Accreditation team report says ND University System in compliance, suggests more monitoring

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FARGO, North Dakota — An advisory team with the Higher Learning Commission has given a mostly favorable report on the North Dakota University System and the state Board of Higher Education but has suggested more monitoring.

The Chicago-based group handles accreditation for colleges and universities. Former Valley City State President Ellen Chaffee filed a complaint with the commission in April 2013 alleging poor leadership amid a controversy surrounding then-University System Chancellor Hamid Shirvani, whose contract was later bought out.

The advisory team visited last April. Commission President Barbara Gellman Danley in a letter late last week said the North Dakota system is in compliance with requirements. But the report also says additional improvement is necessary in some areas and suggests more monitoring.

The commission's Board of Trustees will consider the report in late October.

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