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UND and Student Government report progress toward MOU; tuition model process review completed

by Peter B. Johnson

Posted on 9/9/2015

University of North Dakota President Robert Kelley and Student Body President Matt Kopp have provided an update on progress taken towards fulfilling the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed last April. The MOU laid out four areas of focus, including greater involvement between Student Government and UND administrators; creation of a Tuition Model Task Force to provide input going forward; formation of a student committee to explore more effective means of communicating; and increased student involvement in discussions around the Chester Fritz Library. An implementation plan for the MOU was subsequently developed and introduced in early July.

Tuition Model Communications Process Review

One element of the Implementation Plan, undertaken at the Student Senate's request and in response to, passed in April 2015, focused on conducting a tuition model communications review. The UND administration and Student Government agreed to engage a mutually agreeable third party, attorney Sara McGrane, to review the adequacy of the process, communication and disclosure of tuition models under development during the 2014-15 academic year. That review is now complete and has been submitted to UND President Robert Kelley and UND Student Body President Matt Kopp.

The final report of the review process, which involved interviews with over a dozen students and administrators, did not find "…any intent by the UND administration to remove students from the discussion," and noted that "They [UND Administration] believed they communicated the desire to receive and incorporate student feedback." The report went on to conclude that, for the University to make the improvements committed to in the Implementation Plan, both the Administration and the students must foster open communications and work cooperatively together.

The report also noted that the MOU and subsequent Implementation Plan will resolve most, if not all, of these issues. On a System-wide level, the North Dakota University System will also continue to review models for tuition.

"The MOU, along with this report, provides a strong framework for improving communication between students and administrators. These goals and recommendations will amplify the student voice and help make UND a better place to live and learn," said President Kopp.

Added President Kelley, "I appreciate the effort that went into the development of the tuition model report, and I echo its conclusion that open communication will go a long way toward addressing these important issues. I appreciate President Kopp's willingness to work collaboratively with the administration, and we are committed to communicating more effectively with students. I am confident that in the months to come we will see much additional progress that will benefit both students and the entire campus community."


Peter B. Johnson
Executive Associate Vice President
Media Relations Coordinator/Community Relations Officer
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