Burgum - Higher Ed

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North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum wants to examine the way the state's higher education system is managed.

Burgum on Tuesday announced he is forming a task force that will spend next year talking about ways to improve the governance structure in order to help meet the state's educational and workforce needs.

Applications for the 15-member group are being accepted until Nov. 30. Burgum will chair the task force.

The North Dakota University System is managed by the state Board of Higher Education. Some lawmakers have criticized system leaders for failing to get costs under control. Higher education has a budget of about $625 million.

Voters in 2014 turned down an initiative that would have replaced the board with a three-member commission that reports to the governor.

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