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Bismarck, N.D. - In an effort to better understand stakeholder concerns and ideas as well as gather input about higher education in North Dakota, North Dakota University System (NDUS) Chancellor Mark Hagerott has scheduled listening meetings with leadership throughout the state in the coming weeks.
Shortly after taking the reins from his predecessor at the NDUS, Interim Chancellor Larry C. Skogen, Hagerott will meet with government officials, including members of the legislature, as well as business and community leaders across the state. The effort is meant to foster an atmosphere of open communications and cooperation needed to set the vision for higher education in the state.
"I believe these listening sessions will help provide me insight into how people view higher education in North Dakota, as well as the opportunity to see what expectations they have for moving into the future," Hagerott said. "Now is as important as ever to take note of any challenges and do our best to address them. We must create the best possible environment we can for the students of today, and for those of tomorrow."
All legislators across the state have been invited to attend listening sessions that will be held in Williston, Minot, Grand Forks, Fargo, Jamestown, Bismarck and Dickinson. Following those meetings, Hagerott will meet with business and community leaders to hear their ideas about higher education and workforce needs. When classes resume in the fall, his listening sessions will culminate with visits to all of the colleges and universities in the system to gain a full appreciation of what each institution offers while hearing thoughts from students, faculty, staff and campus leadership.
Legislative listening sessions will kick-off the statewide tour this week: