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The Latest: Burgum not giving up on higher ed change

February 12, 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Latest on higher ed governance (all times local):

3:11 p.m.

Republican Gov. Doug Burgum says he’s not giving up on the idea changing North Dakota’s higher education governance structure.

The House killed legislation supported by Burgum Tuesday that would have the state change its higher education governance from one board to two.

Representatives defeated the bill by a 74-19 vote.

Burgum says multiple boards would make North Dakota’s 11 colleges and universities to be “more accountable to their governing boards and taxpayers.”

Legislative leaders say they are more amenable to expand the current board that oversees the state’s higher education system. A resolution is expected to be introduced to do that.

Any change to the higher education board would have to be approved by voters.

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2:18 p.m.

North Dakota’s House has killed legislation supported by Gov. Doug Burgum that would have the state change its higher education governance from one board to two.

Representatives defeated the bill by a 74-19 vote.

Burgum says multiple boards would allow the North Dakota’s 11 colleges and universities “to more quickly respond to the needs of the state.”

The two-board proposal is a shift from a three-board panel that a task force formed by the governor had recommended.

Legislative leaders say they are more amenable to expand the current board that oversees the state’s higher education system. A resolution is expected to be introduced to do that.

Any change to the higher education board would have to be approved by voters.

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