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Published May 09, 2013, 06:11 PM

Higher education board calls for Shirvani performance review, UND students rally against tuition hikes

The state Board of Higher Education is discussing complaints against University System Chancellor Hamid Shirvani and his leadership style. At a board meeting today in Grand Forks, Board members called for an in-depth job review to be done next month.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

The state Board of Higher Education is discussing complaints against University System Chancellor Hamid Shirvani and his leadership style. At a board meeting today in Grand Forks, Board members called for an in-depth job review to be done next month.

Higher Ed Board member Kari Reichert says she's not sure if Shirvani has the "right skills for the job." Reichert says the biggest sign that is the turnover she has seen in staff members. Shirvani says people have made that excuse because they are fighting change. To get the bottom of the issues the board will do what is called a 360 review of Shirvani's job performance next month. That will include the input of his peers as well as board members.

Shirvani: "I've never seen such resistance, such a reaction toward changes that are necessary. Then when you don't like the change you argue that it is their style."

Shirvani says there has not been a turnover problem and that he is just doing the job he was hired to do.

Rally for tuition freeze

At that same board meeting students made their pleas for a tuition freeze at the state's universities.

UND wants to increase tuition by nearly five percent this year so it can break even due to inflation costs. UND student body president Nick Creamer told board members he understands that colleges need to cover costs but it shouldn't come out of the students' pockets. The UND student senate just passed a resolution to keep tuition costs right where they are.

Creamer: "They are very, very supportive of the resolutions that have been passed by the students and they assured me that is their goal too."

The Ed Board traditionally sets a range on how much the universities can raise tuition.

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