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Published March 29, 2011, 04:18 PM

ND Senate Rejects Higher Ed Budget Changes

A plan by the North Dakota House's Republican majority leader to change the state's higher education system didn't fare well in the state Senate.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A plan by the North Dakota House's Republican majority leader to change the state's higher education system didn't fare well in the state Senate.

Senators defeated Fargo Rep. Al Carlson's proposal Tuesday. It said the presidents of North Dakota's 11 public colleges should report directly to the Board of Higher Education, instead of the chancellor of the state university system.

The proposal also sought to use different methods for figuring proposed budgets for the University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University. Other formulas would have been used to calculate budget proposals at North Dakota's other four-year universities and two-year colleges.

North Dakota senators defeated the legislation Tuesday.

Jamestown Sen. David Nething says the proposals would not improve administration in North Dakota's higher education system.

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