Ralph Kingsbury, a former member of the North Dakota Board of Higher Education, likes to tell about the Walsh County farmer who reacted to news that the state university system might impose admission standards in this way:
“I pay taxes and my son has a right to flunk out of the university.”
That’s been the case for UND’s 129-year-long history. A high school diploma pretty much guaranteed admission to the state’s colleges and universities.
That’s about to change. Hamid Shirvani, the chancellor of the university system, has outlined a different approach. Admission standards are at the core.