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Report: North Dakota University System Performing Very Well

Posted on 4/5/2012

For More Information Contact:
John R. Irby, Public Affairs Consultant
North Dakota University System
Phone: 701.328.2962
E-mail: john.irby@ndus.edu

BISMARCK, N.D. - The North Dakota University System performs very well when compared to other states and national standards, according to an accountability review established by the Legislature, State Board of Higher Education and Roundtable on Higher Education.

"The North Dakota University System is deeply committed to meeting - and exceeding - the expectations of the people and state of North Dakota," said Bill Goetz, NDUS chancellor.

The 2011 Accountability Measures Report reflects the system's responsiveness to state needs and addresses five important cornerstones - economic development, educational excellence, flexibility and responsiveness, accessibility, and funding-rewards.

"The University System has made remarkable progress since accountability measures reporting began in 2001, and we will continue on this path of service to our state," said Grant Shaft, SBHE president.

Report highlights include:
  • 66.7 percent of graduates are retained (employed, enrolled or both) in North Dakota and 63.1 percent are employed in North Dakota one year after graduation.
  • Businesses reported a 99.5 percent workforce training satisfaction level for 2011.
  • NDUS college-university students meet or exceed the national average on most nationally recognized exams, and 85 percent of NDUS two-year students and 88 percent of NDUS 4-year students rate their overall experience as good or excellent.
  • The NDUS served 16,416 students in Fall 2011 who enrolled in courses for credit through non-traditional delivery methods. These students made up 34 percent of the system-wide total headcount enrollment.
  • The Fall 2011 NDUS part-time and full-time degree-credit headcount enrollment was a record-high 48,833.
  • North Dakota's four-year universities, on average, rank seventh-lowest in the nation in average cost to students.
The NDUS vision is to lead the nation in educational attainment through access, innovation and excellence. The mission is to enhance the quality of life of those served and the economic and social vitality of North Dakota through the discovery, sharing and application of knowledge.

Core values include high integrity; open, honest, forthright and mutually respectful in discussions and actions; trustworthiness; accountability; a cooperative and valued partnership with other state agencies and entities; being responsible stewards of the state investment in the University System; supporting and embracing diversity.

For more information, the complete report can be viewed at: http://www.ndus.edu/makers/accountability-measures-report/


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