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State audit finds no major issues for university system, institutions

Posted on 7/9/2014

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BISMARCK, N.D. - At today's meeting of the State Board of Higher Education's Audit Committee, the State Auditor's office gave overall good grades to the North Dakota University System and its institutions.

John Grettum, audit manager for the State Auditor's office, told the committee that the report speaks well of the system and its colleges and universities. "Every organization has operational improvements to make, but I would be happy with this report if I were sitting on your side of the table."

Kathy Neset, SBHE board member and chair of its audit committee, said the board and the University System look forward to working with the State Auditor's office in prioritizing and identifying errors or omissions that may have occurred. "It's important for the board to know about any areas that need attention."

Tim Carlson, chief internal auditor for NDUS, said that for an organization that is a $1 billion per year business, the list of operational improvements is manageable. "Many of the recommendations deal with policy and procedure documentation. We will look to our institutions that are already using best practices and model them across the system."

The audit pointed out that operational improvements were needed for managing documentation in several areas, including tuition waivers, credit adjustment to student accounts and student residency reporting. The greatest focus was at Williston State College, where significant staff turnover has impacted the organization's ability to ensure continuity in its procedures.

However, Neset praised WSC President Ray Nadolny for doing a tremendous job during challenging times, and the system and campus employees who are pitching in to help WSC through mentoring programs and other methods. Nadolny mentioned that after being 70 percent understaffed at one point, WSC's financial area is now fully staffed.

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