- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 27, 2017

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A Bismarck lawmaker says North Dakota has too many colleges.

Republican Rep. Rick Becker told the state Board of Higher Education Tuesday that it’s time to look into “repurposing some of the campuses.”

He says the only reason the state has 11 colleges is because of “parochialist economic development.” He says the state determined the number of institutions at a time when there were “little white school houses every couple of miles.”

Becker acknowledged that the idea is a “hard pill to swallow,” but says it needs to be discussed. His remarks drew no comments from the board.

North Dakota has four-year public colleges in Fargo, Grand Forks, Mayville, Valley City, Minot and Dickinson, and two-year schools in Williston, Wahpeton, Bismarck, Devils Lake and Bottineau.

___

This story has been corrected to show that Williston State College is a two-year school, not a four-year school.


Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide