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SUBJECT: 100s: Introduction EFFECTIVE: November 21, 2002
Section: 100.5 Beliefs and Core Values of the State Board of Higher Education

  1. Beliefs:

    • We believe the most valuable asset of any state is its human capital: well-educated and highly skilled citizens, employees, business owners, community leaders, and contributing members of society.

    • We believe a brighter future for North Dakota is directly linked to and dependent upon its University System. Likewise, a brighter future for the University System is linked to the economy of North Dakota.

    • We believe the University System, in conjunction with the elected and private sector leadership in North Dakota, can and should take positive steps to enhance the economy of North Dakota.

    • We believe depopulation is a major threat to the overall viability of North Dakota and if not addressed, with urgency, the infrastructure, quality of life, and services available to the citizens of the state will diminish.

    • We believe the faculty are the foundation of the North Dakota University System.

    • We believe performance of the University System will be enhanced in an environment which is conducive to innovation, creativity, and flexibility - coupled with appropriate accountability.

    • We believe in the implementation of education programs and curriculums to meet the needs of a culturally diverse student population and to prepare students to interact in an increasing pluralistic society.

    • We believe the citizens and the legislature created and expect the University System to function as a system; i.e., to collaborate, whenever appropriate and feasible, in offering programs, serving students and citizens, and in providing administrative services.

    • We believe the benefits of the University System can and should be available to all of North Dakota, geographically and demographically.

    • We believe it is important for all the key stakeholders of the University System to adopt and apply the same set of expectations and accountability measures which were identified and agreed to by the 1999 Roundtable on Higher Education.

    • We believe it is possible to create a University System for the 21st century, as envisioned by the 1999 Roundtable on Higher Education and further believe making it a reality will require all entities to do their part as described in the Report of the Roundtable.

  2. Core Values - To be reflected in how the Board and all personnel of the University System carry out responsibilities on a daily basis:

    • High integrity
    • Open, honest, forthright and mutually respectful in discussion and actions
    • Trustworthy
    • Accountable
    • Cooperative valued partner with other state agencies and entities
    • Responsible stewards of state investment in the University System
    • Scholarship and the pursuit of excellence in the discovery, sharing, and application of knowledge
    • Support and embrace diversity

New Policy. SBHE Minutes, March 30, 2001.
Amendment SBHE Minutes, November 21, 2002.
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