funding priorities are set in the upcoming legislative session.

Board member Kathy Neset said it’s important that the board and the North Dakota University System take a “realistic” approach to the budget for the next biennium as the state faces a downturn in oil revenue.

“Prioritization will be important,” she said.

The board spent more than an hour discussing the system’s needs-based budget and its capital-needs budget Tuesday, June 30, during its regular meeting held in Bismarck. The meeting was streamed live for the public due to COVID-19 concerns.

The system’s needs-based budget differs from Gov. Doug Burgum’s budget guidelines, which were released in May.

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The governor’s guidelines would cut the system’s budget by around $63 million, which would bring the total budget to about $574.7 million. That number is below where the system’s budget was for the 2011-13 biennium and could result in hundreds of jobs lost across the system. Where the budget ultimately ends up will be decided by the Legislature next

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