Higher ed emails probe broadens, prompting review

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The latest open records query by the research arm of the Legislature seeks every email to or from the 10 presidents of North Dakota’s public universities and colleges since July 2012, a massive request that officials think will take until the end of the year to fulfill.

The request renewed July 19 – made earlier this year but later narrowed because of its size – has already yielded more than 95,000 pages of emails and is still growing as North Dakota University System officials continue to pull emails that comply with the request, said NDUS spokeswoman Linda Donlin.

The enormity and cost of the anonymous probe has prompted some legislators to question its value. It is estimated to cost at least $40,000 in staff time, Donlin said.

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