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Published March 11, 2013, 03:58 PM

ND Representatives Want Change in Higher Ed Management

Some North Dakota representatives want to change the way the state's Higher Education system is managed after recent controversy.

Some North Dakota representatives want to change the way the state's Higher Education system is managed after recent controversy.

Two House members say someone other than the Board of Higher Education should decide who oversees the state's college and universities. House Majority Leader Al Carlson proposes a measure to have the Governor appoint a CEO of Higher Ed. Representative Rick Becker says the top dog should be elected. Both say the plans would add accountability and allow for more legislative involvement.

Carlson: "I would hope that we put this forward to voters, and let them have a chance to weigh in on what they see and hear."

Becker: "One of primary concerns I have is spending, not many restrictions if appointed. If you are elected by people and costs are soaring and tuition is soaring, people are going to be unhappy."

If approved by lawmakers, both proposals could both go on the next general election ballot in 2014. The University System opposes both measures.

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