North Dakota University System Chancellor Bill Goetz advocated strongly Thursday for a proposal to add an applied management program at Williston State College that would be the first four-year degree offered by the school.
The proposal for the two-year campus to add a bachelor of science degree is creating some concerns about “mission creep,” Goetz said, but prodded state Board of Higher Education members to approve the new program.
Executives from oil companies say there will be a growing demand for workers with higher levels of expertise, Goetz said.
“It’s a different day. It’s a whole different dynamic,” Goetz said. “We can no longer be provincial in terms of our lone individual campuses.”