and removed athletic programs; unilaterally changed conferences and divisional affiliations that havehad direct financial impact on the campus as well as sister institutions; used public and private moniesthat might otherwise have been directed to academic programs and other essential services; usedconference or divisional affiliations to force changes in or additions to capital facilities; and shiftedinstitutional fund sources for the institution’s intercollegiate athletic program—all done without Boardor Chancellor consultation, approval, or oversight.
Historically, the responsibility for policy, decision-making, and oversight of athletics has resided withthe individual colleges and universities, a situation which not only is highly unusual but, from a risk-management point of view, sets a potentially dangerous precedent. I understand that in 2010 there had been some discussion regarding the establishment of a policy giving the Board authority and oversightof Intercollegiate Athletic Programs. To date, however, no policy or procedure has been approved. It isworthy of note that the manner—good or bad—in which an individual campus conducts itsintercollegiate athletics program ultimately reflects on both the institution and the community.
I would hope that this situation will change in the near future. Specifically, the Board should direct theChancellor to obtain from each of the NDUS colleges and universities historical information as well ascurrent planning regarding their respective athletic programs and funding thereof. I would also urge theBoard to consider an annual reporting mechanism be established that would require all the institutionsto report on their plans regarding athletics.
Goal Four -
Meet the implementation deadlines of the Pathways to Student Success Plan
I am pleased to note that you have made significant progress in implementing sections of the
plan. This includes your admissions index, the reduction in tuition waivers, partnership with BSC for helping students in need of developmental/remedial coursework, taking steps to implement the per credit hour pricing of courses, and realigning your dual credit courses.
Goal Five -
Work with the high schools to ensure that all dual credit courses meet the established criteria.
I appreciate also the efforts you have taken to implement the guidelines outlined in my agreement withthe Department of Public Instruction regarding dual credit course offerings. I understand that all your dual course syllabi have been reviewed; the minimum standards for instructors enforced; that eachcourse now be completed within the timeframe of a semester; and that meetings are taking place witharea high schools to keep them abreast of the full implementation of
Over the past year I have been impressed with your leadership, the connections you have made to thelocal community, and your attention to the details of the recent HLC visit. You have been successful in building a positive relationship between the campus and the community, much of which had been lostdue to the embarrassing revelations regarding its international students.I am also appreciative of the public support you have given to the
concept and plan.
Most importantly, I am impressed with your efforts to enact standards, your choice of staffing andleadership changes, and the good working relationship you have with your provost. Dr. Pemberton wasan excellent choice and one that reflects positively on your leadership. To your credit, you havesurrounded yourself with good people. For your leadership and overall strong management of DSU I am recommending a salary increase of 4% and continuing appointment.