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Published August 16, 2012, 05:34 PM

Lawmakers Welcome ND University System Chancellor's Proposals

Some local lawmakers say they welcome new proposals that will shake up the state's higher education system.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

Some local lawmakers say they welcome new proposals that will shake up the state's higher education system.

University System Chancellor Ham Shirvani's proposals include better reporting of tuition and fee costs, and tougher college entrance standards.

State Representative Corey Mock says right now "there's a lack of transparency" in tuition and fees. Mock says the recent audits of the University System point out areas that need reform He cites Dickinson State as an example.

Corey Mock / Legislator : "The fact that it was even deemed a diploma mill by news agencies outside of North Dakota really highlighted the importance of reform in higher education."

Mock agrees with the proposal's higher entrance requirements for colleges but wants schools to be careful not to exclude some students.

Mock :"They perform poorly on tests but do well in school, that they have just as good of chance of getting into UND or North Dakota State University, so that they can achieve their dreams for careers."

State senator Mack Schneider says he likes proposal because it deals with the growing cost of higher education by providing need-based financial aid.

Mack Schneider / Legislator : "So back then maybe you didn't need financial aid as much but now you do, so it's just something to keep down the debt level of our students. And I'm really excited to see the chancellor adopt that."

As for those tougher entrance requirements, Schneider says it will make kids work harder in high school.

Schneider : "Going to college should not be an entitlement. At the same time however we want to make sure the students who are prepared to go to college have access to it."

Mock says parents and students should be considered in the changes because they are the ones footing the bill.

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