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Published September 30, 2010, 10:04 PM

UND President Robert Kelley Says, 'Big Things to Come' at State of the University Speech

Balancing quality with quantity; just one of the topics at President Robert Kelley's University of North Dakota's State of the University address today.

By: Brady Mallory, WDAZ

Balancing quality with quantity; just one of the topics at President Robert Kelley's University of North Dakota's State of the University address today.

According to President Kelley, the first month has already made for an exciting beginning to the school year. Plus, a big announcement is on the way.

" Stay tuned, stay tuned. That's going to be an exciting time for us," said Kelley, offering no details on it.

He said everyone has to wait until next week. As for this week, he did have a few things to share.

" We have an all-time high enrollment, research revenues are at an all-time high. Our graduate school enrollments have never been higher."

A few reasons to brag at his speech at the UND Memorial Union.

" We're very excited about the prospects of this coming year."

Including a record-breaking enrollment, Governor's Awards to faculty members and being named one of the top 20 best value law school by Prelaw Magazine.

"It gets the name of the University of North Dakota out into venues that students are looking. Value is something students and families look to," said Kelley.

It is part of a plan to make UND a stronger presence in Grand Forks, and in North Dakota as well. Beyond awards, their wide selection of programs is helping. Including their online and distance education.

" We have a major request to enhance our I.T. capabilities. It gives people who are site bound the chance to get a degree while they're still working. If you can't leave Bismarck, you can still get a degree from UND."

Kelley wants to make sure the quality of UND keeps increasing as enrollment grows.

" Now's the chance to really focus and bear down on the quality improvement.. We can go from great to exceptional."

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