Shirvani Discusses Reform Plan At U of North Dakota

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Student success remains the focus of the North Dakota University System plan to overhaul admissions standards, which will not affect tuition rates, system Chancellor Hamid Shirvani said Tuesday at UND.

“If the standards are raised, the quality of education is higher and students graduate quicker, faster,” he said.

With students taking longer than four years to graduate with a bachelor’s degree, “we don’t want to waste students’ time,” he said.

It was the first time Shirvani held a forum with faculty, staff and students at a university to discuss his Pathways to Student Success plan. He and State Board of Higher Education members have already visited several high schools. More visits are planned with the goal of visiting every high school and college in the state, according to Board spokeswoman Linda Donlin.

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