Page 1 of 5May 6, 2013Dear President Espegard and Board Members:In September 2012, at the Board’s request, I identified for your consideration and approval four goals which I set forth as my objectives for the academic year. Permit me now to provide youwith my accomplishments to date in each of these areas.1.
Design, develop, and obtain approval by the SBHE of the Pathways to Student Success Plan for the University System.
As you know, I consider
to be my signature statement of educational reform for public higher education in North Dakota. Drawn from best practices around the country, itrepresents an effort to raise standards across P-16. Built around five foundation blocks whichI designated as
access, quality, affordability, learning,
the conceptincludes a North Dakota High School to College Success Report that provides meaningfuldialog across secondary and post-secondary education to ensure the vertical alignment of curriculum, standards, and outcomes; expanded aid for adult learners and low- and middle-income students; substantive improvements in the preparation, delivery, and pricing of dual-credit courses; system-wide consistency in the ratios used for in-state and out-of-state tuition;the mission-driven transfer of all remedial/developmental coursework to the two-year colleges; combining, where appropriate, tuition and non-mandatory fees for greater transparency in determining educational costs; greater regulatory control over the use of undergraduate tuition-waivers; the establishment of a high school core capped at fifteencourses; a criteria-based admission standards for each of the Carnegie-classified universities;and the introduction of an Internet-based index score (180, 190, 210), known as the“Calculator,” for high school students to monitor their progress toward admission. Followingyour approval of the
concept, I and members of my staff proceeded tocommunicate with constituencies within and outside the university, sharing the concept,seeking and listening to comments, negotiating where needed, and revising policies and procedures as elements of
moved into implementation. Numerous meetingsoccurred at the vice chancellor level as well as at the cabinet level to work out differences,make accommodations and exceptions where necessary, and arrive at a consensus on a proper timetable for implementation. Included for your review is the
concept(Appendix A) and
Pathways Decision Points and Timeline
Prepare and justify the staffing needs required by the University System Office to perform itsrequired functions.
As all members of the Board can appreciate, this goal has been a challenge from the verystart. Despite very clear evidence of the lack of a unified system, and reinforced mostrecently by the State Auditor’s February 4, 2013
Performance Audit Report,
the simplemagnitude of what has been shown to be needed has caused considerable backlash from themedia as well as from campus leadership and individual legislators. As a Monday-morningquarterback, I can now question the tactic we used to convey the magnitude of our personnelneeds. Although our request was justifiable in terms of workforce needs and most assuredly