Andrew Haffner covers higher education and general assignment stories for the Grand Forks Herald. He attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where he studied journalism, political science and international studies. He previously worked at the Dickinson Press.
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As budgets have contracted across the North Dakota University System, so too have the numbers of people employed at state institutions of higher education. Retiring UND spokesman Peter Johnson said the university takes an employment snapshot as of Nov. 1 each fiscal year. The university has shed about 600 workers since fiscal year 2014, when the university had a headcount of 6,321 employees. This November, at the start of fiscal year 2018, the university had a count of 5,713 employees.
GRAND FORKS—In the era of WebMD and Dr. Google, the average person is more empowered than ever to make a slightly educated guess at determining his or her health.
National health care spending is on the rise. According to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the sector hit $3.3 trillion in 2016, amounting to almost 18 percent of the national GDP for that year after an increase of about $100 billion from 2015.
GRAND FORKS —Mark Hagerott is very specific when he says he “categorically” denies a sexual discrimination charge recently made against him.
GRAND FORKS — Leaders of the North Dakota Board of Higher Education opened a Wednesday, Dec. 6, press release with quotes about truth to reinforce their stance on accusations made against the top executive of the state university system. "The truth is rarely pure and never simple," board Chair Don Morton and Vice Chair Greg Stemen wrote, drawing from playwright Oscar Wilde before introducing a joint statement of support for due process and system office staff.
BISMARCK -- As described in recent labor allegations, a top employee of the North Dakota University System complained last year to the system's governing board about Chancellor Mark Hagerott's public musings on his diagnosis of cancer.
GRAND FORKS — A North Dakota university president named in labor allegations made against the head of the state's higher education system has confirmed an accusation that involves her—but said she wasn't offended by the event in question.
BISMARCK — The State Board of Higher Education publicly covered a range of topics Thursday, Nov. 30, but spoke only briefly on allegations recently leveled against Mark Hagerott, chancellor of the North Dakota University System.
BISMARCK—After initially making no official plans to do so, the governing board of the North Dakota University System will be discussing in its meeting Thursday, Nov. 30, the allegations of discrimination made by a former system leader against NDUS Chancellor Mark Hagerott.
GRAND FORKS — North Dakota legislators "scramble" to avoid university system Chancellor Mark Hagerott, Sen. Ray Holmberg, R-Grand Forks, said Tuesday, Nov. 28. Holmberg was speaking to allegations made more than a week earlier by Lisa Feldner, a former vice chancellor of the university system fired by Hagerott earlier this fall.